Please note: I have culled the following news items from press releases and have not independently verified them.
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial, a geospatial solutions provider, has released GeoMedia Grid 5.2, a grid analysis toolkit for GeoMedia. The toolkit provides integration of vector and grid data formats for viewing and analysis and is well suited for carrying out complex spatial analysis such as site location in urban planning, corridor planning for designing highway improvements, and hot spot detection for environmental management and public safety.
This version expands on the product's functionality by improving data interoperability, expanding data viewing facilities, increasing performance, and adding to and extending spatial analysis commands.
GeoMedia Grid was developed in collaboration with Keigan Systems, a London, Ontario-based company that specializes in developing decision-support mapping software. To support the continued growth of the GeoMedia Grid technology, Intergraph purchased a perpetual license for development rights to the software from Keigan Systems.
Mio Technology Ltd., a vender of GPS pocket PC's, has announced its Mio136 GPS navigation system. The device, marketed as an aftermarket option for vehicles that do not already have built-in GPS-based navigation systems, comes ready for vehicle installation or hand-held use and contains more than one million points of interest. It gives directions both verbally and visually and displays them in 2D, 3D, and bird's eye views. If the user misses a turn or exit or cannot make a transition in time, the Mio136 automatically recalculates the route and delivers new directions in real-time.
Other features include route and trip planning, an interface with large onscreen icons and hot keys/buttons, a map of North America on CD-ROM, and an MP3 media player with an SD/MMC expansion slot.
The unit is powered by an Intel 300Mhz CPU and stores maps on the included 256 MB SD/MMC storage card. Maps are loaded on the card by plugging it into a USB adaptor and selecting a region on the CD-ROM. By using a larger SD/MMC storage card, users can add additional regions.
The Mio136 comes complete with an AC charger, a 12 Volt charger, USB cables, a 256 MB SD/MMC card, a SD/MMC card reader, and other accessories. The MSRP for the standard Mio136 is $499.
Avenza Systems Inc., the developer of MAPublisher map production software and MAPdataUSA shapefile data for the United States, has released MAPdata World, a three-part set of royalty-free GIS map data covering the world at 1:15 million scale. This world vector dataset was initially created by Avenza UK reseller and digital data experts, The XYZ Digital Map Co., Ltd., and was specially created / designed for Avenza and the MAPublisher user.
MAPdata World comes complete with ESRI Arcview project and shapefiles, MapInfo tab and workspace files and a set of MAPublisher-optimized mid/mif files which have been fine-tuned and simplified for optimum performance with MAPublisher, whether working in Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia FreeHand. Vector data layers include towns, roads, railways, rivers, lakes, administration areas and lines, symbols and physical names. Raster contour and hillshading layers are also available. This is a royalty-free data set that allows for the unrestricted use of all files for the design and creation of maps for print and/or electronic distribution. It sells for US$999 for the complete 3-format set or US$599 for an individual file format.
Leica Geosystems AG, of Heerbrugg, Switzerland, has released Leica MNS1200, a new sensor for centimeter-level dynamic GPS guidance of machines. The sensor is built to withstand shocks and vibrations even in salty or dusty atmosphere with extreme weather conditions such as driving rain, extreme heat, or cold. It uses the Leica GPS1200 SmartTrack technology for fastest satellite acquisition, best multipath mitigation, and strongest signal.
Leica SmartCheck provides independent GPS measurement updates at 20Hz with less than 30 millisecond latency to deliver dynamic RTK GPS positioning data at ranges of up to 30 kilometers or more from a GPS reference station.
The size and design of the MNS1200 permits easy mounting inside the cabin or external on the machine. The sensor can also be used for various surveying and engineering applications around a construction site. It is upgradeable to be used in a backpack with the Leica GPS1200 controller and configurable for local co-ordinate systems.
MapViewSVG, a tool for internet mapping with ESRI ArcGIS and ArcView GIS, is now available in Version 4. The new version includes supporting layers with chart symbology and the possibility to tile point layers and supports displaying attribute data as bar charts and group layers. It does not need any additional server software to display maps and to offer extensive search functionalities. Because SVG is an open XML standard recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium it is easy to integrate SVG maps into existing Web sites.
DAP Technologies, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computing solutions and services, has expanded its Microflex product range by launching three new handheld computers: the Microflex CE3240, the Microflex CE5000X, and the Microflex 2240.
These mobile units are designed for such field applications as utilities, transportation and logistics, emergency services, law and parking enforcement, civil engineering, and construction. All units are offered as IP67, and are MIL-STD-810F approved.
Weighing one pound, the Microflex CE3240, is equipped with an Intel XScale PXA 255 400 MHz processor, runs the Windows CE 5.0 operating system, supports optional 2D scanning, and offers wireless connectivity options, including GPRS and CDMA 1X RTT WWAN, 802.11b WLAN. The unit is designed so that users can add wireless, GPS, 2D imager bar code reader, and RFID reader program and has the industry's first multiple SDIO slot support and one full PCMCIA slot.
The Microflex CE5000X integrates a colour 1.3 mega pixel camera and flash, a GPS receiver, and a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) two-way radio into a traditional industrial mobile unit. The camera includes software drivers and API allowing developers to easily implement colour image capture into their applications. The unit supports GPRS wireless WAN or 802.11b WLAN, enabling real-time data communications.
Weighing 500 grams, the Microflex 2240 runs Windows Mobile 2003, allowing users to view documents such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in their original formats. The unit runs all the applications including calendar, e-mail, and Pocket versions of Word and Excel. Two user-accessible Compact Flash slots provide memory expansion capabilities to support such technologies as GPS, Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), and the AA Battery PowerBoot Module. An optional Extended CF-Cap provides room for large Compact Flash cards. Also available are a 1D or 2D scanner and colour camera (1.3 pixels).
CONTRACTS & COLLABORATIONS
Orion Information Services (OIS), a cross media company based in Miami Beach that delivers mobile content and services, and Agito Systems ApS will collaborate to create, track, and promote mobile entertainment products and services geared to consumers at specific events and locations such as nightclubs, bars, sports events, and concerts. Initially designed in Denmark, this technology enables direct, guerilla, and mobile marketing in a single medium.
This venture will expand Orion's flirting/dating service, SmartFlirts, into a new venue. The agreement between the two companies allows both of them to cross-promote products designed for this medium. The technology also supports storing user preferences, identifying individual consumers, offering other location-based services, and building large-scale marketing campaigns using radio, TV, the Internet, and mobile phones.
Users will be provided a card that can be used at any location where the system is installed, free of charge. Once the card is swiped and logged, the user's location and basic, non-personal information is available through the network. This allows other participants to see, anonymously, where this user is and how long they have been there. Marketers can then send targeted SMS messages, such as a promotion of a specific brand of drink, to all users at that location. Users will also have the ability to opt-in and respond to contests within the facility.
The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit of the police department in Gwinnett County, Georgia, used software and imagery from Pictometry International Corp. for strategic preplanning and tactical deployment of personnel in the recent apprehension of suspect Brian G. Nichols. The Pictometry visual information system arrived with the SWAT van and was able to provide multiple images of both the apartment complex where the suspect was and of the surrounding area.
Pictometry is a provider of an information system that captures georeferenced, digital aerial oblique, and orthogonal images as well as related software. Pictometry's software enables users to access up to 12 different views of any property, building, highway, or other feature in a county in a 3D-like format. The software also enables users to create measurements such as distance, height, elevation, and area, directly from the oblique imagery as well as insert GIS content and other data. Many of Pictometry's county government customers use the software and county image databases as part of their homeland security efforts.
i-cubed a Fort Collins, Colorado-based provider of satellite imagery, processing, and analysis along with Internet-based GIS systems for data access and distribution has won a contract from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (FS) to implement the DataDoors software system at the FS Geospatial Service and Technology Center in Salt Lake City. DataDoors will serve as the raster data provisioning engine inside the FS Geodata Clearinghouse and will allow users to search the FS archive of raster maps and images on the Clearinghouse Web site and download the selected files directly into their image processing or GIS software system.
DataDoors is an enterprise software system designed by i-cubed to reduce geodata procurement time from hours to minutes. Built upon a combination of database and image processing technologies, it enables users to search via ArcMap or Web browser for any type of geospatial data in local or remote databases. Once suitable data has been selected, DataDoors applies standard (or customized) image processing algorithms on the fly and delivers a tailored data set to the end user's desktop application.
The FS Geodata Clearinghouse provides government personnel and the public with the online ability to search, view, and download metadata and geospatial data sets pertaining to lands of the National Forest System. After DataDoors implementation, data sets will include digital raster maps, digital orthophotos, and other imagery.
Sanborn, a provider of end-to-end spatial solutions to GIS and photogrammetric mapping customers, has appointed Richard Vincent as senior project manager and Thomas Leier as project manager. Vincent will be responsible for Sanborn's federal and international mapping programs; he was previously with Denver-based Spectrum Mapping, LLC. Leier will provide project management support for current and future GIS projects; he was previously with Longmont, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe. Both Vincent and Leier will be based in Sanborn's Colorado Springs office.
Telcontar, a supplier of software and related services for the location-based services (LBS) industry, has announced the close of a $10.6 million round of funding led by Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), of Palo Alto, California, which focuses on early stage investments in information technology and has funded over 350 companies since inception. Existing investors, Mobius Venture Capital and Cardinal Venture Capital, were also significant participants in the round. Telcontar will use the funds for increased sales and marketing, international expansion and new product development.
Telcontar powers such applications as mapping, driving directions, navigation, "local search", on-line yellow pages, tracking, trip planning, and real-time traffic information. The company's clients include Yahoo!, Google, Ask Jeeves, Rand McNally, Motorola, Hutchison Mobile, Pharos, ATX, Appello, Networks In Motion, and Televigation.
The company also announced the addition of Jeff Crowe of Norwest Venture Partners to its board of directors.
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