Week in Review
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SWEGIS launches RaveGeo-powered previewer for TeleAtlas MultiNet street database. The previewer uses the RaveGeo technology from Idevio, which makes it possible to zoom and pan in the database in real-time in any standard Web browser. The user can instantaneously access any part of the database in any scale from country level down to street level in one smooth operation. The purpose of the demonstrator is to give map data buyers a possibility to try out and investigate the high quality of the TeleAtlas MultiNet database over Sweden.
NAC Geographic Products Inc. has announced that Brazil has become the first country in South America that has been completely digitized with Universal Addresses and Natural Area Codes, and made the number of the Universal Address digitized countries to 19. NAC did the digitizing; the company makes money via licenses for use of the Universal Address Technology for products and services.
Earth Resource Mapping (ERM), which provides enterprise geospatial imagery solutions, has joined the Open GIS Consortium, Inc.
The purpose of an Open GIS Contortium Request for Comment (RFC) is to obtain comments on the proposal for technologies and interfaces required for the OpenGIS GO-1 Application Objects (GO-1) Implementation Specification.
To help President Bush implement Executive Order 13327, on Federal Real Property Asset Management, issued on February 4, Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) President Ken Fleming has appointed a MAPPS Federal Land Cadastre Task Force. The Executive Order requires the establishment of an inventory of Federal land holdings, as well as directs the Interior and Agriculture Departments to prepare legislation dealing with a public lands inventory. MAPPS worked with the White House on the Executive Order. The directive could be the foundation for the establishment of a Federal Land Cadastre, and opportunities for a great many MAPPS member firms.
Also, the organization feels that the U.S. Government should "partner with the commercial remote sensing industry to leverage the latest available technology for the purpose of ensuring the continuity of Landsat data." That was suggested in a MAPPS letter Dr. John Marburger, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House.
The Town of Newmarket's Susan Chase has been awarded the 2004 GIS Leadership Award from the Ontario chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). The award honors individuals that demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence in the fields of GIS and geospatial technology. Chase, the Manager of Information Technology for the Town of Newmarket, has been instrumental in crafting the Town's vision for managing its spatial data and making the data available to the public in a user-friendly way. The vendor of the town's GIS software, Orion, shared this news.
Clark Labs announced the formation of two new Resource Centers in its International Resource Center (IRC) program: Peking University in Beijing, China and the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico in Toluca, Mexico.
Definiens Imaging announced it has signed a reseller agreement with Lockheed Martin to allow the aerospace and defense company to resell its eCognition image classification software as part of its defense solutions to organizations worldwide.
• Contracts and Sales
Carroll Engineering Corporation announced it has been awarded a contract for developing a comprehensive geographic information system implementation plan for the Horsham Water and Sewer Authority in Horsham Township, PA.
Fugro announced its intent to purchase an Optech International SHOALS-1000T Airborne LiDAR Bathymeter for coastal zone mapping.
Questar Regulated Services (QRS) selected ESRI software and implementation services for its enterprise GIS platform. As part of the overall solution, ESRI business partner GE Energy, will supply its pipeline industry specific applications and related services. This work is in connection MJ Harden, which GE Energy acquired in the last year or so.
GAF AG, specialists in remote sensing applications and information systems, recently won a contract with the German Federal State of Brandenburg to develop and introduce an agricultural information system for the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS), in the context of the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Merrick & Company announced a new contract with Lake County, Illinois. Merrick will provide 1"=200' 1-foot pixel resolution digital black and white orthophotography. The data will be delivered as Tiff files on DVDs and MrSID compressed imagery files on CD-ROMs.
Pictometry International Corp., announced that it has been awarded a two-year license agreement to provide software and district-wide imagery to Collin Central Appraisal District in Texas.
TheServerSide.com, the world's largest community for enterprise Java architects and developers, has chosen Quova's patented GeoPoint to provide state and country-level geolocation for its website, which serves more than 500,000 unique visitors per month.
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced Veridian Connections Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Veridian Corporation, has purchased G/Electric, Intergraph's geofacilities management system for electric utilities based on Intergraph's next generation G/Technology. Located in Central Ontario, Canada, Veridian Connections Inc. powers more than 91,000 homes and businesses and is jointly owned by the cities of Pickering and Belleville, the Town of Ajax, and the Municipality of Clarington.
Warsaw-based Computer Land will buy a 41% stake in Geomar, a firm that specializes in GIS. Computer Land already won a contract with telecom giant TP SA for a geo-marketing system and the company is preparing for a tender from the National Power Grid and a possible contact for the nationwide Property Registration System.
ESRI released ArcGIS Engine. ArcGIS Engine is a component-based GIS development framework, created in response to users' requests that the rich technology of ArcGIS be made available to incorporate spatial functionality in new or existing applications. The company also announced the availability of ArcGIS Server, a new product that gives distributed users access to GIS functionality via a centralized, shared server.
WaveMarket and Bell Mobility, a wireless carrier, have launched MapMe, a map-based directory service to allow consumers to navigate an interactive map on a mobile phone. Bell Mobility customers can now use their mobile phone to locate themselves, find addresses and businesses, and show directory listings on a map -- as well as receive mapped directions on how to reach the desired destination.
Privately-held Dutch firm Route 66, already one of Europe's biggest sellers of CD-ROM-based car navigation kits for use on personal computers, said it would sell road maps of an entire country and the necessary navigation software on a tiny memory card that can be inserted into the latest advanced phones.
NAVTEQ has enhanced NAVTEQ maps of North America and Europe with elevation contours: graphics that appear on navigation systems' map displays indicating variations in geography [topography? -Ed.] along a driver's route.
Ekahau announced the availability of the Ekahau T101 Wi-Fi tag development kit. This development kit includes the Ekahau Positioning Engine (EPE) 3.0 software and five battery powered Wi-Fi tags, for people and asset tracking within standard Wi-Fi networks. The EPE software can also track the location of wireless laptops, PDAs, barcode readers, and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Unlike competing solutions, the Ekahau T101 tags do not need any proprietary antenna or radio infrastructure on site, but can work with any standard 802.11b and g access point brands.
GE Energy has announced that it has upgraded its Smallworld Business Integrator product line to work seamlessly with its Smallworld 4 product suite. This latest addition to the Smallworld 4 product portfolio allows utility and telecommunication operators to integrate Smallworld with SAP R/3.
BAE SYSTEMS released SOCET SET Version 5.1. SOCET SET's terrain editing performance in urban areas can be performed up to five times faster, and terrain graphics refresh up to 100 times faster in version 5.1 than in previous versions," said Dan London, vice president of sales and marketing for BAE Systems Geospatial eXploitation Products. SOCET SET v5.1 is also the first release to feature integration with VrOne and BINGO.
Precision Lightworks announced the release of Nverse Photo 2.5, a geospatially-enabled version of its rapid 3D urban modeling tool for Discreet 3ds max and Autodesk VIZ. This latest release of Precision Lightworks' flagship urban modeler delivers geolocated 3D urban models suitable for GIS and visual simulation applications.
ADT Security Services MobileSafety combines GPS, cell phone, and mapping service in a stripped-down package. You can contact ADT for directions or for help and be tracked but that's about all the device does. But for just over $100 and $20/month it's cheaper than a cell phone used for just that purpose.
Dr. Mike Jackson of QinetiQ, Europe's largest science and technology research organization, will address the Open GIS UK Industry Day at Ordnance Survey's Southampton Business Centre on 14 June.
The Society for Location Analysis (SLA) is proud to announce the first Geodemographic Suppliers Forum. The Suppliers Forum will be an exciting opportunity to learn about the recently launched geodemographic segmentation products and how they are being used in site location research. It is also an opportunity to meet and compare all the suppliers on one day, and hear a number of case studies and examples of best practice. The Forum will take place at Ordnance Survey's Business Centre in Southampton on Monday, 5 July 2004.
GeoAnalytics, Inc. and C&C; Solutions, leading providers of geographic and land information systems (GIS/LIS) technology and management consulting, are jointly sponsoring a series of free Enterprise Addressing seminars throughout Florida this June.
Telcontar announced the appointment of J. Kim Fennell as President and CEO. Mr. Fennell brings more than 25 years of experience in high-technology management from the telecommunications and computer industries and will lead Telcontar forward with its LBS initiatives in the wireless, Internet, and telematics industry sectors. Mr. Fennell replaces Eric Carlson, who is retiring, but will remain as an advisor through June 30, 2004. Fennell comes from Pinnacle Software.
Thomas J. Gergel was recently named manager of business development by GeoDecisions, a leader in the information technology industry that specializes in geospatial solutions.
CommunityViz's parent organization, The Orton Family Foundation, has appointed noted environmentalist, attorney, and author William Shutkin to the position of CEO. Shutkin is a leading voice for environmentalism and sustainable development in the United States and is president of New Ecology, Inc., an organization that promotes sustainable community development. He teaches in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. Shutkin is also author of the book, The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, which was selected by Time Magazine as a "Green Century" recommended book. And, apparently, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, within a budding GIS community.
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