WEEK IN REVIEW
Texas Instruments will pay Intergraph a one-time $18 million licensing fee as part of a settlement ending all patent litigation between the two companies.
Synergis Technologies, Inc., has created an alliance with Michael Baker Corporation to provide integrated Autodesk MapGuide solutions and implementation services to organizations that want to better manage and distribute their combined GIS data and CAD design applications.
Police cannot attach a GPS device to a suspect's vehicle without a warrant, the Washington State Supreme Court decided Thursday. This is the first such decision in the U.S.
The Geospatial One-Stop team has a document titled Multiple Award Schedule for Interoperable Geospatial Portal Components on the website. There's a proposed aggressive schedule that includes evaluation of existing portals, defining of technical requirements, and a contract to be in place by next April.
The Brunei Institute of Geomatics (BIG) will be launched September 15, 2003 with seminars and ceremonies.
Smart Data Strategies Inc. has formed a strategic alliance with Michigan-based software service provider Manatron, Inc. Manatron designs, develops, markets and supports a family of web-based and client/server application software products for county, city and township governments. There's a good reason for the relationship: the pair was awarded a multi-million dollar bid in Gwinnet County, Georgia.
Intergraph Corporation will be included in Business 2.0's second annual B2 100, the magazine's ranking of the fastest-growing technology companies. Intergraph ranked #42 on the list.
Orbital Imaging Corporation announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates, Ltd. (MDA) of Vancouver, Canada concerning its remaining marketing rights in the long-delayed Canadian Radarsat-2 satellite program. In exchange for payments totaling $12 million over the next 2 years, ORBIMAGE agreed to end its dispute and return its limited licenses in Radarsat-2 back to MDA, the prime contractor for the program. Furthermore, resolution of its dispute concerning Radarsat-2 now enables ORBIMAGE to finalize its plan of reorganization and emerge from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
ObjectFX Corporation announced it has been awarded a United States patent which validates the company's innovative technology behind its SpatialFX product that enables the integration of dynamic location services and spatial operations into enterprise solutions.
Jack Dangermond met with Dr. Jorge Batlle Ibanez, president of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, on a recent trip to South America to discuss various GIS initiatives.
• Contracts and Sales
East Midlands Electricity (EME) has chosen Earth Resource Mapping's Image Web Server technology to distribute its 500GB of orthophoto data.
Municipal Software Corporation, a developer of local government business process automation software added City of Charlotte, North Carolina (population approx. 600,000), the City of Hartford, Connecticut (population approx. 125,000), the Village of North Aurora, Illinois (population approx. 7,925) and Cherokee County, Georgia (population approx.160,000) as new clients.
Lisbon and ESRI Portugal have signed a cooperation agreement for GIS implementation in the city. According to the press release, this agreement establishes ESRI as the designated supplier of GIS software to the municipality of Lisbon and anticipates the expansion of the use of ESRI's GIS technology solution throughout the municipality.
ImageLinks, Inc. and Intermap Technologies, Inc. have been awarded a new contract for their co-branded STARPlus imagery products. Under the contract, the two companies will build accurate, "cloud-free" base maps for the Solomon and Vanuatu island chains in the South Pacific that cover an area of nearly 100,000 square kilometers.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) has contracted AT&T; Wireless business partner CompassCom Inc. to provide Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) technology and GIS mapping support for a major mosquito control program.
DigitalGlobe has won an additional $9.8 million contract award by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) under the CLEARVIEW contract for high-resolution satellite imagery and services.
ESRI announced that the United Kingdom's Environment Agency has signed an additional three-year contract for the supply of corporate GIS technology and services with ESRI (UK) Ltd. Under the agreement, the agency plans to roll out spatial information as a corporate standard to up to 10,000 staff through the implementation of many mapping products within ESRI's software suite.
NovaLIS Technologies is implementing its computer assisted mass appraisal and assessment administration solution in the Lafayette Parish Assessor's Office.
ESRI announced that Orange Slovensko (SK), the largest Slovakian mobile telecommunications operator, recently launched a second phase of location-based applications for its mass-market and enterprise subscribers.
Miner & Miner was selected by Unitil Corporation, a public utility holding company providing electric and gas services to 110,000 accounts over 578 square miles, serving 37 communities in the Merrimack River Valley and Seacoast regions of New Hampshire and the North Central region of Massachusetts.
CORDA Technologies Inc. announced that four industry
leaders including Toyota, Home Depot, The Limited, and Pratt & Whitney have purchased its PopChart or OptiMap data visualization solutions. PopChart and OptiMap are the increasingly frequent choices for dashboard applications that direct and display the dynamic and mission-critical data of today's leading organizations.
The Town of Madison Maine is the latest subscriber to Blue Marble Geographics' BeyondGeo Internet mapping service.
SiRF Technology, Inc., a provider of GPS-enabled silicon and software location platforms, and GeoMicro, Inc., a provider of desktop and Internet mapping solutions, began offering GeoLocator, a free software utility that makes it easier for users of SiRF's SiRFLoc-enabled, Java-equipped mobile phones to get where they want to go. Demonstrating the power of LBS, the GeoLocator Java application instantly displays the distance and compass heading to any U.S. street address tapped into the phone, as well as the address nearest the user's current location.
ARCBridge Consulting & Training, Inc., released ARCBridge NETSolv, a network analysis extension designed to be used with ESRI's ArcGIS Version 8.3.
ESRI announced that the PLTS Nautical Charting Solution is now shipping.
MapInfo 7.5 is available, at least in some geographies. Says a MapInfo e-mail, "New MapInfo Professional v7.5 upgrades it most important feature . . . your success!!" Also, those who upgrade to MI Pro v7.5 will receive up to 25% off on selected companion products.
OziPhotoTool 2.0 has been released. OziPhotoTool 2.0 represents the maturation of a number of features introduced from version 1.3 through 1.6.
Ordnance Survey is unveiling a series of online service improvements to help business customers source its flagship digital map data, OS MasterMap. A new set of drawing and editing tools will give users much more flexibility in defining the area of mapping they want. And as well as displaying the precise cost of the data involved, they can convert estimates to contracts online and add extra layers or themes of mapping as required. Also, Ordnance Survey announced plans to develop the second phase of digital transport geography within OS MasterMap. The second phase will focus on multimodal transport options by extending the layer to include additional road routing detail, transport network connections, tracks and paths, and other information useful to routing pedestrians. Also, Yeoman and Ordnance Survey have signed an agreement to incorporate the latest highly-detailed OS MasterMap data of Britain into the enhanced TravelM8 service, which integrates live traffic information, mapping and routing data to guide travelers to their destinations and avoid delays.
Safe Software Inc. announced it has added PostGIS and PostgreSQL import and export capability to its core data translation technology, making it immediately available for its flagship product Feature Manipulation Engine (FME).
DM Solutions Group Inc. announced that the company has released MapLab 2.1. This latest version of MapLab is fully compliant with MapServer 4.0, giving users and developers access to all of MapServer's new functionality. DM Solutions Group's MapLab is a suite of Web-based, open source tools that simplifies the process of deploying MapServer Web mapping applications.
National GIS firm James W. Sewall Company announced the release of the Pipeline Data Management Extension (PDME) for ESRI's ArcGIS.
Details on Autodesk University to be held December 2 - 5, 2003 in Las Vegas are available here. Want a chance to go for free? Visit here.
• Education and Training
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions has extended the registration deadline for the "Introduction to Geographic Information Science (GIS)" online education course until October 30, 2003.
• Hires and Appointments
Ekahau, Inc. a wireless location technology provider, announced that Mr. Tuomo Rutanen has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development, North America.
Former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer has joined ESRI, according to a press release from the company. GIS Monitor reported on Geringer's new job on August 14.
David Donahue has rejoined the Leica Geosystems organization as director of sales for the Northeast region. David Page has been named technical sales representative in the eastern Ontario region.
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