WEEK IN REVIEW
DMTI Spatial announced the Local GIS program. It's a partnership between DMTI Spatial and municipal governments that supplies local government with access to CanMap Streetfiles, CanMap RouteLogistics, CanMap Parks, CanMap Rail, Enhanced Points of Interest, the Enhanced Postal Code file for Canada, and the Forward Sortation Area Boundaries for Canada. In return, DMTI Spatial receives mapping information that will assist in the maintenance of its CanMap product line.
ESRI and Trimble announced the winners of the ESRI and Trimble Mobile Government Grant Program.
Autodesk announced the winners of this year's Design Awards. In GIS, the awards went to Pima County, Arizona and Seattle Public Utilities.
eSpatial, Inc. and the University of Arkansas (UA) Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) have entered into a joint venture to establish a Center of Excellence in Enterprise Spatial Solutions on the UA campus. eSpatial will provide software site licenses for its geospatial solution, iSMART. CAST has already been given technology by Intergraph Corporation as a Center For Excellence for the Mapping Sciences, by the Oracle Corporation as its first Center of Excellence in Spatial Data Management, by Sun Microsystems as a Center of Excellence in Distributed Computing for Spatial Data Management, by the Trimble Navigation Ltd. as a Center of Excellence for GPS Mapping Systems: Training and Research, by Skyline Software as a Center of Excellence in Geospatial 3D Visualization and by Definiens Imaging as a Center of Excellence in Object Oriented Image Analysis.
Maps a la carte, Inc., (TopoZone) announced it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the USGS to support the USGS' The National Map project. Under the agreement, Maps a la carte will develop, enhance, and document a suite of Open Source software for serving geospatial data over the Internet.
Acxiom Corporation announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire the Claritas Europe group of companies from VNU N.V., a global information and media company based in Haarlem, The Netherlands.
23,732,032 shares of Intergraph common stock were properly tendered at a price of $26.00 per share in the recent Dutch Auction held by the company. Intergraph will purchase 10,000,000, about 46% of those offered.
Navigation Technologies is offering sample NAVTECH maps to developers creating applications for QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) platform that take advantage of Location-Based Services (LBS).
MapInfo Corporation announced the recipients of its 2003 Americas Partner Awards. A special nod goes to reader Will Mitchell of Mitchell Geographics of Portland, Maine. His company received a State & Local Government "Above & Beyond" Award.
Contracts and Sales
Spectrum Mapping, LLC has been awarded a second contract for LiDAR data collection and mapping in King County, Washington for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and The Sensitive Areas Ordinance (SAO).
James W. Sewall Company announced that the General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded the company a five-year Federal Supply Schedule contract for environmental and engineering services.
GeoDecisions was selected by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) to provide geographic information systems (GIS) and information technology consulting services to maintain and improve the Geographical Resource Intranet Portal (GRIP) application for the next three years.
Starwood hotels selected MapQuest Business Solutions' Enterprise Server v2.0 to provide location information about and directions to its properties.
Leica Geosystems announced that it acquired Australia-based Tritronics Pty Ltd, a leading supplier of integrated machine automation and site management solutions for the mining industry.
Positive Systems received a Federal research grant valued at approximately $70,000 in conjunction with the NASA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The grant funds research to enhance tools to improve alignment and matching of imagery. Positive Systems will be joined by two partners: Dr. Doug Stow from San Diego State University and Dr. Ardeshir Goshtaby from Wright State University.
Telecom Fiji Ltd. signed a contract to upgrade its existing Intergraph FRAMME-based AM/FM/GIS application to the company's next-generation G/Comms as the enabling geofacilities management core of its Enterprise Network Resource Management system.
Aerials Express LLC, a national aerial photography firm, was awarded a contract to provide the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with digital imagery of key metropolitan areas. The company will provide the USGS with 2-foot, true color aerial photography. The imagery will be used and distributed by the USGS to local and federal governmental agencies for use in Homeland Security, first responder and GIS mapping applications.
Z/I Imaging Corporation, an Intergraph Company, announced InfoEarth Information Technology Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Xing Tian Di Group, purchased the Digital Mapping Camera.
eSpatial announced the newest version of the company's flagship geospatial solution, iSMART 4.3. New features include a single rapid application development environment for non-GIS specialists, powerful connected and disconnected functionality for mobile and off-line use and support for the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) Web Mapping Services (WMS) and Geography Markup Language (GML) standards. iSMART enables companies to reduce costs and accelerate development times by leveraging geospatial information and functionality without having to deploy a separate GIS infrastructure.
Mapping Solutions released TerraViewer Plus. With a high speed Internet connection, TerraViewer Plus dynamically brings GlobeXplorer color aerial imagery as a metered pre-paid service into MapInfo Professional.
Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of the Geographic Transformer 5.0.
Safe Software Inc. announced the availability of FME Suite 2004. New additions to FME 2004 include FME Application Extenders for ESRI ArcGIS 8.3 and Autodesk Envision. FME Application Extenders enable users to directly read FME-supported formats from within their preferred GIS application.
MapViewSVG 3.0 is now available for ESRI ArcView 3.x MapViewSVG allows you to convert maps with all layout settings to the SVG format (Scalable Vector Format).
Berlin-based company Algo Vision LuraTech GmbH introduced LuraWave.jp2 GEO Edition, a program for the compression of aerial and satellite images in the JPEG2000 format.
ESRI announced Business Analyst Online, a Web-based tool that accesses all the power of the desktop product. A free trial is available.
Cary and Associates of Longmont, Colo., announced the availability of a market report, "U.S. Federal Procurement of Geotechnology 2000-2002." The report identifies 117 agencies that have purchased a range of geotechnology products and services from 393 companies.
Navigation Technologies now offers a map of Canada's entire road network.
ESRI Business Information Solutions (ESRI BIS), a division of ESRI, announced that Community Tapestry is now available. Tapestry classifies U.S. neighborhoods into 65 segments based on socioeconomic and demographic composition.
SiRF Technology announced that its SiRFstarIIe/LP GPS technology powers the new Earthmate GPS with Bluetooth from DeLorme.
ESRI announced the inclusion of GlobeXplorer's United States Geological Survey (USGS) digital orthophoto quarter quadrangle (DOQQ) data with ArcWeb USA.
URISA will be holding its 6th Annual GIS in Addressing: Street Smart and Address Savvy Conference from August 29 - September 1, 2004. The call for papers is out.
Hires and New Offices
PlanGraphics has appointed Menghe Wang to manage its China project. John J. Troiano has joined the company as a senior account executive for the public sector central region, the company announced today. Troiano brings 13 years of experience in information technology sales and marketing.
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