Week in Review
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ESRI and two of its partners, Digital Quest, Inc. (DQI), of Ridgeland, Mississippi, and Berkeley Geo-Research Group (BGRG) of Orinda, California, are combining efforts to expand the educational programs that answer the needs of the quickly growing geospatial workforce.
Analytical Surveys, Inc. announced financial results for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2004. Revenue for the fiscal year was $11.7 million compared with $15.0 million in fiscal 2003. The Company's operating loss in fiscal 2004 totaled $2.1 million before interest and other expense and a $1.475 million gain on the extinguishment of debt, as compared to an operating loss in fiscal 2003
totaling $3.1 million before interest and other expense. Net loss available to common shareholders was $1.2 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, versus $3.9 million, or $4.76 per diluted share, last year.
Nextel is teaming with Research In Motion (RIM) to bring enhanced location-based services to the BlackBerry platform.
Atmel Corporation and Thales Navigation have signed a technology agreement, under which the two companies will partner in the development and marketing of inexpensive GPS chipsets, sub-systems, and associated software. Full details will be announced at CES in January.
The Spatial Technologies Industry Association is launching a study of workforce readiness for jobs in the fast-growing spatial technologies industry, using (it said "utilizing" in the release) a nearly $700,000 grant recently awarded by the US Department of Labor. (GIS Monitor reported on this award in October.)
LocatioNet announced that Partner Communications Company Ltd, operating the orange network in Israel, has launched LocatioNet's MyMap application. The launch was part of Partner's launch of its new 3G network in Israel, where MyMap was one of several new advanced data applications. MyMap is a graphical mapping guide that allows users to easily view and scroll colorful maps, use an advanced key-word search engine to locate any point of interest (POI) from a comprehensive database and calculate best routes to get to any address or POI in Israel.
@Road, Inc. and Research In Motion (RIM) are working together to develop @Road Workflow Manager for BlackBerry. @Road Workflow Manager will help to streamline the mobile workflow process by identifying and automating communications between the field service representative and the mobile workforce supervisor. The solution is designed to use GPS auto-detection to minimize task reporting and data entry by the field representative, automatically update work status and location, and provide dynamic routing to the next job site.
Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) signed a cooperation agreement with Khatib & Alami (K&A;) a multidisciplinary architectural and engineering consulting company in the Middle East. This agreement will enable SIME to add specialized GIS solutions to the market place, which consists of satellite and aerial based imagery, digital maps, and GIS solutions for hosting and publishing data.
Snowflake Software announced that MapInfo Limited will become a partner re-seller of GO Loader, Snowflake's tool for the set up and loading of GML data, in particular OS MasterMap.
CH2M HILL and Information Patterns announced a teaming arrangement to provide collaborative GIS solutions for emergency response to municipal, state, and federal agencies. The teaming arrangement enhances both companies' abilities to respond to the nation's growing need for effective collaborative response during emergency situations. Information Patterns, which works in the field of geo-collaboration solutions, has developed Toucan Navigate -- the GIS map navigation tool for Groove Virtual Office, which provides real-time data updating, location awareness, and shared map viewing for teams.
Contracts and Sales
Merrick & Company announced a new contract with the City of Casper, Wyoming to update its geographic information system basemap.
Michigan State University (MSU) Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science Research and Outreach Services (RS&GIS;) selected ER Mapper for work on a groundwater management project. One part of the study involves the creation of county mosaics from a statewide set of USGS Digital Orthophoto Quarter Quad (DOQQ) images of Michigan using ER Mapper. ER Mapper creates mosaicked ECW image files that are loaded into ESRI's ArcSDE an embedded raster catalog and accessed using ESRI's ArcIMS. This aerial imagery serves as a backdrop for statewide basemap features from the Michigan Geographic Framework and water well data from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
ESRI announced that Datumcom Corporation and LOC-AID has been selected by Telefonica Moviles Peru to provide location-based services (LBS) application development and Assisted-Global Positioning System (A-GPS) support for the company's Latin America service area. Telefonica Moviles Peru is the first wireless carrier in Latin America to fully deploy nationwide LBS.
iSECUREtrac, a company that provides secure GPS tracking solutions announced that on December 10, 2004 the South Carolina Probation Parole and Pardon Services Agency has awarded iSECUREtrac Corp with a $1.7 million contract to provide GPS offender monitoring systems.
MapInfo announced that Marco's Franchising, LLC selected MapInfo's Smart Site Solutions technology to provide market and real estate intelligence for the restaurant chain's national expansion and ongoing growth. Marco's Franchising, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, currently has 127 Marco's Pizza restaurants primarily in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Nevada.
NAVTEQ has been selected by SIRIUS Satellite Radio as the traffic data provider for the SIRIUS traffic service.
Pictometry announced that Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Office and the Gwinnett County, GA Fire Department have become the first public safety agencies in the country to deploy Pictometry's new touch screen interface with their county-wide image databases on mobile laptop PCs.
MapInfo signed a three-year deal with the New South Wales Ambulance Service for an undisclosed sum. The contract covers both data and software licensing and aims to extract savings, bolster decision-making support, and provide demographic trend modeling for future locations of Ambulance bases.
Smart Data Strategies, Inc. (SDS) announced the release of Mapper Desktop 9 and Analyst 9, now compatible with the ESRI ArcGIS 9 product line. Mapper Desktop is the integrated parcel editing tool within the SDS DREAMaps suite of real property management tools. The new release is better engineered to work with both the Personal and Enterprise Geodatabase platforms. Analyst, the integrated data analysis tool within the SDS DREAMaps suite, has been modified to take advantage of the latest release of ArcGIS 9, while adding substantial user-requested changes as well.
Thales introduced Magellan MapSend Topo 3D USA software: a map database with topography, street detail, and thousands of searchable points of interest (POIs) for the 48 contiguous United States and Hawaii.
Scan/US, Inc. announced DataXPT, demographic software system which combines innovative cartography and population databases. People using standard GIS can now make maps using current-year Scan/US MicroGrids.
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions introduced the Z/I Mouse, a high-precision 3D mouse that simplifies digitizing data and capture of stereo data for input into photogrammetric processes. The new mouse is now shipping with the company's redesigned Z/I Imaging ImageStation digital photogrammetric workstation and Z/I Imaging ImageStation Stereo Softcopy Kit (SSK).
Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of a new version its coordinate conversion software, the Geographic Calculator 6.2.
NAVTEQ is now offering detailed coverage for all of France.
Avenza Systems Inc. announced the release of MAPublisher 6.1 for Adobe Illustrator. Significant new functionality in MAPublisher 6.1 includes joining points based on attribute values, the ability to copy the coordinates of a known point location, and the ability to rotate point symbols based on attribute data.
Laurel Hill GIS, Inc. announced that GeoData Diagnostics 3-Use Trial is now available. GeoData Diagnostics is an off-the-shelf software product for ESRI's ArcGIS personal and enterprise geodatabases. It allows users to compare structures and properties of two geodatabases and report differences in user friendly HTML.
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced an array of in-depth training seminars, site tours, and an Education Symposium for its fifth annual GeoSpatial World conference. Themed "Enabling the Spatial Enterprise," the conference is sponsored by Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community (IGUC) and is scheduled for April 26-28 in San Francisco, Calif.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, announced BE Meeting Prague 2005, a special geospatial summit being held February 28 to March 2, 2005 at Prague's Diplomat Hotel. The summit is the European geospatial venue of BE Conference - Bentley's annual, international professional training event.
GIS software developer Cadcorp has announced the appointment of Richard Rollins as marketing manager.
The 8th Annual Crime Mapping Research Conference, organized by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), at the U.S. Dept. of Justice, will be held September 7-10, 2005. NIJ, as part of the Office of Justice Programs, is focused on research and practical assistance (funding, criminology/criminal justice research, technology development, conferences, training, etc.) for state and local law enforcement agencies. NIJ's Mapping & Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS) program works to advance spatial analysis of crime, multi-jurisdictional crime mapping, and other GIS applications for law enforcement.
Open Source Geospatial '05, an international conference addressing geospatial data technologies developed by or of relevance to the Open Source community, will be held June 16-18, 2005 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The conference will bring together the MapServer, EOGEO, and OSGIS communities with the intent to be broadly inclusive. This event is "not to be missed," based on my experience last year.
Exor, a provider of highways management software, announced a series of UK seminars to address the individual needs of Authorities and Utilities in response to the Traffic Management Act (TMA).
MapWorld 2005 User Conference will be held at the Sonesta Beach Resort in Key Biscayne, Florida on April 6-8, 2005.
The North Dakota Career and Technical Education Department (CTE) has made arrangements with Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) to provide free GIS software to all K-12 public and private schools in North Dakota, including ten North Dakota colleges. The statewide license includes ArcView 3.3 for Windows, ArcView 9.x for Windows, ArcView 3.0 for Macintosh, and the ArcAtlas data set. The software is free to all North Dakota schools even if they have not participated in training provided through CTE.
UCLID Software released its December schedule of parcel mapping webinars to demonstrate the latest release of IcoMap which is optimized for ArcGIS 9.0. Attendees will learn how to save time when working on parcel mapping projects in ESRI ArcGIS. The live 20-minute sessions are informative, free of charge, and easy to attend.
Texas A&M; University announces 2005 class dates for the popular GIS for Emergency Response class. Class dates are January 26-28, April 20-22, June 27-29, and September 21-23, 2005. The January class is being offered as a "Snowbird Special" at 20%OFF the regular rates. Details at: 361-825-3333.
During the recent combined GIScience 2004 conference and annual Assembly of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), ESRI donated 23 Student Travel Scholarships, two Young Scholars Awards, and 15 Student Software Grants. Recipients were among more than 300 faculty and students as well as government and industry leaders attending the event. GIScience 2004, held October 20-23, 2004, at the University of Maryland, provided academics the opportunity to meet with educators from a range of disciplines.
ESRI's 2005 4-H Grant Program will award 75 grants for software, introductory training, and other materials to U.S. 4-H clubs completing successful application and grant acceptance. A permanent software license will be awarded to grant recipients when they participate in and submit a project to the ESRI Community Atlas Program (ESRI CAP) by May 30, 2006.
Networks In Motion announced that it has hired Doug Antone as President and CEO of the mobile workforce management and location-based services company.
Intergraph announced that Kevin M. Twomey was elected to its Board of Directors and appointed to serve as a member of both the Compensation and Governance & Nominating Committees.
Joe Greco, a CAD columnist, analyst and "industry guy" passed away suddenly on December 7 of a heart attack. A scholarship has been set up in his name through the CAD Society. He became president of that organization in recent months. Having just hung out with my "CAD" friends at Autodesk University, I realize how close knit the community is.
The board of directors for VISTA Technology Services, Inc. (VISTA) has approved the hiring of B. Ray Summerell as Vice President, Corporate Development. The company focuses on IT solutions for federal facilities infrastructure analysis. Summerell most recently served as Director for US Sales, Civilian Agencies, and Architecture/Engineering/Construction for DigitalGlobe.
Martin Roche will head EarthData's GIS operations in Orlando, Florida, and New York, New York. Roche, who has more than 16 years of experience in GIS, information technology, and urban planning, will develop EarthData's GIS service offerings and lead the organization's expansion into new GIS markets.
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