August 09, 2004
WiFi and Products and Events to Watch for at ESRI Conference 2004
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Welcome to GISWeekly! For those who are interested in using a wireless connection at the ESRI Conference this year, the San Diego Convention Center is WiFi-enabled. Last year some people had trouble accessing their e-mail this way. According to a communications person at ESRI, the link will be just as last year's, meaning that they will pass Internet based traffic and SMTP email applications. Customers should be using 'online' solutions for access.

This week GISWeekly lists some of the companies who are releasing new products or demonstrating new technologies at the ESRI Conference.

During the week, for those who are onsite at the conference or following it from the desktop, we will be featuring daily ESRI Conference newsfeeds which can be found in our GISCafe Daily News and will also be able to be accessed through GISWeekly at the end of the week.

I will be at the conference from Sunday through Friday, and will be checking my email regularly during that time. If readers have any questions that they would like to see answered or issues addressed in the Weekly, please contact me at

Correction: In last week's Industry News, Z/I Imaging's Digital Mapping Camera was incorrectly priced at $4 million. The correct price for that product is $1.4 million, which should make potential shoppers happy. My apologies for the mistake.

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Industry News


For those who are interested in using a wireless connection at the ESRI Conference this year, the San Diego Convention Center is WiFi-enabled. Last year some people had trouble accessing their e-mail this way. According to a communications person at ESRI, the link will be just as last year's, meaning that they will pass Internet based traffic and SMTP email applications. Customers should be using 'online' solutions for access.

Products and Events to Watch for at ESRI Conference 2004

Layton Graphics will showcase its latest product, MAP2PDFTM for ArcGISTM, an extension to ArcGISTM that creates geo-registered PDF maps with embedded attribute data from within ArcGIS at booth #1801. This new extension of Layton's MAP2PDFTM software extends the reach of ArcGISTM to Adobe ReaderTM users with the publishing of spatial PDF maps.

Xplore Technologies Corp. is a designer, manufacturer, marketer and supporter of high-end rugged mobile computing systems for OEM/ODM and vertical market applications worldwide. They will be showing their latest product, the iX104 Tablet PC, which, like many of their models, is designed to operate in physically-demanding environments. They will be in Booth 1729.

This year RMSI is highlighting 'Geospatial Business Solutions' at the conference.. RMSI will present a paper on an "Integrated GIS Work Environment with ESRI Products".

Thales will demonstrate their new MobileMapper(TM) CE, a handheld GPS receiver for geographic information system (GIS) and many other data collection applications, which features an affordable price, real-time sub-meter GPS positioning, embedded Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE .NET, Bluetooth(R) wireless technology, removable SD card memory and an all-day removable battery.

Matrox will be showcasing new graphics technology for GIS, namely the Matrox P650 Low-profile PCI multi-display graphics card, ideal for small form factor PCs and laptop docking stations, as well as the Matrox Advanced Synchronization Module (ASM), providing cutting-edge genlock support for multi-board and multi-system display synchronization.Visit Matrox for a chance to win a Parhelia™ 128 MB graphics card. The draw will be held in Matrox's booth (#625) at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 12th.

Joe Hanousek, UCLID VP Sales and Marketing, will deliver a presentation entitled “How Fast Growing Counties Manage Parcel Mapping” 10:30a.m. Sunday, August 8 at the ESRI Survey & GIS Summit
in San Diego, CA. Hanousek will show how organizations can save money with GIS productivity tools.
Hanousek's presentation is part of the Technology Case Studies session in Ballroom B of the Omni Hotel.

Avenza Systems Inc. will offer a special MAPublisher discount offer to ESRI UC attendees. During the 2004 ESRI International Users conference anyone who purchases a new MAPublisher license (including academic versions and floating licenses. Upgrades not included) will receive a 10% on the spot discount on all components of their order except shipping.

Varion Systems, will introduce its new automated vehicle location (AVL) software package - tracServe™


PCI Geomatics announced the appointment of PCI Software Private Limited (PSPL) of Calcutta as a Master Reseller for South Asia and India. PSPL, a PCI Geomatics joint venture company, will work with the existing local network of resellers to promote PCI Geomatics.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, announced that it has acquired Haestad Methods, Inc. Haestad solutions provide for design, analysis, and management of water distribution supply, municipal sanitary sewers, urban stormwater collection, roadway and civil site drainage, and flood control. These products are used by municipalities, transportation agencies, consulting engineers, and contracting firms.

Space Imaging has signed an exclusive agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), of Montreal, Canada, to sell a new family of aviation geospatial products derived from Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite, and the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) and Landsat satellites. The agreement was signed July 23, 2004.

DigitalGlobe ( has signed an agreement with IONIC under its NextView contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency ( DigitalGlobe has purchased the entire IONIC RedSpider product line including RedSpider Web, RedSpider Studio, and RedSpider Catalog to implement an extensive OpenGIS-based architecture. In addition, DigitalGlobe has bought RedSpider Enterprise to integrate their internal business applications and imagery into a comprehensive and powerful spatial data infrastructure.

Group 1 Software (Nasdaq: GSOF) and MetaCarta Inc. announced a strategic technology alliance. Under the agreement, MetaCarta is integrating Group 1's Centrus geocoding software for U.S. postal addresses into its Geographic Text Search (GTS) solution. MetaCarta's GTS solution conducts searches by geography and retrieves information based on keywords.

VELOCITIE and Miner & Miner have teamed up to provide enterprise GIS products and system integration services to energy and water utilities, public works departments, and municipal government. By joining the Miner & Miner team, VELOCITIE is now an official business partner of the M&M ArcFM™ product suite and provides implementation and system integration services to support the deployment of Miner & Miner's ArcFM™ Enterprise GIS products.


Will Wilbrink, Chief Solutions Architect for MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ: MAPS), will deliver a keynote address at the 17th Annual GIS in the Rockies Conference. Wilbrink will present “Enabling the Mobile Workforce with Location Aware Services.” His remarks will outline the current and near future technologies that are helping to broaden the use of GIS in mobile workforce applications. Karen Brandt, Chair of the GIS in the Rockies Board of Directors, said "We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Wilbrink has accepted our invitation to address this year's conference. The opportunity to work effectively anywhere is of interest in a broad range of fields."

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