API for Virtual Earth, New Release of MapPoint Web Service Aim to Get More Eyes on Search Engines

Galileo Group, Inc. and Forest One, Inc. have partnered to provide assistance to government agencies and private companies attempting to recover from Hurricane Katrina. The partnership offers rapid response mapping, remote sensing and GIS services to assist with the recovery efforts. Both companies are proven providers of specialized airborne data and remote sensing services for the Department of Defense (DoD), other government agencies, and commercial clients.

Other Announcements

The USGS announced that the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be located in the city of Denver. The NGTOC will consolidate the functions and operations currently performed in four USGS mapping centers (Menlo Park, Calif.; Rolla, Mo.; Denver, Colo.; and Reston, Va.) and other distributed sites to one location.

Further, USGS will conduct an A-76 study to compare the cost of providing the selected geospatial operations activities at the NGTOC “in-house” by a reengineered government workforce as a Most Efficient Organization (MEO), or under contract with a private sector firm. The public-private competition will evaluate current and future functions, and the number of personnel required by the NGTOC.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Location Based Services (LBS)/Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Market Research 2005 to their offering.

This report looks at the LBS/GIS market and covers the following key topics - LBS/GIS technology and applications, LBS/GIS industry chain, market scale, policy and criteria, and LBS/GIS providers. It provides in-depth analysis of LBS/GIS technology, market status and trends, providing detailed information to those enterprises aiming to enter this market.

LBS/GIS service is considered another killer service after SMS. It has a great market scale and a favorable profit potential; however, the real development is slow. Along with the perfect of industry chain, the LBS/GIS market is expected to become larger and larger. The global LBS/GIS market started to accelerate in 2005, and the revenue is expected to reach 11.7 billion USD by 2008.

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) presents the first draft of a newly created Street Address Data Standard for first review and comment by the geospatial community. The draft standard is available on the URISA website. This is the first opportunity for members of the GIS Community to view the Federal Geographic Data Committee-approved effort to create a street address data standard.


David Lapp, Farallon Geographics' Vice President and Senior Database Engineer, recently joined the Board of Directors of the Oracle Spatial Special Interest Group. Mr. Lapp is Farallon Geographics' lead Oracle Spatial expert. He has integrated its extensive functionality with diverse applications for clients in many industries including state & local government, insurance, transportation, and homeland security.

Thales announced the appointment of Philippe Durand to lead the sales and marketing efforts for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region of its Magellan consumer business. Durand joins Thales' consumer business from Texas Instruments where he served as vice president of its Education and Productivity business and led the company's entry into new educational markets around the globe.

uLocate Communications, Inc., a technology provider in the development and delivery of location-based services (LBS) to the consumer and enterprise markets, appointed Walter A. Doyle, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Doyle will also serve as a member of uLocate's Board of Directors.


Intergraph Corporation announced Hansa Luftbild Sensorik und Photogrammetrie GmbH (Hansa Luftbild), Germany's largest and longest established photoflight company, has selected Intergraph's Z/I Imaging(R) DMC(R) digital mapping camera to establish a fully digital photogrammetric workflow. One of the largest private European aerial survey companies, Hansa Luftbild provides a wide range of photogrammetric services to commercial and government customers. With the DMC, the company will be able to provide digital acquisition, speed delivery of high-quality imagery, and offer enhanced aerial image options - black and white, color and infrared imagery.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has purchased the Z Corporation's Z810 3D Printer to create color models of cities, mountainous areas and other complex terrain around the world in support of military operations and related applications.


The Government of Alberta, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Development (AAFRD) was recently presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada's Regional User Conference. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada presented the award in recognition of AAFRD's Agriculture and Climate Information Service (ACIS).

AccuWeather.com, leading commercial weather service, has received a 2005 Standard of Excellence WebAward for its free web site at www.accuweather.com. The 2005 WebAward Competition is administered by WMA, the Web Marketing Association, to recognize the achievements of professionals who create and maintain outstanding corporate web sites.


Metrogas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Chile, has announced completion of their ArcFM implementation. This new solution is part of an enterprise GIS and provides the company a complete utility-specific system for modeling, editing, maintaining, and managing facility asset data.

John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, a geographic information system (GIS), photogrammetric and remote sensing services industry leader, announced that the company has been selected by The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center (CSC) to provide professional geospatial services in support of various local and regional coastal products, coastal resource assessments, estuarine and watershed analyses, environmental characterizations and habitat conservation for the coastal management community.

New Products

MWH Soft, a global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, announced the release of InfoSWMM Calibrator.

UK digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has announced the latest version of the Cadcorp SIS - Spatial Information System software suite, Cadcorp SIS Version 6.2. This latest version of Cadcorp SIS introduces many new and enhanced features designed to enable organizations to realize efficiency gains from increased productivity, improved information sharing and customer self-service.

Gearworks, a provider of on-demand mobile workforce management software, and salesforce.com , the global leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), announced the availability of etrace(R) for AppExchange.

Planar Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in flat panel display systems, is introducing the latest in stereoscopic 3D technology to address imaging applications in geospatial intelligence and photogrammetry where customers need 3D viewing to discern depth in the imagery and interpret spatial details. Planar designed its initial offering with these specific customers in mind due to the demand for a high-quality 3D imaging solution and the need to replace discontinued CRT-based systems.

Thales Navigation, makers of Hertz(R) NeverLost(R) and global provider of Magellan consumer GPS products, announced the Magellan RoadMate 360, the best value in a portable vehicle navigation system and the ideal solution for mobile professionals and cost-conscious travelers. At only $699 US, the color-touch-screen Magellan RoadMate 360 delivers a full set of navigation features, including preloaded, full-coverage detailed street maps with no need for PC configuration to gain door-to-door guidance in Canada, Puerto Rico and all 50 United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Drivers also gain the same intuitive user interface, derived from the Hertz NeverLost system, which has made the flagship Magellan RoadMate 700 the leading portable auto navigation product in the United States.

ESRI announced that ArcIMS 9.1 Route Server, the latest version of ESRI's routing extension to ArcIMS, is now shipping. This new version is compatible with ArcIMS 9.1, which was released in May 2005. A key enhancement to ArcIMS Route Server is the ability to handle complex turn restrictions (for example, conditional maneuvers such as when a left turn is allowed but a left turn followed by a right turn is not allowed).

Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce that GeoMapServer, the COTS version of the award-winning BeyondGeo Internet Mapping technology, has been enhanced with an automatic web publishing tool. GeoMapServer is a complete re-write of the BeyondGeo MapServer that has been developed according to the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) specification, and is scalable and cost effective. Blue Marble is known worldwide for their geographic software tools and in particular, coordinate conversion technology.

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