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MapInfo Corporation announced that Bluecom Group Ltd, a UK bespoke solutions provider to companies with mobile workforces and a subsidiary of Citylink Group Ltd, has selected MapInfo technology to underpin the development of SmartACCESS, a new web-enabled vehicle tracking and telematics solution.


NAVTEQ earned the honor of 2005 Oracle(R) Spatial Partnership Award Winner. The Oracle Spatial Partnership Award given by Oracle is one in a series known as the Oracle Spatial Excellence Awards (OSE's). The first annual OSE's (or Ozzie's) were created by the Oracle Server Technologies Spatial organization to recognize organizations that have contributed to the advancement of mainstream enterprise solutions using geospatial technology.

Tele Atlas, a global provider of digital map data and other geographic content, and TomTom, a navigation solutions provider and a close partner of Tele Atlas, took home the highest accolades in their categories at the Telematics Update Detroit 2005 show. Tele Atlas was chosen as the Best Technology/Telematics Solution and the TomTom GO was awarded the prize for Best Navigation Product.


The Magellan® “Be There” GPS Adventure geocaching contest hosted by Thales navigation business, begins May 23, 2005 and spans across 30 cities in the United States and five in Germany.

At the website, contestants can access clues they can use with a GPS receiver to get to obscure, but easily traversed, locations where containers are hidden above ground each week. The first person to BE THERE and find the container will retrieve a document inside that is redeemable for a first-place prize.


Two additional sessions of the popular 3 day "GIS for Emergency Response" class were announced at the Texas Governor's Department of Emergency Management Annual Hurricane Conference.

The 2005 Hurricane Season officially begins June 1 and this year's season is predicted to be at least as active as 2004, which brought four major hurricanes to Florida and CAT 5 Ivan to the Caribbean and Gulf Coast.

Classes are held on campus at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi and the two remaining sessions for 2005 are June 27-29 & September 21-23. The class can also be delivered on-site by request. Call Devon Humphrey at 512.264.3246 or visit for more information.


MWH Soft, a global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, announced that Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, President and COO of MWH Soft, has been named to the Board of Directors of the National Association of GIS-Centric Software (NAGCS). Boulos was elected by the founding members of NAGCS to guide the organization toward achieving its mission: furthering the development of GIS-centric solutions across all industries.

New Products

AmberCore(TM) Software, global provider of spatial decision support systems, announced the release of Amber iQ® 2.0. Amber iQ 2.0 is a Geographic Information System (GIS) that integrates vector and raster data to produce stunning visual outputs and valuable analysis.

ASPRS released version 1.1 of the ASPRS Lidar Data Exchange Format Standard (LAS) at its 71st Annual ASPRS Conference and Exhibition held in Baltimore, Maryland in March. This binary data exchange format is an industry standard for the exchange of lidar data between various hardware manufacturers, software developers, data providers and end users. The LAS format is primarily intended to make the exchange, manipulation, analysis, and storage of lidar data faster and easier. In addition, a standardized lidar data format helps to facilitate the processing, editing and visualization of lidar data in a wide variety of commercial and proprietary software packages. The format is a public binary file format that is a replacement for the proprietary systems or a generic ASCII file interchange system used by many companies in the past.

Autodesk, Inc. and HP announced the availability of instant printing capabilities for HP Designjet series printers with Autodesk DWF Viewer, a free, downloadable viewer for 2D and 3D design workflows, and DWF Composer software that enables users to review, mark up and revise drawings.

MapText, Inc. has announced the release of Label-Web 1.0, a high-quality text placement engine that labels web-based maps on the fly in a GeoMedia WebMap 5.2 environment.

Claritas Inc., provider of intelligent marketing information and target marketing services, announced the release of ConsumerPoint® CE, the Canadian edition of Claritas' comprehensive target marketing software system. The new product is being made available through a strategic partnership with Toronto-based Environics Analytics Group, a marketing services company that specializes in geodemographic-based segmentation.

ViziWorld LLC announced the launch of ViziMap Creator™, an online multimedia mapping product focused on satisfying people's desire to communicate with maps and photos, and to share these with one another.

A major milestone in a sixteen-year, multi-million-dollar self-funded effort by the South Carolina- based defense research and development company Ladco Defense Technologies was reached this week as the small firm announced its first globally marketable product. This product is an electronic remote sensing device named RTAPT. This sensor has been designed to be a cost-effective solution to eliminate the errors in all GPS, PPS, GIS and mapping products currently available in the defense and commercial markets. Presently the company's best information says that it will be offering two versions of this device - one version for commercial markets and one available for the defense markets.

Matrox Graphics Inc., manufacturer of professional graphics solutions, announced the Millennium P650 LP PCIe 64 graphics card, a low-profile Millennium P-Series product for PCI Express. The product features native PCI Express x16 support, 64 MB of graphics memory, and Matrox DualHead® for using two digital or analog monitors at a time. This announcement follows other recent Matrox releases for PCI Express, including the now-shipping Matrox QID LP PCIe and Millennium P650 PCIe 128 products.

Around the Web

Take That, Google: Bill Gates Struts Microsoft's New Search Stuff, by John Markoff, The New York Time, (registration required), May 24, 2005 - Bill Gates used his appearance at an industry conference here (Carlsbad, Calif.) Monday to offer Microsoft's response to Google's latest online offerings, incorporating satellite imagery into location-based search results and introducing a new customizable MSN "start" page.

IBM's Mattos: The Metadata Story Has Jelled, by Lisa Vaas, Eweek, May 13, 2005 - Analysts say that following the Ascential acquisition-only the latest in a string of acquisitions over the past years-IBM is well on its way to becoming the leader in the field of data integration.

But analysts and customers also say that they haven't yet heard the full metadata story. That's important, because metadata is the glue that binds it all together. As vendors seek to tie together disparate integration tools such as ETL (extraction, transformation and loading), EAI (enterprise application integration), data profiling, into one, integrated platform of integration tools, this metadata story is crucial.

Upcoming Events

GEO Brasil 2005
Date: May 30 - June 2, 2005
Place: Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
GEOBrasil, ExpoGPS/Galileo, GEOIntelligence and GEO Oil and Gas together form the largest and most important and comprehensive set of events connected with geoinformation of Latin America. With the presence of the principal brand names, trade marks and leaders of the market, the event, workshops, courses, conferences and debates present a unique opportunity for total immersion in the principal novelties connected with geotechnologies to be found in the continent.

Kentucky-Tennessee Society of American Foresters Summer Meeting, GIS Pre-Conference
Date: June 7, 2005
Place: University of the South Sewanee, TN USA
This one-day pre-conference workshop will prepare you to make an informed decision regarding the move to GIS. You will learn the basics of how a GIS works and how it can best be used to monitor and manage natural resources.

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