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Dell announced that its workstation and consumer desktop lines will be among the first to include the enhanced performance enabled by Intel's new dual-core processor technology. Available in the United States and Canada, the new systems help customers save time and use computing resources more efficiently for design and analysis or when creating or enjoying digital content.

Homeland Integrated Security Systems, Inc. announced that it has filed an application with the United States Patent and Trade Office for the Cyber Tracker. The company has received an application number and confirmation of receipt from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Cyber Tracker is a battery powered GPS device that utilizes Motorola technology. It can be placed on assets, people or in vehicles and possesses virtually real time tracking capabilities.

IDELIX Software Inc. announced the completion of a commissioned feasibility study on the integration of their Pliable Display Technology (PDT) into the Collaborative Operation Planning System (COPlanS). A joint initiative led by the Director General of Joint Force.

Development, COPlanS development is also sponsored by the Directorate of Air Force Requirements, Air Force Command and Control Information Systems (AFCCIS) Project and managed by Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC). The study is the first phase of a process that may ultimately see PDT by IDELIX integrated into future commercial releases of COPlanS.

The upcoming release of MicroStation (code named "Mozart") from Bentley Systems will include the following capabilities:
- A powerful new graphics system providing outstanding 2D and 3D graphics performance.

- A renovated and streamlined user interface that speeds design, drafting, and visualization.

- Tools to create a structured design environment so you can easily configure best practices and standards into your design process.

- From ProjectWise, distributed work (concurrent) files that enable parallel design processes; and integration with SharePoint.

- And many more
ESRI UK launched the ESRI Developer Network (EDN) (see our feature in Feb 21-25 issue of GISWeekly). EDN is a new program designed to encourage application developers to discover the benefits of adding cutting edge geospatial functionality to their software applications and business solutions without the usual price barriers associated with enterprise level software.

ESRI announced that Munich Reinsurance Company (Munich Re) is providing an online worldwide database of natural events and catastrophes for use in the insurance industry . The database, called the NATural Hazards Assessment Network (NATHAN), uses ESRI's ArcIMS for mapping and GIS analysis over the Internet.

The ground-breaking potential of a satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) network was the focus of a major consultation workshop in London. Ordnance Survey and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) offered more than 80 specialists in surveying and geographical information - from government, commercial and academic organizations - the chance to find out more about the mapping agency's GPS base station framework that is now spread across the whole country.

Ordnance Survey is the first organization in Britain to develop a complete national network of stations, enabling seamless Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS positioning at the centimeter level. The use of this network has delivered significant efficiency improvements for Ordnance Survey cutting the costs of its surveying by more than 40% in some cases.

LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc. and a provider of software solutions that make it easier to manage and distribute digital content announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has named MrSID Generation 3 image Format as the standard to be used for all 2005 Compressed County Mosaics (CCM).

NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, will host a conference call on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 5:00 PM EDT (4:00 PM CDT) to discuss its first quarter 2005 financial results.
To participate in the call, please dial:
U.S. and Canada: 800-591-6923
International: 617-614-4907
Passcode: 97804016
Sanborn has been selected to provide GIS topographic mapping services for Pima Association of Governments (PAG), a Tucson, Arizona-based coalition of local, state and tribal governments that assists its members and the public with regional planning issues.

Intergraph Corporation, provider of Spatial Information Management (SIM), announced its participation in a demonstration of interoperable emergency communications. On March 29, 2005, more than 80 state, local and federal organizations and more than 15 technology providers shared real-time information on multiple all-hazards emergency events by routing messages to the emergency response agencies using the Emergency Provider Access Directory (EPAD). Developed by COMCARE, a 100-organization nonprofit emergency response alliance, EPAD gives authorized agencies the ability to register to receive and distribute messages based on geography, incident or agency type for all kinds of emergency events. With computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems at 19 U.S. federal installations and more than 165 sites worldwide, Intergraph is the first company to provide CAD technology using EPAD in a data interoperability demonstration.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Review Board has approved the launch of the Geospatial Semantic Web (GSW) Interoperability Experiment (IE). The Interoperability Experiment will take several important steps towards the development of the Geospatial Semantic Web, where discovery, query, and consumption of geospatial content are based on formal semantic specification. The GSW will enable the meaning of geographic queries to be easily shared among different software systems and online services.

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has launched the ASPRS Foundation, Inc., an independently registered entity that will raise, invest, and grant funds to the ASPRS Awards and Scholarships Program. This brings back to ASPRS the original American Society of Photogrammetry (ASP) Foundation that was initially formed in 1979, and later transformed to become the International Geographic Information Foundation (IGIF).


In December of 2004 the Institute for GIS Studies (IGISS) was awarded a $2 million grant to establish the Geospatial Business Hub Model (GBHM) that will provide training for future geospatial technology workers in the fields of utilities services and land management. Ultimately this grant will serve to help reduce the current practice of sending such work overseas. The GBHM is part of the President's High Growth Job Training Initiative, which is helping workers find and prepare for jobs in America's fastest growing industries.

RADARSAT International was recognized as the top North American reseller of QuickBird high-resolution imagery during DigitalGlobe's Annual Reseller Conference held in March 2005. The recognition was awarded on the basis of total QuickBird sales in 2004, where RADARSAT International outperformed twenty other North American QuickBird resellers.


The Mosaic Programme Office announced that it has selected Geographic Information (GI) specialists GDC, in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers, to provide a pilot geographic infrastructure for its Mosaic Programme, the implementation of the Geographic Information Strategy for Northern Ireland.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced the call for nominations for the 2005 Carl Pulfrich Award. Z/I Imaging(R) LTD, an Intergraph company, sponsors the award in order to promote outstanding scientific, application-oriented design and/or manufacturing activities in the field of photogrammetry and remote sensing, including earth imaging applications. The biennial award is intended to honor the memory of Dr. Carl Pulfrich, a member of the scientific staff at Carl Zeiss from 1890 to 1927, during which time he directed the design of the first stereo photogrammetric and surveying instruments from Zeiss.

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SAS unveiled integrated business intelligence (BI) applications that will allow organizations to visualize and analyze data relationships in new ways by considering both location and traditional business information dimensions together at the 30th annual SAS(R) Users Group International (SUGI) conference in Philadelphia.

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