Location Services Get Location Smart

The combination of SAS and ESRI will enable organizations to apply the best technology to solve high-value business problems that inherently consider the impact of spatial relationships as part of the intelligence-creation process.

Both ESRI and SAS have designed their latest software releases to integrate BI and GIS functionality into a Web-based, zero-download application running in a browser. This new application allows users to analyze and visualize complex BI data relationships in the context of locational influences. Users will access the new functionality through the SAS Web OLAP Viewer, one of the analysis and reporting interfaces to SAS Enterprise BI Server, and now ESRI's ArcGIS Server.

Gearworks, a provider of mobile workforce management software, announced the release of etrace(R) 4.5, a new version of its etrace software, which measures, manages and optimizes field operations at the point of service delivery.

Telmap software and technology provider of mobile mapping applications officially announced that Polaris Mapping and Navigation System is set to launch in the US as a solution for select Nokia GPS enabled handsets.

The first compatible Nokia phone is scheduled to be available from Nokia during the fourth quarter of 2005.

Visual Learning Systems, Inc. (VLS) announced the official release of LIDAR Analyst, a solution for automating the collection of 3D features from LIDAR data. Early studies show LIDAR Analyst captures and attributes nearly 100% of building and tree features, while extracting bare earth (terrain without vegetation and man-made objects) within centimeters of sensor accuracy.

Every year, GfK MACON check and update their digital maps of Europe. The updates of the administrative and postal maps of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (D-A-CH) has already been completed. They are available as of now in the formats of all standard GIS.

Maptech adds Companion CD-ROM to its ChartKits and Waterproof Chartbooks. The Companion CD-ROM has the exact same charts; the same GPS waypoints and the same pre-plotted courses just like in the chartbooks and it comes with GPS Real-Time Positioning/Planning Software and at no additional cost.

Oce unveiled a line of 17-inch inkjet media that is compatible with Epson Stylus Pro 4000 inkjet printers. This new width complements the existing Oce line of 24- to 44-inch media for other Epson large format inkjet printers. It reinforces Oce's commitment to providing top-of-the-line inkjet media to support high resolution, photo quality inkjet printing from the industry's leading printer manufacturers.

The City2See web site, powered by ER Mapper technology, is now offering high-resolution color aerial photography of the Greater Melbourne metropolitan area. Users are able to freely search and view the image catalogue and print low-resolution images for free. Higher resolution digital and printed images, including laminated and framed products are available from $AUS14.90.

Trace Technologies, LLC unveils the TRACE asset tag, a new asset tracking system fusing advanced GPS, wireless and Internet together into one integrated product.

Wallace Wireless, developer of wireless crisis communication software, announced the release of the Wallace Emergency Locator (WEL). WEL combines powerful mapping technology from ESRI Technologies with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) location-based services.

GIS Worlds: Creating Spatial Data Infrastructures, a new book from ESRI Press, provides an overview of the developments in spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) over the last 10 to 15 years. Author Ian Masser examines the development of SDIs for sharing geographic data in local, state, regional, national, and international agencies. (ISBN 1-58948-122-4, 336 pages, $49.95) The book can be purchased at www.esri.com/esripress or by calling 1-800-447-9778.

Around the Web

'Genographic Project' aims to tell us where we came from, by Dan Vergano, April 12, 2005, USA Today -- The privately funded "Genographic Project" is an effort to collect gene samples from 100,000 people worldwide that may reveal patterns in their DNA. Population geneticists in the USA, Brazil, France, Lebanon, South Africa, United Kingdom, Russia, India, China and Australia will take part.

FAQ: Wi-Fi alphabet soup, by Richard Shim, April 14, 2005, CNET News.com - Fast-paced innovation can be exhilarating, but it can also be a recipe for confusion.

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Date: April 16 - 21, 2005
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From Pharaohs to Geoinformatics The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure supports ready global access to geographic information. This is achieved through the coordinated actions of nations and organizations that promote awareness and implementation of complimentary policies, common standards and effective mechanisms for the development and availability of interoperable digital geographic data and technologies to support decision making at all scales for multiple purposes. These actions encompass the policies, organizational remits, data, technologies, standards, delivery mechanisms, and financial and human resources necessary to ensure that those working at the global and regional scale are not impeded in meeting their objectives. Call for papers - deadline 20 November 2004 http://www.fig.net/cairo/call.htm

8th GSDI Conference
Date: April 16 - 21, 2005
Place: Cairo, Egypt
"From Pharoahs to Geoinformatics" --"The role of spatial data and spatial data infrastructures in an information society" is a major theme. The GSDI Association (Global Spatial Data Infrastructure) will hold this conference in conjunction with the Federation of International Surveyors (FIG).

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Learn how to integrate consumer data with GIS to make better business decisions.

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The annual Louisiana Remote Sensing & GIS Workshop (LA RSGIS) is the State's premier event for professionals using geospatial information technologies, including automated mapping/facilities management, cartography, land use and land management, geographic information systems, remote sensing and photogrammetry, and other related geospatial technologies.

Date: April 20 - 22, 2005
Place: John Asuxaga's Nugget Sparks, NV USA
"GIS Makes Nevada Spatial"

2005 Delaware GIS Conference
Date: April 21, 2005
Place: The Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center Rehoboth Beach, DE USA

2005 Symposium and Exhibition on Best Practices in Mass Appraisal
Date: April 21 - 22, 2005
Place: Bangkok, Thailand
The symposium is designed to provide a forum for investors, professionals, academics, and other professionals who use CAMA and GIS tools in their real estate appraisal work to come together and share experiences from around the world. The event will feature presentations, panel discussions, a product exhibition, and a study trip. We are currently accepting papers for the conference (see website for more details).

The International Lidar Mapping Forum
Date: April 25 - 26, 2005
Place: Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, LA USA
The International LIDAR Forum (ILMF) is an industry group whose goal is to advance the education and knowledge of LIDAR mapping technology and applications. To further this objective, the ILMF holds an annual meeting that brings together LIDAR professionals from around the world to network and hear about the latest technologies and issues affecting LIDAR mapping.

GeoSpatial World 2005
Date: April 26 - 28, 2005
Place: Hilton San Francisco San Francisco, CA USA
Sponsored by Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community, GeoSpatial World is the annual international training and management conference for Intergraph customers and individuals who are interested in learning more about managing and applying geospatial technology, information, and solutions.

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