Responding to Florida's 2004 Hurricane Season
NowAuto, Inc. announced that it has begun shipping Navicom GPS tracking units to distributors and retailers across the US. Navicom has recently changed its sales model to become a supplier to distributors and retailers rather than direct sales. This strategy should significantly increase sales, lower costs, and generate greater monthly service fees. The program is expected to increase Navicom's subscriber base significantly in 2005.
u-blox AG announced the introduction of the new GPS receiver module: TIM-LL. This new programmable OEM GPS receiver module with ANTARIS(R) technology is an improved and cost-optimized version of the TIM-LP, first introduced by u-blox in 2003.
@Road(R), Inc., provider of mobile resource management (MRM) services, announced the launch of the @Road Solution Suite for Transportation and Distribution, a comprehensive set of bundled services and features that combines GPS tracking, route compliance, electronic driver logs, vehicle diagnostics and more.
Letters from Readers
Re-Autodesk Product Retirement
Autodesk Loyalty Program: Mark Strassman didn't mention that you can only get it [the upgrade discount] if you pay for a subscription too. So you get the AutoCAD at a discount but then have to pay to go on subscription too. So it works out to being around a 20% discount. Although you get the next release as part of that subscription.
Autodesk's response: Any customer - not just subscription customers - with a product that retires but doesn't qualify for the step-up program, can participate in the Legacy program.
I just wanted to say congratulations on the 100th issue of GISWeekly! What a great accomplishment!! AND congratulations on your new position at AECWeekly! This must be a very exciting time for you. I look forward to working with you again soon.
Around the Web
Motorola Partners with Sunglass Maker Oakley, January 14, 2005, CNET News.com --Motorola has been making deals lately to jazz up its image. The deal with Oakley, a company that makes sunglasses and other accessories, is part of a plan to create wearable Bluetooth-enabled communication products. Motorola recently cut a deal with a Burlington, Vt. Clothing manufacturer to develop outerwear that uses interactive cell phone and portable music technology.
Scientists Watch for Iceberg Collision Reuters, by James Gruebel, January 17, 2005 - Scientists were watching for a collision between a giant iceberg and an Antarctic glacier, which could free up sea lanes to America's McMurdo Station and help penguins reach crucial feeding areas.
How do you stop a disaster becoming a crisis?, Reuters AlertNet, January 17, 2005, by Katherine Alerie - Natural disasters have killed about 730,000 people in the past 10 years, taking into account the Indian Ocean tsunami. But the death toll is coming down due to better preparation and prevention. Simple measures -- even in the poorest communities -- can save lives, from early warning systems, evacuation and rescue training to first aid.
GIS 2005 Ostrava
Date: January 23 - 26, 2005
Place: VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Institute of Geoinformatics Czech Republic By interoperability to mobility
Date: January 25 - 27, 2005
Place: San Diego, CA USA
Make plans now to attend the 15th annual DistribuTECH, the leading utility industry event. Now encompassing automation and control systems, IT, T&D engineering, power delivery equipment and water utility technology, no other event can provide you with more of the current resources, tools and networking opportunities in today's utility industry than DistribuTECH.
A 3-Day Summit on Internet Protocol version 6. The Summit will be in coordination with the Department of Defense's Day of IPv6. Leaders in industry, military, government, academia and research are coming together to discuss the deployment of IPv6 and the future of the "New Internet." There will also be an exhibit hall filled with cutting edge IPv6 technology.
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