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Excellence Awards

The editors of PC Magazine have chosen the Magellan(R) RoadMate(TM) 700 in-car GPS category as their favorite in their recent review of a portable turn-by-turn vehicle navigation system, recognized as an "Editors' Choice Award" recipient in the publication's May 18, 2004 issue. Magellan RoadMate received kudos for design, accuracy and ease of use.

CMAP's online mapping services were named "Technology of the Year" by the Intelligent Community Forum, a nonprofit group dedicated to leveraging the full potential of broadband communications and information technology for municipalities worldwide.


Municipal Software Corporation, the developer of local government business process automation software, CityView, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Municipal Solutions Group, Inc. (TSX-V:MSM), celebrated their move to the award-winning Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) with a Grand Opening event on June 4th.

IDELIX® Software Inc. announced they have been granted US Patent # 6,727,910 "Method and System for Inversion of Detail-in- Context Presentations". The patent was issued on April 27,2004, and is directly relevant to a method commonly referred to as the Pliable Display Technology "Undisplace" functionality. IDELIX has 23 additional patents pending in the United States and internationally.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) welcomed seven new directors, bolstering the depth and strength of the foundation's board. The new members of the USGIF board of directors are:

Jack Dangermond, President, ESRI

Dr. Michael F. Goodchild, Professor of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara

Arthur V. Grant, Vice President, Raytheon

Brig. Gen. Michael G. Lee, USAF (Ret.), Associate Partner, IBM

Timothy W. Milovich, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Questerra, LLC

James A. Myer, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, Photon Research Associates, Inc.

Herbert F. Satterlee III, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, DigitalGlobe, Inc.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced it has been selected by the Geomatik +Vermessung Stadt Zurich (GeoZ) to provide land information management (LIM) solutions that manage the cadastral and mapping data of the City of Zurich's 90 square kilometer area. Zurich is the largest town in Switzerland and has a population of approximately half a million citizens. GeoZ is the local authority responsible for the City's cadastral and construction surveying, GIS and mapping.

ESRI announced the formation of a new Enterprise Solutions team. This will centralize responsibility for enterprise program support within ESRI and provide a new set of services and processes to better support mission critical users. ESRI began rolling out these programs in March 2004.

"Our goal is to be involved earlier in the project life cycle to develop a shared GIS technology strategy," says Steve Grisé, architect for the new Enterprise Solutions team, "and develop a specific plan for services and support to guarantee successful project delivery.

Those who frequent McDonald's may want to go see the feature film “Super Size Me,” which grossly illustrates why the obesity rate in America is so high and how people get addicted to fast food. Perhaps the makers of this film could use what food and beverage market research publisher Packaged Facts and nationally recognized food development company Center for Culinary Development offer in the launch of their new quarterly publication, the "Culinary Trend Mapping(SM) Report."

This new publication offers a unique look at emerging food trends and how consumers view them and chefs use them. Each issue will feature a discussion 12-15 ingredients, dishes, cooking styles, and flavor profiles that appear on CCD's unique 5-stage trend mapping system. Illuminating that discussion are the results of proprietary research conducted to glean insight into consumer attitudes about these trends. The report also examines new and evolving cuisines making news in culinary circles.

Paisley Consulting announced the acquisition of CARD(R)decisions Inc, including their CARD(R)map software for enterprise risk and assurance. The acquisition expands Paisley's global customer base and advances a proven risk management solution with an integrated skills training system that incorporates best practice industry standards. In addition to adding customers in both the public and private sectors already using CARD(R)map software, Paisley Consulting gains exclusive rights to the acclaimed CARD(R)risk and assurance training system which is critical in supporting the long term risk management needs of emerging growth and global organizations.

The preliminary program for the 17th Annual GIS in the Rockies Conference has been posted to the conference web site, . Doug Ort, Program Chair, said, "Because program content is the key to a successful conference, we gave very high priority to developing the program as early as possible." Karen Brandt, Chair of the GIS in the Rockies Board of Directors, added, "The entire Board of Directors has collaborated to develop a top-notch program. GIS professionals in all aspects of the industry and all stages of professional development will find opportunities to learn."

A new USGS website ( ) summarizes geologic, geomorphic, and geographic information on about 2000 Quaternary faults and fold-related faults in the U.S. This online database contains information on faults and associated folds in the United States that are believed to be sources of M>6 earthquakes during the Quaternary time period. The Quaternary period encompasses the past 1.6 million years, and is the period of geologic time that is most relevant to earthquake studies.

The Cadcorp SIS product suite is now able to read ESRI ArcSDE Binary Geometry stored in Oracle, ESRI Personal Geodatabases and Intergraph GeoMedia Access Warehouses, building significantly on the existing database access that Cadcorp SIS users enjoy out-of-the-box.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that it is working closely with Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM), the design architect of the first tower to rise on the World Trade Center site, to define optimal technology and collaboration protocols for this highly symbolic and technically complex project. Known for its unparalleled expertise in designing skyscrapers, SOM recognized the need to establish an optimal process for creating, managing, and sharing information on the Freedom Tower project. As a longstanding technology partner to SOM, Autodesk is advising the team on how to best implement Autodesk(R) Buzzsaw(R) Professional and a range of design software, from AutoCAD(R) to Autodesk(R) Revit(R), to help it realize the highest quality design for America's new civic icon.

New Products

National Scientific Corporation (OTCBB:NSCT) announced a new Wi-Fi enabled version to its IBUS school bus passenger authentication system. This latest product offering allows school districts to more effectively track and identify school bus passengers.

By adding Wi-Fi capability to National Scientific's IBUS product, school districts can easily track students who are riding on their school buses. This new Wi-Fi enabled GPS data logging unit tracks the location of buses and logs students boarding or disembarking from the bus. A series of strategically located Wi-Fi access points are used to securely move that data from the school bus back to the school's online student database

MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ: MAPS) announced its expanding role in the healthcare market with CareInsite(TM), an easy-to-use network analysis software solution. CareInsite enables healthplans, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to evaluate the development of provider networks. With healthcare networks growing quickly in both size and complexity, network managers and planners are finding it increasingly difficult to automate business processes, increase efficiencies and lower costs, creating a huge market need for sophisticated network analysis software.

Just for Fun...

Riding the Pony Express Trail with GPS

Photo by Bill Gore
Kayla Ramsdell and Karen Chaton
Here's a fun recreational story about GPS being used to recapture and ride the Pony Express route from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Virginia City, Nevada on horseback.

In the summer of 2001, a group of about 60 endurance riders rode from Saint Joseph, Missouri on the original Pony Express trail to Virginia City, Nevada in the “2001 XP.” This was an 8-week, 2,000 mile point-to-point, multiday endurance ride. For those of you who aren't familiar with the sport, it is an event where riders cover long distances on horseback, in this case approximately 50 miles per day. At varying points along the way they stop at “vet checks,” where a veterinarian checks out the horses and makes sure they are fit to continue.


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