Special Geospatial World 2004 Report, Part 2


On May 18, 2004 Colorado Governor Bill Owens awarded Space Imaging the Governor's Award for Export Excellence in the large-sized manufacturing company category. The Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting has been awarded annually since 1970, and recognizes Colorado companies that demonstrate a commitment to international trade.

Frost & Sullivan has awarded DigitalGlobe®; its 2004 Aerospace & Defense Product of the Year distinction. Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in developing new products and technologies within its industry. It highlights innovation efforts visible through the launch of a broad line of emerging products and technologies.


The Open GIS Consortium Inc. (OGC) announced that its first Interoperability Experiment (IE) will test a GML 3.0 application schema for encoding LandXML 1.0 documents (LandGML) and will provide a tool to transform LandXML 1.0 documents into LandGML documents. In a second phase, a tool will be developed to transform LandGML documents to LandXML 1.0 documents.

The deegree project has added ECW (Enhanced Compression Wavelet) support to its Web Coverage Service. The deegree project is a java framework that allows the development of local and network based GIS applications, whose interface and architecture is built upon OGC and ISO standards.

The OpenGIS consortium has named the deegree project's realizations of WMS as a reference implementation for WMS 1.1.1 specification. The OpenGIS consortium has commissioned lat/lon (co-founder of the deegree project) to create reference implementations for WCS 1.0.0 and CS-W 2.0 in deegree.

NASA has granted two nonexclusive patent license agreements for imaging software technologies for application in commercial markets. The software programs Fuzzy Reasoning Edge Detection (FRED); Fuzzy Reasoning Adaptive Thresholding (FRAT); and Pose Invariant Pattern Recognition (PIPR) were developed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

FRED is used to detect edges in noisy images and track unfamiliar objects in video and film. FRED is also used to track foreign object debris in launch videos and was a key component of the analysis in the investigation of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident.

The FRAT system transforms faded images into clearer, readable ones. It is faster and more reliable that most imaging software. NASA also uses FRAT to track debris during launch, information that was critical to the Columbia investigation.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) formally announced its formation as a non-profit organization that brings together the key players involved in the geospatial intelligence sector to promote the tradecraft and to collaborate on the execution of a national geospatial intelligence agenda.

MapInfo announced the European leg of the MapWorld 2004 worldwide tour for customers. At these one- and two-day events, MapInfo executives will provide attendees with the latest information on MapInfo products and solutions as well as examples on how they can maximize their investment in MapInfo technology. In addition, the next generation of location technology will be discussed including solutions for Microsoft .NET and MapInfo's EnvinsaTM location platform, that will allow any organization to harness the power of location across the enterprise.

GML Days is now accepting registrations for this year's GML and Geo-Spatial Web Service conference to be held in Vancouver, BC between July 25th and July 29th, 2004. This year's conference should prove to be an exciting one with papers, presentations and workshops coming from many countries including France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Hong Kong, Korea, the United States and Canada. This global corps of presenters clearly demonstrates the worldwide spread of GML and Web Services and will be offering many insights and observations into the continuing development of GML. For more information on GML Days or to register, please go to http://www.gmldays.com. Early registration ends on May 31st, 2004.

The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed two new resources for emergency managers and first responders to enhance mutual aid systems across the country and help emergency response networks operate more effectively together.

New Products

Earth Satellite announced that it has begun delivery of a global mosaic of Landsat imagery to ESRI. The mosaic is natural colored and is derived from EarthSat's global Landsat mapping product Geocover-Ortho undertaken for NASA. GeoCover-Ortho is produced from 8,500 Landsat scenes with the target year of 2000. Each scene was carefully selected to be as cloud-free as possible and of the highest quality rating. ESRI will deliver this global Landsat 150 meter resolution mosaic with the ArcGIS 9.0 release. EarthSat is also creating a global 15-meter resolution mosaic called NaturalVue 2000.

@Road(R) (Nasdaq:ARDI), a provider of mobile resource management (MRM) services, introduced three new GPS-based services for the waste industry. The Bar Code Wand, CoverSheet and Roll-off Routing mobile resource management services from @Road let workers in the field automatically record, transmit and report on real-time, location-based information to streamline operations, reduce paperwork and dynamically route mobile workers and resources.

PromptServer is the client-server based image management, processing and distribution solution for fast access to huge and complex geo-image datasets. With PromptServer, near-instant access to any part of huge virtual image datasets are available to multiple users within most CAD/GIS, Intra/Internet applications.

Fakespace Systems Inc. announced completion of a reconfigurable immersive visualization system that includes the use of both active and passive stereoscopic technology. Designed specifically to meet the requirements for Purdue University's new Envision Center for Data Perceptualization, the custom solution was developed utilizing Fakespace's reconfigurable FLEX™ platform. In addition to the custom FLEX display, the Envision Center also includes a dual channel PowerWall™ from Fakespace.

Map Maker North America Ltd. releases Fetch Distance version 3. This new technology enables detailed spatial measurement of maximum fetch or exposure for all locations in a map. Fetch Distance has a new Windows graphical user interface that is simple to operate. For more information see: http://www.mapmakernorthamerica.com/fetch.htm

ESRI announced that ArcIMS 9 is now shipping. In addition to expanded support for the ArcIMS core capabilities of serving maps, data, and metadata, ArcIMS 9 also introduces the new Data Delivery extension. The ArcIMS Data Delivery extension makes distribution and sharing of data easy and open. This extension enables users to select, export, and deliver data in multiple formats and projections from a centralized Internet map server. It gives users and administrators the ability to publish data in 20 industry-standard spatial formats.

In addition, ArcIMS 9 includes support for Open GIS Consortium, Inc., Web Map Services.

PCI Geomatics, supplier of geospatial image analysis solutions, announces that it will be providing GTZ with Geomatica software for geospatial processing of ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) data. Geomatica geospatial software is helping GTZ consultants develop a new geo-database for hydrologic and hydro-geologic resource assessment in Eritrea (Horn of Africa).

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is reducing the price of Landsat 7 scenes with gaps in data resulting from a satellite anomaly in May of 2003. Scenes that contain gaps in data will be reduced from $600 to $250. Scenes with the gaps filled in using data acquired prior to the anomaly will also be offered at a reduced price of $275 beginning May 10, 2004.

The new product being offered for $275 will have the gap areas filled in with Landsat 7 data acquired prior to the scan line corrector (SLC) failure at a similar time of the year. The two scenes are geometrically registered, and a histogram matching technique is applied to the fill pixels that provide the best-expected radiance values for the missing data.

CEVA, Inc., (NASDAQ: CEVA; LSE: CVA), licensor of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) cores and communications solutions to the semiconductor industry, introduced Xpert-GPS, the industry's first DSP-based global positioning system (GPS) solution, which delivers significant advances in the cost, power dissipation and location performance to GPS enabled devices such as wireless phones and telematic devices.

Upcoming Events...

ASPRS Annual Conference 2004
Date: May 23 - 28, 2004
Place: Adams Mark Hotel Denver, CO USA Mountains of Data...Peak Decisions is the theme for the ASPRS Annual Conference to be held at the Adams Mark Hotel, Denver, Colorado, May 23-28, 2004. The conference will include workshops, general and plenary sessions, technical programs, poster presentations, technical tours, a classified session and a super-sized exhibit hall. Check our web site asprs.org/denver2004 for complete details and registration information.

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