Microsoft MapPoint Web Service 3.5 Debuts

A big selling point for this product is its service level agreement, according to Lombardi. The Web Service must be up and bullet proof, “no one else offers service level agreement, guaranteed uptime and performance, guaranteed since service has gone live, no planned downtime, intentionally for any kind of maintenance.” Microsoft has a large server farm, and is prepared to handle high volume websites. The same IT group that hosts and hosts MapPoint servers as well. “That's how we secure that the system doesn't go down at all.”

A couple of years ago, Microsoft acquired Vicinity and integrated their sales team into the MapPoint team, which apparently helped strengthen MapPoint's technology team and has combined the advantages of both platforms into the Microsoft MapPoint Web Service. The Vicinity platform will be phased out by December 2004 and MapPoint will continue to sign contract renewals for the Vicinity platform until mid-2004. A QuickStart program was designed to help Vicinity customers to migrate quickly from the Vicinity platform to MapPoint WebService.


Sanborn CEO John Copple announced that the company, a geographic information system (GIS) and photogrammetric services industry company, has won two update mapping projects-one in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and one in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Both cities have an existing GIS, rely heavily on the technology, and are looking to enhance their systems with updated data.

With the approval of the Board of Trustees, the Northeast Ohio Sewer District will partner with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in a grant funded research effort that will develop better tools to predict beach water quality. Specifically, the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) has accepted the District's request for $202,958 over a three-year period to improve the science of recreational water-quality monitoring and prediction. The District will provide $30,000 in matching grant funds as well as $20,000 in kind services in the form of sample collection, lab analysis, technical assistance and grants management. The District and USGS will conduct the study at three area beaches: Edgewater and Villa Angela in Cleveland and Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula.

LizardTech, Inc. announced three key U.S. resellers for its geospatial image solution, GeoExpress 4.0 with MrSID. They are: California CAD Solutions, GeoData Services, and GIS Workshop. LizardTech and Mapping Science announced that they have reached a settlement in LizardTech's ongoing lawsuit for claims against Mapping Science for misappropriation of trade secrets. As part of the settlement agreement, Mapping Science will cease its operations and transfer all assets to LizardTech. LizardTech will assume responsibility for support and transition of Mapping Science's existing customers.

ITT Industries, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) business from Eastman Kodak Company for $725 million, significantly broadening its own well-established space payload and service product offering for U.S. military as well as other science, government and commercial customers. RSS is the world's leading supplier of high-resolution satellite imaging systems and image information processing services. The combination of the two businesses will create a full-spectrum satellite payload provider with the latest visible and infrared satellite imaging technology in the $6 billion remote sensing market. The transaction is subject to U.S. regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, in collaboration with the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE), announced the second Intergraph research grant opportunity for AGILE members. The grant is open to any member using or intending to use Intergraph's GeoMedia(R), IntelliWhere or ZI technology as the foundation for geographic information science (GIS) research. The Intergraph Research Grant Program will award $5,000 (U.S.) cash funding and a $50,000 software donation in recognition of an exceptional and innovative applied research proposal submitted by an AGILE member in an effort to further the implementation and evolution of GIS.

Thales Navigation announced that it has received the CNET Editors' Choice award for its Magellan(R) RoadMate(TM) 700, the first portable vehicle navigation system to deliver built-in nationwide map detail for seamless coast-to-coast routing. The Magellan RoadMate 700 provides voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions and a color, touch-screen display for unrivaled ease of use, plus WAAS accuracy so drivers are precisely guided to their destination.

NavCom Technology, Inc. announced that its strategic partner C&C Technologies, Inc. has entered into a service contract with the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide GPS service for use in defense and government bathymetric surveying. Terms of the contract provide for C&C Technologies to supply its C-Nav® GcGPS (Globally-corrected GPS) positioning services, equipment and training to the Royal Navy Hydrographic Squadron.

Tele Atlas announced that it has teamed with Space Machine, Inc., to power Space Machine's latest Release 3 of the PocketMap Navigator USA 2004. The PocketMap Navigator is a powerful yet easy-to-use GPS navigation software for the Pocket PC that conveniently travels with users wherever they go. With this new Release 3, PocketMap Navigator users can now enjoy stunningly brilliant 3D visual maps with advanced text-to-speech voice instructions at every turn for an overall satisfying navigation experience.


Happy Valentines Day! From the U. S. Census Bureau comes this tidbit of information: One legend has it that Valentine's Day originated to commemorate the anniversary of the death of St. Valentine, a Roman clergyman who was executed on Feb.14, about 270 A.D. for secretly marrying couples in defiance of the emperor. According to another, the holiday began as a Roman fertility festival. Americans probably began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther Howland (1828-1904), a native of Massachusetts, began to sell the nation's first mass-produced valentines.

Since then, 1,040 locations produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2001. These establishments employed 45,913 people. California led the nation in the number of such establishments (with 116) followed by Pennsylvania (with 107).

There were 3,839 confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2001. They are among the best sources of sweets for Valentine's Day. And if you wondered why you haven't lost that extra 20 pounds, in 2002 alone the per capita consumption of candy by Americans is 24 pounds. A large portion of that candy is consumed around Valentine's Day, but candy consumption has actually declined over the last few years: in 1997, each American gobbled or savored more than 27 pounds of candy a year.

And lest we dwell too much on our stomachs this Valentine's Day, the wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2002 for operations with $100,000 or more in sales was $410 million. Among states, California was the leading producer, alone accounting for about two-thirds of this amount ($279 million).

InfoMapper, powered by Earth Resource Mapping's Image Web Server, is a new breed of Internet application that makes full use of the government's Broadband initiative to provide all schools with Broadband Internet Connectivity. Based on Ordnance Survey Digital Maps and Aerial Photography, InfoMapper provides a way of viewing large images online as well as a mechanism whereby all InfoMapper users can create their own websites, linked to digital maps and photographs. InfoMapper has been recently short listed for the UK's educational industry's prestigious BETT award.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced E.ON Bayern AG (E.ON) has chosen Intergraph's G/Net, the company's next-generation G/Technology-based industryware for German utilities, as the company standard for consolidating its electric facilities network data. Serving more than two million customers and the largest regional power supplier in Germany, E.ON produces approximately 30 billion kilowatt hours over a 165,000-kilometer network. G/Net will replace five existing systems with an open, integrated solution, which will significantly reduce operational costs through savings on maintenance and administration expenditures and standardize internal operational processes - planning, project engineering, building and operational management of the company's facilities. In addition, the new system will provide consistent and up-to-date information about the company's power network, which will optimize workflows and lead to additional cost savings.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions' (NASDAQ: INGR ) Cartographic Excellence Awards Program is now accepting entries. The competition recognizes innovative, technically advanced mapping projects and Internet presentations created by cartographers and mapping professionals worldwide using Intergraph's technology. For complete competition guidelines, award information or to download an entry form, visit . For more information on GeoSpatial World 2004, visit .

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