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Apple(R) introduced Xserve(R) G5, delivering over 30 gigaflops of processing power per system, about 60 percent more than the PowerPC G4-based Xserve. Xserve G5 features the same revolutionary PowerPC G5, 64-bit processor used in Virginia Tech's cluster of Power Mac(R) G5s -- the world's third fastest supercomputer. With unparalleled performance and manageability in a 1U rack-mount enclosure, Xserve G5 is the perfect server for today's UNIX-based applications.

ORBIMAGE Inc. (formerly Orbital Imaging Corporation) announced that it officially emerged from bankruptcy protection effective December 31, 2003. As previously announced, ORBIMAGE's final plan of reorganization was confirmed on October 24, 2003 by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The company also officially changed its name to ORBIMAGE Inc.

Bam, Iran - Dec. 27, 2003 (1.5 MB)
This one-meter resolution satellite image of Bam, Iran was taken by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite on Dec. 27, 2003, just one day after a catastrophic earthquake struck the historic city. The image shows widespread destruction as a result of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that leveled 70 percent of the buildings according to news reports.

Clearly seen in the center of the image is the 2,000-year-old citadel, considered the world's largest mud fortress. According to news reports, much of the medieval fortress crumbled like a sand castle when the quake hit. The citadel was a popular tourist attraction and is on the register of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and has been a World Heritage site.

Bam is located about 1,000 km (620 miles) southeast of Tehran.

IKONOS satellite imagery of Bam, Iraq is being used by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to produce a high-resolution map showing earthquake damage. This map is being distributed to various relief organizations and the UN. The maps are available in JPG format on the DLR ftp server.

Over the past three years, the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have established a crisis and disaster response team to support national and international disaster management and crisis relief with satellite imagery and geospatial information. The organization is now transferring its activities from an "adhoc basis" to a central and operational mode (official status etc.)

In this context DLR is a partner of and has been supporting the International "Charter" on Space and Major Disasters with coordination/management and image analysis and information distribution functions during the past years. European Space Imaging (EUSI) as a direct partner of DLR has supplied imagery quickly and efficiently to aid in disasters such as the flooding of the Rhone river in southern France a few weeks ago.

UndSäkC, Swedish Armed Forces Intelligence and Security Centre equips the Anubis system with RaveGeo from Idevio. RaveGeo is a new award-winning compression and streaming technology for digital maps. The software RaveGeo reduces the size of map databases with 90-95% and increases access speed and network performance.

Analytical Surveys, Inc. , provider of utility-industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, announced financial results for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2003.

Revenue for the fiscal year was $15.0 million compared with $19.1 million in fiscal 2002. Net loss available to common shareholders was $3.9 million, or $4.75 per diluted share, versus net earnings available to common shareholders of $4.5 million, or $2.42 per diluted share, last year. Net earnings in 2002 were impacted by several non-operational items, including a substantial gain on the extinguishment of debt and a significant income tax benefit. Net loss in 2003 incorporated several costs associated with consolidation of the Company's operations, including the closure of ASI's Indianapolis facility and the relocation of its headquarters to San Antonio, Texas.

The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has recognized the IONIC RedSpider Web 3 software as OGC Compliant for both the Web Map Service (WMS 1.1.1) and Web Feature Service (WFS 1.0.0 interfaces). RedSpider Web is one of the first commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products to gain compliance with the OpenGIS WMS and WFS specifications - allowing RedSpider clients to implement an OpenGIS software architecture with unsurpassed ease and speed. With the RedSpider WMS and WFS components, enterprises can publish spatial data using OpenGIS standards, and find and bind to other OpenGIS spatial data for extremely powerful, interoperable applications and solutions.

GeoConcept SA announced revenues of Euro 6.5 million (a rise of 30%) and a net profit of Euro 1 million for the financial year 2002-03. This is the 11th profitable year for GeoConcept SA in its 13-year history, and shows strong growth in spite of a difficult economic climate.


Innovative Mapping Solutions welcomed Molly Laut as the newest addition to its team of GIS professionals. Ms. Laut, whose experience includes over 15 years in the geospatial industry, has built a solid reputation for providing strategic marketing solutions. She has been involved with the geospatial community, serving in varying capacities, for associations including AM/FM International, AM/FM IKO, Association of Indiana Counties, and URISA, both on the local and national level.

William "Bill" Shutkin will become the new President/CEO of The Orton Family Foundation. Bill is a leading voice for environmentalism and sustainable development in the United States. He is President of New Ecology, Inc., an environmental organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that promotes sustainable community development. A lawyer and social entrepreneur, he teaches in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. He is author of the book, The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty- First Century, which won the 2001 Best Book Award for Ecological and Transformational Politics from the American Political Science Association, was selected by Time Magazine as a "Green Century" recommended book, and was translated into Hindi for publication in India.

New Products

Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB) introduced the world's most practical and affordable location device for consumer-oriented automotive applications -- the TrimTrac(TM) locator. With its low cost, small size and battery-powered operation, the TrimTrac locator is a complete end-user device that allows location-based service providers and system integrators to provide personal vehicle monitoring services to a broader range of subscribers.

Spatial Business Systems Inc. announced a high-performance solution for integrating the Smallworld Core Spatial Technology from GE Network Solutions with Safe Software's Feature Manipulation Engine (FME). The solution allows full control of Smallworld data translation via the FME Universal Translator, FME Workbench and the FME Universal Viewer, opening the Smallworld Core Spatial Technology to the enterprise and over 100 spatial data formats.

The U. S. Geological Survey announced the release of its USGS Store, an online catalog, January 1, 2004. The USGS Store will provide online access and ordering capability of all published products (maps, books, general interest publications, etc.) available from the USGS distribution center in Denver, Colorado. The catalog is online at:

ESRI announced that a new release of BusinessMAP Travel Edition, the affordable, easy-to-use routing and database mapping solution for business travelers, is now shipping. “Our newest database mapping software is much more than a travel planner,” said Bill McNeil, manager of ESRI's Business Products Group. “BusinessMAP Travel Edition offers the business traveler access to a large number of data and map sets such as consumer expenditure and Dun & Bradstreet business listings. For a small additional cost, our users can even access European, Canadian, and digital elevation city maps plus aerial photos. This software is so easy to use that virtually anyone can create, populate, and print a map quickly.”

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. introduced the Rino 130, the latest addition to Garmin's line of two-way radios integrated with Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities. The Rino 130 offers all of the popular features of the Rino 120, but boasts additional internal memory, built-in sensors and dedicated NOAA weather channels.

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