Mobile GIS Hits the Road

Satellite Security Systems (S3), a global provider of asset security and logistics control, in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and InterState Oil Company, demonstrated the first wireless remote shutdown of a fully loaded moving petrochemical tanker truck. Blue Marble Geographics has recently licensed their GeoCalc and GeoView software development kits to Lucent Technologies based out of Murray Hill, New Jersey.

Lucent chose Blue Marble software components to implement in an internal RF Planning Tool, allowing Lucent to optimize the geographical location of its wireless communication network antennae placement. This optimization gives Lucent the ability to maximize the overall performance of the Lucent cellular communication network.

HP (NYSE: HPQ) solidified its position as the leading global server vendor with 29.7 percent of total unit shipments worldwide, according to preliminary results for the third calendar quarter of 2003 released by analyst research firm Gartner Dataquest.

Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK - News) announced that it will broadcast its third quarter fiscal 2004 financial results conference call live via its website on Thursday, November 20, 2003, 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. If you would like to listen to the live call, Autodesk will be hosting a webcast at If you are unable to access the Internet for the call, you may dial in at 1-312-470-0197 and reference Autodesk as the password.

New Products

Horizon Navigation, Inc., a privately held vehicle navigation technology company, announced the availability of full coverage maps across the contiguous 48 states. Horizon's North American maps now include more than 4 million miles of streets and 1.7 million points of interest from categories like restaurants, hotels and shopping. The enhanced map coverage, provided by database supplier NavTech, enables Horizon to expand retail distribution of its NavMate(R) 2.1 product line into new areas across the U.S and Canada.

LeadDog Consulting announced the release of Iraq Streets & Roads to support government, commercial and non-profit organizational work in Iraq. Designed to help companies track their assets, provide military support and accurate base level mapping, LeadDog's product provides various vector layers and attributes such as:
  • Streets & Roads
  • Street names and route numbers
  • Road classifications
  • Points of Interest (government building, palaces, etc.)
  • Landmark polygons
  • Water
  • Railroads
Laser-Scan and Intergraph (UK) Mapping and GeoSpatial Solutions announce their intention to work together to deliver joint solutions for Defence and Public Sector markets in the UK. This strategy capitalizes on the recent agreement that allows Intergraph Mapping and GeoSpatial Solutions to resell Laser-Scan's Radius Topology product.

MapOCX Pro is Undertow Software's feature rich development tool for adding street map displays within any Window's visual development environment or internet application. The enhanced features such as map rotation, Point-to-Point routing, geocoding and reverse geocoding provide the perfect tool for advanced programming needs. Developers are able to access the powerful map engine to quickly generate detailed images of the entire United States and Canada. The average programmer can quickly create an endless variety of applications without being a GIS expert or learning complex tools.

MapTivate is a hybrid mapping engine for software developers that integrates powerful rendering capabilities with a comprehensive rules-based paradigm which makes it a very agile GIS tool. MapTivate supports a variety of data formats (Vector and Raster) but also has a proprietary format designed for portability, speed and data size. Datasets can be imported into this proprietary TXF hybrid format.

Mapping Solutions LLC today unveiled TerraViewer USA for ArcGIS, its latest version of this innovative software. TerraViewer is an extension to ArcGIS that seamlessly integrates the USGS aerial images and topological maps into ArcGIS as a dynamically updated layer.

Going on Around the Web...

As Earth Warms, the Hottest Issue is Energy, by Kenneth Chang, NY Times, November 4, 2003--If global warming occurs as predicted, there will be no easy way to turn the Earth's thermostat back down.

Going on in November...

2003 CityView User Conference
Date: November 5 - 7, 2003
Place: Toronto, Canada
Integrating the Enterprise. Meet with and learn from your peers and find out about new features in CityView.

Date: November 6, 2003
Place: Hadley's Hotel Hobart, Australia
DataVision GIS, in conjunction with ESRI Australia, Ultimate Positioning and RIA Mobile GIS, will host a Mobile GIS Seminar on the 6 November 2003. The seminar will be held at Hadley's Hotel in Hobart, Australia, at 2pm. This is a great opportunity for Tasmanians to learn about the latest in mobile geographic information systems technology. Please note that although the seminar is free you will need to register, by 31 October 2003, in order to reserve your place. The Registration Form can be downloaded from:

30th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
Date: November 10 - 14, 2003
Place: Honolulu, HI USA
The symposium will bring together the knowledge and experience of experts from around the world in remote sensing of environment, and you are invited to be a part of it. In our commitment to sustaining development into the new millennium, specific perspectives will be featured in the technical program of this international assembly of the remote sensing community, the themes of Hazards & Disasters, Global Change, Natural Resources, and Technology and Infrastructure.

ESRI Mid-Atlantic User Group ESRI Mid-Atlantic User Group
Date: November 12 - 14, 2003
Place: Sheraton Reston Hotel, Reston, VA USA
The ESRI Mid-Atlantic User Group (ESRI-MUG) announces its annual GIS conference November 12-14, 2003, at the Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA, 20191. November 12th will be devoted to three all-day training seminars. On November 13-14, 2003, the conference will feature keynote speakers, vendor exhibits, poster displays, user presentations, and ESRI technical sessions. For more information on the conference or to register, visit the ESRI-MUG web site ( or contact Jeff Poplin, Conference Chair, at Email Contact or (703) 849-0614. For exhibitor information, contact Delaney Meeting and Event Management at (802) 655-7769.

Seven Hills Regional User Group for GIS (SHRUG)
Date: November 17 - 21, 2003
Place: Tallahassee - Leon County Civic Center Tallahassee, FL USA
2nd Annual GIS Workshop - "Expanding Our Boundaries" Training Sessions : November 17-18, 2003 GIS Workshop: November 19-21, 2003 Building on the success of the 2002 SHRUG GIS Workshop, we are extending the 2003 Workshop another full day. The first day of the Workshop coincides with GIS Day (November 19th)! Pre-Workshop training sessions will also be available for purchase. These professionally-instructed, two-day sessions will take place on November 17-18. The sessions will cover a variety of popular GIS topics, ranging from Beginner to Advanced. The Seven Hills Regional Usergroup for GIS webpage will provide additional information like costs, directions, registration, hotels, and training availability. Inquiries: Email Contact

CARIS 2003 - Gateways in Geomatics
Date: November 18 - 21, 2003
Place: Adam's Mark St. Hotel St. Louis, MO USA
Hosted in St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, the CARIS 2003 conference theme, "Gateways in Geomatics," reflects the exciting results of recent advances in geospatial technology. Join us to learn how CARIS software is are opening doors for improved data quality, data sharing, facilitating the introduction of Geomatics to new audiences and is turning data into information...learn how CARIS is creating Gateways in Geomatics!

Date: November 20, 2003
Place: USA
November 20 every year GIS Day serves to make people aware of mapping technology and the vital contributions it is making in the fields of science, technology, information, and the humanities. It is a day for GIS enthusiasts to show individuals and organizations how to apply geographic information in their own communities, businesses, and environments and experience the amazing benefits of GIS technology. Principal sponsors of the event are the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, Sun Microsystems, and ESRI. Users of GIS technology are invited to be a part of this worldwide educational mission and register to host an event. Participating organizations will receive support in promoting their event to local schools, newspapers, and other organizations.

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