Micro-satellites and Remote Sensing

The new navigation CD from Tele Atlas (FWB: TA6) for the Becker platforms Traffic Pro High Speed and DTM High Speed guides drivers from the north of Norway to the south of Sicily. As the current speed limit of the motorway they are driving on is shown on the system's display, the expense of speeding tickets can be avoided. For this product, the first of its kind, Tele Atlas field teams have collected more than 26,000 speed limits on about 100,000 kilometres of motorways. Of these, 14,000 were non-variable and 12,000 variable, i.e. governed by the weather, traffic congestion or time of day. Of course, drivers are still obliged to check all traffic signs, as speed limits may have been changed since being registered.

Northgate blue 8, a UK's Location Technology supplier, has launched a range of specialized services that will enable Brigades to rapidly produce Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMP) within the timescales set by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). They have been developed in response to feedback from Brigades, the Fire Inspectorate and representatives of ODPM for help in translating the vision of IRMP into practical plans and the identification of the key issues requiring action.

Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Microsoft(R) MapPoint(R) 2004 North America and Microsoft MapPoint 2004 European Edition, the latest versions of its business mapping and location-based data visualization software at the National Entrepreneurial Convention & Expo in Washington and GeoSolutions 2003 in London.

ESRI now offers packages of ArcWeb Services that can be accessed by ArcGIS Desktop users through a free downloadable toolbar. The service packages currently offered by ESRI are ArcWeb Sampler (a free service package) and ArcWeb USA. The ArcWeb USA service package is a comprehensive offering of detailed data for the United States that includes street data, high-resolution imagery, weather data, topographic data, demographic data, flood data, and more. ArcWeb Sampler includes data such as world basemaps, shaded relief imagery, population data, world gazetteer, world airports, and world earthquakes. Also, ESRI announced the release of MapObjects-Java Edition 2.

On sale now, Disaster & Recovery Planning Book, New Second Edition, by Joseph F. Gustin, 304 Pages, ISBN: 1-88173-323-7, 6 x 9, Illus., Hardcover, Price: $92.00

With over 20 years of experience specializing in regulatory compliance, noted author and lecturer Joseph F. Gustin gives corporate, institutional and governmental clients keen insight into how to prepare for a disaster, recover from a disaster, and contingency planning. Now available in its fully updated second edition, this book is written for decision makers for facilities of all types, managers, safety compliance officers, risk managers, engineers, human resource managers and consultants as a ready guide to emergency response planning and management.

Going on Around the Web...

Seeing is Believing The Guardian, October 2, 2003 -- Metadata is a powerful way of tracking the history of images and information - to the extent that the U.S. Government is using it in its documentation of the Iraq war. Mary Branscombe reports.

In Handling Innovation, Patience is a Virtue by Julie Flaherty, NY Times, September 29, 2003 -- Yes, it is possible to build a hand-held device that can outperform all the earth's present computers, said R. Stanley Williams, director for quantum science research at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, but it may take 50 years to figure out how to make it.

Expedition 8 to Launch NASA News September 29, 2003 - The next crew to call the International Space Station home is slated to arrive onboard Oct. 20. After relieving the Expedition 7 crew, Expedition 8 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri are scheduled to spend about six months aboard the orbital outpost maintaining ISS operations and continuing science investigations.

Land Development Today, October issue

Going on in October...

12th Annual GIS for Oil & Gas Conference
Date: September 29 - October 1, 2003
Place: Houston, TX USA
“A Toolbox for System Integrity,” The event will focus on how geospatial information technologies can investigate integrity, improve business processes, manage risk, and increase efficiency. The conference is devoted exclusively to the applications of GIS technology for the upstream and downstream aspects of the industry, including exploration and production, land/lease, pipeline, gathering, retail, refining, and marketing.

GIS in the Rockies
Date: October 1 - 3, 2003
Place: Denver, CO USA
"Geospatial Integration Today for Tomorrow" is the theme of this year's conference. The conference will include a luncheon address by industry leader and technical visionary Peter Batty on topics ranging from OpenGIS to EAI, location tracking systems and wireless communications.

GIS -- Essential for the Modern World
Date: October 1 - 2, 2003
Place: Holiday Inn- Turf Albany, NY USA
GIS can help agencies, companies, and NGO's meet the challenges facing society in a time of increased demands but diminished resources. Starting eighteen years ago with a small gathering of early GIS users, the New York State GIS Conference has become a major GIS professional development opportunity for hundreds of GIS users in the state. Technical presentations feature working professionals who share their GIS experiences and solutions in dealing with real world problems like yours.. Meet fellow New Yorkers active in the GIS field, exchange information and experiences, and seek solutions to your geographic data management needs. Professional networking opportunities help you develop a network of fellow GIS users which can continue through the years. In the exhibit area, GIS vendors and consultants display the latest in GIS hardware, software, analytical techniques, and services.

FME Training Chicago

Date: October 6 - 7, 2003
Place: Chicago, IL USA
Learn from the source how to use the core components of the Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) through hands-on training. During our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) training course, attendees learn to unlock the powerful features and functionalities of FME to more effectively manage their data translation and data transformation problems. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are encouraged to bring their own sample data files.

Partnerships and Geographic Data Sharing In Local e-Government
Date: October 7, 2003
Place: Barbican Centre London, United Kingdom
- A free event for Local Authorities and their partners to gain valuable insight into how data sharing is already working and delivering real benefits in e-government projects - The seminar features speakers from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Oracle, GDC and Snowflake Software PLUS real-life case studies from The London Central Partnership and Derbyshire County Council - Lunch and refreshments will be provided

18th European ESRI Conference Date: October 8 - 10, 2003
Place: Innsbruck, Austria
Combining the ESRI 2003 with the 10th German User Conference will give a boost to both events. After Essen 2002 the German User Conference is now in the South again and - following the spirit of a united Europe of Regions - for the first time in Austria!

GEA'2003 IX International Fair
Date: October 9 - 11, 2003
Place: Pradzynskiego Street 12/14 Warsaw, Poland
The International Geodesy and Geoinformatics Fairs (GEA) taking place in Warsaw cover a wide range of diverse branches such as geodesy, forestry, building trade and architecture as well as companies dealing with energy, water and heat supply, telecommunication, road, rail, air, and water transport or professionals from such fields as ecology, geography, and spatial engineering. Geoinformatics, a rapidly developing branch of science, functions as the entity joining all those areas of interest.

Spain's ESRI User Conference
Date: October 9 - 10, 2003
Place: Madrid, Spain

URISA's 41st Annual Conference
Date: October 11 - 15, 2003
Place: Atlanta, GA USA
Go beyond basic technology and applications and contemplate issues related to designing, managing and applying information technology - at its highest and best use - to improve our urban and regional environments. Join your colleagues, peers, thinkers and doers from around the world at URISA's Annual Conference.

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