Smarter than Ever? The U.S. Census Bureau released a report from Census 2000 on educational attainment that said educational levels of the U.S. population were the highest they have ever been. The report, Educational Attainment: 2000, examines high school and college attendance and completion levels, with data for the nation, regions and states.
53.4 million is the number of students projected to be enrolled in the nation's elementary and high schools (grades K-12) this fall. That number exceeds the total in 1969 (51.6 million) when the last of the "baby boom" children expanded school enrollments. (see U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03-32.html and http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/school.html
AAA released recommendations for an addition to state drivers manuals focusing on avoiding distractions in response to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study indicating that distracted drivers account for 25 to 50 percent of vehicle crashes nationwide. As part of their recommendations for improving vehicle safety, AAA recommended that drivers designate a front seat "co-pilot" or map out their journey in advance. A Positioning Solutions GPS system does not require the driver to take his or her eyes off of the road. Positioning Solutions GPS systems provide multiple spoken audio alerts before each turn, providing drivers with ample time to get into the correct lane and perform the maneuver.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that the Bentley InstituteSM has added virtual classrooms to its training subscription program. Bentley Institute virtual classrooms provide live, instructor-led training over the Web. Certified instructors lead an interactive environment where attendees may ask questions and contribute to classroom dialogue much like in a traditional classroom.
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that it has been chosen as the primary Global Positioning System (GPS) timing supplier for Cattron-Theimeg, Inc.'s next generation ACCUSPEED(TM) locomotive radio remote control system. The patent-pending system allows yard operators to control the direction, speed and auxiliary functions of switching locomotives in rail and industrial yards. Trimble's GPS timing adds features that enable the system to utilize scarce and expensive radio spectrum more efficiently, while also increasing the safety and productivity of remote control locomotives in yard operations
The 41st Annual Conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) will take place October 11-15, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia and the conference program is now available ( www.urisa.org). The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is offering a new seminar on federal regulations, to be presented at the GIS for Oil & Gas Conference, slated for September 29 to October 1, 2004, in Houston, Texas.
Conference sponsors, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community (IGUC) invited geospatial professionals to submit abstracts of technical presentations to be considered for the fourth annual GeoSpatial World to be held May 12-14, 2004, in Miami Beach, Florida. GeoSpatial World, the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community international training and management conference, is a forum for presenting visions, strategies and real-world solutions for decision makers, managers, technical staff, analysts, developers and others who use, benefit from or support spatially-related data in their organization. Presentations requested for the conference's technical program may range from implementation processes to project results, from organizational issues to lessons learned along the way.
John J. Hansen, Secretary of Technology for the State of Colorado, will present a luncheon address at the 16th Annual GIS in the Rockies Conference. Mr. Hansen will present his vision of Information Technology (IT) in Colorado, and how GIS fits into that picture. Keith Hangland, Chair of the GIS in the Rockies Board of Directors, said "We are honored to be able to announce that Mr. Hansen has accepted our invitation to address this year's conference. Our attendees always appreciate an opportunity to hear about technology priorities at the state level."
GEOCOMtms, architect of the A.MAZE solution that simultaneously optimizes the routing and scheduling of fleet operations, announced today the successful completion of its second round of financing with two well known Venture Capital groups.
The Aerial Acquisition Group (AAG) announced that they have opened an office in Toronto, Ontario. The focus of the office is to service the airborne geophysics marketplace, a worldwide market that focuses on wide area data acquisition in the search for minerals and oil and gas. In conjunction with the office opening, AAG has appointed W.R. (Bil) Thuma as Vice-President.
Cambridge Systematics, Inc., developer of the Pontis® Bridge Management System (BMS) for AASHTO, and Exor Corporation, a supplier of integrated highways management software, under contract with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), have jointly developed synchronization software between their respective bridge management systems in use at KDOT.
Microsoft MapPoint Web Service Version 3.0 has resulted in two revolutionary location based services:
Mobile Location Based Services Network (
TravelGIS Driving Directions Service ( http://www.travelgis.com/directions/)
The GeoFlash ASE (ActionScript Extension), a customization tool for Macromedia Flash MX developers, has just been released. An affordable tool that works with GeoFlash Builder SWF Files, the new product will shorten the development cycle for Flash MX programmers and designers. GeoFlash Builder translates a standard Map in two popular GIS Formats (ESRI ArcView Shape Files and MapInfo MID/MIF files) to a complete system in Flash vector compact form. The information and attributes of the converted Maps are embedded inside the Binary SWF File.
The Geoscape® Intelligence System (GIS) combines nine modules linked to detailed and up-to-date demographic and market data--accessible through a web browser. The system was initially released in April of this year. One of the benefits of the online system is that it adds functionality, data and improved user interface without requiring users to re-install software or data onto their computers. Numerous enhancements already have been added in a "Summer Update."
Intergraph Public Safety (IPS) (NASDAQ: INGR) announced a new product for wireless handhelds, I/MobilePDA, along with enhancements to its existing Records Management System (I/LEADS-RMS), adding both flexibility and better response capabilities to the IPS suite of integrated products.
The CEDRA Corporation announced the release of CEDRA AVland. A civil engineering software package that expands ArcGIS into the world of land development, site development, parcel/tax mapping, roadway, sewer, drainage and water distribution applications.
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GIS BRASIL 2003 at COMDEX Brasil 2003
Date: August 19 - 22, 2003
Place: Anhembi's Exhibition Pavillion S©o Paulo City, S©o Paulo State, Brazil
GIS BRASIL is Latin America's largest event geared to the geotechnology market. Every year, since 1994, the companies of this industry and potential users get together to participate in the many activities that take place simultaneously: Conference, courses, the Geotechnology Fair, and the Scientific Talent Show. Specific activities for different audiences such as agriculture, electric power, telecommunications, geomarketing, the environment, city management, and others, are programmed, activities that demonstrate, in practice, how geotechnology accounts for an important competitive advantage in each one of these industries. The activities developed for the Conference are geared mainly to meet users' needs, with a special focus on cases, with the purpose of fostering information exchange. Email Contact
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