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Safe Software has donated technology valued at $20,000 US to the Children International Organization to support their Program Services Area GIS Mapping Project.
URISA will be conducting a conference on the subject of GIS in Public Works from February 25-27, 2004 at The Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. The focus of the conference will be on the effective application of information technology in public works departments. The 3rd GIS in Public Works Conference will bring together participants with a rich diversity of experience.
In June, OGC members voted to adopt the OpenGIS(R) Location Services (OpenLS(TM)) Implementation Specification, and the OpenGIS Web Map Context Implementation Specification. Once editorial comments are incorporated, the OpenLS Implementation Specification will be publicly released. The Web Map Context Implementation Specification is publicly available.
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced implementation of the Open GIS® Web Map Service (WMS) Specification, an industry consensus specification that enables organizations to efficiently, effectively, and immediately share and visualize data. The WMS Extension for Autodesk MapGuide® 6.3 software is ideal for organizations that produce and distribute geospatial information, develop and integrate software systems, or use image processing and GIS. These organizations will be able to share data throughout the lifecycle of a project using open standards. The WMS Extension for Autodesk MapGuide 6.3 is currently available in the Americas and Asia-Pacific. The company also announced that Florida's State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has selected Autodesk MapGuide® software to help disaster workers and the public respond to hurricanes and other disasters, either natural or man-made. The Tallahassee-based SEOC will use Autodesk MapGuide software as the backbone for various websites that offer flood maps, evacuation routes, and shelter locations, as well as homeland security websites used by law enforcement officials.
Specialty Publishing Company, publishers of Start and Constructech magazines, announced today the launch of M2M magazine as the first magazine that reaches decision makers in the emerging M2M marketplace. The machine-to-machine, mobile-to-machine, man-to-machine, machine-to-man, and machine-to-mobile (M2M) communications market is growing rapidly with the need for devices and systems to be connected anytime and anywhere.
The International Non-Traditional Teaching Initiative 2003 Expedition (INTI 2003) chose a new GPS/GIS receiver from Leica Geosystems for their recent expedition to Ecuador's Nevado Cayembe to study glacial recession in the tropics. A group of girls from the Oldfield School in Maryland set out to map the area, which is 16,000 feet above sea level, very remote and hostile. More information on the INTI 2003 expedition may be found at the website: www.oldfieldsschool.org/INTI/inti2003.html.
The City of Volta Redonda, Brazil, has gone operational with its new Geospatial Resource Management System, powered by Intergraph's GeoMedia(R) technology. The City of Volta Redonda's Public Works Department, Servico Autonomo de Agua e Esgoto (SAAE), provides water and wastewater services to 300,000 residents and manages a network of more than 70,000 water pipes and 68,000 sewer pipes. GeoMedia PublicWorks Manager is improving access to the city's asset information, thus speeding analysis of water consumption and identification of parcels affected by routine maintenance or outages.
With the initial group of online course materials for a model remote sensing curriculum nearing completion, the Institute for Advanced Education in Geospatial Sciences has awarded contracts for a second round of courses. The selection process included written proposals submitted in March and oral presentations by more than 20 finalists last month at the Second Annual Course Creation Fellows Symposium. Winning fellows include faculty and researchers from several of the nation's most prestigious academic institutions.
The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) annoucned that it has launched the data collection process for its 6th annual Geospatial Technology Report. The report contains detailed information on the complexity, direction, and completeness of geographic information systems (GIS) projects being implemented at more than 200 infrastructure-based organizations around the world. Users with active GIS implementations are invited to complete the survey at www.gita.org/geo_report. Other than company name, number of customers, and start date of the companies' GIS, all information is kept confidential, and none of the data provided is associated with the responding organizations in the published report.
Surdex Corporation announced it has been awarded a $2.7 million contract by the United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Services Agency, Aerial Photography Field Office for the 2003 National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). The project entails the acquisition of 1:40,000 scale color or color infrared aerial photography for the states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas during the summer of 2003. Surdex will produce nearly 16,000 1 or 2-meter resolution digital orthophotos for the 220,000 square miles of coverage for a fall delivery.
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced it has awarded the first 20 among 100 available grants to qualifying organizations through the international Intergraph Open Interoperability Program, established to promote and emphasize the use of OpenGIS(R) specifications from the geospatial industry standards body, the Open GIS Consortium (OGC). The program, valued at more than $5.5 million (U.S.), enables organizations to leverage disparate data from multiple sources - regardless of vendor brand, format or platform - to easily and dynamically publish data in open, industry-standard formats to the Web. Organizations maximize the reuse of spatial data while eliminating time-consuming data translation and reducing integration requirements and associated costs.
"The Royal Thai Survey Department, a major producer of Thailand's map dataand distributor of geospatial data, is pleased to be a recipient of the Intergraph grant," said Col. Krith Bunthid, Chief of Map Information Center, Royal Thai Survey Department. "Currently, queries for map and spatial data can only be done in person or over the phone. With the help of Intergraph's technology, we can provide unlimited access through an open standards-based Web portal, saving time and costly delays."
Analytical Surveys, Inc. ("ASI") announced that John Federowicz has joined ASI as the Vice President of Data Management. Mr. Federowicz will be responsible for the development and management of ASI's Data Management initiative focused on providing outsourced GIS related services to the utility, telecommunications and local government markets.
National Technology Services, Inc. (NTS) has been named as the national distributor for TomTom personal navigation products for the USA. TomTom produces the top selling software in Europe for PDA/GPS based interactive mapping. Recognizing the opportunity in the American market, TomTom has opened its first office in the USA, located in Concord, MA. By the time their office was able to ship products in June 2003, Jocelyn Vigruex, President of TomTom USA, had selected NTS to service the retail sales distribution channel. NTS began receiving its first orders from American retail stores at the end of June.
ESRI announced that ArcWeb for Developers now includes National Geographic Society (NG) TOPO! 1:24,000- and 1:100,000-scale maps for the United States. These are the most detailed maps available for outdoor enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals. Subscribers to ArcWeb for Developers can access NG TOPO! maps as raster images in JPEG, GIF, PNG, or PNG8 format and include them in their Web applications.
Spescom Software Inc., formerly Altris Software, Inc. (OTC BB: ALTS), launched eB MAPS, a geographic information system (GIS) enabled software solution that will help officials prepare mitigation and response plans to terrorist attacks and natural disasters. eB MAPS enables emergency managers and planners to identify all critical infrastructures and key assets under their jurisdiction and get access to all related documents, records and data.
Customers of Toshiba's PDA Devices with Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Software Will Receive Exclusive Discounts on Pharos Pocket GPS Navigator Products. Pharos Science & Applications Inc., a provider of portable navigation products and location-based services, announced an agreement with Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., to offer Pharos Pocket GPS Navigator kits with its new Toshiba PDA devices featuring Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs.
Ubisense is a new Cambridge, UK-based company that develops unique system for internal and external tracking. Their product is a local positioning system (LPS), which can determine the precise location of people or objects in buildings or built up areas. The system offers users the chance to track in real time to an accuracy of better than 6 inches (15 cm), whereas existing Global Positioning System (GPS) technology can only operate outdoors and is accurate to within 30 feet (10 metres).
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