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In 2000, Cadcorp introduced support for the OGIS Web Server as part of its Cadcorp SIS V5.2 Map Modeller. This support has expanded to include three servers: Web Map Server (serving rasters), Web Feature Server( served vectors) and Web Terrain Server (served 3D images) - all part of the release of Cadcorp SIS - Spatial Information System V6 and part of the Cadcorp SIS Map Modeller package.

Ducks Unlimited, the world's largest wetland conservation organization, have purchased multiple copies of Feature Analyst to support wildlife habitat mapping throughout the United States. GIS analysts working with digital imagery and mapping features such as wetlands, vegetation, hydrology, land-cover, and land-use features will be able to benefit from the Feature Analyst workflow that gives accurate and updated land-cover and land-use GIS data layers in far less time than hand digitizing.

ESRI announced that Gaz de France, a French gas utility company, is expanding its Commercial Information System (SIC) with GIS software from ESRI France, ESRI's French distributor. The new system, which is called GEOSIC, will provide the Gaz de France sales force with powerful tools for geographic analysis and visualization.



Awards

New York City has been both heralded and criticized for its response during 9/11. So it is good to report here that the city's advanced-technology mapping program that provided critical information to responders during 9/11, the West Nile virus outbreak and the anthrax threat has made the shortlist for the sought-after Innovations in American Government Award. In what is often referred to as “the Oscars” of government award programs, the Citywide Geographic Information Systems Utility is eligible to win $100,000, and receive a $10,000 grant as one of 15 finalists in the highly esteemed competition. There were over 1,000 entrants in the competition.

New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications manages the program's digital mapping system which gives an instantaneous, accurate and minutely detailed picture of every important physical detail of the city, that can be overlaid with information such as crime statistics and construction roadblocks. This data can be integrated on a common base map, putting all city departments on the same page.

By now, most of us have read or heard about how operations were curtailed during the attack on the World Trade Center. But the GIS department quickly regrouped and responded to more than 2,600 requests for maps and information. An effort that involved satellite imagery, remote sensing, handheld computers, wireless and GPS helped utility responders to pinpoint threats posed by underground gas tanks and other dangers of the wreckage.

Over $2.4 Million in awards have been announced by The Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre (OPGRC). A total of twelve grants have been awarded for the study of gambling behavior in specific demographic groups and for research into treatment options. The awards total $2,467,741.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Acting Secretary Michael DiBerardinis announced 18 grants totaling more than $1.1 million to help nonprofit organizations and local governments protect and enhance waterways across the Commonwealth. DCNR approved six Rivers Conservation Program grants to help communities develop river-conservation plans.

In a contract valued at US$68 million, Motorola (NYSE: MOT), a provider of integrated communications solutions, systems and networking services to police forces around the world, was commissioned by the Hong Kong Police to deliver its third generation Command and Control Communications system (CC3). The contract includes 9 year maintenance of the system.



Appointments

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the appointment of a new chief marketing officer (CMO), Anthony Flynn. In this newly created position, Flynn will manage the worldwide corporate marketing activities of the company and report to COO Malcolm Walter.

The position of CMO comes right at a time when Bentley's V8 Generation of products triggered the campaign launch of “managed environment” for users. The company has now formed vertical teams to serve its four vertical markets: building, plant, civil, and geospatial - and a new marketing platform for these teams is expected to follow.



New Products

WalkAbout Computers, Inc., manufacturers of rugged tablet computers for mobile workers in the utility, public safety/EMS and other vertical markets, is shipping their new Hammerhead XRT rugged Tablet PC. The Hammerhead XRT is the latest edition to WalkAbout's expanding line of rugged Tablet PCs and docking stations.

The County of Rockingham's Internet mapping and GIS application (http://rockingham.gisbrowser.com ) was just released according to Terralogic, Inc. With the new system, the public can access interactive maps and government records utilizing a common Internet browser. While the system provides a wealth of real estate and assessment information, it also includes aerial photography, tax maps, flood zones, public lands, forest districts, roads, streams, and terrain/elevation shading. The system is utilized internally by the county staff and externally by the public. Public users include lawyers, appraisers, real estate professionals, engineers, surveyors, insurance representatives and the general public. Terralogic, Inc., an applications service provider for GIS and FM systems, developed the custom application using Environmental Systems Research Institute's (ESRI) ArcIMS, Macromedia Cold Fusion, and Microsoft SQL Server.

Trekker, a new GPS-based orientation product designed for the blind and visually impaired, was launched this week by VisuAide at the CSUN conference on Technology and Persons with Disability.

Trekker is a personal digital assistant (PDA) application operating on a PocketPC with WinCE, with talking menus, talking maps and GPS information. Its features enable a blind person to determine position, create routes and receive information on navigating to a destination. It also offers search functions for an exhaustive database of point of interests, such as restaurants, hotels, office buildings, etc.

Leica Geosystems' new RUGBY 200 horizontal and vertical dual-axis laser for interior and general construction jobs is fully automatic in both the horizontal and vertical position, and features a bright visible beam with a working range of up to 1,000 ft. (300 m) , plus a plumb beam for 90° layout work and a plumb-down feature for setup over a point.

Storage Area Networks (OTCBB: SANZ) introduced its EarthWhere(TM) 2.0 Web-based spatial data management and provisioning application. Available either as a standalone software application or as part of an integrated appliance, EarthWhere Enterprise, EarthWhere 2.0 will be available for commercial implementation beginning April 1.

Tele Atlas announced the shipping of its comprehensive turn-by-turn map database in shapefile format. MultiNet Shapefile Format 4.1 allows users to successfully route customers to more destinations in North America than any other street network data provider.

GPS chipset and software vendor SiRF Technology announced that its SiRFLoc Multimode location platform is at the heart of a wide variety of new Location-Based Services (LBS), allowing mobile phone users to determine their exact position and take advantage of a variety of useful new location-aware applications.



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