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MAPdirector for ArcGIS provides a live link between a CartêGraph database and the ArcGIS environment. CartêGraph's MAPdirector for ArcGIS extension provides the functionality to create layers displaying information such as pavement management plans, sign replacement schedules and signal intersection timing data with Add Asset Wizard.

CartêGraph applications help create detailed databases of asset information that include history, features, inspections, images, locations and reports and their software can manage the entire workflow of an organization.

Graticule announced the release of PostcodeAnalyst™ for mapping and gaining geo-intelligence from mail address lists in Great Britain. PostcodeAnalyst aims to give managers ready and cost-effective access to geographical information already available in their address lists. From this information, managers can reveal geographical patterns by viewing maps and analyze maps in relation to various business factors such as location, proximity to outlets, regional sales revenues, gaps and changes over time, promotional campaigns, etc.

A number of products were announced this week at the 2003 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), January 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year attendance was at an all-time high-116,687 attendees from over 128 countries.

Televigation announced the debut of TeleNav™, North America's first GPS navigation service for mobile phones. With TeleNav, users of certain Java (J2ME) mobile phones will be able to navigate turn-by-turn to virtually any street address in the continental United States using a combination of real-time voice and graphical directions delivered directly to their phone. Wireless phone users will be pleased to note that TeleNav is user-centric rather than vehicle-centric, so that TeleNav subscribers will be able to take the service with them from one vehicle to another. The service is $7.00/monthly for the basic service (not counting the subscription to a wireless data service from their wireless carrier).

Thales (TAL-less) Navigation, announced the worldwide availability of the full-color handheld GPS receiver, the Magellan Meridian® Color. The Magellan Meridian Color offers memory expansion through industry standard Secure Digital (SD) memory cards for downloading data. The full-color, large LCD screen allows access to a built-in, 16 MB database of maps and other navigation information for land and water travelers.

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., showcased the third-party applications that will initially be available on the company's award-winning GPS-enabled PDA, the iQue 3600. The new applications suite transforms the iQue 3600 from an organizer/navigator to a full-life PDA. Applications developers include LinksPoint, Infinity Softworks, Astraware, DataViz, SplashData and Vindigo.

Garmin's iQue 3600 will be the first PDA to incorporate StarCaddy, a leading handheld golf application from LinksPoint Inc. Using the iQue's integrated GPS capabilities, StarCaddy pinpoints a golfer's exact position on an electronic map of the course and provides accurate distance to the center of the green and other course features like doglegs, sandtraps and water.

Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT)(PSE: SOK), the Mobile Connection™ Company, today announced the Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit featuring Socket's MyNavigator™ complete in-car navigation software for Pocket PCs, as well as the Socket Bluetooth GPS Receiver (announced November 18, 2002) are now available. These tools enable drivers to plan their trips quickly utilizing current map information and a highly intuitive user interface. Large graphics and clear voice prompts offer turn-by-turn instructions so that drivers don't have to read handheld maps while driving.

Spatial Insights, Inc. announced the release of a block centroid database based on the 2000 Census, in response to response from their customer base who wanted basic demographics at very detailed levels of geography. The block centroid database is available by county, state or nationwide. In addition to the coordinates and census identifiers, total population and the number of housing units are included with each of the block centroids. There are over 8.2 million block centroids nationwide. This contrasts with the roughly 208,000 block groups that provide complete coverage of the US.

Paradigm™ announced the availability of its new "Earth Domain Imaging" suite of 3D pre-stack depth migrations, to complement the latest release of its GeoDepth® velocity model building and depth imaging system. GeoDepth 7.2 is part of Paradigm's November 2002 Release, a collection of upgrades to products running on Paradigm's epos™ 2.0 integration framework.


Two announcements from The Open GIS Consortium Inc. (OGC): the organization recently launched its Conformance and Interoperability Test and Evaluation Initiative (CITE). CITE is the first of a series of initiatives addressing interoperability verification and validation. The OGC expects to produce an OGC-approved process by which software vendors can test and validate their products' conformance with OGC's Web-based OpenGIS® Specifications. OpenGIS Specifications specify common interfaces, encodings and schemas that support the development and deployment of interoperable geospatial solutions, services, data, and applications.

Secondly the OGC announced that Phase 2 of its Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI-2) began with a successful kick-off meeting recently. CIPI plans to test the application of interoperable technology to help national, state, provincial, and other local governments, commercial, and non-government organizations better manage critical emergency situations. This will be accomplished by coordinating geospatial data and services to meet critical infrastructure protection needs. OGC's rapid-prototyping process will be used by the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau, sponsor of CIPI-2, to develop two prototype systems: an online system to update governmental unit boundary information for existing incorporated places, and a system based on OpenGIS® Specifications for serving Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER®) data.

Intergraph, as a key vendor sponsor, will provide geospatial software, training, and support for the Spatial Information Cooperative Research Centre recently formed by the Australian Government with a $6.2 million (U.S.) award. The Centre joins the research programs of the four major research universities in Australia, along with key Government departments and the military. The Centre aims to facilitate spatial information exchange and use to promote better government and environmental management as well as build new commercial opportunities for Australian businesses both locally and internationally.

RMSI has officially changed its name to changed to RMSI Private Limited. This is an addition to the company's ongoing branding initiatives revolving around the RMSI brand. Senator Clinton Town Hall Meeting - "Homeland Security and Business Continuity" MapInfo, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and a group of distinguished panelists will gather for a town hall meeting to discuss the important topics of Homeland Security and Business Continuity. The meeting and panel discussion will be Webcast live “sometime in early 2003.”

LocatioNet's CEO, Gadi BenMark, will speak at Marcus Evans' Wireless Positioning and LBS Summit on January 22nd @ 3:00pm at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California.

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Imagery Maps Arctic Tundra Environment
By Gita J. Laidler, masters of science candidate, and Paul M. Treitz, assistant professor, Department of Geography, Queen's University, Kingston, Ont., Canada []

Covering approximately 6 million square kilometers of the Earth's surface, tundra vegetation is an increasingly important component in the context of global climate change. Although arctic tundra environments are thought to be sensitive to climate changes, the actual response is unclear. Climate changes may cause vast tundra environments to release previously sequestered carbon into the atmosphere, potentially shifting the global carbon budget.

As concerns rise, research is more focused on understanding and mapping tundra vegetation in polar regions. Remote sensing is playing a key role in such endeavors because of its capacity to collect data related to vegetation phenology over broad expanses of land where field research is limited due to study site remoteness, financial constraints, transportation issues and weather.

Arctic tundra landscapes are characterized by multiple scales of spatial heterogeneity. Microscale surface irregularities and disturbances produce a fine-grained patchwork of arctic plant distribution that's difficult to estimate, much less quantify, without high-resolution remote sensing data. Furthermore, tundra plant communities tend to be compact, wind sculptured and less than 1 meter in height. Therefore, image spatial resolution of at least 9 meters is required to adequately capture tundra vegetation communities.

Four-meter multispectral IKONOS data were incorporated into biophysical remote sensing research to study Boothia Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada, to evaluate its utility for estimating biophysical properties of vegetation communities, such as biomass and percent cover. The region's frequent cloud cover and limited growing season make optical remote sensing challenging. Even so, two cloud-free IKONOS images were acquired on July 23 and 27, 2001. The data were georeferenced and mosaicked to generate a single, composite image of the study area.

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