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Would you say this is similar to what Autodesk is offering with its Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007? Premier Services is similar; the biggest difference is how we handle people who are using these technologies who really need support. Developers using it know if there's a problem, they have someone to call. But because it's web mapping technology, the real question is, how do I use this effectively to build high quality applications? It's not like when you buy a software product that comes with support. This is enabling technology for users to build applications on top of, so they need a level of support and advice and best practices, and that's what Premier Services will bring to them in addition to the commercial support you expect around the product - hands on advice for those who want to know how to effectively do cartography on the web.

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MapSherpa uses DM Solutions Group's Maps for Mapserver data products as the basis for its cartographic output. MapSherpa's maps come from a variety of sources, and have been optimized for tiled output.



Top News of the Week

John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, is pleased to announce that the company has been selected by the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide statewide digital terrain models and color orthophotography for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).

The VITA, through its Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN), is the lead public agency in the Commonwealth for spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS). VITA's VGIN mission is to facilitate the cost effective development and use of spatial data, GIS, and related technologies in organizations throughout the Commonwealth.

GeoEye announced that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Stereo Airfield Collection program has awarded the company $3.7 million to image 365 airfields and produce Airport Mapping Databases (AMDB) over a 12-month period. GeoEye will deliver IKONOS stereo imagery and perform three-dimensional airport feature extraction services in accordance with NGA specifications. This is the NGA's third and largest Airport Mapping Database award to GeoEye, following two prior awards for three airfields in 2004 and 15 airfields in 2005. The effective date of this award is June 2006.



Announcements

PCI Geomatics has achieved complete certification for its flagship software, Geomatica®, to be used for processing data from the CARTOSAT-1 satellite, from the Indian government-contracted ANTRIX Corporation.

Intergraph Corporation announced WPS Resources Corporation (NYSE: WPS) has successfully implemented and deployed Intergraph's Outage Management System (OMS), based on InService technology. This enhanced technology will assist WPS Resources Corporation's electric and natural gas subsidiaries in delivering reliable and affordable service to customers in northeastern and central Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

With the emergence of portable navigation suppliers and consumer electronic companies, the European aftermarket for telematics and infotainment systems is witnessing growing competition. Accordingly, major consumer electronic suppliers are consolidating their position as leaders in the market, which was earlier dominated by traditional automotive companies. As a result, the market is experiencing greater demand for navigation solutions, mobile services for off-board support and Bluetooth car-kits, thereby also assisting the growth of component suppliers and solution providers.

"The leading product segments such as navigation and Bluetooth telephony are luring an increasing number of suppliers in the value chain, thus contributing to the highly dynamic nature of the aftermarket," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Shyamsundar Anandhan.



Contract Awards

OSI Geospatial Inc. announced it has signed two contracts for the U.S. Air Force totaling approximately C$1.7 million (US$1.5 million). These development contracts continue engineering work underway to improve the effectiveness of certain existing systems and processes. Work will be performed over the next two years.

Photo Science has taken delivery of a second Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) as part of its continued migration strategy to an “all-digital” acquisition fleet. As early adopters of digital sensor technologies, Photo Science has been providing these services since 2003. As part of this strategy, Photo Science continues to invest in image processing infrastructure to best deliver geospatial solutions to its client base. This capability truly enables a fully-digital workflow process throughout the project lifecycle from mission planning; integrated flight navigation; simultaneous (panchromatic, color and color infrared) digital image acquisition; softcopy analytical aerotriangulation; feature extraction to GIS database delivery.

All Virginia public school students in grades 6-12 will soon have the opportunity to use geographic information system (GIS) software and extensions. Virginia's statewide license puts ESRI's ArcView software in the classrooms to help teachers in a wide range of subjects create real-world experiences involving analysis and problem solving.



Awards

Guy Carpenter & Company, Inc., the leading global risk and reinsurance specialist and a part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies announced that it has been named 2006 winner of the Oracle(R) Spatial Excellence "Innovator of the Year" Award in recognition of its Gradient Analysis Tool, one of the portfolio management tools offered as part of its revolutionary i-aXs(TM) online risk management platform.



People

HP announced that Pablo Sanchez-Lozano has been named senior vice president and general manager of its Managed Services business unit within HP Services.

With more than 15 years in HP Services, Sanchez-Lozano, 40, brings extensive global business management, sales engagement and finance expertise to his new position. He will report to Steve Smith, senior vice president of HP Services.



New Products

GlobeXplorer announced the successful loading of its 200th DigitalGlobe CitySphere market to its suite of online data services for mapping/GIS users and Web developers.

Dated from 2002 to 2006, the CitySphere collection includes high-resolution satellite imagery of 200 of the largest cities across the globe, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

DigitalGlobe's CitySphere collection features orthorectified 2-foot color imagery The resolution and industry-leading accuracy of CitySphere make it ideal for use as a basemap in Web mapping, GIS, and other applications.

Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has announced that it is offering three new Plug-ins for XML-based data for use with its Cadcorp SIS - Spatial Information System software suite.

The GeoRSS, GPX and MIDAS Plug-ins are part of V6.3 of Cadcorp SIS, due later this year, but are fully compatible with the current V6.2 release. The new Plug-ins will be available for free download from the Cadcorp web site.

The next service pack release of Cadcorp SIS V6.2 will include a version of the free Map Browser product that will be able to use the GeoRSS Plug-in. This will enable Map Browser users to load GeoRSS 'feeds' and to combine them with Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.™ (OGC™) W*S services.

Century 21 Real Estate LLC, through a relationship with Microsoft Virtual Earth and Microsoft Map Point, announced the introduction of CENTURY 21 Property Search Gold, a platform that combines rich, satellite mapping functionality with the ability for users to view CENTURY 21 property listings based on their personal search criteria. For consumers, this means they can conduct property searches including mapping a potential neighborhood and researching local neighborhood information without ever leaving their home. This feature was launched on Century21.com.

Matrox Graphics announced EpicA series dual- and quad-display graphics cards designed for thin clients and other mission-critical systems. EpicA products have new, innovative, server-based software from Matrox to manage multi-display configurations in remote sessions. The cards also feature support for 2 or 4 digital and analog monitors at a time, small form factors, low power consumption, passive (fanless) cooling, and PCI bus interfaces.



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