Thales Navigation Acquired by Investment Group

Intermap Technologies, Inc., a geospatial market leader proactively remapping entire countries and building highly accurate digital elevation datasets, has hired Richard Smolenski as vice president of sales.

As VP of sales, Richard will draw on nearly 30 years of international sales and business development experience to spearhead Intermap's global sales strategy in support of the company's extensive NEXTMap line of products and services.

New Products

The Carbon Project announced that the third generation of its open-geospatial .NET™ toolkit CarbonTools, CarbonTools PRO™, is now available.

CarbonTools PRO is a new software development toolkit that enhances the Microsoft .NET framework for advanced location content handling and sharing. With CarbonTools PRO you can develop advanced location-based social networking™ applications or extend existing systems for enhanced geospatial interoperability.

A first-of-its-kind survey of how well the world's coral reefs are being protected was made possible by a unique collection of NASA views from space.

A team of international researchers using NASA satellite images compiled an updated inventory of all "marine protected areas" containing coral reefs and compared it with the most detailed and comprehensive satellite inventory of coral reefs. The global satellite mapping effort is called the Millennium Coral Reef Mapping Project and was funded by NASA. The study was reported on recently in the journal Science.

iSECUREtrac(TM) Corp., provider of GPS-based offender monitoring solutions and related wireless technologies, introduced its next generation GPS monitoring solution at the American Probation and Parole Association's 31st Annual Training Institute in Chicago.

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), introduced the G600, a revolutionary new avionics suite designed specifically for the retrofit aircraft market. The G600 was announced at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Fly-In located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Garmin's G600 incorporates two individual displays -- a PFD and MFD -- in a customized package designed for easy retrofit installation. The G600 is designed to communicate and integrate with Garmin's panel mount products, and provides essential information such as attitude, air data, weather, terrain, and traffic.

A new state-of-the-art, Web-based system that monitors and maps the location and status of emergency resources, such as hospitals, air ambulances, and rescue helicopters, will be unveiled at the ESRI International User Conference, August 7-11, 2006, in San Diego, California.

ESRI developed the Advanced Emergency GIS (AEGIS) for the Center for Prehospital Care, Education, and Research at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). The medical center will go online with the technology in September when fielding emergency medical services (EMS) calls.

GeoDataSource is glad to announce the launch of GeoDataSource Web site together with its flagship product, GeoDataSource World Cities Database.

GeoDataSource World Database is a geographical features and landmarks database complete with important information such as latitude and longitude coordinates, region and country information, officially recognized names as well as variant spellings. The latest version of GeoDataSource Cities Database Gold Edition contains 2,970,290 entries with city names in original language and English, feature type classifications, country names in FIPS and ISO, regions, sub-regions, state or First-Order Administrative Division, county or Second-Order Administrative Division, longitude and latitude in degree and decimal, Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate grid and Joint Operations Graphic reference.

IDEAL, Contex's exclusive U.S. Distributor, and ten-time recipient of Contex's "Distributor of the Year" award, announces a software giveaway to celebrate the largest product launch in the history of IDEAL / Contex. IDEAL will include 6 months free use of MyArchiveCenter software with every new IDEAL / Contex Energy Star scanner sold during the new product roll-out period.

Around the Web

Google Offers Live Traffic Maps on Cell Phones eweek -- Google has begun offering mobile phone users in more than 30 major U.S. cities the capacity to view highway maps with "live" traffic data.

Portable Navigation Systems Going in More Directions by Ivan Berger, July 27, 2006, The New York Times (registration required) -- With more than a dozen brands of portable global positioning system devices now sold in the United States for $300 to $1,500, manufacturers are competing by adding features like audio, video, photography and language guides rather than becoming tangled up in price wars.

Upcoming Events

ESRI International User Conference Date: August 7 - 11, 2006
Place: San Diego Convention Center San Diego, CA USA
The ESRI International User Conference (UC) will be held August 7-11, 2006, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Discover a community of peers eager to share their ideas, expertise, and practical applications of GIS in their organizations at the largest GIS event of the year.

AGIs Missile Defense Seminars
Date: August 8, 2006
Place: Tysons Corner Marriott Vienna, VA USA

AGIs Missile Defense Seminars
Date: August 10, 2006
Place: Boston Marriot Burlington Burlington, MA USA

Downs Interest Group for GIS and Remote Sensing (DIGGARS) Seminar
Date: August 10, 2006
Place: Mayor's Room, City Hall Ruthven Street, Toowoomba City Council, Australia
Dynamic Web Mapping at Toowoomba City Council

'AGIs Missile Defense Seminars
Date: August 14, 2006
Place: Huntsville Marriott Huntsville, AL USA

Mapping Your Community: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis
Date: August 17 - 18, 2006
Place: San Diego, CA USA
This unique, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants learn to make thematic maps of their community, geocode addresses and perform spatial queries and analysis. Participants also learn to extract and map Census variables such as race, poverty, language, education, health and many other demographic variables. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required. Each students is assigned a computer on which to work for the day.

Map Asia 2006
Date: August 29 - September 1, 2006
Place: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center Bangkok, Thailand
The Asia and Pacific region is the largest developing region in the world in landmass, population and aggregate income. Its 48 countries have nearly three fifth of the worlds total population. Each country in the region abounds in rich natural capital and has comprehended the true potential of Geospatial information in leveraging this capital to its utmost economic viability. The Asian region is forging a path of development and economic growth as a function of establishment of infrastructural capital. The region demands and offers scope for application of the various Geographic Information technologies like GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing and Imaging

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