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Tele Atlas, a global geographic content provider, announced it will expand its map update system with Map Insight™, an online tool that allows users of Internet, personal navigation and wireless devices and applications powered by Tele Atlas data to quickly report changes to the company. Released in limited availability , Map Insight will be made generally available during the fourth quarter of 2006.

Changes to roads and points of interest occur every day, and the ability to quickly analyze and incorporate multiple sources of input is vital to generating maps that are fresh and highly accurate. Tele Atlas already uses a combination of professional drivers, innovative mobile mapping van technology and other authoritative information sources to ensure that planned and existing changes are accurately incorporated into its maps. Map Insight adds an interactive, community-based perspective that Tele Atlas President and COO George Fink says is vital to the future of map development.

John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, a leader in geospatial solutions based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is pleased to announce that the company has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Resources Inventory and Assessment Division (RIAD), to provide fulltime onsite remote sensing services under a five year contract.

Sanborn was contracted to provide an onsite workforce for three Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) established under the USDA- NRCS as the result of a formally advertised and competitive acquisition process in which the government evaluated cost and technical proposals submitted by the interested offerers. The program ensures more consistent, efficient state-of-the-art data collection for the National Resources Inventory (NRI), a statistical survey designed to estimate natural resource conditions and trends on the Nation's non-federal land.

Hansen Information Technologies (Hansen(R)) announced its selection by San Antonio Water System (SAWS) to provide a comprehensive Enterprise Resource Software System (ERSS) as part of a ten-year, $21.1 million contract. As the prime contractor and systems integrator for the project, Hansen will lead a team of public sector experts that include Lawson, Selectron, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle Corporation. Project implementation will span 28 months, and Blue Heron Consulting will provide quality assurance and oversight assistance throughout this period.



Alliances/Acquisitions/Agreements

Byers Engineering Company, a long time provider of AM/FM/GIS software solutions to the telecommunications industry, has entered into a VAR Agreement with CT&T to sell its suite of AM/FM/GIS SpatialAge Solutions. CT&T, headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas, provides turnkey projects for design, right of way acquisition, construction inspection, facility installation, records update, and project closeout.

Intermap Technologies Corp. announced that it has been awarded a US$2.6M contract for collection of elevation data and radar imagery on behalf of Sinar Mas Forestry, a major pulpwood farm operator in Asia. Sinar Mas Forestry is the exclusive wood fiber supplier for Asia Pulp & Paper -- Sinar Mas Pulp & Paper Products (APP). The use of Intermap's elevation data and high-resolution radar imagery will enable Sinar Mas Forestry to manage its pulpwood resource more efficiently. Intermap Technologies will collect and deliver the data in 2006.

GeoAnalytics® Inc., an IT consulting firm that specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of enterprise information systems, announced its participation in the new SAS channel program, which will help bring SAS business intelligence software to small-to-medium and mid-market businesses throughout the United States.

Benefon has announced its plans to further strengthen its in-house technology platform, by licensing the complete mobile software platform, Opna, from its long-standing technology partner, Pollex. The Opna is powering Benefon's first TWIG branded personal navigation device, the TWIG Discovery, which will be launched across Europe in Q3 2006.



Announcements

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (R) (OGC), announces an Interoperability Day Seminar on October 4, 2006 to be held in conjunction with its Technical and Planning Committee Meetings in Tyson's Corner, Vienna, Virginia. The event is open to all and will focus on the state of geospatial and information technology interoperability. The seminar will include a keynote address, multi-vendor demonstration, and panel discussions. Topics will include the value of interoperability and standards, and the challenges ahead.



Awards

CH2M HILL's Enterprise Spatial Solutions business announced it received first place in Geospatial Solutions 2006 Applications Contest. CH2M HILL received top honors with its Precision Viticulture solution, which uses several state-of-the-art geospatial technologies to assist in the management of the day-to-day activities of a wine vineyard to achieve ideal growing conditions and efficient resource deployment.



People

CARIS announced a new Vice President of CARIS USA. Paul R. Cooper has joined the CARIS executive team and will be responsible for directing all aspects of the company's US operations.

Mr. Cooper has more than 30 years experience in geospatial data collection, management and leadership in the US federal government and private industry. He comes to CARIS from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he served as an International Business Developer. There he developed business opportunities in Integrated Oceanographic Observations Systems and in the National Science Foundation Oceanographic Observing Initiative.



New Products

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the commercial release of WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition, the only water distribution modeling solution to unify modeling across MicroStation, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and stand-alone platforms.

The 2006 winner of the AWWA People's Choice Award as the most useful new product, WaterGEMS V8 XM goes beyond GIS-centric products, providing a true data-centric solution. This means that water utilities and consulting firms can, for the first time, leverage the benefits of ArcGIS integration without sacrificing interoperability with the AutoCAD, MicroStation, and stand-alone platforms.

Intergraph Corporation announced the newest version of G/Technology, the Company's solution that integrates geofacilities management with operational support and service delivery applications. G/Technology 9.3.3 provides compatibility with previous versions, enabling customers to benefit from increased flexibility and cost savings during the upgrade process.

G/Technology 9.3.3 reduces the administration required for software installation and upgrades due to version compatibility, single set-up and set-up patches. Additionally, expansion packs in G/Technology 9.3.3 ensure that organizations have access to new capabilities as they become available and with the assurance that these functionalities will be in future releases.

"Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS®" from ESRI Press, serves as both an easy-to-understand introduction to GIS and a hands-on manual for the ArcGIS® 9.1 software. This unique and exciting book is written by a leading author (Michael Kennedy) in the field with thirty years of experience developing successful books on computer software and GPS hardware. Each chapter presents two mutually supporting sections:

Telogis, a leading provider of on demand web-based GPS tracking systems, is proud to launch the most advanced version of OnTrack(TM), its complete fleet tracking, productivity, and management solution, now integrated with GeoStream(TM) mapping technology.



Around the Web

ArcPad Team Blog

Despite Steps, Disaster Planning Still Shows Gaps by Eric Lipton, August 26, 2006, The New York Times (registration required)

The Mobile Internet - are we there yet? by Margaret Reardon, August 29, 2006, CNET News.com -- After years of hype, wireless users in the United States are waiting for all the technology pieces to come together to make surfing the Internet from their handsets as easy as it is on their PCs at home.

Google Chief Joins the Board of Apple, Bloomberg News, August 30, 2006, The New York Times



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The forum will be mainly conducted in Mandarin. Proceeding and press material will are printed in Simplified Chinese. Speaker using foreign language is recommended to present with simultaneous interpreter. The organizer's staff, who can speak English, can provide basic assistance and interpreter in necessary.


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