ESRI’s ArcGIS Image Server 9.2 Dynamically Serves Up and Processes Large Volumes of Imagery


Autodesk, Inc.
announced its elevated relationship with Oracle to provide customers with complete solutions for the creation and sharing of geospatial data within workgroups and across entire organizations. As a Certified Partner with the Oracle(R) PartnerNetwork, Autodesk and Oracle will collaborate on software bundles, technology integration, sales, training and customer support.


The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Web3D Consortium announced they will work together to further the development of the Geospatial Web, a movement already underway that embraces many values and goals that the Web3D community shares -- open standards of course, but also open access to data, community, and the positive transformative power of the Web. The vision and center of gravity of this "Geospatial Web" is well articulated in the OGC's WMS and WFS specifications and the activities that have been spawned around them, such as Geoserver & degree (reference open source WFS & WMS servers, respectively), OpenLayers (a Web 2.0/AJAX API for displaying map data that works in standard browsers), and GeoRSS.

The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC(R)) has posted an OGC " Invitation to Qualify” (ITQ) for the OGC Interoperability Program (OGC IP) Pool. The purpose of this invitation is to solicit companies, universities, and independent consultants who wish to pre-qualify to be part of future Open Geospatial Consortium Interoperability Program Team (IP Team) activities. IP Team members for future initiatives, including the OGC's 2007 OGC Web Services test bed, OWS-5, will be selected from the IP Pool.

TomTom, Inc. announced that United States District Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin granted summary judgment ending the year long legal battle with Garmin Corp. and Garmin LTD.

Garmin had brought this litigation against TomTom asserting 5 core patents. The decision finds that all five Garmin patents asserted against TomTom in the lawsuit are either invalid or not infringed by TomTom's popular line of navigation products.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that the City of Alpena, Michigan, has joined Bentley's Municipal License Subscription (MLS) program. This community of 11,000 on Lake Huron's Thunder Bay will use its new MLS to help it implement road, water, sewer, and other infrastructure projects, as well as to build a 21st century GIS.


Analytical Surveys, Inc. (ASI),
a provider of utility-industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, and an emerging participant in the oil and gas industry, announced financial results for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2006.

Revenue for the fiscal year was $4.3 million compared with $6.1 million in fiscal 2005. The company reduced its net loss available to common shareholders to $383,000, or $0.11 per diluted share, from $3.3 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, in fiscal 2005. See press release

Name Change

Just over three years ago, STAR INFORMATIC acquired the French company Apic SA. Today, the teams from both companies have achieved their goal of integrating both their knowledge and technologies.

In order to underline the integrated nature of the group, the company announced their decision to unify the brand name of the companies under one single flag, which will naturally be STAR-APIC.

New Products

Digital Map Products
launched ParcelStream, a product that lets web developers use current and accurate property lines for display in any web-based digital mapping application.

LeadDog Consulting now offers datasets of fourteen countries in Arabic. Major Roads and detailed City Street products are available currently for Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates.

ESRI announced the availability of ArcIMS 9.2, which features many improvements including new ways to create Web mapping applications, enhanced performance, and improved security. At 9.2, ArcIMS makes it easier for anyone to serve better dynamic Web mapping applications.

Around the Web

Looking for the Next Google, by Miguel Helft, The New York Times, January 1, 2007 – In brand-new offices with a still-empty game room and enough space to triple their staff of nearly 30, a trio of entrepreneurs is leading an Internet start-up with an improbable mission: to out- Google Google.

Make-a-donation to Serviceatsea and get a chance to win a week in a villa in Puerto Vallarta.

NASA-Google partnership ready for liftoff  by Caroline McCarthy, CNET, December 18, 2006 - The NASA Ames Research Center and Google have signed a formal agreement to collaborate on projects ranging from studying scientific-data search technology to using Google Earth flyovers for the moon and Mars.

New directions in car safety and navigation, by Stefanie Olsen, CNET, December 14, 2006

Upcoming Events

ESRI Federal User Conference (FedUC)  
Date: January 9 - 11, 2007
Place: Washington Convention Center;
The conference supports those who deploy ESRI software for geoprocessing and analysis, integrated work flows, and intelligent collaboration across government.
GIS Solutions Expo 2007 - Sacramento
Date: January 11, 2007
Place: Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA USA
ESRI invites you to be our guest at one of our upcoming GIS Solutions EXPOs! The special events showcase geographic information system (GIS) applications, solutions, and services developed by ESRI business partners for ESRI software
Second Annual ESRI Asia-Pacific User Conference
Date: January 18 - 19, 2007
Place: Taj Palace Hotel Convention Centre
NewDelhi, India
ESRI India invites you to the Second ESRI Asia-Pacific User Conference on the 18th and 19th of January, 2007 at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India. The User conference brings together both individual and organizational users of ESRI Geographic Information Systems and Services. GIS usage has expanded to various new areas, ESRI has been at the forefront in this arena.
MAPPS Winter Conference 2007
Date: January 21 - 25, 2007
Place: Naples Grande Resort & Club FL USA
Conventional vertical imagery for photogrammetric mapping has been a mainstay of the profession for decades. While cameras, sensors, plotters and software have evolved, the vertical photograph has been a constant.
Map World Forum 2007
Date: January 22 - 25, 2007
Place: Hyderabad International Convention Centre
Hydrabad, India
MAP WORLD FORUM will be a medium of convergence of various stakeholders of global geospatial community and its integration with end users of geospatial information. Map World Forum will be a combination of activities in the form of seminars, workshops and panel discussions covering technology to policy to user oriented themes at global level.
DGI Europe 2007
Date: January 23 - 25, 2007
Place: QE II Conference Centre
Westminster, London, United Kingdom
DGI (Defence Geospatial Intelligence) is the annual European event for the Military Geospatial Intelligence community, bringing together government, industry, and military leaders together with leading suppliers and industry experts.

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