Trimble’s VX Spatial Station

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announced that Geosystems France is now an authorized distributor of Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging software products. Geosystems France will specialize in the areas of remote sensing, digital photogrammetry and 3D applications.


The members of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) have approved the candidate OpenGIS(R) Observations & Measurements (O&M) Specification for release for a thirty day public comment period. The document can be downloaded from here .

The O&M candidate specification describes a framework and encoding for measurements and observations. This framework is required specifically for use by other OGC standards known as the OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) capability as well as for general support for OGC compliant systems dealing in technical measurements in science and engineering.

The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC) launched an Interoperability Experiment on ocean science interoperability on January 29, 2007. The initiators of the experiment seek participation by other organizations interested in interoperability among information systems used in ocean research.

Organizations that wish to participate and that can meet the Requirements for Participation (see Oceans Science Interoperability Experiment Activity Plan  ) must notify the OGC before February 15, 2007 of their desire to participate.

The 2007 Location Intelligence Conference, the industry event focused on the use of location technology, will bring together business leaders for its annual gathering to discuss how to generate revenue, cut costs, improve workflow efficiency and gain competitive advantage by implementing location-related products and services within their organizations. The 2007 Location Intelligence Conference will take place April 16-18, 2007 at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. For more information, visit the website .

ESRI announces that GIS & RS Consulting Center GeoGraphic, a longtime subdistributor in the Republic of Georgia for DATA+, is now a full distributor to further enable the expansion of the geographic information system (GIS) market in the country


GeoEye announced the final payment on the $50 million credit facility that it drew down in January 2006 to fund the acquisition of the assets of Colorado-based Space Imaging. While the two and one-half year facility did not have an amortization repayment schedule, it was structured to be repaid from excess cash flow generated by the assets purchased from Space Imaging. Given the performance of the operation, the company has been able to repay this facility with cash flow generated within calendar year 2006. In conjunction with this repayment, the preferred stock that was issued in connection with the loan will be cancelled.

MapInfo Corporation, the global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2007.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2006, MapInfo reported total revenue of $42.0 million, an increase of eight percent compared to the prior year period. For the quarter ended December 31, 2006, MapInfo delivered operating income, in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) of $2.5 million, an increase of six percent compared to $2.4 million in the year ago period. See press release


IBSystems, Inc. announced that Graham Bell is the new Director of Sales for the web portal.

Graham comes to IBSystems with over 20 years marketing and sales experience with Computer Aided Design and Engineering (CAD/CAE) companies, including startups and publicly traded firms such as Nassda, Synopsys, and Viewlogic.

New Products

ESRI announces the availability of ArcGIS Defense Solutions 9.2. The ArcGIS Defense Solutions software consists of ArcGIS Military Analyst and Military Overlay Editor (MOLE). The pair of products assists in command and control, battlefield management, intelligence gathering, mission planning, incident planning and response, search and rescue, and defense and intelligence geospatial analysis.

gViewTek announces the availability of DynaWebMap. DynaWebMap provides a powerful server side map web control which integrates with gViewTek's vector maps library. gViewTek's web map library provides web maps from US county tracts map, US county block group map, US county zip code map, single state map, all states map, and all counties map to the world map. Users can select their own interesting maps and connect their own data, such as demographic data or other statistics data through data binding fields. DynaWebMap map web control provides wonderful vector map with professional map operations and dockable map components, such as toolbars, overview map, dynamic legend, and charts.

DMTI Spatial (DMTI), a provider of location intelligence solutions launches the Location Hub™ using the Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model. This new market offering represents a more practical and strategic approach to enabling location intelligence in the Enterprise. SaaS approaches are faster, cheaper and typically more reliable than on-premise software implementations. Moreover, the Location Hub offering focuses on the two things that really matter: the client’s business processes; and, the quality of data required to drive profitable business outcomes.

MapInfo Corporation introduced the latest version of the MapInfo Location Intelligence Component to MicroStrategy’s Business Intelligence (BI) Platform. Including enhanced functionality, the MapInfo Location Intelligence Component enables organizations to easily incorporate location analysis into their BI applications and more efficiently monitor report and analyze their enterprise data.

MapInfo Corporation announced the release of MarketBalance, a custom solution that helps communications companies identify the optimal mix of business market potential and sales resources. MarketBalance is designed to enable businesses to unlock hidden business-to-business market opportunities and increase sales by deploying their sales force more effectively.

Blue Marble Geographics announces another update to their GeoCalc software development kit. This fully object-oriented, cross platform coordinate conversion library is now completely interoperable with most major GIS software tools available today. Blue Marble’s coordinate conversion technology is used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

PCI Geomatics® is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the ProPacks collection and the PCI Professional Software Development Kit (ProSDK), used for building highly automated and customized workflow solutions.

Released under the company’s solution brand Geomatica X, a ProPack is a set of software components that address a particular application area, such as orthorectification or mosaicking, and extends the capabilities of the ProSDK. These components are called PCI Pluggable Functions (PPFs) and they represent PCI Geomatics’ core technology.

Azteca Systems, Inc., the provider of GIS-centric asset maintenance management solutions, announced that St. John’s County, FL is using Cityworks for asset management and utilizing the new Cityworks budgeting tool to assist in the county’s financial management. The combination of asset and budget analysis tools has been beneficial to the county, giving them a complete solution for their needs.

Around the Web

Silicon Valley’s High-Tech Hunt for Colleague  The New York Times, February 3, 2007 -- The search for Jim Gray

Upcoming Events
ILMF 2007  
Date: February 12 - 13, 2007
Place: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel
Baltimore, MD USA
The International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) has become the premier event for the LIDAR industry. This "Summit" is the gathering of industry leaders, pioneers, experts from government, academia, and professionals from myriad industries looking to invest in, and benefit from, LIDAR technology and services.
3GSM World Congress 2007
Date: February 12 - 15, 2007
Place: Fira de Barcelona - Montjuic
Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, s/n 08004 , Barcelona, Spain
The 3GSM World Congress is the world's premier mobile event and attracted over 50,000 people in 2006. 3GSM World Congress 2007 promises to be the most exciting and stimulating yet, reflecting the pivotal point that this industry, which serves nearly one third of the world's population, has now reached.
CTRGA 2007
Date: February 15 - 17, 2007 
Place: Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur,West Bengal, India
The Conference will be held in the sylvan surroundings of the campus of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in the State of West Bengal, located in the eastern part of India. The campus is at a distance of about 5 km from Kharagpur station, a major Division of South Eastern Railway.
Missouri GIS Conference 2007
Date: February 19 - 22, 2007
Place: Tan-Tar–A Resort
Osage Beach, MO USA
You're invited to the 11th annual Missouri GIS Conference. Come meet your colleagues in the Missouri geospatial community while taking advantage of one of the best conference deals around. What better chance is there to foster communication and sharing of geographic technologies, techniques, data and information within the Missouri user community?
Kuwait Third GIS Conference and Exhibition
Date: February 19 - 21, 2007
Place: Crown Plaza Hotel, AlMurjan Hall
The conference provides a forum for users of geographic information systems in Kuwait and the Gulf region. Past conferences have featured presentations and keynote addresses on a variety of topics, from resource and environmental management to education and other emerging spatial science applications.
IMTA (EAME) Conference and Trade Show 2007
Date: February 23 - 24, 2007
Place: Salzburg Congress Centre
Salzburg, Austria
ESRI Petroleum User Group Conference
Date: February 23 - March 2, 2007
Place: Houston, TX USA
2007 North Carolina GIS Convention
Date: March 1 - 2, 2007
Place: Benton Convention Center
Winston-Salem, NC USA
InterGeo East 2007
Date: March 1 - 2, 2007
Place: Inter Expo Center Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria 
After three successful events in Belgrade (2004, 2006) and Zagreb (2005) we warmly invite you to INTERGEO EAST 2007. In 2007, we will open another (new) market place for you in South-Eastern Europe. Sofia, Bulgaria will host INTERGEO EAST for the first time. The most important forum for product and knowledge transfer in the land management, geoinformation, building industry and environmental sectors will open from 1 – 2 March 2007 at the Inter Expo Center Sofia. The Conference starts on 28 February. With its proximity to the borders with Greece and Turkey, Sofia is the ideal location for INTERGEO EAST 2007.
GITA’s Annual Conference 30
Date: March 4 - 7, 2007
Place: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX USA
GITA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is the the most highly regarded educational event for geospatial professionals. Annual Conference 30 will provide you with better ways to plan, design, manage, and maintain your geospatial systems and operations.
Integrating GIS & CAMA 2007 Conference
Date: March 4 - 7, 2007
Place: Flamingo Hotel
3555 Las Vegas Blvd S , Las Vegas, NV 89109 USA
The 11th Annual Integrating GIS & CAMA Conference will help assessment and appraisal professionals and GIS managers to visualize how they can work more effectively through the use of technology.

Attend the 2007 Conference to explore the important role that integration of GIS and CAMA systems plays in providing access to data and analysis of information so that you can make better decisions in your jurisdiction.
Oracle Spatial Users Conference
Date: March 8, 2007
Place: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX USA
GITA invites you to attend the Oracle Spatial Users Conference. If you are currently a user, solutions provider, or systems integrator who depends upon Oracle’s spatial technologies, or if you want to learn why thousands of organizations use Oracle’s spatial database and application server capabilities, this is one event you won’t want to miss.
ACSM Annual Conference 2007
Date: March 9 - 12, 2007
Place: Millennium Hotel St. Louis
200 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 USA
The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), together with the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Association (IPLSA) and the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) invite YOU to attend their 2007 Annual Conference and Technology Exhibition.

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