Nokia Will Acquire NAVTEQ

The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, have entered into a strategic relationship to facilitate broader adoption of GIS technology to support all aspects of fire service. The CPSE-ESRI relationship will assist decision makers across the emergency services spectrum by improving access to critical spatial and tabular information about their communities including data related to buildings, streets, utility assets, and infrastructure.

Information Builders, the leader in production business intelligence ( BI) systems, announced that it has reached a worldwide OEM agreement with ESRI. Information Builders will now bundle ESRI ArcGIS Server along with its WebFOCUS business intelligence and iWay Software integration solutions.

The First American Corporation, America's largest provider of business information, announced that it has acquired Proxix Solutions, a leader in the geospatial industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Proxix Solutions combines location intelligence with enterprise solutions to help businesses make more informed decisions, understand and mitigate risks, cultivate profitable customer relationships and increase market penetration. With current customers ranging from the property and casualty insurance industry to telecommunications, Proxix adds a new dimension to First American's strategic initiative of combining our vast databases with predictive analytics for growth in new industries. Proxix will be integrated into the newly formed First American Spatial Solutions division based in Austin, Texas.

XeDAR Corporation, a provider of complex data management and security solutions, announced that it has acquired Pixxures, Inc. in a Form A stock for stock transaction.

Colorado-based Pixxures is a provider of aerial photographic mapping products and services, direct-digital orthophotography, planimetric and topographic mapping, vector alignment, and GIS products and services via the Internet. Pixxures generated over $5,500,000 in revenues in 2006, and so far in 2007 is ahead of that revenue generation rate.


GeoEye, Inc., producer of satellite and aerial imagery and geospatial information, announced that it has successfully secured approximately $270 million of launch and first-year on-orbit insurance for its next-generation GeoEye-1 satellite. This insurance was obtained at a premium rate that was less than previously anticipated. The launch of GeoEye-1 is slated for late first quarter or early second quarter 2008 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Eye-Sys®, a data-driven, real-time visualization system, has been offered to select user communities in a mature beta form.

In preparation for the software’s commercial launch, expected in the fourth quarter of 2007, beta testers are invited to the website to download the software and view a short movie which depicts Eye-Sys in action, visualizing systems from numerous scientific and engineering disciplines in real-time.

Pictometry International Corp., leader in digital, aerial oblique imagery and easy-to-use measuring software systems announced that its Mobile Training Lab has recently completed its 7th road trip to county customers who opted for this level of Pictometry training in conjunction with the delivery of their county-wide aerial imaging library and software. The Mobile training lab has very recently been deployed across the country in states such as Florida, Minnesota, and Texas.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Geographical Information Systems - Portfolio Analysis" to their offering.

The Portfolio Analysis - Geographical Information Systems is a comprehensive evaluation of the UK market. The revised and updated 2007 edition analyses the financial performance of the companies important to the success of your business. Using the most up to date information available, the analysis is ideal both as a tool to benchmark your own company's results and to study the market in more depth.


Science Applications International Corporation announced that K. Stuart Shea, senior vice president and general manager of SAIC's Space and Geospatial Intelligence Business Unit, will become president of SAIC's Intelligence, Security and Technology (IST) Group effective today.

New Products

Optech Incorporated, a provider of advanced lidar survey instruments, announced a major upgrade to ALTM-NAV integrated mission planning, navigation, and operations software through the incorporation of underlying digital elevation models (DEM).

With this upgrade, ALTM-NAV users will be able to plan airborne missions more effectively and efficiently using ancillary DEM information from a variety of sources. Since mission success is often gauged by the ability to collect complete data in the most efficient manner possible, an underlying DEM will enable planners to be aware of topographical changes that may affect swath widths and resultant planned flightline overlaps.

PCI Geomatics, a developer of image-centric software and solutions for the geospatial industry, is pleased to announce the release of Geomatica 10.1.1. This release features notable enhancements to sensor support as well as additional functionality within the software.

Upcoming Events

14th Annual South Florida GIS Expo
Date: October 4 - 5, 2007
Place: Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 USA
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a horizontal technology that intersects all industries. It blends the geographic sciences with information technology. This conference is for the novice to the analyst, the technologist to the executive. Disciplines of interest include:
  • Regional, municipal and county government agencies
  • Environmental resources
  • Engineering - Surveying
  • Land management
  • Information technology


2007 ESRI Health GIS Conference
Date: October 7 - 10, 2007
Place: Firesky Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, AZ USA
The Health GIS Conference October 7-10, 2007, in Scottsdale, Arizona, brings health and human services professionals together to share and discuss successful approaches to using geography to improve research, management, policy decisions, public health and hospital preparedness, and health care delivery.
The ESRI Health GIS Conference provides a forum for you to examine specialized capabilities and opportunities for managing and sharing geospatial data and analysis in a GIS framework for community health programs, health care delivery, hospitals, epidemiology, disease surveillance, health research, and more.


2007 Electric & Gas User Group Meeting
Date: October 8 - 11, 2007
Place: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Nashville, TN USA
Be part of the 2007 EGUG annual meeting October 8–11, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee, to explore how GIS serves electric and gas utilities. Discussions will examine desktop usability, spatial data management, server-based GIS, mobile solutions, and Web services.


17th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference and Workshops
Date: October 10 - 12, 2007
Place: Mayo Civic Center
Rochester, MN USA
The event will feature structured workshops, technical sessions, panel discussions, technology demonstrations, project updates and local and national speakers. All are geared toward professionals interested in learning more about geographic information systems and land information systems technology in Minnesota and beyond.
The objective of the conference is to provide GIS/LIS related informational and educational opportunities for anyone in business, government, or education interested in spatial analysis technologies.


Rocket City Geospatial Conference
Date: October 15 - 17, 2007
Place: Huntsville Marriott ,5 Tranquility Base
Huntsville, Alabama 35805, USA
Huntsville, Alabama, "the Rocket City", is home to a diverse blend of technology from aerospace, defense, research and development, and private industry. This technology base provides the foundation for hosting the "Rocket City Geospatial Conference". The unique relationship between NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), the Redstone Arsenal, the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and the many private firms in the region supports a variety of R&D projects affecting government, education and commerce.


Citilabs International User Conference
Date: October 21 - 24, 2007
Place: Palm Springs, CA USA
Citilabs is pleased to invite you to Futura 07, the annual Citilabs International User Conference, from October 21 to 24, 2007. This is a unique opportunity for you and your colleagues to meet other users and share your knowledge and the successes you have had with Cube and other Citilabs software. Citilabs will also hold optional pre-conference and post-conference software training which will extend the full activities of Futura 07 from October 20 to 26, 2007.


Date: October 21 - 24, 2007
Place: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX USA
The annual GEOINT Symposium, hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), is the Nation’s Premier Intelligence Event. Each year, more than 2,500 attendees visit GEOINT to discover cutting-edge geospatial intelligence technologies, converse with top leaders in the intelligence community, learn from academia, and network with government, industry, academic, and military leaders.


Date: October 28 - November 1, 2007
Place: Ottawa, CA Canada
The American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS – a society member of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute) are organizing an exciting conference around the theme of Our Common Borders - Safety, Security and the Environment through Remote Sensing. This conference will showcase mapping, imaging techniques and associated remote sensing projects in both countries that are promoting and enhancing cross-border geospatial cooperation.


2007 ESRI Middle East and North Africa User Conference
Date: October 29 - 31, 2007
Place: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, Oman
The event will host GIS professionals and end users from around the Middle East and North Africa, as well as hardware vendors, GIS solution providers, and local government agencies all keen on demonstrating their products and solutions. The user paper presentations provide a forum for attendees to share their experiences, problems, solutions, and methodologies with users who share similar requirements. Users will be invited to present their best map products/posters produced using GIS over the past twelve months in a dedicated display area at the conference.


2007 IMTA Asia Pacific Annual Conference & Trade Show
Date: November 2 - 3, 2007
Place: Gold Coast International Hotel
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

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    Really, is that what they mean? Did you contact Nokia to find out?

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