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H.R. 1, the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," became Public Law 111-5 with President Barack Obama's signature on Tuesday, February 17.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

IceWEB, Inc., a provider of GIS storage servers and appliances, has entered into a strategic marketing agreement with EmerGeo Solutions, Inc. With offices in the USA, Canada, Australia and the Middle East, EmerGeo will market its CIMS (Crisis Incident Management Software) on pre-configured INLINE MLP portable storage servers throughout the world.

Intermap Technologies announced a partnership with PCI Geomatics, a developer of hardware/software systems for geo-imaging solutions, to offer the Company’s uniformly accurate digital elevation models, orthorectified radar images, contour line maps, and optimized triangulated irregular network (TIN) models worldwide.

TerraGo Technologies has signed a Mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) business partner agreement with Trimble. The two organizations will work closely together to develop technology and business opportunities across common customers in the government, engineering, utilities and transportation markets for mobile geospatial applications.


The Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has chartered a committee of the Board to specifically address the “spatial law and policy issues” which will influence development requirements of the Consortium’s technology process. The Spatial Law and Policy Committee (SLPC) will be chaired by OGC director and Executive Committee member, Kevin Pomfret, and will be organized under board leadership as an educational forum to include both select member and community participation.

DigitalGlobe, a provider of high-resolution world imagery solutions, announced that the WorldView-2 remote sensing instrument, provided by ITT Corporation’s Space Systems Division, has been integrated by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. into the WorldView-2 spacecraft and system-level testing has commenced. The third in DigitalGlobe’s constellation of commercial remote sensing satellites, WorldView-2’s advanced agility and high orbit will expand DigitalGlobe’s image collection capabilities to nearly two million square kilometers per day, and enable faster collection of the world’s geography with multiple daily revisits to a single location. WorldView-2 will collect an unmatched eight bands of multi-spectral imagery at 1.8 meter resolution for the truest depiction of the earth’s natural color, in addition to collecting 46-centimeter resolution panchromatic imagery. It is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2009.

Pictometry International Corp., a provider of geo-referenced aerial image libraries whose patented and proprietary technology is used globally to capture oblique imagery, has extended and expanded its international technology license with Blom ASA of Oslo, Norway through 2018. The agreement broadens the companies’ international reach (which currently includes 43 countries in Western Europe) into markets throughout Eastern Europe.

The Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) has awarded the INSPIRE@EC contract to a consortium that based its solution on ESRI technology. This contract covers the development of the technical components of a European Commission spatial data infrastructure (SDI) compliant with the provisions of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE).

Bentley Systems, Incorporated launched its Be Employable initiative to help in sustaining the infrastructure professions. Be Employable is an innovative addition to Bentley’s Be Careers Network designed to help outplaced architectural, engineering, construction, and geospatial professionals update and upgrade their technology skill sets, giving them a significant competitive edge in today’s challenging job market.


Mapping California Communities will be the focus of beginner-level workshops offered throughout March in several California cities to teach the fundamentals of using GIS and Census data for community analysis. Presented by New Urban Research Inc. the workshop is designed for social service providers, academic researchers, urban planners and anyone who performs community demographic analysis for governmental or private organizations.
Each workshop is one day and costs $495 per person. No previous GIS experience is necessary. Information and registration are available at New Urban Research.

ERDAS announces Automate Your Imagery Registration, a free webinar on March 3, 2009 at 11 a.m. (EST). Whether you are dealing with new imagery that doesn't line up with your existing or you need to rapidly orthorectify your data, this webinar illustrates how to solve these problems, saving you time and making your workflow more efficient. IMAGINE AutoSync, an add-on to ERDAS IMAGINE, takes two (or more) images of potentially dissimilar types, such as IKONOS and SPOT5 or air photos and QuickBird, and automatically generates thousands of points to tie them together with high accuracy.

To register for Automate Your Imagery Registration, or find out more about other upcoming webinars, please visit: ERDAS website


Garmin Ltd. announced fourth quarter results for the period ended December 27, 2008. Garmin has moved the earnings call to Monday, February 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. Details regarding the call and webcast are available under the heading “Earnings Call Information.” See press release

New Products

The ArcGIS for AutoCAD free download by ESRI has radically improved the ease with which users can share and use geographic information system (GIS) content with AutoCAD files while preserving existing CAD workflows. ArcGIS for AutoCAD Build 200, which was released , offers simple interoperability; it gives AutoCAD users access to enterprise GIS data and imagery published by ArcGIS Server within the AutoCAD environment. It also gives them a means to prepare data with AutoCAD for use in ArcGIS.

ArcGIS for AutoCAD is compatible with AutoCAD 2007, 2008, and 2009 and ArcGIS Server map services 9.2 and above. To download this free application and to learn more, visit the website.

PCI Geomatics announced the availability of Geomatica 10.2, the latest version of its image-centric desktop software, emphasizing automation and productivity for turning spatial data into information.

Blue Marble Geographics
has released an update to their flagship developer toolkit, GeoCalc, the world's most comprehensive coordinate conversion engine. Found under the hood of the popular Geographic Calculator and other industry standard seismic analysis solutions, GeoCalc supports over 12,000 coordinate system transformations, along with pre-defined linear and angular units, ellipsoids, geodetic datums and coordinate systems. 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.

Mercator Suite 7, the new version of STAR-APIC’s cartographic production software, will be shown for the first time to the wide public on the STAR-APIC stand at the IMTA (EAME) Trade Show & Conference in Belfast (Northern Ireland) on 20 and 21 February.

Suite 7 constitutes a major release of Mercator with as highlight the adoption of PDF as the core graphic format, which will provide an even more straightforward link with the general graphic industry than its predecessor (native GRS). This will result in a still higher throughput speed for map products, while giving the same guarantee of consistency for which Mercator is so well-known.

Continuing to offer the largest selection of GIS tools in one place, CMC International is now helping companies to make geocoding easier and less expensive with Address Coder 9.3.

Marketers, direct-mail managers, and any organization that must manage large U.S. address lists can use ESRI's new Address Coder to segment and target addresses with latitude-longitudes, Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) codes, demographic data, and ESRI's Optional Tapestry Segmentation codes.

MapQuest announced the addition of My Places to MapQuest 4 Mobile, MapQuest’s free, downloadable application. My Places lets registered MapQuest users save maps and routes to their profile from the MapQuest site and access them via MapQuest.com, or their mobile phone. My Places on MapQuest 4 Mobile is currently available on select BlackBerry smartphones, with additional handsets and major mobile platforms coming in the months ahead.

GeoSentric Oyj’s GyPSii business unit announced the launch of the GyPSii OpenExperience API (OEx), the premier all-inclusive platform for incorporating location-based social networking functionality into embedded mobile clients and applications. The company will be demonstrating select services of OEx on the soon to be released GyPSii native application support for the iPhone.

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