Predicting and Tracking the Swine Flu Virus

Since 1995, AFDS has specialized in supplying GPS/GIS mapping systems and services to the natural resource, utility, infrastructure, transportation, municipality and environmental services markets.

Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI), global provider of location and communication intelligence solutions, announced it is teaming with LandPoint Systems, Inc., a product development and consulting services firm for the GIS market, to provide a mobile consumer survey service called FACES (Faster, Accurate, Current Economical Surveys). FACES, offered through LandPoint’s KnowYourFaces division, provides retailers and restaurant companies with customizable surveys to help them better capture customer data at the point of experience. Utilizing digital technology—electronic handheld devices such as PDAs or Smartphones equipped with customized FACES consumer survey software and PBBI location intelligence solutions—helps to address the industry-wide issue of capturing consumer data by making it a more accessible, efficient process.

ERDAS and Spot Image announce a new partnership, increasing both organizations’ involvement in the Heterogeneous Mission Accessibility - Interoperability (HMA-I) project.

The European Space Agency (ESA) issued the HMA contract in 2005, defining the architecture and interoperability standards for harmonized data access across the ground segments of the European and Canadian missions contributing to the ESA’s Global Monitoring for Environment & Security (GMES).

SPOT Image Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement with KAI Image as the distributor of KOMPSAT-2 products to customers across North America. Through this partnership, SPOT Image Corporation can now offer users very high resolution (VHR) satellite imagery for projects requiring the detail of a 1-meter image.


With the signing of its K–12 statewide software license, Hawaii becomes the first state in the nation with a comprehensive set of license agreements that offers students in elementary and secondary schools, as well as those in colleges and universities, the opportunity to use the full complement of ESRI's GIS software products. State officials are enthusiastic about the potential for job creation through a greater emphasis on spatial literacy in the educational system.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced the first three keynote speakers for its sixth annual GEOINT Symposium.

Confirming their participation in GEOINT 2009 are U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Robert Murrett, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA); U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and the Honorable James R. Clapper Jr., undersecretary of defense for intelligence.

The GEOINT Symposium, the nation’s preeminent intelligence event of the year, takes place Oct. 18-21, 2009, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The theme of GEOINT 2009 is “Build the Community. Accelerate Innovation. Advance the Tradecraft.” These three short statements are at the core of USGIF’s mission and its commitment to the GEOINT Community.

Surveyors, engineers, and geographic information system (GIS) users are invited to enhance current practices, expand opportunities, and stay up-to-date with the latest GIS technology and the new markets it creates, by attending the 2009 ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit to be held July 11–14 at the San Diego Convention Center in California.

The summit is the ideal venue for anyone in the surveying and engineering industries interested in or currently working with GIS. "[It's] the best survey conference in the country—hands down," said Rich Vannozzi, PLS, doctoral candidate, University of Connecticut, in talking about his 2008 summit experience.

New Products

Digital mapping and address data supplied and configured by MapMechanics forms a key component in the latest mission-critical transport planning software developed by Cleric Computer Services (CCS) for ambulance services, health authorities, local government and private-sector organizations.

CCS supplies sophisticated response handling, transport planning and vehicle routing systems both for front-line ambulance dispatch management and for many non-emergency and special needs transport activities.

Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of GeoCore, an all-in-one geospatial data translation toolkit that supports coordinate, geometry, vector, CAD, raster, and LIDAR data. GeoCore gives software developers the coordinate transformation and definition powers GIS experts have come to rely on with the GeoCalc library, plus the ability to handle all of your raster and vector file format and geometry needs with GeoTranslate and GeoTransform. One simple package, and one easy to use interface! Now you can use whatever pieces you need, when you need them, in a plug and play development environment.

IDV Solutions released Visual Fusion 4 (VF4), a comprehensive visual mashup platform. With VF4, everyone in an organization is empowered to build interactive, business-focused applications in days or weeks, not months or years. Long a hallmark of IDV, the world-class user experience of Visual Fusion has been expanded to include Silverlight, taking compelling, high performing applications to the next level of usability within an organization (take a test drive at Visual Fusion 4 (VF4)). Enterprise search has also been incorporated within VF4, so now all content connected to Visual Fusion is available to be searched: SharePoint content, web feeds (GeoRSS & KML), Excel data, Oracle, ESRI, and line of business systems—they all fall under the domain of VF4 Enterprise Search. All of these capabilities drive the main value points that Visual Fusion brings to the enterprise: rapid insight, business agility, and increased productivity.

Urban Mapping, Inc. (UMI), the provider of location-rich content for interactive applications, unveiled enhancements to the company's URBANWARE Neighborhoods database. Already used by industry-leaders in the portal, map platform and Internet yellow page markets, such as Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, MapQuest and AT&T's, the database's market-leading coverage incorporates nearly 8,000 new neighborhoods in the U.S. and 500 new neighborhoods across Canada and Europe. In addition, Urban Mapping has raised the bar for quality of neighborhood data by adding the capability to dynamically incorporate user feedback in its offering. The company can now merge data from its thousands of existing sources with input from local residents who best understand the dynamics of their neighborhoods.

Around the Web

To Aid Mexico, Google Expands Flu Tracking  by Miguel Helft, April 30, 2009, The New York Times

New Map Collaboration Helps Tell Story of Durham's History Duke University News, May 5, 2009

Forbes uses ZoomProspector to Rank Small Cities that Have Big City Business and Cultural Environments, May 5, 2009, PR Web



Geodiffusion 2009
Date: May 13 - 14, 2009
Place: Le Capitole de Québec
Quebec, Canada

The 7th edition of Géodiffusion will take place on May 13th and 14th at the Théâtre le Capitole, in Quebec City. This year’s conference theme is : Business Intelligence and Geospatial Technologies :  Must-Have Allies in Tough Economic Times. The 2009 edition boasts 2 full days of sessions on this important topic which affects your organization on a daily basis.

Where 2.0 Conference
Date: May 19 - 21, 2009
Place: Burlingame
San Jose, CA USA

Where 2.0 2009 delves into the emerging technologies surrounding the geospatial industry, particularly the way our lives are organized, from finding a restaurant to finding the source of a new millennium plague. Maps are everywhere now, from your desktop to your iPhone to your car to your oil rig, and presented as realistically or as representationally as suits your needs. Thanks to the launch of Geo-Eye and other projects, location information makes devices more useful, and is therefore becoming a given

Seventeenth Annual Pennsylvania GIS Conference 2009
Date: May 19 - 20, 2009
Place: Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center
Grantville, PA USA

This year’s Pennsylvania GIS Conference will explore the essential connection between geospatial technology and the development and sustainability of our critical infrastructure. Presenters from industry, academia, and government will showcase applications that support critical infrastructures in water resources, energy and the environment, public safety and health, and economic development. In addition, the latest hardware, software, and database trends will be demonstrated by the geospatial industry. This year it’s all technology and applications – no policy, no politics! Just pure GIS.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: May 20 - 21, 2009
Place: Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas Street Victoria , Victoria, BC, V8W 3M7 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

GO! Sync Mobile GIS in Action at Truckee Donner PUD
Date: May 28, 2009
Place: USA

Presented by Ian Fitzgerald, Truckee Donner PUD
9:15am Pacific/11:15am Central/12:15pm Eastern

GeoTec 2009
Date: June 1 - 4, 2009
Place: Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GeoTec 2009 is proud to be back in Vancouver, the founding home of the conference in 1985. The GeoTec Event offers its attendees high caliber and timely presentations from knowledgeable industry leaders, geospatial technologists and users from Canada and the world.

Sponsored by GeoTec Media, publisher of GeoWorld magazine and developer of the Web portal, the 23rd annual event GeoTec Event is a world-leading technical event, and the largest geospatial technology event n Canada.

Midwest Infrastructure & GIS Technical Conference
Date: June 1 - 4, 2009
Place: 725 Blue Harbor Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081 USA

Focus of event will be Civil 3D and the WisDOT workflows of Civil 3D, GIS, GPS, LiDar, Map, Mapguide, Virtualizations, BIM, Navisworks, Utilities. See Invitation and Class List attachments.

GIS: Real Business Value
Date: June 1 - 2, 2009
Place: Houston, TX USA

Today's competitive business environment has required organizations to become more diligent about their Information Technology (IT) investments. Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) are no different.

This has meant that business units advocating or using GIS must now compete for their share of a limited, and often shrinking, capital IT budget

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: June 2 - 3, 2009
Place: University of Northern British Columbia, Conference Centre
3333 University Way , Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

URISA's Second GIS in Public Health Conference
Date: June 5 - 8, 2009
Place: Westin Providence
Providence, RI USA

To provide an open and participatory forum for advancing the effective use of spatial information and geographic information system technologies across the domains of public health, healthcare and community health preparedness.

GeoGathering 2009
Date: June 8 - 9, 2009
Place: Estes Park Conference Center
Estes Park, CO USA

GeoGathering Located in the heart of Colorado ’s Rocky Mountains , GeoGathering 2009 is a conference dedicated to providing pipeline operators in the production and gathering sectors with a venue to share their experiences and best practices with geospatial information while learning about current industry regulations and GIS solutions.

Defense Installation Geospatial Information & Services (IGI&S) Conference & Exposition 2009
Date: June 8 - 12, 2009
Place: Sheraton Dallas Hotel
400 North Olive St., Dallas, TX 75201 USA

The theme of this conference is "Back to Basics: Establishing Consistent, Repeatable IGI&S Processes." The focus will be the "nuts and bolts" of GIS and how it supports installation management, including implementation, common problems and their solutions, and successes.

2009 FME International User Conference
Date: June 11 - 12, 2009
Place: Westin Resort & Spa
Whistler, BC, Canada

Join fellow FME users for this annual opportunity to build your spatial ETL expertise. Gain new insights on how to solve complex spatial data challenges by attending workshops, breakout sessions and more. Early bird rates end April 3rd – registration closes June 3rd. Visit for more and to register today!

2009 Indigenous Mapping Network Conference
Date: June 13 - 16, 2009
Place: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313 USA

Native American / Indigenous / tribal attendees and supporters of mapping efforts on aboriginal territories, let's learn, share, and grow together - find new ways of using mapping tools to solve sovereignty, environmental, and cultural issues. Previous ideas resulting from this conference include supporting and training indigenous people who may have little experience with modern mapping technologies.

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