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Intermap Technologies announced that it has completed production of the first dataset of highly accurate 3D road vectors for Germany. Covering all classes of roads, the dataset features more than one million line kilometers of highly accurate road centerline position and elevation data for the entire country. Derived from the Company’s recently completed database of uniformly accurate digital elevation models (DEMs) for all of Western Europe, these geometries can be used by the automotive industry to support advanced driver assistance systems’ (ADAS) safety and energy management applications that rely on accurate road vector geometry. Additionally, Intermap is producing 3D road vectors for other European countries that will be integrated into a dataset covering all of Western Europe in the near future.

A new UK street database providing details of low bridges, narrow roads and other restrictions could help to reduce satellite navigation errors. The National Street Gazetteer (NSG) lists over one million UK streets and is already widely used to help co-ordinate roads works across England and Wales. It has been updated to a new format that enables Highways Authorities to record heights, weights and width restrictions, and directions (one way or two way) against individual roads and streets.

The new DTF 7.1 format, which is compliant with BS7666:2006, also enables closer alignment with the National Land and Property Gazetteer, the country’s definitive list of property addresses. Improving both the richness of the data held in the NSG and the data checking routines will enable those involved in road works to consult and co-ordinate more effectively, reducing inconvenience and congestion.

Varlink, the York based mobile computing and data capture specialist distributor, introduced the Trimble YumaTM rugged tablet computer, an extremely rugged IP67 device that brings full office capabilities to the field in an all-in-one mobile package with its Microsoft Windows environment and wireless capabilities. The Yuma is designed to operate in any outdoor environment – no matter how extreme.

The Yuma’s rugged tablet package features Microsoft Windows Vista Business, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS and two geotag enabled cameras. The Yuma also features a 7” sunlight-readable WSVGA touch screen display.

3-GIS, an Alabama based software development and services company, has announced the release of Buzz, a mobile viewing solution designed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones.

In 2008, 3-GIS joined the BlackBerry Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Alliance Program with the goal of designing a solution that would give BlackBerry smartphone users access to the GIS (Geographic Information System). With the introduction of the Buzz application for BlackBerry smartphones, 3-GIS has accomplished this goal, giving users across the enterprise the ability to view and query GIS data with their BlackBerry smartphone.

NAC Geographic Products Inc. announced that NACMaps - a NAC enhancement for Blackberry Maps has been released and available on the Blackberry App World of Research In Motion (RIM), to make Blackberry Maps work everywhere in all its covered geographic areas no matter whether there are no street addresses such as in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and no matter whether there are no standard street addresses in English as in many Asian countries thanks to the power of Natural Area Code (NAC) which is able to efficiently and language independently specify any location and area in the world.

Avencia announced the public release of its “Philadelphia Election Results, 1992-2008” web-based application (proceed anonymously if you do not wish to register). The application runs on Avencia’s Kaleidocade Indicators Framework (KIF), which enables users to visualize, interpret, and map large datasets. In the case of the “Philadelphia Election Results, 1992-2008” application, the dataset includes over 4 million records and holds the results of elections held in Philadelphia for all state and national offices from 1992 to 2008, along with the results of the 2007 elections for city offices, both at the precinct and the ward levels.

CMC International is proud to offer AST Freeway 2009, a stand-alone drive time analysis product. Often times, drive time analysis tools are bundled with additional applications and custom software. With budgets getting smaller and smaller, CMC International understands how important it is to have just the tools you need for the best price. Therefore, CMC has added this product to their list of recommended business software. CMC has been approved as a reseller for Applied Spatial Technology who has been developing add-on GIS tools for over 30 years.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "Location-Based Services and Geo-Information Engineering" to their offering.
Location-Based Services (LBS) are the delivery of data and information services where the content of those services is tailored to the current location and context of a mobile user.

Geodynamic Solutions Inc. (GSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of LandWorks Inc., introduced WebMaps Enterprise GIS Suite 2.0, a set of four plug-in tools for ESRI’s ArcGIS Server 9.3. Offered individually or bundled, these plug-ins expand the out-of-the-box functionally of ESRI’s Web Mapping application to quickly enable advanced web-based GIS functionality.

earthmine, inc. unveiled the free Wild Style City, a virtual graffiti application that turns the city into one big canvas that any user can draw on with a palette of interactive geo-tagging tools. Announced at the Where 2.0 conference held last week in San Jose, California, Wild Style City is a “virtual” world that recreates the graffiti sub-culture that exists in real urban environments. The application is uniquely enabled by earthmine’s 3D street level imagery and Flash Viewer API.

Around the Web

The Race to Provide Wi-Fi at 30,000 Feet by Joe Sharkey, May 18, 2009, The New York Times (registration required)

Google Threatened With Sanctions Over Photo Mapping Service in Germany, by Kevin J. O’Brien, May 19, 2009, The New York Times (registration required)



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.

Webinar: What Is Radar Data?
Date: June 3, 2009
Place: USA

Radar remote sensing is a technique that has matured substantially over the past two decades. The focus of this Webinar is the processing, interpretation, and application of radar imagery. It will begin with basics and physics of radar remote sensing and continue with current and future prospects, followed by a discussion on applications using radar imagery. These applications include topographic, base, geological, and land cover mapping; image orthorectification; burn scar detection; glaciology; pan sharpening optical data; and radargrammetry covering several radar sensors (airborne, such as STAR Technologies and Fugro, and spaceborne, including TerraSAR-X, RADARSAT-2, and ALOS PALSAR).

When: June 3, 8:00 a.m. PDT; 9:00 a.m. MDT; 10:00 a.m. CDT; 11:00 a.m. EDT; 16:00 GMT

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.

Intergraph 2009
Date: June 15 - 18, 2009
Place: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Washington, DC USA

The Gaylord National serves as the anchor tenant for Washington D.C.’s newest premier destination –  National Harbor – a one-of-a-kind waterfront development on the banks of the Potomac River. This destination will provide you with a prime location to network with Intergraph customers from around the world while enjoying D.C. and all its attractions.

GSDI 11 World Conference
Date: June 15 - 19, 2009
Place: Rotterdam, Netherlands

The theme for this conference is Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence: Building SDI Bridges to Address Global Challenges. Geographic information technologies and spatial data infrastructure play critical roles in allowing governments, local communities, non-government organizations, the commercial sector, the academic community and common people to make progress in addressing many of the worlds most pressing problems.

First Open Source GIS UK Conference
Date: June 22, 2009
Place: University of Nottingham
Nottingham, United Kingdom

The Centre for Geospatial Science of the University of Nottingham, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (UK Chapter), ICA Working Group on Open Source Geospatial Technologies, SOSoRNET and Open Knowledge Foundation are organizing the First Open Source GIS UK Conference on Monday 22nd June, 2009 at the University of Nottingham.

MAPPS Summer Conference
Date: June 25 - 29, 2009
Place: Ocean Edge Resort & Club on Cape Cod
Brewster, MA USA

This will be the second time the association has held a summer conference on the Cape, the last time being 1992 in Hyannis, MA. The Summer Conference will focus on emerging technologies, education and networking. The MAPPS summer conference is open to private geospatial firm. The conference allows for unique networking opportunities for principals, owners and senior executives of private geospatial firms.

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