Remote Sensing with Eight Spectral Bands

“With the increased spectral bands in WorldView-2, especially the red edge and yellow band, we think we can map these species and there is the potential to create products for biofuels,” said Navulur.

Top News of the Week

ESRI announces that its popular Web mapping APIs are available at no cost to users who are building applications for use in internal and noncommercial environments. ArcGIS Web mapping APIs have always been free for licensed ArcGIS Server users. Now government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and educational institutions can take full advantage of fast, high-quality mapping applications built on top of ArcGIS Server without additional costs or licensing. Private businesses can also deploy these API-based applications internally for free.

Safe Software announced that FME now enables ESRI users to leverage their 2D Data in 3D within their existing ESRI ArcGIS environment. FME's data transformation capabilities along with its support for over 225 formats, including many popular 3D formats, ensure that ESRI users can access the data they need and make use of it for innovative 3D applications.

The first ESRI GIS Humanitarian Award was presented to MapAction during the 2009 ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC). MapAction, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in the United Kingdom, uses geographic information system (GIS) technology to improve coordination efforts among aid agencies and host countries during disaster responses.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

SatNav Technologies, pioneers in GPS Navigation in India, entered into a strategic alliance with HCL Digilife, Reliance Autozone and Reliance Digital. With these alliances SatGuide products will now be available in over 100 stores situated at prime locations across 15 key cities including, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune and Vadodra.

ERDAS Inc. announces that SIGIS Soluciones Integrales GIS C.A. is now the official ERDAS distributor to customers in Venezuela . Based in Caracas, SIGIS has been an ERDAS distributor since March 2009.


The Schneider Corporation, a full-service professional services firm that provides engineering, technology and consulting solutions, announced its 2009 GIS Conferences and User Groups will be held this year in Ames, Iowa (August 11-12, 2009) and Indianapolis (September 1-2, 2009). A significant number of Midwest counties already are using Schneider GIS products and services, including half of Iowa's counties and 40% of Indiana's counties. Schneider has over 120 local government clients across the Midwest. See Web site

Accela, Inc., provider of Web-based and mobile software applications that make government services available 24/7, opened its 2009 User Conference with an address by the company's CEO spotlighting the burgeoning global opportunity to provide governments with solutions that automate their services and increase their links with the constituents they serve.


GeoEye, Inc., provider of satellite, aerial and geospatial information, announced the appointment of Randall J. Scherago as Vice President of Investor Relations. Mr. Scherago, with his extensive background in public equities research and investment management, will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive investor relations program and increasing communication with the investor community.

DMTI Spatial (DMTI), Canada's provider of Location Intelligence solutions, has announced that Chris Thomas, Vice President and General Manager, will lead the Product Solutions Division and John Sorrell, Vice President and General Manager, will lead the Finance/Insurance Vertical within the Client Management Team. The new appointments demonstrate DMTI's continuing commitment to working in collaboration with the company's customers to develop products specifically designed to address their business challenges and deliver unprecedented business value.

PCI Geomatics, a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rowland Fleming to its Board of Directors. Mr. Fleming specializes in corporate governance, having held key positions in Canada ’s financial sector. He has served as President of the Toronto Stock Exchange, President of National Trust and Executive Vice President of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Mr. Fleming recently retired as Vice Chair of the Export Development Corp.


RMSI along with Al-Arfaj Engineering Company (AEC) of Kuwait have recently been awarded the prestigious Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KEPA) project to develop an Environmental Monitoring Information System for the State of Kuwait. RMSI headquartered in Noida, India is a leading player in the Global Geospatial Services industry, whereas Al-Afraz Engineering Company is an Engineering firm with activities connected to the Imports, Sales of Process Instrumentation, Electrical & Mechanical Equipments.

Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan as an esteemed space scientist who spearheaded the development and use of the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites. Others know him as a Member of Parliament. But few may realize his contributions in bringing agencies the technology needed to help estimate crop yields in the world's most populous nation, identify new groundwater sources, monitor and manage forests, and plan where to build housing developments and roads. For these achievements, the former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) received a Making a Difference Award at the 2009 ESRI International User Conference.

New Products

ERDAS announced the release of IMAGINE SAR Interferometry, a new package of radar workflows featuring the industry’s most advanced radar mapping technologies. With this release, ERDAS continues to upgrade its radar mapping software, with more enhancements planned for the ERDAS IMAGINE 2010 release later this year.

With intelligent defaults and optimized processing, IMAGINE SAR Interferometry is fully integrated into ERDAS IMAGINE, the world’s foremost solution for manipulating, processing and understanding imagery and vector data. IMAGINE SAR Interferometry includes new interpolation techniques that increase the quality and fidelity of radar data.

ESRI has released an updated version of ArcGIS Business Analyst desktop software, which includes new features designed to optimize geographic analysis for businesses. ArcGIS Business Analyst desktop enables location-based analysis with updated demographic and lifestyle segmentation data, allowing analysts to place customer and company data into a geographic context.

The Broadband Information Services Consortium (BISC), announced , provides states with customized solutions to broadband mapping to address the full supply-and-demand broadband continuum. BISC is a collaborative, transparent, intentional approach to mapping, designed to make states’ applications for federal stimulus funds more competitive. By addressing demand and delivering a dynamically updateable solution, BISC delivers a solution that exceeds the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) and increases competitiveness.

IDV Solutions announced that its flagship product, Visual Fusion, has been optimized for use in secure networks. Visual Fusion is mashup software that combines with Microsoft’s SharePoint to empower anyone in an organization to integrate data from diverse sources into a user-friendly, actionable view. Map-based applications built with Visual Fusion place disparate data sources in context for fresh insight, rapid decision making and greater situational awareness.

NAVTEQ, provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions has launched a navigable map of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The updated Version 1.3.1 G-Map for US West and East compatible with the iPhone 3.0 was released in July with new features and fixes, such as real-time turn-by-turn route guidance, pinch in/out function for map zoom in and out, and a list of exits and intersections to the destination.

Warfighters at Empire Challenge 09 are test-driving next-generation capabilities for managing and analyzing full-motion video feeds, thanks to a set of advanced video and geospatial intelligence technologies delivered by Lockheed Martin and Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company. The technologies are playing a key role in Empire Challenge 09, an annual multinational intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance interoperability demonstration run by the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Teradata Corporation announced general availability of Teradata 13, which includes Teradata Database 13, Teradata Tools and Utilities 13, services and partnerships. It is Teradata’s most significant and advanced release in terms of new lines of code, features that drive additional capabilities, customer value and a remarkable performance boost. Already recognized as the market leader, Teradata 13 provides customers an even more affordable foundation for a wide range of business analytics, which supports both departmental and enterprise intelligence for companies of all sizes.

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