Alternative Positioning Systems Boosts LBS Industry

Leica Geosystems
announces the completely new Leica ScanStation C10, the company’s biggest leap forward yet in laser scanners for as-built and topographic surveys. The compact, all-in-one Leica ScanStation C10 provides users with a combination of even greater versatility, reduced cost of ownership, and even higher productivity for scanning. These advances not only address today’s scanning professionals, but also address organizations wanting to enter into laser scanning to diversify and/or improve their current business.

OneGIS announced that it has released version 1.1 of its mobile field force automation software, OneView Mobile. This new version of its work-focused, asset-centric mobile GIS application now comes with an Action Framework that allows field personnel to apply specific work-related actions to help them automate their daily work assignments. By using OneView Mobile with 3G cell phone cards or using a WiFi connection, technicians can have up to the minute access not only to their daily service orders, but also to information from their operational systems such as OMS as well as to commercial web services such as those providing real-time weather data.

IGN France International, the export subsidiary of the French Geographic Institute, has just opened a new subsidiary company in Abu Dhabi.

The launch of this foreign office was conceived as a means to efficiently respond to the growing needs of decisionā€makers in the Middle East, specifically in the field of geomatics (mapping, geodesy, geographic data, GIS, web portals…) and to accompany them in their infrastructural projects.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc. announced it has signed an E-city project framework agreement valued at approximately RMB 1 billion (approximately US$146.2 million based on an exchange rate of USD 1.00 to RMB 6.84) with the local government of Haimen City in the southeast of Jiangsu Province.

Oraton Simulation Technologies, a provider of geospatial data and technology, announced that it has entered into a strategic channel partnership with software maker IDV Solutions to provide visual, interactive solutions for government, military and commercial clients in Greece and other European, African, and Asian markets.

Inmarsat plc, provider of global mobile satellite communications services, and the Immersive Visualization Center (SDSU “Viz Lab") at San Diego State University’s Homeland Security Program, announced a new partnership to develop and test solutions to extend the availability of time-critical Geographic Information System (GIS) data to remote fire teams fighting wildfires.

Utilizing Inmarsat’s innovative Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service and building on cutting-edge visualization research at San Diego State University, the partnership will develop solutions to replace static, hours-old information with dynamic, real-time data.

Urban Mapping, Inc. (UMI) and American Digital Cartography Inc. (ADCi) announced that ADCi has signed a reseller's agreement to offer the URBANWARE Neighborhoods database to its customers in the local and state government, transportation, education, utilities and Internet and wireless industries. ADCi is a leading distributor for both NAVTEQ and Tele Atlas street data, selling data by the county, group of counties, state, group of states, or the entire country. With the Urban Mapping data, ADCi can now offer a new layer of information for customers requiring accurate and useable neighborhood data.


ESRI (UK) and Bing Maps, the powerful mapping platform from Microsoft, have launched a UK GIS Mashup contest to challenge software developers across the UK to create a unique GIS mashup using ArcGIS and Bing Maps.

Developers visiting the Mashup Challenge website are provided with a host of resources including free ArcGIS data feeds, ArcGIS mapping Applications Programming Interfaces (APIs) and Bing Maps developer accounts, making entry to the competition quick and simple.

The U.S. electric system, "the supreme engineering achievement of the 20th century," is aging, inefficient, congested, and incapable of meeting future energy needs, according to a recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report. As electric utilities work to overcome challenges laid out in the DOE report, they can find guidance in a new benchmark study that focuses on a smart grid and geographic information system (GIS) technology. The study, conducted by GIS technology leader ESRI, provides participants with customized reports comparing their smart grid readiness to that of peer groups.

Believed to be the solution to modernize utilities around the world, a smart grid adds communication and computer technology to electric networks, ensuring cleaner, more reliable, and more affordable energy. GIS is the sturdy platform on which utilities rely for crucial smart grid components such as data management, analysis, planning, mobile applications, visualization, and awareness.

ESRI and Trimble have launched the 2009 Mobile Government Grant Program. Grants will award hardware, software, and training with a value of $89,980 to 20 state and local government agencies in the United States.

On September 8, 2009, applicants can begin submitting their applications. The official deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, November 20, 2009. Awards will be announced December 18, 2009.

To learn more about the ESRI and Trimble Mobile Government Grants, visit this website.

NAVTEQ reports that the number of turn-by-turn (TBT) navigation users has surpassed key milestones for the United States and Europe in 2009 by reaching the 50 million and 75 million mark respectively.

In the US, the number of TBT users surged past 50+ million in 2009 and is comprised of more than 9 million embedded in-vehicle navigation systems, more than 30 million personal navigation devices (PNDs) and over 18 million mobile navigation downloads (source: NAVTEQ internal research).

NAVTEQ announced that GPS data from Nokia handsets is now being integrated into NAVTEQ Traffic products in Europe and North America.

New Products

Avineon, Inc.
announced immediate availability of Avineonics 2.0, the latest version of its state-of-the-art emergency management software. The application enables organizations to better integrate emergency preparedness with daily operations and increase the efficiency of incident management processes. Released to coincide with National Preparedness Month, Avineonics 2.0 includes new and enhanced features for measuring emergency preparedness, managing incidents as they occur, and producing after action reports. The latest release highlights Avineon's commitment to providing the most robust and comprehensive technology in the market today.

NAVTEQ announced the launch of NAVTEQ Traffic in Europe. NAVTEQ Traffic delivers a single source solution enabling drivers uninterrupted traffic information when crossing borders in 11 countries including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. NAVTEQ Traffic will also be available in Luxembourg and The Netherlands by the end of 2009.

MC International
carries a comprehensive line of telecommunications data products so businesses can make better decisions and gain the competitive edge. Using updated communications data integrated with software like ArcView or MapInfo Professional can help you to visualize the telecommunications landscape for more profitable operations and competitive analysis.

TerraGo Technologies
announced the general availability of its TerraGo Publisher for ArcGIS version 5 software. The new solution gives customers the ability to create higher-performing, higher-quality GeoPDF maps and images when working within an ESRI ArcGIS environment. These files can be leveraged by field/mobile workers using the TerraGo Toolbar or TerraGo Mobile applications for more effective intelligence gathering and spatial-based collaboration.

Applanix launched POSPac Mobile Mapping Suite (MMS) 5.3, the latest version of its industry leading Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-aided inertial post-processing software for mobile mapping applications.

New functionality includes the ability to generate trajectories for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) processing, as well as the automatic import of POSTrack flight plans for improved SmartBase planning. The SmartBase database within POSPac MMS is also now automatically updated and a world map showing the current location of all available ground-based reference stations is displayed visually.

Applanix introduced RapidOrtho 2.0, a significant software enhancement for the Digital Sensor System (DSS). DSS RapidOrtho is a complete airborne digital imaging system for first responders and geospatial professionals who need to deliver rapid, highly-accurate ortho-rectified imagery without time-consuming and expensive ground surveys. The system is used for aerial surveying, rapid response for emergency mapping operations, change detection and more; it has even been adopted as a productivity tool for commercial mapping projects.

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