Record Number of ZIP Code Changes Signals Major Shift for USPS and Boundary Designation

GeoNorth is pleased to announce the release of a powerful and convenient developer tool for ArcGIS Server which allows the printing of high resolution maps. Due to current limitations which prevent ArcIMS and ArcGIS Server web clients from exceeding 96 dpi image output, this tool is essential for GIS users who require high-end cartographic quality and the option to print larger sized maps from a web based mapping application.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

IBM announced a $14.5 million agreement with Power and Water Corporation, the Northern Territory's multi-utility provider, to help design and implement an asset management system aimed at delivering electricity, water and sewerage services to its customers more efficiently. Serving approximately 80,000 customers across more than 1.3 million kilometers of the Northern Territory spanning vastly different environments comprised of arid deserts to tropics, Power and Water will tap IBM's expertise and technology for its Asset Management Capability (AMC) Project, a four-year program to improve asset management practices across the corporation.

RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced that they have penned a contract with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to image a substantial portion of the state of Colorado.

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) announces its new partnership with Aerotec, LLC of Bessemer, Alabama.

Aerotec, LLC has created an electric power transmission right-of-way vegetation management application to run on Topcon's GRS-1 hand-held GPS receiver. This joint solution for vegetation management applications allows utility foresters to easily use GPS to identify and locate conductor-vegetation clearance problem much faster and more accurately than current alternative methods, according to TPS’ Richard Rybka, partner development manager.


Topcon has received an order for 90 GPS receivers from the Geographical Survey Institute (GSI), an affiliate of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). This is in addition to the 360 receivers ordered in July.

Topcon will provide a total of 450 receivers for the GPS Earth Observation Network System (GEONET) operated by the GSI. It is expected the new systems, including additional 90 receivers, will be in operation by the end of March 2010.


ESRI welcomes Ahmed Abukhater, GISP, as the new community development industry solutions manager on its government team. Abukhater will focus on planning and economic development including industry-wide enterprise geographic information system (GIS) and planning 2.0 initiatives.

DMTI Spatial (DMTI) has announced the appointment of Chris North to Vice President of Customer Advocacy and Product Strategy. As a member of DMTI's Product Solutions Team, Chris will lead DMTI's Product Management group and be responsible for creating a strategy that speaks on the behalf of customers. His core objective will be to translate customer business challenges into technology solutions that solve their problems.

Enspiria Solutions
announced that the company continues to expand Smart Grid Program and Project Management capabilities with the addition of Scott Stein, PMP.


Autodesk, Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Revenue was $417 million, flat sequentially, and a decrease of 31 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2009. press release

HP announced preliminary results for the fourth fiscal quarter 2009, with revenue of $30.8 billion, down 8% from a year earlier; down 5% when adjusted for the effects of currency and up 12% sequentially. press release

New Products

ADC WorldMap
is pleased to announce the release of ADC WorldMap Digital Atlas Version 5.3. Along with providing up to date country and level one administrative boundaries for the entire world, the release features the addition of an ocean bathymetry layer, improved contours, more cities with population data, and increased US road coverage. The new product also includes UTM zones and ISO country and administrative codes.

Maponics announced that the latest release of its suite of ZIP Codes map data shows evidence of a record number of ZIP Codes changes over the 3 months since the previous data release. This news validates that the U.S. Postal Service has already implemented significant on-the-ground changes related to the massive work force and mail delivery infrastructure re-evaluation it announced earlier this year, a reorganization initiated to address a projected 20 billion drop in mail pieces from fiscal year 2008 to 2009.

Definiens announced the launch of its latest software offering for earth science professionals, Definiens eCognition version 8. The new software suite delivers functionality specifically designed for geospatial image analysis while also achieving marked improvements in processing performance.

Telmap announced the availability of two new patented technologies, which will improve the application design process for developers and search experience. The approval of these patents proves once again that Telmap is at the forefront of location related innovation.

ZoomAtlas announced the launch of its free, photo-realistic wiki-mapping site, The site combines the technology of interactive maps with the social networking of Facebook for users to post notes, stories and insights to reconnect its users with friends, family and places from their past.

DataArt, a high-end software development company with headquarters in New York and R&D centers in Eastern Europe, announced that it has completed back-end development of GeoLife’s Navmii turn-by-turn navigation application for the iPod touch. While such applications are already available for the iPhone, Navmii is the first to bring GPS navigation with smart routing, interactive maps and spoken directions to the iPod touch. Navmii for iPhone and the iPod touch will be available in the U.S. this winter.

MWH Soft announced the immediate release of Generation V8.5 of H2OMAP SWMM and InfoSWMM for ArcGIS (ESRI, Redlands, CA). The new version adds powerful features and leverages engine enhancements included in the latest release of EPA SWMM5 (5.0.017). It also improves depth and performance by extending the MWH Soft tradition of including new enhancements specifically requested by customers. Version 8.5 marks a significant evolution of the company’s SWMM-based urban drainage modeling and design products, which continue to be top choices for the effective evaluation, design, management, rehabilitation and operation of wastewater and stormwater collection systems.

NAVTEQ announced a significant expansion of NAVTEQ Traffic real-time traffic coverage in Canada.

With these enhancements, NAVTEQ Traffic coverage for Canada has doubled to encompass more than 13 million people, or more than 40 percent of Canada's total population. NAVTEQ Traffic is now available in seven of Canada's major metro areas, including: Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Vancouver, British Columbia; Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario and Quebec; Hamilton, Ontario; St. Catharines-Niagara Ontario; and Oshawa, Ontario. This recent expansion more than doubles the number of Canadian markets previously covered by NAVTEQ, and is part of a significant expansion effort to provide Canadian commuters the comprehensive real-time traffic information they demand.

LizardTech, a division of Celartem Inc. announced the integration of its MrSID Generation 4 (MG4) SDK into Global Mapper version 11.01.

Until recently, Global Mapper’s customers were not able to load point cloud datasets that were compressed to MrSID Generation 4 using LiDAR Compressor into Global Mapper. However, with the addition of support for MG4 in Global Mapper version 11.01 users can load point cloud datasets compressed to MrSID Generation 4 for use in volumetric analysis, contour generation, and visualization.

UK GIS supplier GGP Systems has launched a new version of its web based GIS. Designed to make up to the minute local authority service information readily accessible via the Internet, eGGP 2009 provides access to data held in spatial database formats and supports national initiatives such as t-Government and Communities in Control. The software has a new-look user interface with advanced mapping functionality and a faster more refined online experience underpinned by a reworked map rendering engine. eGGP 2009 also provides improved security with sophisticated user authentification and account management.

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