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The bill makes amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), including a provision for the newly-created Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection within the Federal Reserve to collect the "parcel number to permit geocoding" on mortgage transactions.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has acquired InlandGEO, one of Topcon's top performing distributors. InlandGEO is headquartered in Madrid, Spain, and has four additional offices in Spain, two in Portugal and one in the Canary Islands.

In addition to continuing to distribute Topcon and Sokkia positioning products to the construction and survey markets in Spain and Portugal, InlandGEO will become the headquarters for distribution and support for Topcon precision agriculture products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

A new solution announced at the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference will give defense and intelligence personnel unprecedented analysis capabilities for human terrain mapping, better arming them for current and future counterinsurgency (COIN) and anti-terrorism operations.

i2, provider of intelligence and investigation software; and ESRI, provider of geospatial analysis capabilities; are collaborating to release several modules in the coming months, including the ESRI Foundation Module for i2's Analyst's Notebook: a powerful and flexible geospatial analysis tool with a host of military, intelligence, law enforcement and civilian applications.

iLOOKABOUT Corp. announced a partnership agreement with DMTI Spatial Inc. which will allow users of DMTI's industry-leading Location Hub software solution to access iLOOKABOUT's StreetScape imagery database. The addition of Streetscape imagery, as an add-on visualization tool, in combination with DMTI's high precision geopoints and rooftop precise X/Y coordinates will ensure customers have the utmost in data currency and accuracy. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

RapidEye confirms its long-standing partnership with S2Bvisio in the development and distribution of expert agricultural services based on RapidEye imagery.

S2Bvisio and RapidEye have been partnering for several years and are committed to developing valueadded products for canola and cereal crops which are beneficial to farmers. Ongoing research and development activities are concentrating on cereals, sunflower and sugar beet crops and focus on nitrogen fertilization, irrigation and yield prediction. French specialized research institutes are also involved in many of these projects.

DLT Solutions, a value-added reseller of industry-leading IT products and services, announced it has teamed with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to offer the SAIC GeoRover product line to Government agencies.

GeoRover software products provide customer-focused tools for GIS software which allows for flexibility and improved overall productivity for the Government end user's desktop applications. GeoRover allows Government agencies to leverage geographic information system (GIS) applications on their existing geospatial software in order to experience greater speed and higher efficiency.

Announcements

An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled that mapping data maintained by Orange County is exempt from the California Public Records Act (PRA). The PRA says that state and local agencies must provide copies of public records in their possession to members of the public requesting them, and they must not charge more than the direct cost of making the copy. Ruling on a suit brought against Orange County by the Sierra Club, Judge James J. DiCesare held that mapping database maintained by the County, which details the location and boundaries of land parcels within the county, is a "computer mapping system" and exempted under the software exemption of the PRA. The PRA law provides that software is not a public record, and the Court decided that parcel mapping data stored in a GIS database is included in that exemption.

Trimble announced that it will hold its International User Conference November 8-10, 2010 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. The theme of Trimble Dimensions 2010-Converge, Connect, Collaborate-provides insight into how the convergence of technology can redefine the way surveying, engineering, construction, mapping, GIS, geospatial, utilities, and mobile resource management professionals connect and collaborate to achieve success.

In addition, Trimble worldwide users are invited to propose topics to present at the conference. Proposed titles and a short description of the presentation should be submitted to Trimble no later than July 18, 2010. For more information about the conference and how to submit a paper to present, please go to: Trimble Dimensions.

People

Maponics, provider of location-based data, announced the addition of two new senior account executives to their sales team. Angela Kapuscinski joins Maponics with 10 years of geospatial sales experience from Tele Atlas, where she successfully expanded enterprise relationships with organizations in business intelligence, government and other industries. Gene Cook, who recently left MapInfo (a division of Pitney Bowes) to join Maponics, brings 10 years of geographic information systems (GIS) experience, with an emphasis on building partnerships with systems integrators and growing business in the telecommunications industry. Both Kapuscinski and Cook will sell the full range of the Maponics product line including Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries TM, Maponics full featured postal dataset, and the recently announced Maponics School Boundaries TM product. They will both focus on industries where they have successful track records and those which are central to Maponics strategic direction.

New Products

RapidEye announced that over 95% of India (over 3 Million square kilometers) of its satellite imagery is now available in the RapidEye Library.

Much of the country has been collected cloud-free, with the remainder containing less than 10% cloud cover. The image campaign began in January, however the majority of the imagery was collected within a period of about 8 weeks.

ESRI announces the launch of ArcGIS.com, a Web site for finding and sharing geographic information system (GIS) content, organizing geographic information into groups, and building communities. A new browser-based version of ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Explorer Online, also launches with the site and provides direct access to ArcGIS.com content.

The latest release of ESRI Business Analyst Online (BAO) includes a new unique tool, Smart Map Search, that helps users in a variety of industries-from commercial business to government to health-more efficiently make location-related decisions. Other key enhancements of this U.S.-based, on-demand report and map solution include the expansion of consumer spending and market overview data variables, the addition of 2010/2015 Updated Demographics data, and the ability to create custom PDF maps.

Farallon Geographics has developed and deployed a workflow-driven mobile data collection application to streamline the development of a comprehensive and accurate storm drain geodatabase and geometric network for a Bay Area city. Field crews required a simple, intuitive and efficient solution for collecting detailed storm drain information including high accuracy GPS data and digital photography. Managers in the office wanted to be able to adjust and visually track progress of the data collection in real-time.

Alteryx, LLC (formerly SRC) put the power of the world's fastest and most robust Geographic Business Intelligence technology platform into the hands of wider user communities via enhanced Web services capabilities demonstrated at the ICSC ReCON global retail real estate convention in Las Vegas. Enterprise customers using Alteryx in hosted, on-premise and hybrid environments will deliver custom applications to every level of user, partner and supplier within their organizations through the Alteryx menu-driven, Web wizard interface.

Accruent, provider of Enterprise Location Management (ELM) solutions, announced general availability of Accruent 8 (A8), a landmark upgrade to the company's suite for management of the end-to-end real estate lifecycle.

Accruent's ELM suite provides retail and commercial tenants with an integrated environment to plan and execute their real estate strategies while driving down occupancy and maintenance costs. A8 extends these capabilities, and represents an upgrade path for users of Accruent's REM, SLIM and RetaiLease products. These products introduced unsurpassed capability to manage real estate portfolios, and continue to support the needs of many of the world's largest retailers and corporations. Now A8, the culmination of a multi-million dollar, multi-year investment program, establishes an even more capable solution using new, industry-standard technologies.




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