Satellite Sentinel Project Uses Commercial Satellite Imagery to Monitor Sudanese Conflict

ITT Visual Information Solutions, a subsidiary of ITT Corporation, and a developer of software products for data visualization and image analysis, announced it has signed an agreement with sarmap SA of Switzerland to distribute sarmap's SARscape software products worldwide. A popular add-on for ITT's ENVI software product for image analysis, SARscape provides ENVI users with the ability to read, process, analyze and output information from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data and imagery. SAR is an increasingly popular type of geospatial data and imagery that is used in a wide range of applications because of its unique ability to provide information about an area regardless of time of day or weather conditions.


Esri has established a research and development (R&D) center in Beijing, China. The center will provide geographic information system (GIS) software development to support China's many growing industries.

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) invites all interested parties to comment on a proposal to update requirements for GIS Professional (GISP) certification. On January 28, GISCI made public a proposal to update the certification requirements. Key among the proposed updates is the addition of a required examination. The Working Group that prepared the proposal recommends that the exam be based on the U.S. Department of Labor's new Geospatial Technology Competency Model and related resources.

The “GISP Certification Update” proposal and instructions for commenting on the proposal are available at As part of its deliberations the GISCI Board of Directors will consider comments received between February 1 and February 28, 2011. A Board decision about proposed changes is expected in April, 2011.

Across the globe, the rapid evolution of geospatial technologies and applications has led to exciting opportunities for both the public and private sectors. And yet, as attorney Kevin D. Pomfret recently told audiences at the Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad, India, this sector is advancing so quickly that national governments now face a daunting challenge: keeping pace with emerging law and policy issues that promise to affect everything from personal privacy to national security.


ITT Corporation reported 2010 fourth-quarter revenue of $3 billion and income from continuing operations of $272 million, or $1.46 per share. Excluding special items, income from continuing operations was $253 million, or $1.36 per share, reflecting year-over-year growth of 42 percent.

For the full year 2010, ITT reported revenue of $11 billion and income from continuing operations of $654 million, or $3.53 per share. Excluding special items, income from continuing operations was $818 million, resulting in a record $4.41 per share, an 18 percent increase over 2009. For the full year, free cash flow was $937 million, a 104 percent conversion of net income from continuing operations adjusted for non-cash special items.

New Products

Esri developed a newly launched web application that provides mapping and analysis to enhance Australia flood information supplied through the Ushahidi social network. The network allows people to report incidents via SMS, e-mail, or the web. The information is categorized and analyzed using geographic information systems (GIS) technology to provide hot spot visualization. By combining web GIS capabilities with Ushahidi data, anyone can view reports of flood incidents, damages, requests for help, and response requirements in a map context.

Broadcom announces two new system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions with support for GLONASS (the Russian Navigation Satellite System), in addition to GPS, marking the first cost-effective, commercially-available, single die SoC solutions that support both GLONASS and GPS simultaneously.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and FortiusOne announced the launch of IssueMap, an online mapping site that enables citizens to quickly map data they care about and easily share it through social networks. IssueMap is as simple as " copy, paste, map." Users can go from a spreadsheet to a shareable map in less than 60 seconds.

Agency9 announced the release of their platform, 3DMaps SDK (Software Developer Kit) and Geo-portal solution internationally. The company's product Agency9 3DMaps enable a new range of e-services and improved communication in city development, GIS, defence, surveillance and online applications. The launch of the 3DMaps SDK allows system integrators and ISVs to develop and offer state-of-the-art 3D Geographic IT solutions.

GE announced the release of the Smallworld* Enterprise Gateway solution. This new software product enables users of GE's geospatial solutions to directly use Smallworld data for applications operating on Oracle® Spatial technology.

Trimble introduced the Trimble Corridor Analyst routing software for power transmission lines. The innovative software simultaneously considers construction costs, environmental restrictions, social concerns and legislative obligations, allowing utility planners to thoroughly examine alternatives and select the most appropriate corridors for high-voltage power transmission lines, which can provide significant reductions in project planning time and cost for projects.

MapQuest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Inc., has made travel-planning for the Big Game on Feb. 6 just a little bit more enjoyable with “Play-by-Play” directions on that deliver football fanatics to their destination in a memorable way.

Data East introduces TAB Reader 4.0, an ArcGIS plug-in data source specifically designed for direct reading of the MapInfo TAB and MIF/MID files in ArcGIS with retention of existing native TAB rendering, symbology properties and information about coordinate system. Besides, TAB Reader provides tools for importing TAB symbology to ArcGIS, batch converting TAB symbology from TAB files to ArcGIS layer files, importing MapInfo workspaces to ArcMap documents, and exporting data from ArcGIS to MapInfo TAB format.

i-Move introduced its multimodal navigator during the first public live demonstration of In-Time services held January 25th in Vienna, Austria. It is based on AnyMap Mobile Navigator 2.0, the Navigation SDK for professional markets that hit the market end of 2010. It consists of a user-friendly journey planner combining straightforward on-board mobile navigation with server based, real-time journey planning. Its usage of real-time public transport timetables and either static or dynamic Park & Ride availabilities allow it to compute a truly real-time multimodal route.

uismedia announces the release of a new version of Mappetizer Standalone, the company's easy-to-use software for creating high sophisticated, interactive and dynamic web mapping solutions.

Mappetizer web mapping solutions are based on SVG technology which is an nonproprietary and vendor neutral, from the W3 Consortium developed standard.

Global Geomatics is set to revolutionize the survey market in Africa following the purchase of a StreetMapper mobile laser mapping system. It is the first system of it's kind to be operational in Africa and will provide Global Geomatics with a competitive advantage with a world-leading rapid surveying capability.

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GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011
Date: February 14 - 17, 2011
Place: Fira de Barcelona
Widely regarded as the mobile industry’s “must attend” of the year, the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress presents a cutting-edge conference agenda that consistently features the industry’s biggest names, the most relevant topics and the most innovative companies who are changing the face of the mobile sector.
3rd International ICST Conference on Personal Satellite Services
Date: February 17 - 18, 2011
Place: Malaga, Spain
Next generation satellite services will cater the demands of personal services by bringing the satellite terminals directly to the hands of the user hence providing satellite personal services directly to the user. Technological advances in satellite communications have made it possible to bring such value added satellite services directly to the user by reducing the overall cost as well as addressing many technological challenges such as supporting mobility, having miniaturized antennas and terminal sizes, and providing high data rate links. With the unique broadcast nature and ubiquitous coverage of satellite networks, the synergy between satellite and terrestrial networks provides immense opportunities for disseminating wideband multimedia services to a wide range of audiences over large numbers of geographically-dispersed people.
2011 ESRI California/Hawaii/Nevada Regional User Group Conference
Date: February 23 - 24, 2011
Place: Redlands, CA USA
Professionals from California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands are invited to connect with your peers, colleagues, and ESRI contacts. Whatever your industry, position, or level of GIS experience, you’re encouraged to attend this helpful and engaging forum.
2011 Indiana GIS Conference
Date: March 1 - 2, 2011
Place: Horizon Convention Center
401 South High Street, Muncie, IN 47308 USA
  The  Indiana  Geographic  Information  Council  (IGIC)  will  host  the  2011  Indiana  GIS  Conference  March  1-2,  2011  at  the  Horizon  Convention  Center  in  Muncie,  Indiana.    This  event  brings  together  over  300  of  Indiana’s  leading  GIS  professionals  specializing  in  all  facets  of  GIS  use  and  development.  
ESRI Partner Conference
Date: March 5 - 8, 2011
Place: Palm Springs, CA USA
As a partner, you’re part of ongoing, breakthrough innovation that fuels organizations across the globe. The Esri Partner Conference is here to help you further grasp how to drive business with the geographic advantage.
  • Get updated on trends and how you can leverage our resources.
  • Connect with people who can help you succeed, from other partners to Esri staff.
  • Collect insight from Esri President Jack Dangermond.
  • Gain a more competitive edge and improve the health of your company.
2011 ESRI Worldwide Business Partner Conference (BPC)
Date: March 6 - 8, 2011
Place: Palm Springs Convention Center
Plan to join us for the 2011 ESRI Worldwide Business Partner Conference (BPC),
2011 ESRI Developer Summit
Date: March 7 - 10, 2011
Place: Palm Springs Convention Center
Plan to join us for the 2011 ESRI Developer Summit, taking place March 7–10, at the Palm Springs Convention Center in California.
Date: March 14 - 16, 2011
Place: Convention Centre of Al Bustan Rotana Hote
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
GISWORX is our proactive technical support delivery mechanism. This annual 3-day event provides a unique indepth learning environment on different aspects of GIS to both beginners as well as advanced users through several technical workshops on focused topics. It helps the organizations take full advantage of their software investment by enhancing the knowledge and skills of their GIS professionals. It also addresses key issues related to implementation of GIS in specific industries. Over the years, GISWORX evolved to be the premier GIS event in the Middle East region.

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