August 22, 2005
Bridging the Gap Between Software and Functionality through Consulting: Interview with GeoNorth, LLC
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
Each GIS Weekly Review delivers to its readers news concerning the latest developments in the GIS industry, GIS product and company news, featured downloads, customer wins, and coming events, along with a selection of other articles that we feel you might find interesting. Brought to you by GISCafe.com. If we miss a story or subject that you feel deserves to be included, or you just want to suggest a future topic, please contact us! Questions? Feedback? Click here. Thank you!




Appointments
SANZ Inc., SANZ Geospatial Solutions Group, a provider of spatial data provisioning solutions, announced the addition of geotechnology industry veteran Jeff Young as its director of business development. Young, who brings over 25 years of industry experience, will support the company's commitment to the growth of its EarthWhere(TM) product offerings and will concentrate on growing and managing the organization's Southwest region and specific national accounts.


East View Cartographic has appointed Ron McCoy as its Director of Business Development. Mr. McCoy will use his strong geospatial industry experience to add focused solutions to the company's wide range of global geospatial products and services. He will lead growth initiatives including adding new products, forging key partnerships, and providing complete geospatial solutions to companies in defined vertical markets.


Analytical Surveys, Inc. (ASI), a provider of utility-industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, announced that its board of directors elected Rad Weaver as a member of the board effective August 15, 2005.
Mr. Weaver, 30, has served as an investment analyst with McCombs Enterprises in San Antonio since March 2000, participating in the asset allocation of the firm's equity portfolio. He also is a director of privately held Media Excel, Agilight and Wholesale Clicks, Inc. Mr. Weaver will serve as one of ASI's independent directors and will sit on the Company's Audit Committee. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.




Wins


NovaLIS Technologies, provider of GIS-centric land information management products to government and business partner Concord Engineering & Surveying, Inc., (CESI) have been selected by Davidson County, North Carolina for the implementation of NovaLIS Land Development Office™.




Lawsuit


Pictometry International Corp., provider of digital, aerial oblique imagery and measuring software, announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Aerial Cartographics of America Inc., of Orlando, FL and Ofek Aerial Photography International, LTD of Netanya, Israel.


The lawsuit, filed this week in United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, alleges that ACA and Ofek, through the Ofek product MultiVision, are infringing upon a patent owned by Pictometry (United States Patent No. 5,247,356) covering its aerial imaging technology.




New Products


A9.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., launched "A9.com Maps," a new service that shows users an interactive map and corresponding street-level images in a single interface. A9's Block View(TM) technology brings traditional maps to life by combining driving directions and other convenient mapping tools with street-level images of millions of places and their surroundings. The fully-functional A9.com Maps beta is now available on the


AmberCoreTM Software, global provider of spatial decision support systems, is pleased to announce the release of Amber iQ 2.5. Amber iQ is the leading high performance Geographic Information System (GIS). Amber iQ 2.5 was designed with GIS power-users in mind, and features the ability to efficiently handle large point data sets. With the implementation of double indexing users will now be able to process point files up to 50 million points.


Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced that Mopar will begin offering the Trail Guide(TM) -- a highly versatile Garmin-built GPS navigation system designed for the Jeep Wrangler. The device was unveiled at Camp Jeep, an international gathering of Jeep enthusiasts held in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.


Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. , an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products, systems and security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, announced that it has launched its ISR Systems' integrated and interoperable, Transportation Security platform designed to protect inter-modal transportation worldwide.


INPHO of Stuttgart, Germany announced the release of their orthophoto mosaicking software OrthoVista, V4.1.0. In the new version INPHO has focused especially on enhancing the radiometric part of the software. This will greatly improve the quality of all images taken with a digital aerial camera and containing water areas with sun reflections.




Letters to the Editor


Susan,


It's been a while since I had the privilege of writing for GISVision. I'm happy to see that the weekly report continues to do well. I still read it almost every week. While reviewing the edition covering the ESRI Conference I noticed a
photo of the 6th grade I work with getting a photo taken with Jack Dangermond.


The kids I work with at Hillsdale Elementary School have been learning a lot through GIS and have attracted the attention of the local and national press.


Deseret News Reports





KSL News Report



Soon to be available video interview at the ESRI conference



There is also a report about our work with K-12 GIS education on page 22 of the current issue of ArcNews.


The kids are great to work with. It's amazing how fast they learn and the interesting projects and maps they come up with.


Continued success with your work at GISCafe.


David Davis




Around the Web


Making the case for Windows on Palm devices, by Ina Fried, CNET News.com, August 11, 2005 - In an interview, Palm Chief Financial Officer Andrew Brown said that building a Treo that runs on the mobile version of Windows might help the company woo corporate customers who have been reticent to buy its Palm OS-based gadgets.


Making Sense of Sensors, by Michael Kanellos, CNET News.com, August 12, 2005 - Accenture's Chief Scientist, Glover Ferguson, is in some ways the head prowler. For the past few decades, he's worked at the company trying to figure out what's next. Ferguson sat down with CNET News.com to discuss RFID, the general state of privacy and what your car radio is saying about you.




Upcoming Events



Date: August 22 - 26, 2005

Place: Cairns, Australia

A joint assembly of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), International Association for Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO), and the International Association for Biological Oceanography (IABO).This rare joint conference of the IAG, IAPSO and IABO will offer opportunities to present and discuss cross-disciplinary research into the solid earth and oceans. In fact the scientific programme, under the theme “Monitoring and Understanding a Dynamic Planet with Geodetic and Oceanographic Tools”, will emphasize the interaction of the earth and oceanographic sciences.



Date: August 22 - 26, 2005

Place: Shanghai Fisheries University Shanghai, China

Three themes will be addressed: (1) Effective and Affordable GIS for Fishery and Aquatic Information, (2) Spatial Fish Stock Assessment Modeling. (3) Spatial Fisheries Resource Management.



Date: August 22 - 25, 2005

Place: Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Asia and Pacific region is the largest developing region in the world in landmass, population and aggregate income. Its 48 countries have nearly three fifth of the worlds total population. Each country in the region abounds in Natural Capital and has comprehended the true potential of Geospatial information in leveraging this Capital to its utmost economic viability. The Asian region is today forging a path of development and economic growth as a function of establishment of Infrastructural capital. It thus convolutes to be a fecund sphere for application of the various Geographic Information technologies like GIS, GPS,
Remote Sensing and Imaging.


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