June 13, 2005
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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AccuWeather.com, a commercial weather service, announced that its 2005 Hurricane Center, is now available on its free web site at
www.hurricane.accuweather.com. Internet users now have the most accurate and up-to-date hurricane information at their fingertips for the official start of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season.

Spot Image announces that its Australian Distributor, Raytheon Australia, will supply the New South Wales (NSW) Government with high-resolution satellite imagery covering the entire State. The imagery will be used by the NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources for management of infrastructure, emergency response and natural resources.

PCI Geomatics® announced the creation of the PCI Geomatics Center of Excellence at Boston University's Center for Remote Sensing.

The Center of Excellence will focus on several themes, including natural resource management, place-based decision support and prototyping exercises for business. The new software by PCI Geomatics will also assist the University's goals in its continued research to improve the understanding of groundwater distributions in hot desert areas, such as Egypt.


Intergraph Corporation announced Empresas Publicas de Medellin E.S.P. (EEPPM), Colombia's multi-utility company, is upgrading its FRAMME-based geofacilities management system to Intergraph's G/Technology(TM), the next-generation enabling core of a Geospatial Resource Management (GRM) system. EEPPM manages and maintains five distribution networks - electric, gas, water, wastewater and telecommunications for 2.5 million customers throughout Colombia. The open architecture of G/Technology will enable EEPPM employees to easily leverage and share data, further streamlining day-to-day activities and processes for provisioning and maintaining its service delivery networks.


RGS President, Sir Neil Cossons, presents Ordnance Survey's Elaine Owen with the Geographical Award. Ordnance Survey has won a prestigious award from the Royal Geographical Society for its Free Maps for 11-year-olds initiative. The Society - which aims to advance geographical learning - conferred the Geographical Award "for providing outstanding non commercial support for school pupils learning geography".

NASA's Science Mission Directorate has selected 23 projects that will harness Earth science data to improve decision-making processes. NASA will contribute approximately $22 million over the three-year life of these projects with national organizations that include water management, public health, air quality, ecosystem stewardship and disaster management. For a listing of the projects on the Internet, visit:

Intergraph Corporation announced the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) recognized Intergraph's mobile resource management (MRM) platform based on IntelliWhere TrackForce with a 2005 iAward. The AIIA award honors the most innovative product or solution for developing any software or hardware application, which is commonly used by enterprises or business entities to improve efficiency and productivity. Intergraph received the top national honor in the General Applications category.


Carbon Project announced it is providing a second session of its successful training course for professionals and students who want to quickly learn the basics of open-geospatial development.

Fundamentals of Open-Geospatial Development teaches attendees how to use CarbonTools™, a free geospatial development toolkit, to rapidly develop open-geospatial applications and access hundreds of online resources. Based on the Microsoft .NET Framework, CarbonTools™ provides a powerful and extendible API for accessing geospatial web services based on Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC™) specifications.

New Products

ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, announced ArcGIS Network Analyst is now available. This new extension provides network-based spatial analysis including routing, travel directions, closest facility, and service area analysis.

The Network Analyst functionality is available for the ArcGIS Desktop (ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo), ArcGIS Engine, and ArcGIS Server.

DigitalGlobe(R), provider of high resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, and DMTI Spatial Inc., provider of geospatial products and services, announced the immediate availability of Satellite StreetView(TM). Satellite StreetView is an imagery-mapping solution combining high-quality digital mapping data with the highest resolution satellite imagery commercially available on the market.

MapInfo Corporation, global provider of Location Intelligence solutions, announced the availability of MapInfo Professional® version 8.0. MapInfo Professional enables companies in all industries to easily visualize the relationships between data and geography to drive more insightful decisions.

MapText, Inc. has added new advanced user controls to its unique Label-Contour software, the Company announced . Label-Contour is an extension to MapText's flagship product Label-EZ and is compatible with all major GIS systems. It places the elevation (or depth) labels for a contour map according to precise cartographic requirements. Placement is completely automatic and performed in a matter of seconds.

Geosoft Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Oasis montaj version 6.2, the company's industry standard mapping and processing software for exploration and earth science investigations. Oasis montaj is valued both for its ability to manage complex, large volume geoscientific data processing with speed and precision, and its ability to deliver high quality mapping and map products.

MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc., a provider of realtime 3D visual simulation software solutions, announced the availability of Creator Terrain Studio(TM) v1.2. Creator Terrain Studio delivers a unique set of 3D scene creation, geometry/texture creation tools and workflow management focused on the production of complex, large-area realtime 3D terrain databases.

GeoLytics StreetCD 2004 enables you to export boundaries, or you can map the geographies using with the product's built-in mapping software. All you have to do is pick the geographic layer, pick the geography, run and/or export your selection, and view the data.

Networks In Motion(TM), the award winning Wireless Navigation and LBS company, is proud to announce the availability of its NAVBuilder(TM) suite of extensions developed for QUALCOMM's BREW(R) solution. First introduced at the BREW 2004 Conference, the product is now available and can be used by BREW developers creating LBS and applications.

QUALCOMM Incorporated, provider of wireless data solutions, announced the commercial launch of versions 6.2 and 6.2.3 of its FleetAdvisor fleet management solution for the private fleet market. Both systems provide customers with a near real-time connection between their back office -- including management, dispatchers and customer service representatives -- and their vehicles and drivers, with version 6.2.3 designed with features necessary for larger customer fleet operations. FleetAdvisor 6.2 and 6.2.3 support full-function, on-board computing and applications, including automated Department of Transportation-compliant logs; automated arrival and departure alerts; and automated
state mileage and GIS mapping. FleetAdvisor and other on-board applications run on the MVPc(R) in-vehicle computer, which uses the Windows(R) CE platform. FleetAdvisor also works with other QUALCOMM systems, including the OmniTRACS(R) and OmniExpress(R) mobile communications systems.

Around the Web

A Better Robot, with Help from Roaches, John Schwartz, The New York Times, June 7, 2005-- Mr. Hertz, a Fulbright scholar from Canada, was inspired by robotics pioneers like Rodney Brooks of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who have suggested that robot intelligence should resemble that of roaches and other insects that react quickly and instinctively to their environment.

Upcoming Events

Date: June 16 - 18, 2005

Place: University of Minnesota/Radisson Hotel Minneapolis, MN USA

Open Source Geospatial '05, an international conference addressing geospatial data technologies developed by or of relevance to the Open Source community, will be held June 16-18, 2005 in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. The conference will bring together the MapServer, EOGEO, and OSGIS communities, but seeks to be more broadly inclusive. A committee has been working since July to design a program with elements that will interest participants from the novice to the expert. The conference strives to build on the successes and enthusiasm generated by previous, related meetings.

Date: June 20 - 23, 2005

Place: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center , Orlando, FL USA

Focused on the needs of the expanding green building market, the unique event combines sustainable building techniques with the technology that supports the entire process from concept, through design, construction and long-term operation. For information about exhibiting, presenting at, or attending Ecobuild America, call 1-800-996-3863, fax 1-508-790-4750 or visit

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