February 28, 2005
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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ESRI Canada, a leader in the geographic information systems (GIS) technology in Canada announced the availability of the French Supplement for ArcGIS 9. As a Canadian owned company, ESRI Canada understands the importance of providing products and services in both official languages. ESRI Canada, ESRI France, and several other organizations partnered to provide French language localization and support for ArcGIS 9. The French Supplement for ArcGIS 9 is being provided, at no charge, to all French speaking ESRI Canada users who are currently utilizing ArcGIS 9.

Third Annual ESRI Survey and GIS Summit will be held July 23-26, 2005, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Created for both users and nonusers of ESRI technology, the summit bridges the gap between
geographic information system (GIS) technology. This summit provides the opportunity for surveyors to learn more about GIS while earning continuing education units (CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs) from their home states.

DigitalGlobe(R) announced that Texas-based Apache Corporation has joined DigitalGlobe's Enterprise Partner Program, a mechanism that streamlines access to geospatial products, and provides data viewing and ordering in a desktop environment.

The Enterprise Partner Program, launched in September 2004, offers a centralized geospatial solution for global organizations with multiple offices or procurement centers and employees of varied software skill levels. Program partners pay an annual fee for a bulk amount of imagery from DigitalGlobe's ImageLibrary and future imagery acquisitions. Images are delivered in
multiple formats, permitting image sharing within separate divisions of an organization.

The data, extensive enough to fill the U.S. Library of Congress, was gathered during the Space Shuttle Endeavour Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in February 2000.

The USGS just released a report on the landslide hazards at La Conchita, the California coastal community in Ventura County that was struck by a landslide on Jan. 10 that killed 10 people and destroyed or damaged 36 houses.

The report concludes that not only has La Conchita already recently experienced two significant landslides (January 2005 and March 1995), but it is likely to experience an array of landslide hazards during future periods of prolonged or intense rainfall. In addition, future earthquakes could also trigger landsliding in the area.

The nation's largest electricity generator has selected DeLorme to supply GIS software, street-level base map data, and GPS hardware for their field operatives.

TruePosition announced the U.S. launch of TrueNorth(TM) Managed Location Services, a network of leading location experts whose combined capabilities will change the way wireless operators develop, deliver and manage Location Based Services (LBS). This offering is designed to enable operators to unleash the full revenue potential of LBS, as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Access to the next generation of climate change experiments has helped scientists obtain more comprehensive estimates of the expected “signal” of human influences on climate.

Improved knowledge of this signal, and a better understanding of uncertainties in temperature observations, have helped to advance “detection and attribution” (“D&A”) studies, which assist in unraveling the causes of recent climate change.

"The climate system is telling us an internally consistent story,” said Ben Santer, an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “We've observed warming of the Earth's land surface and oceans, cooling of the stratosphere, an increase in height of the tropopause, retreat of Arctic sea ice, and widespread melting of glaciers. These changes are difficult to reconcile with purely natural causes.”

The 18th Annual GIS in the Rockies conference is scheduled to take place at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The 2005 Planning Committee selected the theme "The Geospatial Revolution: A Whole New View" to convey the revolutionary benefits organizations reap when they map their assets, customers and suppliers. The conference will be September 21-23, 2005.

m-spatial, the Mobile Spatial Intelligence specialist, announced at 3GSM Congress the deployment of its Spatial Platform by Vodafone UK. Cambridge UK-based m-spatial has integrated its Spatial Platform into Vodafone live!, which now has over 2.5 million customers in the UK. The Spatial Platform delivers a set of re-usable high level components that allow Vodafone live! content and application providers to 'spatially enable' their services.


The Emergency Interoperability Consortium (EIC) announced that several of its member organizations and companies have received Department of Homeland Security awards for providing outstanding leadership in emergency data interoperability, including participating in the first use of the Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL).

Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA), Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee, announced the awards on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Disaster Management eGov Initiative. Gordon Fullerton, Executive Sponsor of the DHS Initiative, conferred the award certificates on executives of the organizations.


UAI, Inc., a provider of GIS-based information technology solutions for the utility industry and public safety sector, announced that Joe Johnson has been named VP of Utility Sales for the company.

A licensed professional engineer, Johnson joined UAI in 1999 after more than 18 years in the public utility industry. He has served as director of business development in the SE Region for the past five years. In his new role, Johnson will be tasked with UAI's overall business development efforts in the utility industry.

New Products

Wallingford Software announces the release of Version 4.0 of FloodWorks, the flood warning and flood management system. The new version contains extensive productivity improvements, underlining its value as a real-time operational and decision support system in flood control rooms during flood threats and flood events.

A completely redesigned, informative and user-friendly web site from MapMechanics helps businesses who want capabilities in sales and marketing, logistics planning and geographic analysis. It has just gone live, and can be found at the company's existing Internet address,

TatukGIS announced the release of the TatukGIS Editor, the big brother product of the very popular TatukGIS (free) Viewer. This is a full-fledged desktop GIS editor supporting all the formats, features, and functionality of the free Viewer, plus features to digitize/edit vector geometry and attributes, convert between vector file types, import/export attribute data, merge vector layers, build and correct topology, unions and splitting, clipping, buffers, etc.

Maptech's Outdoor Navigator for Windows Mobile Smartphone has more than 60,000 off-road maps and boating charts for $19.95 that can be loaded onto cell phones.

MapInfo has launched Cartique(tm) Europe 2004, the latest version of its 28-layer, digital map base for graphic output, backdrop mapping and route planning. Seamless and consistent for mapping across the whole of Europe, Cartique Europe 2004 provides greater accuracy and detail and better reflects European mapping conventions. Its comprehensive gazetteer has also been increased by 160,000 points and now provides over 640,000 locations, communications links and features.

Around the Web

Industry Answers the Call for Linux in Mobile Phones, by LinuxDevices.com, February 23, 2005, eWeek -How positive is the mobile communications field for Linux? It looks good, as Motorola plans to introduce eight to ten new Linux phones in 2005.

Upcoming Events

Date: February 28 - March 2, 2005

Place: Prague, Czech Republic

BE Meeting Prague 2005, is your regional connection to Bentley's highly recommended BE Conference 2004. BE Meetings are professional events that offer technical workshops, technology updates, keynote presentations by Bentley executives, user presentations, and a wide range of networking opportunities.

Date: March 2 - 4, 2005

Place: Bali International Convention Centre Nusa Dua, Bali , India

Come join us at the most awaited event of the year where new & experienced ESRI & ERDAS Users gather from all over South Asia and Asia-Pacific to share their knowledge, experiences and expertise. Look forward to Workshops, User Case Stories, ESRI & ERDAS Product Updates, Exhibits and many more exciting sessions right here at this ESRI South Asia User Conference.

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