February 21, 2005
Telcontar's Secret Success: What's Under the Hood?
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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ScanSoft, Inc., speech and imaging solutions company, Tele Atlas, geographic databases company, and Wayfinder, provider of mobile navigation on Smartphones, announced a three-way partnership to deliver a state-of-the-art speech-enabled personal navigation system accessible from a mobile device in a vehicle or on foot.

Wavemarket, a pioneer in location-blogging and alerts, and CPS, leaders in location technology for GSM and WCDMA, announced an agreement to jointly market location-based services to global operators.

Definiens Imaging, known for the development of satellite image classification technology, has signed a research and development agreement with Defence Research and Development Canada - Valcartier, an agency of the Canada National Defence ministry. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Tele Atlas, a provider of digital map data and location content, and Shanghai ChangXiang Ltd (SIS), a Chinese specialist in information processing and digital mapping, announced the establishment of their joint venture (JV) partnership, and the approval of the JV by Chinese government authorities.

CPS and SiGe Semiconductor announced they are collaborating to provide network operators and cellular service providers with a positioning solution for the delivery of seamless, reliable location based services.


Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced U.S. federal government security teams used Intergraph's mobile solutions in security operations at the 2005 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., and the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. Intergraph provided federal government security teams with an IntelliWhere(TM)-based system for real-time tracking of resources throughout the course of these events. IntelliWhere TrackForce was used to provide a map-based command and control interface while the PDA-based IntelliWhere OnDemand application was used to provide selected field personnel with a portable tracking capability.

The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC) announced a Request For Quotations (RFQ) from technology developers interested in a major Interoperability Initiative to develop and enhance OGC Web Services (OWS) standards that enable easy discovery, access and use of geographic data and geoprocessing services. The OGC Web Services Phase 3 (OWS-3) testbed advances OGC Web Services, the set of OpenGIS(R) Specifications for interfaces, schemas and encodings that comprise the interoperability framework for the emerging "Spatial Web."

ER Mapper has released the source code to its ECW JPEG 2000 Software Development Kit (SDK). The ECW JPEG 2000 SDK allows software developers to add support for large geospatial images in ECW and JPEG 2000 format to their applications.

Garmin Ltd. announced a record fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 25, 2004. Revenue and net income both exceeded the guidance previously given by the company. The company's consumer segment experienced 27 percent revenue growth during the fourth quarter and 31 percent during 2004. The aviation segment also contributed revenue growth of 42 percent for the quarter and for the full year, which led to overall revenue growth of 33 percent for the year.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that Dr. Xavier Lopez, director of Oracle's Spatial and Location Technologies group, will lead the lineup of esteemed speakers at BE Meeting Prague 2005. Dr. Lopez will deliver a keynote address on the latest developments in Oracle 10g and their impact on the future of geospatial technology and the geospatial community. The registration fee is EUR 75. The event will take place at the Diplomat Hotel, Evropska 15, Prague, Czech Republic. Agenda, registration, and event information can be found at

MapInfo Corporation, global provider of location intelligence solutions, will host MapWorld 2005, its annual global user conference, April 6-8 at the Sonesta Beach Resort, Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida. The three-day conference will bring together hundreds of MapInfo experts, customers and industry professionals, providing an opportunity to network and discuss how MapInfo(R) location intelligence solutions help improve productivity, enhance decision-making and augment bottom-line results. For more information about MapWorld 2005 please visit

Ordnance Survey enhances national digital height data Ordnance Survey is announcing an enhancement to its detailed digital height data defining the physical landscape of Britain.
Insurers, utilities and civil engineers will be among the first to view enriched digital terrain models (DTMs) for a series of areas at a pre-launch event in London on 15 March.

Space Imaging's releasing a newly acquired satellite image of
The Gates art exhibit in Manhattan's Central Park in New York City. The image was taken Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, the same day that The Gates were unfurled. At a cost of $20 Million, The Gates was conceived by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The image shows all of Central Park the gates geometrically placed throughout the park.

The Gates Project for Central Park (2.4 MB):


Analytical Surveys, Inc., provider of utility-industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2004.

First quarter revenue was $2.0 million versus $2.6 million in the same period a year ago. Net loss available to common shareholders was $491,000, or $.25 per diluted share, versus a net loss of $1.3 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, in the first quarter last year. The reduced net loss was principally due to lower administrative costs.


Dr. Thomas M. Lillesand, Director of the Environmental Remote Sensing Center (ERSC) and Chair of the Environmental Monitoring Graduate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was awarded the 2005 SAIC/Estes Memorial Teaching Award for over 30 years of excellence in teaching remote sensing, mentoring graduate students, and being the lead author of one of the most widely used remote sensing textbooks in the world, Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, 5th edition.


Merrick & Company announces a new contract with the Tallahassee-Leon County Interlocal GIS Organization (TLC GIS) (Tallahassee, Florida). Merrick will obtain new aerial photography, create color digital orthophotography, and update planimetric and topographic data. Awarded in February 2005, the City will receive final delivery in December 2005.


By now almost everyone in technology knows that Carly Fiorina stepped down as chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Robert P. Wayman, HP's chief financial officer, has been named chief executive officer on an interim basis and appointed to the board of directors. Patricia C. Dunn, an HP director since 1998, has been named non-executive chairman of the board, also effective immediately.

Pictometry International Corp., provider of a patented information system that captures digital, aerial oblique and orthogonal images as well as related software, announced that CEO Richard A. Kaplan has been selected to a three year term as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Telcontar, a supplier of software and related services for Location-Based Services (LBS), announced the addition of W. Michael West as Director to its current Board of Directors. Mr. West is currently Chairman of the Board of Extreme Networks and brings over 30 years experience in growing some of Silicon Valley's most successful high-tech companies.

New Products

Maps.com, provider of mapping products and solutions, launched NavPro, the industry's first unlimited mapping service that can also generate optimized driving routes for up to 18 stops. This new service not only enables time savings in both the planning and the traveling stages of any road trip, but also offers features suited for the typical business traveler, including real-time traffic alerts, automatic route optimization, and local destination and attractions mapping.

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