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Oracle Corporation is delivering a one-day seminar on the use of “Spatial Data for IT Management in Asset Intensive Industries” on March 3rd 2005 Oracle, Blyth Valley Park, Birmingham. For more
information and to register your interest please email
Email Contact or call +44 (0)7831 223711.

NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital maps for navigation systems and location-based solutions, is expanding its Eastern European database with the addition of two more countries. For the first time, NAVTEQ customers will now have digital map data for Poland and Slovenia at their disposal. The company is also planning to release digital map data for large towns and major roads in Croatia and the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, over the coming months.

NAVTEQ will also host a conference call on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 5:00 PM ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2004 financial results. A news release containing these results will be distributed before the call.
To participate in the call, please dial:

U.S. and Canada: 800-884-5695

International: 617-786-2960

Passcode: 38416249

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions will demonstrate its geospatial intelligence solutions at DGI 2005, Europe's first defense geospatial event, Jan. 25-27 in London. The conference will cover gathering, analysis and dissemination of data and the role of spatial technology in addressing issues that have arisen from the expansion of the European Union, such as increased homeland security; multi-intelligence organization collaboration and data fusion; definition of recognized environmental pictures; and urban environment mapping.

An international team of scientists, the Polar Aura Validation Experiment (PAVE), embarked this week on a journey to improve modeling of global-scale air quality and climate change predictions by conducting high quality measurements of the Arctic region's atmosphere.

They will gather information to validate data from NASA's Aura satellite, launched in July 2004. PAVE is the third in a series of planned Aura validation and science missions. These missions will help understand the transport and transformation of gases and aerosols in the lower atmosphere (troposphere), and their exchange with those in the lower stratosphere, the layer just above the troposphere. PAVE takes place from Jan. 24 to Feb. 9.

The GNOSIS consortium has chosen IONIC Software to build a geoportal, aimed at citizens and scientists worldwide, to discover and access information available at the Belgian federal scientific institutes. This geoportal forms part of the GNOSIS (Generalized Natural Sciences Online and Spatial Information System) initiative that is funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office and brings together scientific partners from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI).

Just for fun - and just in time for Valentine's Day: The digital images of Sweethearts® candy will be brought to wireless handsets by FunMail, a wireless entertainment company. In a deal brokered by Brand Central, The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO®) has licensed FunMail the rights to provide wireless wallpaper images of its world-famous Sweethearts® Conversation Hearts candy collection via mobile phones.


Lawrence R. Pettinger has been named the ASPRS 2005 Fellow Award winner. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). This award will be given in March at the ASPRS 2005 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community (IGUC) announced it is accepting entries for the Intergraph 2005 Geospatial Achievement and Cartographic Excellence Awards Programs. The competitions, which are designed to acknowledge and promote exemplary performance using geospatial technology, highlight innovative and technologically advanced implementations worldwide. For complete program guidelines and instructions on submitting an entry for the Intergraph 2005 Geospatial Achievement or Cartographic Excellence Awards Programs, visit


Leica Geosystems announced a major strategic initiative to expand and integrate technical support, service and training for customers in North America. The effort is being spearheaded by Paul Stack, newly appointed vice president, support and service for the Americas.

Ordnance Survey announced the appointment of geographic information specialist Simon Doyle as Development Manager within the Information Systems group. He will head up the mapping agency's software and systems application development within its Technology directorate and brings with him experience in the private and public sectors - as well as in academia.

New Products

Nokia announced the launch of Python for the Series 60 Platform, allowing the worldwide open-source developer community that utilizes the powerful Python programming language to execute Python commands and run Python scripts and applications on Series 60-based devices.

Handango, provider of mobile downloads, announced the availability of Handango InHand for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs devices. Handango InHand is an intelligent, device-resident download client for smartphones and wireless handhelds.

Matrox Graphics Inc. announced the Millennium P650 PCIe 128 graphics card, the first Millennium P-Series product for PCI Express(TM). This product has full native x16 PCI Express support, 128 MB of graphics memory, and Matrox DualHead(R) for using two digital or analog monitors at a time. Matrox also announced the Matrox QID LP PCIe, a x16 PCI Express(TM) graphics card for up to four displays at a time. Providing extra reliability and performance, this card has a single Matrox-designed graphics chip to control displays and to support x16 PCI Express natively.

ESRI announced that PLTS for ArcGIS 9-Foundation is now shipping. Foundation provides the PLTS components found within each of the PLTS solutions (Aeronautical, Defense, Mapping Agency, and Nautical). Foundation allows users to define their own geodatabase model, map series, and symbology definitions while providing editing tools universally required. Business rules are implemented in valid value tables and condition tables that provide rule-based attribute capture and validation, quality assurance, and map symbology. Database driven cartography allows symbolization from feature attributes and provides sophisticated and repeatable map templates.

LeadDog Consulting, LLC announced the release of Dubai City Streets to support asset-tracking, government and commercial GIS applications. Designed to help companies track their assets and provide accurate base level mapping, LeadDog's product provides numerous vector layers and attributes such as:

- Streets at 1:10,000 scale

- Street names

- Street classifications

- Points of Interest (government building, mosques, hotels, etc.)

- Landmark polygons

- Water

- Extended major road coverage beyond the metro area

Dubai City Streets are available in all major GIS formats. A UAE Major Roads product at a 1:250,000 to 1:50,000 scale will be available later this month, integrated with Dubai map.

RealBird announce the release of interactive hot spots with its RealBird™ Standard and Professional Viewer. This capability allows the addition of multimedia elements such as photos, slideshows or virtual tours to property listings onto branded online aerial, street or topo maps. Hotspots can be also linked to any URLs, like third party hosted virtual tours, or to any external website or web page.

AccuWeather.com and Verizon Wireless announced the availability of video clips of AccuWeather.com's extensive weather information on the new Verizon Wireless V CAST wireless broadband multimedia service. V CAST from Verizon Wireless is the first true 3G wireless broadband consumer multimedia service in the country, allowing customers to view crystal clear video on demand and graphics for 3D games because it runs on Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network - the only widely available wide-area wireless broadband network in the United States.

Thales announced development of its new low-cost security improvement module for the protection of legacy Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) networks. SCADA networks perform key functions that deliver essential services and commodities such as electricity, natural gas, and water to the public at large. Originally designed with little or no security, SCADA networks are vulnerable to cyber attacks that can result in public safety concerns and serious disruptions to the Nation's economy. As a component of the critical infrastructure, the protection of SCADA networks has gained increased attention as part
of the overall homeland security initiatives put in place after September 11, 2001.

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