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The number of cell phone subscribers in the United States reached approximately 159 million in 2003, up from 34 million in 1995, according to the latest edition of the national data book released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Weather Underground, Inc. , a comprehensive weather site, announces the launch of a groundbreaking new feature: Zoom Satellite.

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) recently accepted the GIS Certification Institute's (GISCI) invitation to join the GISCI Board of Governors. This partnership helps to fulfill the goals of both organizations. This news follows the National States Geographic Information Council's (NSGIC) decision to join the GISCI Board of Governors earlier this month. This further expands the scope of GISCI and continues with its mission to make GISCI more inclusive in order to better meet the needs of the multidisciplinary GIS profession.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced an array of in-depth training seminars, site tours and an Education Symposium for its fifth annual GeoSpatial World conference. Themed "Enabling the Spatial Enterprise," the conference is sponsored by Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community (IGUC) and is scheduled for April 26-28 in San Francisco, Calif. GeoSpatial World 2005 is the premier event for Intergraph customers and individuals interested in learning more about managing and applying geospatial information and solutions from an international perspective.

The deadline for submitting an abstract for
user paper presentations for the 2005 ESRI International User Conference, ESRI Education User Conference, Survey and GIS Summit, or the ESRI Telecommunications and LBS Summit has been extended to December 17, 2004. You may submit a brief description of your topic via the online submission form at

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announces a new trademark licensing fee structure that increases the value of membership for current members while making new membership more affordable.

New Products

GE Energy has announced the availability of Smallworld Spatial Intelligence™ 4, the latest addition to the Smallworld 4 product suite. The product offers a business intelligence solution, offering simple-to-use data access, visualization, analysis and reporting tools for network companies. It helps companies leverage their investment in network infrastructure by combining this information with mission-critical business, demographic, lifestyle and financial data to drive more informed decision making.

NAVTEQ has integrated three new attributes providing detailed lane information into the NAVTEQ map of Germany. The initial product enhancement includes extended lane information for select critical junctions on German highways and seven international airports in Germany. NAVTEQ plans to introduce these attributes on its maps of Western Europe and North America in 2005.

Users of 3D Nature's Visual Nature Studio 2.5 (VNS2) can now efficiently access large images from anywhere in the world. Using ER Mapper's Image Web Server and it's streaming imagery protocol (ECWP), large terabyte-plus images can be used and manipulated in VNS2. The images can be served from within a Local Area Network or the Internet.

GlobeXplorer and Telemorphic Inc. have announced the release of MapImager for ImageConnect, software that allows ArcGIS users to easily perform powerful interactive image or map comparisons within the ArcMap environment.

Origin GeoSystems, Inc. announced this week the release of Origin GIS version 2.2, an application extension for ArcGIS™ from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

From MapInfo come two new free utilities:

ProViewerTM v7.8 is a utility that enables you to share your work with your colleagues. They can download and freely use ProViewer v7.8 to view maps you created or analyses you performed using MapInfo Professional v7.8. With ProViewer v7.8, your colleagues can view and manipulate your work - without having MapInfo Professional.

EasyLoader v7.8 is a utility with an that enables you to directly upload your business data or map data to variety of RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) databases without having to be a DBA (Database Administrator). The utility supports Oracle® 9i, Oracle® 8i, and O.D.B.C. connections to Microsoft® SQL Server and IBM Informix®.


Tadpole-Cartesia, Inc. announced the appointment of Ian Martin as executive account manager for its utilities business in North American markets. In his new role, industry executive Martin is charged with the further development of Tadpole-Cartesia's revenues from utility industries through enhanced geoproduct offerings and the provision of specialist project consulting services.

GiveMePower Corporation, a provider of next-generation desktop and mobile/wireless computer-aided design and digital blueprint management software, announced that Doug Reid, former NovAtel CEO (NASDAQ:NGPS) and Leica Geosystems Vice President (SWX:LGSN), has joined the Company's Business Advisory Council. The seasoned technology-industry veteran will provide expert counsel and assist the Company in securing key partnerships and sales agreements in various segments.

GEOCOMtms, a global provider of Fleet Optimization and Territory Design solutions, announced the appointment of Michael J. Nark to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Nark, who joined GEOCOMtms in 2003, brings over 14 years of leadership experience in the information technology industry.

ORBIMAGE Inc. (ORBM) announced that William “Bill” Schuster has joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Schuster brings a wide array of contacts, business management and leadership experience to ORBIMAGE after successful careers in both government and industry. He was most recently with BAE Systems, where he started a new operation as the President of Integrated Systems.

IMTA (Americas) announces the election of Daniel G. Olasin to the position of Americas President. Fourteen years ago, Olasin founded Intelligent Direct, Inc. in Wellsboro, Pa. IDI is an on-demand electronic publisher of maps, reports and databases for every state, metro area, county and address in the USA. In 2003, over 5,000 companies purchased products from IDI. The company hosts a family of Web sites, including, and

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