October 25, 2004
The Care and Feeding of High Resolution Imaging Satellite Companies
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community, sponsors of GeoSpatial World 2005 to be held in San Francisco, California, April 26-28, encourage mapping and geospatial professionals to submit presentation proposals before the October 31 deadline. Presentations should be directly applicable to one or more of these industries: utilities; transportation; local and regional government; military and intelligence; national and federal government; photogrammetry and remote sensing; and communications. For detailed information on submitting a presentation proposal and for
the online submission form, visit

MapInfo Corporation, a provider of location-intelligence solutions for the enterprise, will hold its fourth quarter and fiscal 2004 conference call on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 10:00AM (EDT). The conference call will be Webcast live at
www.vcall.com. The fourth quarter earnings announcement will be issued at 7:00 AM (EDT) on October 28, 2004.


NAVTEQ announced that Christopher B. Galvin, former Chairman and CEO of Motorola, and William L. Kimsey, former Global CEO of Ernst & Young, have been elected to the NAVTEQ Board as Chairman and Director, respectively. NAVTEQ has been focused on adding key business leaders who bring diverse expertise and a unique vantage point to the company.

Excellence Awards

Motoring organization RAC, United Kingdom, has won a prestigious National Customer Service award for the 'best use of technology in customer service', based on its use of Intergraph Public Safety's 'I/CAD' command and control system to improve customer service. The Award also follows RAC's recent number one ranking in the authoritative JD Power and Associates' Roadside Assistance Study, which measured the experience of 23,641 owners and drivers who required roadside assistance. RAC rated first in 22 of the 23 areas of performance measured, including the service provided by its call operator/dispatchers using I/CAD, where it scored 829 points against a roadside assistance industry
average of 810.

Avenza Systems Inc., producer of MAPublisher cartographic software, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2004 MAPublisher Map Awards - a competition that showcases the quality and diversity of maps that can be produced with MAPublisher and recognizes and rewards their excellence. Details of each map, the associated images and the notable entries can be found on the Avenza website at .

New Products

ESRI and SAS have integrated SAS®9 software with ESRI's ArcGIS 9 software to provide more information for decision making.

Ubisense unveiled the newest version of its Smart Space platform, a location-based technology that can help reduce workplace facilities costs by 20 to 40 percent. The new version enables accurate real-time location of Ubisense UbiTags, as well as the ability to integrate a variety of different sensor types, such as RFID tags.

While traditional radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is becoming the standard for managing the supply chain, Ubisense Smart Space takes location-based technologies to the next level, enabling automation of a workspace -- and everything in it.

NAVTEQ has added five new attributes to NAVTEQ(TM) maps: enhanced geometry accuracy, speed limit, special speed situation, variable speed signs and number of lanes.

Newly released Pocket Streets 2005 from Microsoft lets you take maps with you on your Windows Mobile™-based Pocket PC or Smartphone.

GfK MACON, a subsidiary of the GfK Group, starts with the EU eastern-enlargement a new generation of its Business software. For the first time all parts of a geo-marketing solution are united in one product.

Also, GfK MACON now provides complete 4-digit postcode areas all over China. Totally attributed in Chinese characters and pinyin!

Research Systems, Inc. (RSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Industries, announced the release of ENVI Version 4.1. ENVI 4.1 delivers exciting new capabilities, including new spectral processing and information extraction tools, updated support for file formats, enhanced orthorectification capabilities, numerous ease-of-use improvements, and much more.

RSI also announced the planned release date and scope of Image Access Solutions (IAS) Version 2.0 and the recommendation of IAS for Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) NITF Certification.

Leica Geosystems has announced the introduction of a new series of affordable, easy-to-use electronic levels providing error-free, fast, reliable and accurate leveling in a rugged package.

“The SPRINTER 100/100M levels are based on over 15 years of experience in electronic level technology,” said Gene Maynard, construction marketing manager for Leica Geosystems. “They have been designed to offer everything needed in a construction instrument -- a large display, onboard tilt warning sensor, simple and flexible power concept, easy user interface, onboard applications, protection against dust and water and a comfortable interface to office software with an RS232 port.”

TomTom®, a provider of personal navigation systems, announced TomTom Navigator 2004 based on based on Microsoft® Windows® Powered Pocket PCs and palmOne® platforms. With this launch, TomTom offers a comprehensive door-to-door personal navigation system with maps of the entire United States and Canada, as well as customizable points of interest (POI) categories, and an even more improved user interface.

Mayrise Systems has announced an OS MasterMap version of MapNow®, the instant click-to-view mapping system. OS MasterMap is the new Ordnance Survey product that provides seamless countrywide digital mapping with a unique referencing system. MapNow displays maps to pinpoint locations of assets, fault reports and customers and is widely used by technical services and call centres as part of MAYRISE™ management systems.

Around the Web...

Fitting your PC in Your Pocket, New York Times (registration required) by David Pogue, October 14, 2004-- In the last few years, the biggest breakthroughs in personal computing haven't had much to do with personal computers. Instead, many of the most exciting and popular inventions have been designed to let you carry a copy of the data that's on the PC you already have.

What's an iPod, for example, but a $300 portable hard drive containing a copy of your PC's music files? What's a
Palm or PocketPC but a $300 data bucket for carrying away a copy of the PC's calendar and address book? And what's a BlackBerry but a $400 mirror image of the PC's e-mail?

Landsat Decision Looms, Asian Surveying and Mapping (ASM), October 13, 2004-- Landsat-5 is now almost 20 years old and well past the end of its design life. The US space agency NASA is slowly getting closer to a decision on the future of the Landsat satellites. Landsat is one of the most popular sources of space-based data in Asia.

Medical RFID Tagging Could Save Lives, Eweek, October 15, 2004 by David Coursey - RFID technology may make a difference for humans in surgery, where chips can be implanted to identify the specific medical appliance that's been installed in a patient.

Companies Profiting from Fear, CNET News.com, by Robert Lemos, October 19, 2004 ---It is still unclear how much funding will go to technology contracts, but Federal agencies are expected to pay $84 billion toward homeland security this year, up from $5 billion in 2000, according to figures from
Homeland Security Research, an analysis firm that covers government procurement.

Upcoming Events

Date: October 27 - 29, 2004

Place: Prescott, AZ USA

Experience GIS at its best this fall in the mile-high city of Prescott, Arizona. Three days of workshops, technical demonstrations, and activities presented by national and local professionals will keep you and your staff current on the latest GIS technologies. Explore vendor exhibits and network with GIS professionals from across the State. Learn about current developments and challenges in a quickly changing industry and share your own insights into the world of GIS. Whether you enter the poster contest to show off your latest project, attend the workshops to fine tune your GIS skills, or are looking to keep up to date with old friends, Prescott is
the place to be in October.

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