August 30, 2004
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Pictometry International Corp. announced that it has secured its first and second letters of intent for new license agreements with prominent aerial imaging and mapping firms for the United Kingdom and Italy.

Simmons Aerofilms will become the exclusive distributor of the Pictometry software and image capture process for the UK and Ireland. Compagnia Generale Ripreseaeree (CGR) Group, a UNI-EN-ISO 9001 certified company with technical innovation in photogrammetry and remote sensing, will become the exclusive distributor of Pictometry solutions for Italy. Under terms of the letters of intent, Pictometry will be working to establish image capture criteria, processing facilities, and software distribution channels for each company in their respective countries. The agreements are subject to approval by the Boards of Directors for all companies.

Datatrac Corporation announced at its 2004 Users Conference that the company has teamed with ESRI to offer Datatrac customers added visibility and increased logistics efficiencies. Datatrac's wireless solutions run on Motorola GPS java-enabled phones, while its Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) application, called GeoTrac, is built on ESRI's ArcIMS GIS server software.

The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions is pleased to announce that member company Forest One, Inc., in collaboration with the Texas Forest Service, is addressing Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) infestations for the USDA Forest Service using sophisticated software tools and satellite imagery. The project, funded by a USDA Forest Service research grant, will provide an automated, cost-effective and more accurate means of identifying forest mortality and the likelihood of SPB outbreaks.


At the Map Asia 2004 conference, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions is hosting a Vision Seminar, highlighting customer case studies and demonstrating open standards-based solutions for conference attendees. Held Aug. 26-29 in Beijing, China, Map Asia 2004 is themed "Building Asia: Enabling g-Lateral Ties" and will provide a platform for the convergence, sharing and use of geospatial technologies. Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions President, Preetha Pulusani, will open the Vision Seminar at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 and discuss the current state of the mapping, geospatial and IT industry in Asia. Pulusani will present a case for the importance of a geospatial
infrastructure based on open standards to promote global sustainable development and touch on recent related advancements and investments made in mapping and geospatial technology on the Asian continent.

SiRF Technology, Inc. announced that its SiRFstarIIe/LP GPS technology provides the location platform for Navman's sleek new PiN (Personal Interactive Navigation) device. The PiN is among a growing crop of personal Pocket PC products unveiled this year offering navigation as the principal function -- a development that has expanded the functionality of PDAs from the office to the car.

Cary and Associates of Longmont, Colo., announces the release of a market report "U.S. Federal Procurement of Geotechnology 2003." Geotechnology spending reported to the Federal Procurement Data System by federal agencies exceeded $6 billion for the first time. This represents an increase of nearly eight percent over 2002.

A follow-on to last year's report for federal fiscal years (FY) 2000-2002, this report identifies 73 agencies that purchased a range of geotechnology products and services from 307 companies during FY 2003. Geotechnology is broadly defined to include a number of related fields, such as data conversion and digitizing, satellite and aerial imagery, environmental management and consulting, GIS consulting and application development, mapping services, and professional engineering services.

The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Friday that President Bush has ordered the release of federal disaster funds and emergency resources for Florida to aid people battered by Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley.

LizardTech, Inc. announced that its next generation MrSID® format (MG3) is now being supported in GE Energy's Smallworld(tm) product suite.

ESRI announced that at the recent Norwegian User Conference, Olaf Østensen, chairman of ISO/TC 211, and ESRI President Jack Dangermond opened the Norwegian prototype
portal for geographic information and services. The ISO/TC 211 Geographic Information/Geomatics committee is responsible for the ISO geographic information set of standards. The decision to develop a portal was in response to the Norwegian Parliament's June 2003 white paper Digital Norway, which called for a national portal for geographic information and services.

URISA is pleased to announce the results of its 2004 Board of Directors Election. Cindy Domenico will become President-Elect of the association and Eric Bohard, Shoreh Elhami, and Allen Ibaugh will begin their three-year terms as members of the Board of Directors, at the close of URISA's 42nd Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada this November.

Autodesk, Inc. announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2004. For the second quarter, Autodesk reported net revenues of $280 million, a 32 percent increase over $212 million reported in the second quarter of the prior year.

Second quarter net income was $39 million, or $0.31 per diluted share on a GAAP basis, and $42 million, or $0.34 per diluted share on a pro-forma basis. Pro-forma net income excludes a $4 million pre-tax restructuring charge. Net income in the second quarter of the prior year was $33 million, or $0.29 per diluted share on a GAAP basis, and $12.9 million or $0.11 per diluted share on a pro-forma basis. Pro-forma net income in the second quarter of the prior year excluded a one-time tax benefit of $19.7 million related to the favorable resolution of an industry wide issue regarding foreign sales corporations.

Analytical Surveys, Inc. (ASI) announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2004.

Third quarter revenue was $3,340,000 versus $3,753,000 in the third fiscal quarter of 2003. Net earnings available to common shareholders totaled $1,250,000, or $0.67 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $232,000, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the third quarter last year. The Company reported a third quarter loss from operations of $115,000 compared with a loss from operations of $444,000 for the comparable quarter last year. Net income was favorably impacted by a $1,475,000 gain on the early redemption of preferred stock in the third fiscal quarter of 2004.

Strategic Research Institute presents the second Commercial Remote Sensing Conference, September 13 & 14, in Denver.

iSECUREtrac(TM) Corp. reported record revenues for the second quarter of 2004 of just under $1.2 million compared to $924,000 for the first quarter of 2004 and $111,000 for the second quarter of 2003.

For the six months ending June 30, 2004, the Company reported revenues exceeding $2 million compared to $179,000 for the six months ending June 30, 2003. The operating loss for the second quarter 2004 was $942,000 compared to $3.6 million for the first quarter. Net loss for the second quarter ending June 30, 2004 was $2.4 million vs. $3.8 million for the first quarter.

The Florida Farm Bureau (FFB) Insurance Companies, a leading provider of domestic property and casualty insurance in Florida, is using MapInfo technology to provide immediate customer service to Hurricane Charley victims. With more than six million of Florida's 17 million residents directly affected by this Category 4 hurricane, FFB is using MapInfo technology to analyze the thousands of claims it is receiving on a daily basis and more quickly respond to the needs of its policyholders.

The Open GIS Consortium (OGC) has issued a call for sponsors for an OGC Web Services (OWS 3) interoperability initiative, a test bed activity to advance OGC's open framework for interoperability in the geospatial industry. Interested organizations are invited to attend an all day informal planning meeting on 25 August 2004 in Herndon, Virginia.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced that the former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet will give the opening keynote address at the GEOINT 2004 Symposium. GEOINT 2004 will be held October 12-14, 2004, in New Orleans.

New Products

ESRI announced BusinessMAP 3.5 supports the latest version ofACT!® 2005 contact and customer management product family from Best Software. BusinessMAP, the affordable, easy-to-use database mapping solution for business, transforms database information from ACT! into color-filled maps useful for making better marketing decisions.

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