July 26, 2004
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced that The Map Network will serve as the Official Map Provider for the 2004 Democratic National Convention, held July 26-29 in Boston.




Appointments


ObjectFX announced Barry J. Glick as its President and CEO. He was a founder and served as CEO of MapQuest.com from its inception as a business unit of RR Donnelley and most recently had been CEO of Webraska Mobile Technologies.




New Products


Geographic information specialist GDC (
www.graphdata.co.uk) launched the latest addition to its product family; GeoReveal is a tool that enables users to graphically represent the relationship between data and geography. GeoReveal makes it possible for both GIS-literate and non-GIS users to link back-office data with eye-catching graphics and informative interactive mapping.


Digital Map Products (DMP announced it has launched a new application, ObliqueInterface(TM), enabling users to extend the value of their investment in oblique aerial photography by making these photos accessible from a location identified by the user.


NovaLIS Technologies will release NovaLIS Parcel EditorTM for ESRI's ArcMap 9 at this year's ESRI User Conference in San Diego. “Parcel Editor provides the best combination of core functionality, customized tools, and workflow capabilities to meet the diverse requirements of current and future ArcMap users,” says NovaLIS Parcel Editor Product Manager Matt Archibald.


Thales introduced MobileMapper(TM) CE, a handheld GPS receiver for geographic information system (GIS) and many other data collection applications. Priced substantially lower than competing systems, the MobileMapper CE GPS receiver offers an array of features, including real-time, sub-meter GPS positioning, embedded Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE .NET, Bluetooth(R) wireless technology, removable SD card memory and an all-day removable battery.


Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:
GRMN), introduced the GPSMAP 96 and GPSMAP 96C -- two new portable devices for the aviation market. These products are enabled with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and feature detailed obstruction data and auto-routing capabilities to help pilots navigate the skies above and the roads and waterways below.




Around the Web...


RFID Chip in Kids' Car Seats - Information Week, by Laurie Sullivan, July 20, 2004 - AirGate Technologies Inc. says it's developing a prototype child car seat that incorporates a radio-frequency-identification tag. The seat would warn drivers if the seat buckle disengages. A finished prototype is expected within 90 days.


Japanese Carrier Unveils Mobile Phone Wallet Associated Press--TOKYO, By Yuri Kageyama, July 22, 2004 (USA Today) - As it is, you don't leave home without it. In a world of cashless payment, why not simply make your cell phone a wallet? Japan has long been phasing out the hassle of coins and bills with microchip-laden "smart cards," which let people make electronic payments for everything from lunch to the daily commute.




Upcoming Events...



Date: July 25 - 29, 2004

Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GML Days 2004 is the third annual conference on the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) and Web Services for GIS.



Date: July 25 - 29, 2004

Place: Delft University of Technology Vancouver, Canada

GML 3 has introduced several new geometry types, including data types for 3D geo-data. In addition GML 3 offers a set of topology constructs. In this paper we will present two examples that build on these new possibilities. The first example is that of a Web service that handles both 2D and 3D GML. The 2D GML is visualized in the client after conversion into SVG; the 3D GML is likewise transformed into X3D, the XML successor of VRML.



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