July 12, 2004
The Debut of GeoVideo
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Bergmann Associates announced the release of ACAS; a GIS-based commercial software product designed to integrate ALOHA plume modeling results directly into ArcGIS 9.


Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK) announced a major upgrade to Design Web Format (DWF) - its industry-standard format for sharing complex design, engineering and mapping information. This functionality will be available in an upcoming release of its free, downloadable viewer software, Autodesk® DWF™ Viewer 5, expected to be made available mid- July.


GlobeTrac Inc. (OTCBB:
GBTR), a supplier of telematics and tracking services to the European market announced, in conjunction with WebTech Wireless, the release of the WebTech 5000 locator that utilizes the global GSM/GPRS networks to enhance fleet management with access to real-time Vehicle Tracking, Internet Access, Messaging and Email, as well as Telemetry Monitoring applications. The WebTech 5000 is designed to provide an in-vehicle data communications gateway and scalable application platform to equip industries such as field services, transportation and security with a real-time connection to their mobile workforce and assets.


ObjectFX announced it is shipping it's SpatialFX 4.0 platform. This new version offers significant improvements to existing features as well as the introduction of a Micro Edition, which provides stand-alone J2ME mapping capabilities for handheld devices. Also new are Spatial Rules enabling automated detection and notification of spatial events.


Stylus Studio™ shipped Release 5.3 of its award-winning XML Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Stylus Studio Release 5.3, adds a flexible XML differencing utility, significant XML Mapping enhancements, and many usability and performance improvements.


@Road(R) (Nasdaq:ARDI), a provider of mobile resource management (MRM) services, announced the availability of the company's newest mobile data integration application, @Road Mobile Enterprise Access (MEA). The @Road MEA service is designed to streamline customers' business processes by improving field force data communications with the enterprise. Developed for use on JAVA and GPS-enabled handsets, @Road MEA lets companies of all sizes access back-office applications from the field, such as customer relationship management (CRM), inventory control and scheduling databases, as well as integrate real-time location-based data directly into these same systems.


NAVTEQ, global provider of digital map data for in-vehicle navigation, Internet/wireless, business and government solutions, launched its first map of Hong Kong. With digital maps available for more than 40 countries, NAVTEQ also offers maps of Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan in Asia.




Around the Web...


From National Geographic,
Colombia's Cocaine Country map and more. Can the war on drugs be won? An online poll and exclusive look at a new article add insights and exclusive imagery to the long-simmering debate.




Upcoming Events...



Date: July 12 - 23, 2004

Place: Istanbul, Turkey

"GeoImagery Bridging Continents" is the theme of this conference. The use of ?GEO-IMAGERY? will play an important role in our future professional activities. New technological developments, particularly in computers have significantly influenced the theory and practice of photogrammetry, remote sensing and SIS.



Date: July 15, 2004

Place: Online USA

If you are using ESRI ArcIMS and you want to manage and shape your GIS system, then TTI's Rapid Integration Toolkit (RIT) is the solution for you. Designing an internet GIS site can be difficult and expensive. RIT is a solution that helps you manage, maintain, and monitor your GIS data. RIT allows an organization the functionality of providing a graphical web-based front-end to their databases, essentially making the database entirely transparent for users. Share and distribute GIS and emergency management data with other agencies quickly and efficiently. Implementation times are drastically reduced with RIT, and completed without expensive and time-consuming programming or outsourced
consulting. In this WEBcast, TTI GIS Specialist, Scott Hameister, will demonstrate several features of RIT with ESRI ArcIMS. With an Internet connection, you don't have to leave the office to attend.



Date: July 17, 2004

Place: USA

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Geospatial technology developers are embracing Web services as a channel for delivering business solutions. Web services technology is having a powerful effect on the delivery and use of geospatial information, and its impact will only continue to grow. This webcast, featuring two past GITA Annual Conference speaker award winners, will provide a detailed explanation of spatial Web services architecture, beginning with introductory fundamentals, continuing with real-world examples of the technology, and progressing to case studies of the functionality in use today.



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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