April 12, 2004
A Mobile Enterprise Solution
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Microsoft now supplies free access to the MapPoint Web Service and the Microsoft MapPoint Location Server for a year for MSDN subscribers. Limited commercial use of services and server product will allow a developer to build and prototype an application as they've always been able to do but now Microsoft is allowing them go live with it, for a limited time and a limited number of transactions.




Acquisitions/Alliances


NAC Geographic Products Inc. and SafeAngel Ltd. (UK) have reached an agreement to incorporate the NAC addressing standard into the SafeAngel Public Platform. SafeAngel develops middleware for the emerging enterprise location based service market, and targets areas such as service provision by location, rapid urban response systems and large scale human management using wireless GPS technology, in addition to the more traditional tracking, navigation and fleet management. NAC Technology allows SafeAngel to specify locations and areas anywhere in the world.


LizardTech, Inc. announced that it has joined the Kofax Technology Alliance Partners (TAP) program. LizardTech is a worldwide leader in software solutions that make it significantly easier to manage, distribute, and access digital content such as aerial photography, satellite images and color image documents.




Announcements


The 2004 Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP) will open for submissions on or about April 16, 2004. This year, the CAP is jointly sponsored by the FGDC, Geospatial One-Stop (GOS), and the US Geological Survey on behalf of The National Map. Information describing the 2004 CAP will be found on-line at the FGDC and Grants.gov websites. For more information contact David Painter at (703) 648-5513 or
Email Contact and visit the FGDC website:


Visitors to the recent Geoevenement 2004 show in Paris lined up to access 8 Terabytes (8,000GB) color orthophoto data in the ECW compressed image format, covering the whole of France. In addition to the numerous interactive web browsers permitting multiple views of this massive dataset, was a new kiosk style concept in on-line digital access, by DIGIBORNE. Using a touch screen facility, visitors could roam and zoom to any area of France and then frame and print their image all in real time.


NAVTEQ and XM Satellite Radio unveiled a groundbreaking new satellite data information service called XM NavTraffic: a satellite traffic information service that enables a vehicle's on-board navigation system to display current traffic information for a driver's chosen route.


The Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community (IGUC) announced the implementation of online message boards for its Networks Program. The IGUC Networks are forums for users to provide direct comment and feedback about Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions' product planning, development, priorities and direction. The online message boards have been added as an integral part of the IGUC Network program, serving as electronic discussion forums for Network members. Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions also announced Northern Illinois University (NIU) has implemented an interactive Web map that enables users to locate sites and resources on the
An Intergraph Registered Research Laboratory, NIU's Department of Geography Advanced Geospatial Laboratory created the detailed automated campus map using GeoMedia® technology.


Hitachi Software Engineering Co., Ltd Japan, has launched the image publishing website PiXterra. PiXterra distributes 40 GB of 60-centimetre Quickbird satellite image data covering the central area of Tokyo using ER Mapper's Image Web Server and ECW image database format. By spring 2004, PiXterra will be publishing half a terabyte of data, covering most major Japanese cities, including Osaka and Kyoto. The PiXterra website is available to the public for subscription at


IONIC has been selected by Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) sponsors to lead the definition and implementation of the Web Service Description Language (WSDL) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) bindings for the OpenGIS specification baseline during the current Open Web Services (OWS2) Interoperability Program testbed. The OGC pioneered the concept of geospatial web services and is now extending protocol support to WSDL and SOAP, which will harmonize the OpenGIS specifications with the larger IT web services environment.




New Products


NavCom Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), announced the availability of VueStar, a complete global navigation system configured specifically for all aerial survey applications. VueStar couples NavCom's dual frequency Global Positioning System (GPS) technology with its global satellite based StarFire™ service to provide real-time decimeter navigation and superior positioning accuracy.


RMTrack Issue Tracking Solutions, a developer of a fully web-based issue tracking application for software development teams, recently released version 2.0 of its self-named application, updating an already very powerful base program with new features, and strengthening existing features to further enhance the software.


To help users cope with the riskier post-9/11 world, the editors of the
Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages ™, have begun shipping a PC-based CD-ROM version of the 2004 Edition of their popular sourcebook.


Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of TIGER/Line® 2003 Data package with their TIGER Translator kits. This data contains important updates to TIGER® including new economic census information.


Avenza Systems Inc. announced the release of MAPublisher 6.0 for Adobe Illustrator. MAPublisher 6.0 is mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data.


ESRI announced its plans to release ArcGIS Server, an enterprise application server that gives distributed users access to geographic information system (GIS) functionality via a centralized
shared server. ArcGIS Server deploys GIS functionality, previously available only in GIS desktop solutions, in an information technology (IT) standards-based server environment.


GEO CONCEPT SA announced a major new version of GeoConcept Dispatcher, its vehicle routing, scheduling, and dispatching solution for field services and mobile sales forces.
GeoConcept Dispatcher is a tool for routing optimization. It is used to manage several routes at the same time, whatever the route type (sales, deliveries, and maintenance).


GeoFusion, Inc., announced GeoPlayer™ Mars, created with the high performance
GeoMatrix® Toolkit technology. This Interactive 3D Demo allows users to interactively fly around the planet of Mars which is comprised of global imagery and terrain derived from NASA/JPL data. Download the 32MB demo now at:




Going on Around the Web...


Ralph Grabowski's
upfrontezine newsletter focused on COFES, the Conference on the Future of Engineering, held in Scottsdale, Arizona, “where 228 CAD users, vendors, journalists, and analysts spent 2-3 days talking about the past, present, and future of CAD.”


Land Development Today, April 2004 - Setting a corporate vision is important for the future of every company...”Simply approving a mission statement and setting a goal does not qualify as setting the future course of a company's direction or guarantee a successful start. Much more introspection is required.”




Upcoming Events...



Date: April 12 - 16, 2004

Place: Orlando, FL USA

AeroSense is now the SPIE Defense and Security Symposium. This symposium is designed to meet the technical, educational, and business needs of the engineers and scientists who develop technologies for sensor related defense and security applications. Come see Research Systems Inc. at: Booth# 1036



Date: April 14 - 16, 2004

Place: Las Vegas, NV USA

The 14th annual Nevada Geographic Information Society conference will be held April 14-16th , 2004 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme for this year's conference is "Address: Nevada, Planet Earth". The focus for this annual conference will spotlight on technology that is being implemented in the state of Nevada that highlights the connectivity of GIS.




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