March 08, 2004
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Up to date aerial photography of New York City is now available online from Getmapping. The high-resolution imagery provides views of the five boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx and Manhattan, as well as parts of Hudson, Westchester and Nassau. Visitors to the website can preview and purchase the photography, downloading areas from 0.3 x 0.3 miles to 1.3 x 1.3 miles.

Trimble announced that its GeoExplorer(R) series of rugged GPS handheld receivers is now available with Microsoft(R) Windows Mobile(TM) 2003 software for Pocket PCs, making the GeoExplorer the industry’s first Windows Mobile handheld with fully integrated GPS.

PlanetLink Communications Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: PLKC), a provider of satellite-based products and services announced that it had begun official beta testing of its PlanetTRAKS GPS product. The beta testing phase will be conducted with a select group of potential commercial customers that have expressed a strong interest in using the product for vehicle fleets.

LaserCraft announced that its Contour XLR series of laser rangefinders is now available with Bluetooth(R) wireless technology. This new feature provides mapping, mobile GIS users and field data collectors with the unprecedented convenience of wireless connectivity.

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. , announced the debut of the StreetPilot 2620, a plug-and-play portable automotive GPS navigator featuring pre-loaded, detailed maps of North America -- right out of the box.

The StreetPilot 2620 includes a pre-programmed hard drive that stores detailed maps of the entire United States and metropolitan areas of Canada. Motorists can navigate to a specific address or to an industry-leading database of more than 5 million points of interest -- including lodging, restaurants, gas stations, and local attractions. The intuitive, menu-driven touchscreen ensures that navigating the unit is as easy as navigating the road.

MapInfo announced the availability of its Operator Assisted Information Service (OAIS), a mapping solution for the Directory Enquiries sector. Featuring country specific data, MapInfo OAIS is currently available in Great Britain and enables Directory Enquiries providers to see a geographical representation of location relevant data, thereby improving the quality of content delivered to customers. The solution provides the infrastructure to offer customers a new range of content rich SMS, MMS or email services.

Going on Around the Web...

Spatial Media LLC introduced "Taking You Beyond The Map". Developed and managed by GIS media analyst, Glenn Letham and published by Allen Cheves, co-founder of
The American Surveyor magazine, is an online community resource for the geospatial technology user and manager. The target audience ranges from enterprise GIS architects, GIS managers, corporate CEOs, spatial application developers, to the casual desktop mapping enthusiast.
4GIS.tK is a new promising GIS forum.

Teeing Up with GPS Newsweek, February 23, 2004--Companies have figured out it’s time to get Global Positioning Systems out of the car. As the satellite-communicating machines get smarter and more mobile, gadget makers are pitching them for a range of new applications.

Tearing Down the Walls in Telecom Business Week Online, Special Report - Telecom’s New Shape, March 2, 2004 -- In a few years, it "will be a sectorless industry," with phone, cable, and even power companies all selling the same communications services.

Can’t Hide Your Prying Eyes ComputerWorld, March 2, 2004 - New GPS technology comes under fire from police officers.

Upcoming Events...

Date: March 11 - 12, 2004

Place: Surrey, Canada

Join our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) course and learn to unlock the powerful features of FME to more effectively manage your data translation and data transformation challenges. FME Training can help open up a whole new world of possibilities for you. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are welcome to bring their own sample data files.

Date: March 11 - 12, 2004

Place: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Join our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) course and learn to unlock the powerful features of FME to more effectively manage your data translation and data transformation challenges. FME Training can help open up a whole new world of possibilities for you. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are encouraged to bring their own sample data files.

Date: March 16, 2004

Place: Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers New York City, NY USA

Whether you are a power user, developer, manager or are new to using MapInfo, MapWorld 2004 is the place to be.

Date: March 28 - 31, 2004

Place: Austin, TX USA

The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are pleased to announce the EIGHTH Annual Integrating GIS & CAMA Conference, to be held March 28?31, 2004 in Austin, Texas. This conference is designed to foster interaction among those who strive to use technology - at its highest and best use - to improve the appraisal process.

Date: March 28 - 31, 2004

Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Global Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial Technology, Tools and Solutions

Date: March 29 - April 1, 2004

Place: Colorado Springs, CO USA

The 20th National Space Symposium will be held once again at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. RSI will be exhibiting in the Eastman Kodak booth. Come see Research Systems Inc. at: Booth#69

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