March 01, 2004
Openness and Interoperability-Autodesk-Style
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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“The same is true with emergency response. Where are the key buildings we need to go in and take care of because they have hazardous materials? When there is a spill, where do I put my resources that I'm bringing in--fire trucks from other districts, other people, Red Cross? Where do we set up our base and temporary hospitals?”


MapGuide applications are really specific and built by partners. One of the things Autodesk is working on is to make the APIs consistent so that tools are exposed on the design side as well as the operate side. Customers want interoperability across any data source.


“Our customers are saying,' I want to use as much of this design information in my planning as I can.' The way things work is, someone says I need to do this work, and they create a design and they estimate how much the budget's going to be in order to complete that project. If they think that because the design data said there are poles out in the field, and so they don't include that in their cost because they are just going to run wire on existing poles, and the poles don't exist, they are over budget. When they get into the construction phase the design says, put wire on existing poles and they don't exist out there,” explained Lemire. The idea is the lifecycle management
piece keeps all the data in sync, so that the design matches what's in the real world.


One thing is certain: the new Autodesk products will be compliant with whatever standards have been adopted by OGC.




Alliances/Acquisitions/Awards


Global Locate Inc., a provider of assisted GPS semiconductor and network products has integrated its IndoorGPS® chip set into the Infineon (NYSE: IFX; FWB: IFX) multimedia platform which supports UMTS, EDGE and GPRS cellular standards. Working handset prototypes based on the multimedia platform will be demonstrated during the 3GSM World Congress show in Cannes, France.


NovaLIS Technologies and CDC Ltd., Northern Ireland - GIS-based property valuation software providers - announced the extension into North America of their UK and European business partnership. NovaLIS will market and support CDC's spatialest® product, a GIS-based property appraisal software delivering enhanced spatial and statistical capabilities, together with its Assessment OfficeTM product.


LizardTech, Inc. announced that the Company has signed a reseller agreement with a leading geospatial information technology company, GCS Research, broadening the distribution of GeoExpress 4.0 with MrSID(r).


MapMart.com, provider of online mapping and geospatial database information, announced a partnership with Easy Analytic Software, Inc. (EASI), Bellmawr, New Jersey, to provide their demographic data via the World Wide Web.


CPS (Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd) announced joint efforts with HP aimed at enabling their mass-market high accuracy Matrix product to become part of the overall HP location solution. This will mean Matrix can take advantage of HP world-leading platforms proven for the development and deployment of next generation voice, data and converged services.


After struggling with the SmartBuy enterprise software licensing program for the past eight months, the General Services Administration last week finally signed the first agreement with geographic information systems vendor ESRI.


Mobilaris, the Swedish mobile Internet positioning specialists, in partnership with Ericsson, telecom supplier, delivered their Location Based Services (LBS) Solution to ZAO Sonic Duo (MegaFon-Moscow), operating in the Moscow area for Russian nationwide mobile network MegaFon.




Announcements


New York City residents spend an average of about one full week a year getting to work - the longest commute time in the nation among large cities, according to a new ranking of American Community Survey data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) has awarded Intergraph a contract to upgrade its existing FRAMME-based AM/FM/GIS application to G/Technology, Intergraph's next-generation geofacilities management solution for electric and gas utilities. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, MGE distributes energy to approximately 132,000 electric
customers and 129,000 gas customers.


Intermap Technologies Corporation reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2003. For the year ended December 31, 2003, revenues increased by 51% to $40.6 million from revenues of $26.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2002. Gross margin increased to 58% for 2003 from 52% in 2002. The Company reported a substantial bottom-line improvement for the year, posting net income after tax of $3.3 million, or $0.31 per share basic and $0.30 per share fully diluted, compared to a net loss of $1.6 million, or ($0.21) per share basic and fully diluted, in 2002.


The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) has announced that it is a sponsor of the Underground Focus Academy, a three-day educational event providing comprehensive training on infrastructure design, installation, maintenance, and protection. The event, slated for March 16-18, 2004 at the Los Angeles Fairplex in Los Angeles, Calif., is being presented by Underground Focus Magazine.


A successful
UCGIS 2004 Winter Meeting was held in Washington D.C. on February 5-6 focusing on the theme of homeland security, showcasing the role of geographic information science in addressing various homeland security issues to Congress staff. The program featured seven presentations from UCGIS member institutions to report research results in border security support, atmospheric hazards prediction, evacuation planning, epidemics control, critical facilities protection, rapid data integration in response to unexpected events, and current and future research needs for homeland security. These presentations are representative
of research activities supported by federal funding at various member institutions. More than 100 people attended the congressional program, including 30 representatives from Congressional offices, senior administrators from numerous federal agencies, and delegates from UCGIS member institutions.


The Open GIS Consortium Inc. (OGC) members have implemented a new, automated compliance testing process to validate compliance for software products that implement OpenGISR Specifications. Since last fall's launch of the Compliance and Interoperability Test and Evaluation (CITE) project, dozens of organizations have used this process, resulting in ten products earning the use of the "Certified OGC Compliant" mark. OGC compliance certification is an important milestone for software providers, as it assures users that products properly implement OpenGIS Specifications.


The OGC compliance
website


Forest Technology Group (FTG) has selected Hitachi Software Global Technology, Ltd. (HSGT) and its Any*GIS solution as core spatial technology for extending their webFRIS™ASP service for forest managers, planners, and administrators.




New Products


MapInfo, provider of location intelligence for the enterprise 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.


Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK - News), introduced Autodesk® DWF(TM) Composer, which establishes a digital process for collaborating on design projects. Autodesk DWF Composer improves productivity by extending collaboration through the design, review, and markup of drawings to the revision of the original CAD files. Autodesk DWF Composer leverages the power of the Autodesk Design Web Format(TM) (DWF(TM)) to share engineering design data, facilitating improved communication with the extended team throughout the design lifecycle. Autodesk Location Services, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), introduced the new Autodesk(R) LocationLogic Software Development Kit
(SDK).
The product features a collection of tools for building applications delivered through channels such as J2ME, WAP, i-mode and HTML. It enables the development of applications built on the LocationLogic middleware platform by providing reusable API components, extensive developer documentation and sample source code. The new LocationLogic SDK is available now.


PCI Geomatics® announced that Geomatica 9 Version 9.1, the company's newest “all-in-one” geospatial software release, is now available for Linux users. Geomatica support for RedHat Linux represents a continued commitment by the company to develop leading geospatial software for all commonly used operating systems, including various popular forms of Linux. PCI Geomatics has tested their newest Geomatica technology on SuSE and other Linux adaptations with success, and continues to dedicate resources to Linux development for future expansion. PCI Geomatics also announced that
the company's new PIX Raster Plug-in for ArcGIS is now available for customers seeking to read PCI
Geomatics' PIX raster files into ESRI's ArcGIS software. The PIX Plug-in for ArcGIS may be downloaded the PCI Geomatics


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