February 09, 2004
An Integrated Look at Geospatial Technology
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Supporters of Map India 2004 included the following:

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing

Forest Survey of India

Census of India

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing

Geospatial Information Technology Association, USA


Asian Institute of Technology


Cadcorp signed a distribution agreement with Turkish Management Information System (MIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) specialist company Sampas A.S.

DigitalGlobe(R) announced it has entered into an agreement with Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Native Communities Development Corporation (NCDC) to provide high-resolution satellite imagery for integration with NCDC's remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping technologies in order to provide a suite of wildfire risk assessment services.

Maptuit(TM) Corporation, provider of transportation optimization solutions for the trucking industry, announced it has formed an alliance with Navigation Technologies. Maptuit and Navigation Technologies are working together to develop an enhanced trucking attribute product for the North American road network to meet the specialized needs of the heavy truck market.


PlanetLink Communications Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: PLKC), a provider of satellite-based products and services announced the launch of the field-testing phase for its PlanetTRAKS GPS product.

Asian Surveying & Mapping ezine has a new format. The longer stories are now on their web site so that the email newsletter is not as long. They've also added an automated subscription system.

PCI Geomatics announced that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Pathfinder Electronic Light Table (ELT) competition results listed Geomatica 9 among the top entries in this category. Although not a traditional ELT, Geomatica 9 scored well based on its orthorectification and mosaicking performance, multi-level display abilities, format support, and overall geomatics capabilities in remote sensing, GIS, photogrammetry, and map production.

Space Imaging announced it has signed an agreement with Antrix Corp., a division of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), to extend its sales and marketing agreement through 2010. The agreement gives Space Imaging exclusive rights to market and sell data from ISRO's RESOURCESAT-1 (IRS-P6) satellite worldwide outside of India. The agreement also includes the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) 1-C and IRS 1-D, and CARTOSAT (P-5) satellites. K.R. Sridhara Murthi, executive director, Antrix, and Robert Dalal, CEO of Space Imaging, signed the agreement today in Bangalore, India, in the presence of G. Madhavan Nair, chairman, Space Commission and secretary, Department of Space,
government of India and chairman, Antrix.

Intergraph Corporation (Nasdaq:
INGR) reported operating results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2003.

For the quarter, Intergraph reported revenue of $145.8 million, operating income of $2.0 million (after restructuring charges of $4.0 million) and net income of $1.4 million. Net income was $.03 per share (basic and diluted).

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced its participation at the 7th annual Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Conference (GSDI-7) being held through February 6 in Bangalore, India. The global conference brings together professionals who represent national and local government organizations; mapping and cartography agencies; academic and research organizations; and suppliers of spatial data, geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and photogrammetry and remote sensing solutions. Participants will focus on policies, technologies and applications for enabling an open spatial data environment throughout the world. The conference also
the national, regional and global spatial data infrastructure (SDI) initiatives and requirements while attempting to bring technical convergence on these issues, especially in developing countries.

Trimble announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter and year ended January 2, 2004. The Company reported fourth quarter revenues of approximately $135.9 million, versus approximately $124.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2002.

GAAP net income and EPS for the fourth quarter of 2003 were approximately $15.1 million and $0.43, respectively versus $4.0 million and $0.14 in the fourth quarter of 2002. Adjusted net income and EPS for the fourth quarter of 2003 were $10.2 million and $0.29, respectively versus $8.1 million and $0.27 in the fourth quarter of 2002. GAAP and adjusted EPS for the fourth quarter of 2003 were calculated on a diluted basis using approximately 35.4 million shares.

MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq:
MAPS) announced its MapWorld 2004 worldwide tour for customers. Starting this year, MapWorld will be held as one-day events in major cities throughout the world, bringing MapInfo executives and industry experts directly to its customers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Each event will feature mission-critical informational sessions that will help customers maximize their investment in MapInfo technology and take it to the next level. In each city, MapInfo's renowned demographers will help customers and prospects understand their
customers by showcasing a "Slice of Life"-- a comprehensive overview of that city's demographic and consumer trends. Additionally, developers will learn valuable tips and tricks from MapInfo's leading developers and product managers.

MapInfo MapXtreme Java Edition v4.7 supports Open GIS Consortium (OGC) Web Mapping Service and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards, thereby enabling local authority users to share data more effectively and achieve e-government goals.

MapInfo has also reinforced its commitment to interoperability and standards with the release of MapInfo MapXtreme Java Edition v4.7, the company's 100% Java mapping server solution that provides application developers with a highly visual, intuitive component for integrating mapping functionality into any web-based application.

Five of the twenty five teams competing in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge for autonomous robotic ground vehicles, are relying on NavCom's StarFire™ Network to help them beat the odds and come away with the $1 million prize. DARPA is offering this prize to the team whose unmanned robotic car is the first to complete the 250mile off-road course from Barstow, CA across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas, Nevada on March 13, 2004. Once the race starts, no human interaction with the vehicle is allowed. The vehicle must be fully autonomous, interpreting the world through sensors and making its own decisions about navigation, route planning, and
obstacle avoidance.

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) has begun accepting presentation proposals for the 2004 Annual Conference, to be held November 7 - 10, 2004, in Reno, Nevada. Submissions must be made electronically at
www.urisa.org by April 5, 2004.

At URISA 2004, participants will represent a wide variety of interests within state/provincial and local government, including e-Government; Enterprise Operations; Beyond Maps (including land use, crime, and environmental analysis; planning; community participation); Transportation Systems; Public Works and Asset Management; Public Health and Safety; Data Integration: Data Standards, Policy Issues, and Software Considerations; and much more.

For more information, or to submit online, visit
www.urisa.org or contact URISA at (847) 824-6300,

Rand A Technology Corporation [TSX: RND], operating as RAND Worldwide® ("the Company"), announced that it has concluded a master distribution agreement with a division of The Boeing Company to sell and support a broad variety of software applications developed by various divisions of Boeing, the world's leading aerospace company.


Tadpole-Cartesia, Inc. announces the appointment of industry executive Anthony D. Palizzi as business development manager for its geographic data delivery and management business within North America.

Analytical Surveys, Inc. ("ASI," the "Company,") , the leading provider of utility- industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, today announced that Norman Rokosh has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective February 29, 2004, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, effective immediately, for personal and family reasons. Mr. Rokosh will continue to work with the Company in a consulting role after February to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership for the Company. He joined ASI in July 2000 and was charged with heading a major corporate restructuring effort.

The Forestry and Natural Resources consulting group at James W. Sewall Company is pleased to announce that Dave Stevens has joined the company as Forest Economist/Senior Consultant. With an MS in forest economics and BS in forestry from the University of Maine, Mr. Stevens brings to Sewall 24 years' forestry and mill management experience. Trained in total quality management (TQM), he has supervised plant facilities of over 200 employees, managed large wood manufacturing projects, and led organizational development teams to improve business results at two Fortune 100 companies. As plant
manager, he has supervised all aspects of on-site operations, including safety and environmental
conditions, production, human resources, accounting, and quality control. As TQM manager, he has directed company consultants in designing and implementing change strategies for up to 24 mill locations nationwide.

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