October 20, 2003
Location Management, Telematics and Mobile Mapping Solutions Join Forces
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Industry News

Location Management, Telematics and Mobile Mapping Solutions Join Forces

At Telecom Geneva this week in Geneva, Switzerland, Telmap, Navigation Technologies, Intel and SiRF Technology got together to demonstrate a variety of navigation, location management and telematics solutions and applications. Telmap is a provider of mobile mapping applications, Navigation Technologies provides digital map information, Intel goes without introduction as a renowned chip provider, and SiRF Technology is a GPS technology provider.

Among the applications on show at the stand are:

Telmap's PolarisTM Off-Board Navigation for Cellular Phones which enables users to read and pinpoint accurately turn-by-turn navigation instructions that are designed specifically for small screen display. The phones can work with or without GPS.

VegaTM Location Management Solutions that is a web-based Location Management solution for mobile units and enables companies and operating centers to manage, view and communicate with mobile units on a web-based map accessible via the Internet or intranet.

Navigation Technologies Exhibits feature NAVTECH data that is used in all the applications presented at the stand. NAVTECH is exhibiting a map database that employs quality control programs and an integrated map access platform that makes map data delivery practical and maximizes the use of both the Internet and wireless delivery devices.

SiRF Technology's GPS solution demonstrated in 'CuisineMap.'

GISWeekly asked Boaz Schlesinger, VP Marketing and Sales for Telmap, about the demonstrations and the way these products are integrated.

1) How are these products and data being demonstrated as integrated?

A good example of Telmap's product integration is 'CuisineMap' which uses SiRF's GPS, detailed map content from Navigation Technologies, Intel's components and Telmap's navigation system 'Polaris' to provide a restaurant-orientated LBS solution. CuisineMap enables you to receive restaurant information, view video clippings and then navigate to the restaurant of your choice.

2) What are the characteristics of the TelMap, SiRF and VegaTM products?

Telmap is a mobile mapping application company that provides navigation, telematics and location management solutions. SiRF provides GPS technology. Vega is a Telmap product for location management.

3) If you were to buy TelMap and add one product, what would you be able to do? Then add another, or a combination of three or four others?

Telmap's platform could be the base for a wide variety of LBS services such as restaurant searching, address search and navigation and many more LBS related services.

4) And who would these various configurations be marketed to?

The service provider will be the decision maker on this issue.

5) I'm assuming the market for "finding a restaurant" types of LBS is substantial enough to merit having a "cuisineMap" LBS, but I can't see that it will be very popular in the U.S. What are your plans?

CuisineMap displays our joint capabilities and we are considering the U.S. Market. Telmap's navigation solution can also work with many other LBS solutions that also may be marketed in the US.


Research Systems, Inc. (RSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company, announced today that it has integrated its powerful hyperspectral analysis software, ENVI software, with Sensor Systems' high-performance RemoteView ELT software for application in the defense and intelligence fields.


Haestad Methods announced the release of GISConnect for AutoCAD, an enterprise-wide software solution that seamlessly integrates independent CAD and GIS software systems with unprecedented ease of use. This software will benefit mapping professionals in every organization by expanding and expediting the sharing of data while improving productivity for everyone from an individual desktop to a global network of people.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions (NASDAQ:
INGR) is highlighting its geospatial intelligence solutions at the GEO-INTEL 2003 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, this week through October 17. These solutions enable military and intelligence organizations to combine data from diverse sources into a single environment for better decision making and response. Intergraph is displaying the interoperability of its solutions through participation in the industry-organized Geospatial Intelligence Interoperability Demonstration based on specifications from the OpenGIS Consortium (OGC). The
demonstration involves numerous spatial technology exhibitors who are showcasing their use of interoperable geospatial technology to support development of a multisource, Web-based Common Operating Picture (webCOP) for first responders and warfighters; to manage geospatial intelligence from multiple distributed sources; and to develop plug-and-play enterprise systems and architectures.

Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher map creation software, is pleased to announce that The Map Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC has decided to collect both the winners/notable entries, and all other maps submitted for the annual MAPublisher Map Competitions.

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) announces the award of the 2003 Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP). Approximately $1,076,000 has been awarded to 51 organizations in 29 states. This year's awards provide funding for metadata implementation, training and outreach; clearinghouse integration with OpenGIS Services; and Canadian/US Spatial Data Development. The goal of the CAP is to encourage resource-sharing projects through the use of technology, networking and more efficient inter-organizational coordination. The list of 2003 awardees is posted on the FGDC website at

LinksPoint, Location Powered Solutions provider, announced that the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has begun utilizing its LinksPoint VectorWatch geographic risk modeling system to aid in the prevention of West Nile Virus by identifying areas within the city where disease activity is present.

Blue Marble Geographics announced that Domino's Pizza LLC (Domino's) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan has recently licensed their 2002 TIGER/Line Map Kit. Domino's selected the Map Kit to assist in the documentation and analysis of physical store locations. The company will also use it to establish delivery boundaries between their corporate stores and their locally owned franchise sites. Using 2002 TIGER data allows Domino's to display accurate street information, enabling them to continue to provide efficient and excellent pizza delivery service while also supplementing their existing internal GIS network.

PlanGraphics, Inc. (OTCBB:
PGRA), has been awarded a task order by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management to complete development of a comprehensive geographic information system (GIS) and mapping program for Kentucky's Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).
CSEPP is a federally funded initiative to assist state and local governments prepare for and respond to emergency events involving aging chemical weapons that are stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot until they are destroyed.

ESRI, Trimble, and Tele Atlas are offering a half-day seminar that focuses on mobile geographic information system (GIS) technology. Attendees will learn about the latest software, data, and equipment and how it is applied in many industries. The seminar will consist of discussions, presentations, and demonstrations. Agendas and business partners for each seminar vary with different locations. For more information about a seminar for a specific area, visit

ESRI announced its sponsorship of the Wireless LBS Challenge presented by Navigation Technologies and SiRF Technology. As a sponsor, ESRI is offering application developer contest registrants a free six-month trial of ArcWeb for Developers, ESRI's Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)/XML mapping Web service.

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