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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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SiRF Technology announced the appointment of Michael Canning as president and CEO. Canning brings over 20 years of experience with companies including Cirrus Logic and Teledyne Semiconductor and will lead the company's growth in the expanding location technologies market.

New Products

At ESRI, Thales Navigation introduced MobileMapper(TM), a handheld GPS-based geographic information system (GIS) data collector that is really something new for GIS data collection. The product is unusual because it has 2-3 meter accuracy, direct download capability and consumer-like usability, and is less expensive than competing products from Trimble or Leica with similar capabilities. The cost of the product is around $1,500 as opposed to $10,000 for a comparable Trimble or Leica unit, which makes it more affordable for those who want to use GPS-based data collection for asset management and field mapping. MobileMapper has less accuracy than those competing products, but will
spatially enable more users to locate and describe features being mapped and then easily and quickly upload the data to a GIS.

Also, in the past this industry space has been filled by systems integrators with CE products and various workarounds that were not ruggedized.

GIS marketing director Stig Pedersen said that until recently, the focus of GPS/GIS units was to “take GIS from the field to the office, but in GIS you also need to be able to take data back out to the field. This product allows you to update data in the field.”

Clarity is a new cartographic and data generalisation product from Laser-Scan designed to
help customers to develop new digital products from existing data. Clarity will be of interest to organizations, which spend a lot of time, effort and money capturing or purchasing data at smaller scales. National Mapping Organizations are obvious candidates, while the technology could also prove
effective for utility companies, government departments or telecom companies to name a few.

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) introduced the G1000 integrated avionics system at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Fly-In located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The G1000 is an avionics suite that provides important flight data -- flight instrumentation, navigation, communication, weather, terrain, traffic, and identification -- and presents it digitally to the pilot on two (or three) large, high-resolution displays.

GEOCOMtms, architect of the A.MAZE technology that simultaneously optimizes the routing and scheduling of fleet operations, announced that its digital mapping solution, A.MAZE Maps, now covers all the civic addresses in the province of Ontario.

Mapopolis Grab 'n Nav from Positioning Solutions includes a 32 MB SD card and a Mapopolis Online MapPack(TM) contains the entire United States freeway grid and a number of major cities on the card initially, allowing for the immediate generation of routes. The included MapPack allows users to customize the data stored
on the card as desired. Users can choose whatever maps they desire from Mapopolis' extensive map library which includes coverage for the entire continental United States. Positioning Solutions also announced the immediate availability of a GPS Navigation System for Palm (NASDAQ: PALM) Tungsten T2 handhelds.
The unit, which is currently available from many e-tailers and retailers, supports the Tungsten T2 along with the other members of the Tungsten series and the Zire 71.

PCI Geomatics® announced that the company's new "all-in-one" geomatics software solution, Geomatica® 9, includes support for Supresoft's IMAGIS 3D GIS Visualization software. PCI Geomatics product support for Supresoft comes less than one year after both companies signed joint promotion and distribution agreements. Also, PCI announced that new rigorous model support for the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) and the MEdium Resolution Imaging Specrometer (MERIS) sensors aboard the Envisat platform is included within Geomatica(r) 9, the company's newest geospatial software solution. Developed by Dr. Thierry Toutin at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS, Natural
Canada), implementation of ASAR and MERIS rigorous sensor support allows customers to orthorectify this imagery with much greater accuracy than currently available through other methods.

Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:
ADSK ) shipped the latest version of Autodesk(R) Civil Series 2004 -- a key component of the company's evolving infrastructure lifecycle management (ILM) solution of creation and collaboration offerings. This new ILM design solution offering enables civil engineering and surveying professionals to design, communicate, and visualize any type of civil project, while maintaining data integrity, and meeting drafting and design standards. Autodesk Civil Series also helps professional surveyors and civil engineers integrate and share their data with GIS professionals.

TatukGIS announced the release of the LITE version of its GIS Internet Server (IS) product, an ASP.NET server component designed to utilize the visual design capabilities of any ASP.NET IDE, such as Microsoft® Web Matrix, Microsoft Visual Studio.NET®, or Borland® C#Builder®. The IS LITE, which is priced at only $590 per server installation, can also be programmed with any standard HTML editor.

Going on Around the Web

This Palmtop Knows Its Place by David Pogue, NY Times, July 31, 2003

New GPS handheld hunts for customers Garmin, a maker of global positioning system devices, has begun shipping its first PDA. It hopes to create a new niche for the slumping handheld industry. Thu Jul 24 12:06:00 PDT 2003 CNET

'Wired': The Coolest Magazine on the Planet ''Wired: A Romance,'' a book by one of the magazine's contributing editors, Gary Wolf. NY Times Book Review, July 29, 2003

In the Lecture Hall, A Geek Chorus by Lisa Guernsey, NY Times, July 24, 2003

The "IM circle," as it became known at the June lecture series at University of Maryland, soon attracted more than a dozen people at a time ...


Qualcomm supplies four of the top five US gas tanker companies with GPS trackers to monitor cargo and make sure drivers don't stray from their routes. If the satellite signal goes dead, an alarm sounds back at Qualcomm HQ. Other new security features include fingerprint recognition to ID drivers and a panic button in case of hijack. If something's amiss, Qualcomm operators can cut the engine or slam on the brakes remotely. Wired, July 2003

Going on in August...

Date: August 6, 2003

Place: Hotel Grand Chancellor Perth , Australia

NGIS Australia is pleased to invite you to the next of a series of breakfast seminars that give you a chance to learn the latest information about GIS and IT in your industry.

Date: August 11 - 13, 2003

Place: Prescott, AZ USA

The Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) continues its tradition of bringing the Arizona geospatial community together. Featured events this year are workshops, paper sessions, map/poster contest, and vendor sponsored raffle.

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