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*Mardi Gras World on Tuesday will be a gala event complete with lavish floats that are used in the Mardi Gras parades. Conferences attendees will be bussed to the event.


NavCom Technology, Inc. entered into a strategic alliance with solutions provider and systems integrator Bridge Technology, Inc. Through this alliance NavCom's award winning Safari Network(tm) SR-7100, will join the array of communications solutions offered by Bridge Technology to its transportation clients.


AirIQ Inc. (TSX: IQ) reports significantly reduced net cash usage to $282,835, revenue increased by 69.2% year over year and 12.9% over the previous quarter, and gross margin improved by 170.9% year over year and 5.1% over the previous quarter, for the quarter ended March 31, 2003.

Data from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, along with information from other satellites, allows researchers to see how much rain is falling over most of the world every three hours. This capability enables scientists to daily map areas of potential flooding.

These maps, available to the public on the Internet, will help water resource managers and scientists around the world by providing near-real time data of rainfall and flood potential. TRMM is considered a unique "rain gauge in the sky," because its instruments can look into clouds to determine rainfall, while other satellites can only see flooded areas after floods have occurred.

GITA Pacific Northwest conference will be held this year at The Westin Salishan Lodge and Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach (south of Lincoln City), OR, on October 20 - 21, 2003. You can monitor progress of the conference planning by logging onto the above website.

Preliminary Program is now available for the 2nd Annual URISA Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) Conference. The event will be held from July 20-22, 2003 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Communities from all levels of government, on both sides of the U.S./Canada border, came together to explore incident response and emergency situations in a demonstration organized as part of the Open GIS Consortium's Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI). In addition to developing a reference approach to uniting communities at different levels of government to share data, the demonstration highlighted new specifications involving emergency notification systems and illustrated a vision of data sharing for the future. The sponsors of this phase of the initiative include GeoConnections, led by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and
General Dynamics - Advanced Information Systems.

Tim Berners-Lee and former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer will provide the keynote addresses at this year's
Emerging Technology Summit, sponsored by the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) and the Open GIS Consortium (OGC). The interactive 1.5-day summit will be held June 5 and 6 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tyson's Corner, in Vienna, Virginia.

Safe Software Inc. announced it has added Open GIS Consortium Web Feature Services (OGC WFS) Client support to its entire product line, including its flagship data transformation product FME (Feature Manipulation Engine).

UCLID Software announced that it is seeking beta test sites for Swipe It! version 2.0 which will work with the ESRI ArcGIS Traverse Window. Swipe It! version 1.0, released in March, uses a cut and paste technique to move data from scanned documents to the ESRI ArcGIS Attribute Window. Swipe It! is a GIS data entry tool that eliminates the need for typing. Anyone wishing to apply for the beta program can do so online at

Analytical Surveys, Inc. announced that the company is in settlement discussions with the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the restatement of the company's financial results in fiscal 1999.

Homeland Security Summit and Expo 2003 takes place May 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.


ERDAS IMAGINE software received the highest overall rating among 40 tools evaluated by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Pathfinder program during the Functional Crosswalk phase of Pathfinder 2003 Geospatial Intelligence Tools for the Distributed Common Ground System (GIT/DCGS) assessment. The software also received ratings in the highest range for every functional subcategory evaluated during the Technical Crosswalk phase. In fact, of the 17 competing vendor solutions, ERDAS IMAGINE was one of only four solutions to earn across-the-board “Favorable” ratings for technical performance.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced a GeoMedia(R) software grant to be awarded to the Geomatics Institute at Fleming, a newly established academic wing devoted in part to geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, remote sensing and surveying at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. The grant, valued at more than $1.4 million (Canadian), includes licenses of GeoMedia Professional and GeoMedia WebMap Professional as well as training, support and maintenance. The software will primarily be used by students and professors for demonstrations and projects in the college's Cartographic Specialist Program, with future implementation in additional curriculums.

In collaboration with AGILE, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions also awarded the University of Zaragoza, Spain with the inaugural GeoMedia(R) Research Grant for AGILE members, during the recent Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe's (AGILE) sixth annual Conference. The grant will enable the university, an Intergraph Team GeoMedia Registered Research Laboratory, to develop a Web-based national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) for Spain that includes GeoMedia technology.


Lizardtech Software appointed Karen Morley as Vice President, Geospatial Imaging. Morley will lead the product and market strategy for Lizardtech's geospatial imaging solutions, including software products GeoExpress with MrSID(r) and Lizardtech Express Server.

François Blanc was appointed to the position of Director of Marketing of KHEOPS Technologies in Montreal. Mr. Blanc will also head the new KHEOPS office in Toronto. François Blanc has twelve years of experience in product development and product line management in the software industry. He held managerial positions at IBM, ILOG Inc., and Nortel Networks. He joins KHEOPS from Banff Technologies, a consultancy he founded in 2001.

New Products

Telcontar announced the release of Drill Down Server™ Version 3.0. DDS 3.0 now provides enhanced capabilities for fleet tracking, trip planning, navigation, real- time traffic information, emergency roadside assistance and concierge services.

NovaLIS Technologies, provider of integrated land records management solutions released Parcel Editor 8 for ESRI's ArcMap 8.3 platform.

Europa Technologies announces immediate shipping of its digital world map Global Insight, version 3.1. The new release includes a number of updates and enhancements that extend across the global product family: Global Discovery, Global Insight Plus and Global Insight.
blue 8, UK supplier of location technology to public services, has launched blue 8 xi, an Internet-based data publication and collection tool that delivers professional map manipulation and interrogation capabilities to users via standard web browsers.

Hollywood film studios could soon be using Earth Resource Mapping's open standard Enhanced Compression Wavelet (ECW) technology as commonly as geospatial professionals. In a world first for the animation industry, Terratracer's Terrashader(R) terrain rendering plug-in uses ECW files, rather than jpeg files, as an image source.

AMD) announced its AMD Athlon(TM) MP processor 2800+, designed for one- and two-way servers and workstations running demanding 32-bit applications for enterprises.

LocatioNet announced the release of LocatioNet MyMap at Mobile Location Services Congress in Amsterdam. An integrated suite of graphical location-based service (LBS) application modules, MyMap allows users to view their own location, find and navigate to points of interest, and interact with friends in their immediate vicinity. The application focuses on rich user interface and graphic display, showing users location and retrieved information over detailed color maps and aerial photos.

HP (NYSE:HPQ) announced two new HP Designjet multifunction printing systems created to increase productivity while delivering top-quality results. Designed for technical, mapping, and graphics professionals alike.

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