February 17, 2003
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Cott-Charlotte wanted to continue to provide the flexible appraisal methods available in PASCO. Now Cott-Charlotte will be able to provide their clients with new GIS-based technology and a migration path from their current software products.

Aether Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:
AETH), and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:
SUNW), entered into a comprehensive global strategic alliance to further their efforts to deliver joint solutions.

The agreement will expand the companies' current collaborative sales, marketing, and engineering efforts. The two companies will work together to develop joint solutions built on open standards using the Sun (tm) Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) and Aether Fusion (tm) for scalability and availability. These joint solutions will then be marketed by Sun and Aether to large field forces in enterprises and government agencies that perform functions such as maintenance and service, distribution and delivery, public safety and healthcare.

This is not the first time Sun and Aether have teamed up to provide mobile solutions. They have done this in the past for companies such as Cingular Wireless. This alliance combines the strengths of Sun and Aether's respective core technologies, including Sun ONE products such as the Sun ONE Application Server, Java(tm) and Solaris and Aether Fusion. Sun ONE is an open, integratable product portfolio enabling the development and delivery of Java Web services.

ESRI has acquired the French software company ALIDA, a business partner specializing in digital cartography. ALIDA, founded in 1996 as Hémisphères by Thierry Kressmann and Marc-Olivier Briat, is known for its flagship software product, DataDraw.

David Maguire, director of products at ESRI, says “We are working to incorporate the best elements of DataDraw into ArcMap.”

DataDraw combines graphics quality with the ability to store design attributes in a database.

“It's about making cartographic production more intuitive and intelligent. The result is better looking, more informative maps,” said Maguire. “There will be new tools available inside the ArcMap application to do the sorts of things that our users currently use graphic design and artwork applications for. ESRI is focused on database cartography development-storing and managing cartographic elements in the geodatabase and linking it with a collection of tools for mapmakers.”

E Team announced the formation of a strategic alliance with ITspatial, LLC to deliver integrated software solutions for the defense, public safety and homeland security markets. The announcement was made during the 2003 ESRI Federal User Conference at The International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. E Team provides collaborative software for emergency and event management, and ITspatial, LLC, is a provider of geospatial decision support tools.

The integration of ITspatial's InterSCOPE(TM) geospatial decision support product suite and real-time interactive 3D GIS mapping with E Team's Web-based incident management software offers users a comprehensive overview of an incident or emergency site. From GIS, aerial imagery and CAD source data, users can generate a virtual 3D environment.

The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Joint Operations Command Center (MPD JOCC) is currently using the E Team/ITspatial integrated solution. The combined solution makes it possible for the MPD JOCC to coordinate all the various resources and to visualize locations, which will definitely make it easier to manage complex events, incidents and emergencies.

Spatial Insights will act as a value added reseller for DBx Geomatics, and will resell and support the SVGMapMaker application, according to a recent announcement.

DBx Geomatics' SVGMapMaker application creates intelligent on-line maps with dynamic interactivity, and the outputs are entirely XML-based. This offers a type of structural control beyond that of traditional map publishing applications. The generated documents are fully scriptable, contain a layer structure, styles and attributes of the data just as it is viewed in MapInfo. Users will enjoy the ability to add an info tool, info-tips, hyperlinks, and color rollover functionality directly from the MapInfo Map Window. The software also allows for a great deal of interactivity with the maps, in the application of advanced display styles to the map components, such as drop shadows, color
gradients, textures and opacity settings.


COMNET Expo's New Product Achievement Awards for “Best Performance in Labor Saving/Labor Reducing Potential" was awarded to NavCom Technology, Inc.'s new Safari Network(tm) SR-7100 Mark II at the 2003 COMNET Expo in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 28. Machine control, automatic vehicle location, security surveillance, campus and municipality WLAN, military data transfer and public safety services are among the uses for this technology.

"NavCom is delighted to be honored by this important award, which recognizes the value and unique capabilities of the SR-7100," said NavCom's Director of Wireless Communication Products Jalal Alisobhani.

Navcom's Safari Network SR-7100 is a mobile data communications network that extends wired local area network (LAN) functionality to vehicles or remote sites. The Safari Network is a private and completely secure network for mobile applications with proprietary modulation scheme and single-point Network management. What Safari Network provides is a secure high-speed Packet, Serial and IP services for simultaneous data, voice and video communication in the license-free ISM band. Coverage for each "cell site" extends to a 20-mile radius of with unlimited extension capability to overcome signal blockage or to create a seamless multi-cell network.

Seven select U.S. educators will receive scholarships to attend the 2003 ESRI Education User Conference, according to an announcement made by ESRI and Geographic Data Technology, Inc. (GDT). Recipients will receive the GDT Scholarship for travel costs and ESRI will provide complimentary admission to the conference in San Diego, California, July 6-9, 2003.


Two senior executives were promoted at Orbital Imaging Corporation (ORBIMAGE) --Mr. Gary Adkins has been appointed Vice President of Federal Sales and National Security Programs, and Mr. Tony Anzilotti has been appointed Vice President, Finance and Controller.

In April of 2002, Mr. Adkins joined ORBIMAGE as the Senior Director for Federal Sales. Adkins brings an extensive background with a proven track record in the geospatial information industry to ORBIMAGE's executive team to lead the company's marketing efforts and sales of its satellite imagery products and value-added services to the Federal and National Security government sectors.

For over 10 years prior to joining ORBIMAGE, Mr. Anzilotti worked with Lockheed Martin Corporation in the Corporate Accounting division of its headquarters in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Anzilotti joined ORBIMAGE in June 2000 as Corporate Controller. In his new position as Vice President of Finance and Controller, Mr. Anzilotti will be responsible for finance and administration for ORBIMAGE, overseeing and managing ORBIMAGE's accounting, human resources, and contract administration functions. He will continue to report to Armand Mancini, ORBIMAGE's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Matt O'Connell, ORBIMAGE's CEO says: "As our company continues to prepare for the launch of OrbView-3 in late April and our emergence from bankruptcy this spring, Gary and Tony both will play instrumental roles in our expansion and success."


The Open GIS Consortium (OGC) announced the approval and release of Geography Markup Language version 3.0 (GML 3). GML 3 is modular so that users can select only the parts of it they need for their work, which makes it possible to simplify and minimize the size of implementations.

These new features of GML 3 -- the ability to store topology (the relationships between features), geometric curves, and time information are critical to a number of disciplines. The Ordnance Survey Great Britain, for example, which uses GML to store its nationwide data layers, finds the storage of topology to be vital to their operations. Topology is also required for routing applications popular in location-based services. Professionals working with highway design and other transportation related data require accurate curve definitions. Tracking applications and also those working with monitoring the movement and growth of natural disasters over time require time information.

Other new features include support for complex geometries, units of measure, metadata, gridded data, and default styles for feature and coverage visualization. Since GML 3 is almost entirely backwards compatible with GML 2, developers and users of GML 2 can begin working with GML 3 right away.

The GML 3 specification was submitted by OGC member organizations CSIRO Australia, Galdos Systems (Canada), interactive instruments (Germany), BAE SYSTEMS Mission Solutions (U.S.), US Census Bureau, POSC (U.S.), MapInfo Corp. (U.S.), Oracle Corp. (U.S.), NTT Data Corp. (Japan), and Laser-Scan Ltd. (UK) and is available for download at

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