February 17, 2003
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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This week ObjectFX Corporation announced that it recorded a 50 percent year-over-year revenue growth rate in 2002, which resulted in an over 300 percent improvement in profitability. This amounted to the highest revenue level in the company's history. ObjectFX is privately held and has received strong demand from the government for its Java-based software platform asset management through location-based intelligence solutions. The company credits strong demand from the Government sector including defense, intelligence and homeland security applications as responsible for launching sales results to the highest level in the company's eight-year history.

"Our Government Division performance in addressing homeland security-related initiatives is very representative of how an enterprise may incorporate location-based mapping, vehicle routing, address geocoding and other spatial applications into enterprise applications," said ObjectFX President and CEO Tim Devine. "The ability to combine geospatial visualization with knowledge management, link analysis, and natural language processing provides defense and intelligence agencies with capabilities previously unavailable.

Recently ObjectFX also moved from St. Paul, Minn., to new offices located in Minneapolis, earlier this month. The company now occupies space in the Riverplace office complex located at 10 Second Street N.E., Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN, 55413.

The highest membership levels ever were recorded by Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions' Team GeoMedia® programs as they started their seventh year of operations.

"Today's growth has outpaced our expectations not only in quantity but also in quality of partners," said Leos Svoboda, Team GeoMedia program manager, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions. "Intergraph is pleased to have such a distinguished group of partners assisting to enhance value in project delivery and quality for our mutual customers who are looking to streamline their geospatial workflows."

The Team GeoMedia family of programs promotes GeoMedia technology and products as a platform for doing business, for both companies and individuals. Intergraph has made sure that customers have access to end-to-end geospatial solutions, training and services from an expanding list of skilled partners who are trained, certified and supported by Intergraph. There are 46 new members that recently joined Team GeoMedia Registered Solutions Provider (RSP) and Registered Solutions Center (RSC) programs. The two programs have experienced more than 100 percent growth, counting the new members previously announced in 2002.

New Products

The latest release of ArcGIS, ArcGIS 8.3 is now available, according to ESRI. The new release features strong editing, analysis, and cartography, with a focus on topology, three new extensions, and other new features.

The release offers full topology support for the geographical database and an improved editing environment built to support topology relationships. Users can use the geodatabase to determine spatial relationships between feature classes and within individual feature classes. There are also three new ArcGIS Desktop extensions available: ArcGIS Survey Analyst, ArcScan for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Tracking Analyst. ArcGIS 8.3 release is full topology support for the geographic database coupled with an improved editing environment built to support topological relationships. Enhanced editing functionality, disconnected editing, and complete linear referencing are also included in the new release.

A new firmware release 1.08 for the Fastrax iTrax02 GPS receiver is now available from Fastrax Ltd., a developer of GPS receivers for optimal utilization of the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The new firmware includes new features such as iLogger -which enables position data to be logged autonomously into the iTrax02 embedded flash memory. iNavStore allows for navigation data to be stored in Flash memory automatically during navigation. The iTrax02 Series modules enable the implementation of position-aware features into practically any appliance.

NovAtel Inc. (NASDAQ:
NGPS), a precise positioning technology company, launched a series of new products including its latest GPS engine - the OEM4-G2L; a rugged enclosure - the ProPak-G2; and the GPS-700 antenna series.

NovAtel's OEM4-G2L is a compact (60mm X 100mm X 16mm) and light (65g) high performance GPS engine. The company's latest patented positioning technology - Pulse Aperture Correlator (PAC) - is incorporated in this release, and achieves less than 2cm accuracy with RT-2 corrections. The OEM4-G2L also features two serial ports with one port supporting speeds up to 921 kbps, a USB port and low power consumption.

The ProPak-G2 is a rugged, lightweight enclosure designed to house the OEM4-G2 engine, which is shock, water and dust resistant and can be used as a base station or rover.It features three bi-directional COM ports and low power consumption.

NovAtel's patented Pinwheel technology is incorporated in their new GPS-700 antenna series which is designed to enhance the performance of the OEM4-G2 and OEM4-G2L engines. This series delivers improved L2 and low elevation angle satellite tracking and is smaller and lighter than the current 600 series.

IntelData, Inc. and PlanGraphics, Inc. (OTCBB:
PGRA) launched the latest version of the web-enabled Graphical GeoSearch tool for the Voyager Integrated Library System NIMA-wide.

The new version of the Graphical GeoSearch Application, developed by PlanGraphics and IntelData, allows users to map and chart data on the NIMA's internal secret network and has features for web-based geographical search methods for various mapping, charting, geodetics and intelligence-related products. With version 2.1, a new function allows users to register to be automatically advised by email if any of their regions of geographic interest have been updated or modified in the library database system.

KOREM, MapInfo Canadian partner of the Year, released the latest version of its flagship product Push'n'See. Push'n'See version 4.5 runs on MapXtreme Java Edition and provides an integrated tool to display corporate data on the appropriate geography, and also to share it via dynamic Web-mapping applications. The product also integrates well with Enterprise resource planning systems (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) or other risk and asset management systems.

A new book from ESRI Press Mapping Our World: GIS Lessons for Educators, is a classroom resource combining global geographic themes and issues, inquiry-based learning, and interactive mapping and analysis using geographic information system (GIS) technology. The book offers spatial learning to teachers and students in technology education, social studies, and other subject areas in a curricular package.

DeLorme announced the availability of Street Atlas USA 2003 Plus. This software combines key features of the award-winning titles Street Atlas USA 2003 and XMap® Business, and adds new functionality for the advanced map user. The Document Management system is a new feature that allows users to dynamically link icons to any type of digital document on detailed maps of the entire U.S.

A new property information portal designed for South African businesses and consumers has been created as a result of a joint venture between Knowledge Factory and DEEDSearch, a division of LexisNexis Butterworths.

Those users who want current data on prices/owners of property, directors of companies, will be able to find their information quickly with this website. DEEDSearch.co.za extends Knowledge Factory's current site, the SAPTG (SA Property Transfer Guide), which focuses on providing services to real estate agents, valuators, property developers and financial institutions.

Around the Web

Pioneering new technology is David Rumsey with high-performance virtual reality tools on his GIS website. Aided by a new suite of gaming and simulation techniques at
www.davidrumsey.com/gis/3d.htm visitors can fly through and interact with historic maps of California including: Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles. For an immediate live flash preview of the experience, flying through Yosemite Valley in 1879, go to

Article by Mark Prins for Directions Magazine

Amsterdam City Archive had an exhibit last fall which featured the Amsterdam RealTime project in which they tracked 75 volunteers, using GPS tracers and GPRS networks, as they walked, bicycled and drove around the city. The cumulative data was applied to a map that lit up in accordance to how well traveled a route was - those that were well traveled glowed brighter than less traveled routes. This project was so popular that other cities such as Brussels, Paris and Lisbon have requested that their cities be mapped this way also. There is also talk of licensing or distributing it as freeware.

Computers Driving the Shuttle are to be Included in Inquiry -- New York Times, Friday, February 07, 2003, by Steve Lohr

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