September 26, 2005
New Mapping Software Company Bridges the Gap between GIS and Non-GIS Professionals- More on Hurricane Katrina Response
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The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced that it will host its first-ever online convention and exposition, beginning Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2005. Attendees will gather virtually to attend sessions presented by seven featured speakers. Participants can also visit the convention's exposition, where they can review information from companies who supply GITA members with software, hardware, and services. The virtual convention and exposition is free of charge. Further information and a registration form is available at


A huge collection of 50,000 maps and 1.5 million aerial photographs from around the world is destined for a number of new homes when it completes its transfer away from current custodian Ordnance Survey next month.


The Southampton-based agency's International Collection is made up of maps and survey information from more than 60 countries - some of it spanning more than 100 years.




Appointments


DigitalGlobe announced it has named Thomas A. Hennig senior director of U.S. Defense Business Development. In this position, Hennig will interact with senior Department of Defense and intelligence community leaders to ensure that DigitalGlobe meets the needs of U.S. government organizations. Hennig's office will be located in the Washington, D.C. area.




Wins


Intergraph Corporation announced Tampa Electric, the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc., has selected Intergraph G/Technology as the enabling engine for its geospatial resource management (GRM) environment. G/Technology provides an open database architecture that will support the integration of 15 key applications, and improve data access for Tampa Electric employees, such as project planners, inspectors, drafting staff and field maintenance teams. Tampa Electric expects the GRM system, with a foundation of Intergraph's G/Electric, to improve service delivery and processes.


New Products


ESRI announced that StreetMap Pro is now available. This new dataset provides high-quality display of commercial-level street data. StreetMap Pro is optimized for ArcGIS Desktop (ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo).


In The GIS Guide for Local Government Officials, a new book from ESRI Press and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), municipal GIS experts suggest practical approaches for incorporating this powerful mapping technology into a city or county, no matter what size. Case studies drawn from throughout North America illustrate how officials have successfully applied GIS to their specific needs, from monitoring storm drains in Hawaii to fixing potholes in Canada. In nontechnical language, the book describes how to plan, fund, and implement a local government GIS for in-house functions and community outreach. It also dispels myths about GIS and peeks
ahead at the technology's future.


New from ESRI Press Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users explores the techniques of mapmaking and the benefits of using geographic information system (GIS) technology and all its tools to create accurate, visually stunning maps.


ILOG(R) announced ILOG JViews(TM) Maps for Defense, a commercial graphics toolkit for creating sophisticated, highly-interactive maps for the defense industry that can be displayed on ordinary laptop computers. Designed for military command and control applications, JViews Maps for Defense can display real-time field data and supports video-like zooming, object animation, as well as more detailed and realistic terrain information, resulting in enhanced decision-making ability for military commanders. ILOG innovations in computer memory management allow for very fast zooming -- from satellite- to street-level views in seconds. ILOG JViews Maps for Defense also provides an extensible
library of symbols that can be automatically updated in real time to accurately reflect position and status data for targets and deployed assets.


MapLink Pro digital mapping toolkit has just been released by TENET Defence and is available across all major platforms including Microsoft Windows, Linux, UNIX and VxWorks. MapLink Pro Version 5.0 builds on the well established MapLink reputation of high performance digital mapping for Mission Critical Systems and now offers solutions to meet the next generation of advanced user requirements.


MapLink Pro is an open Standards-based Commercial Off The Shelf (S-COTS) product that provides a component-based software toolkit for the handling and display of maps, charts and live track data - specifically designed for application developers across the defense, aerospace and maritime industry. This latest software release enables highly effective solutions across command and control, mission planning, mission support, simulation and training, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.


Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. expanded its innovative StreetPilot i-series(TM) product line with the introduction of the StreetPilot i5(TM). The i5 offers customers the lowest priced GPS navigator that is pre- loaded with detailed maps of North America which includes the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.


Navicom GPS has introduced its latest technology for personal GPS locating to compete in this exploding marketplace. The new unit is revolutionary with full-featured GPS capability that provides unlimited GPS tracking/locating, an E911-emergency feature, push-button concierge service, two-way voice speaker phone, programmable buttons for one-touch dialing, and is about the size of a key chain.




Around the Web


A Company Looks to Wean Computers Off the Wires, Michel Marriott, The New York Times, September 19, 2005 - While snaking cables are still a long way from becoming the buggy whips of the 21st century, a Silicon Valley technology company recently said that it had developed a wireless technology that might hasten their obsolescence.




Upcoming Events



Date: September 26 - 29, 2005

Place: World Trade and Convention Centre Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Hosted by CARIS, this year's 10th International User Group Conference and Educational Sessions will be the international training and management conference for CARIS customers and parties interested in exploring the benefits and application of spatial information management technology.



Date: October 5 - 6, 2005

Place: The Downtown Harvard Club Boston, MA USA

It's been an exciting year of new faces, new products and new innovations with the introduction of iSITE 2005.1 and MarketVue Portal V1.1. We look forward to showing you how to get the most out of your geoVue solutions, demonstrating how our modeling works behind the scenes, and introducing you to fellow geoVue users from across the USA.



Date: October 5, 2005

Place: Dave&Buster's Marietta, GA USA

This year's conference, with the theme “Field Automation - The Next Frontier”, emphasizes technology that enables field automation. Presentations on wireless technology, wireless service capability, and wearable computers will describe leading edge research and practical applications. A representative from United Parcel Service (UPS) will outline their field automation achievements and plans. A local utility will share the results of its field implementations. And the keynote presentation will stimulate out-of-the-box thinking by showing how GIS is used to document the history of a Civil War battlefield.


Date: October 6 - 7, 2005

Place: Palm Beach County Convention Center West Palm Beach, FL USA

Always FREE to attend, this year's theme is "Aren't we Spatial". Mr. Zul Jiwani, President of Orion Technology, Inc. has spent significant time and effort volunteering in assisting vulnerable communities using his vast expertise and experience in GIS. The keynote address Mr. Jiwani will be presenting for the South Florida GIS Expo is "Assisting the Vulnerable - Using GIS for Preparedness, Mitigation and Response to Natural Disasters".



Date: October 9 - 12, 2005

Place: Hyatt Regency Kansas City, MO USA

Go beyond basic technology and applications and contemplate issues related to designing, managing and applying information technology - at its highest and best use - to improve our urban and regional environments. Join your colleagues, peers, thinkers and doers from around the world at URISA's Annual Conference.



Date: October 23 - 26, 2005


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