October 10, 2005
Location Finds a Home in Non-Location Applications
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Is this anything like the local search strategy offered by
MSN Virtual Earth where “everything can be located and you can reference a location yourself?” It remains to be seen, but it would be no surprise to find that feature added to Google, Ask Jeeves and Yahoo! in the near future. Making location services a profitable enterprise has been a long time in coming, so whether it is about building a social networking community site based on location a la Microsoft, or personalizing routes and location in order to save time commuting to and from work, there will be customers waiting for it.


ESRI announced that WennSoft, a gold certified solution developer for Microsoft Business Solutions, has joined its Business Partner Program. WennSoft will play a crucial role in ESRI's program designed to assist Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions-Great Plains) developers in their efforts to deliver integrated solutions with ESRI ArcGIS software solutions.

Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd (CPS) announced that it will partner with LogicaCMG in a major pan-European project to drive new mobile location technology and applications development for the multi-billion Euro Galileo satellite program.

The Application of Galileo in the Location-Based Services Environment (AGILE) project aims to foster widespread adoption of Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS) for both enterprises and consumers.

MapInfo Corporation, global provider of Location Intelligence solutions, and Cognos, business intelligence and corporate performance management (CPM) provider, announced a global alliance to jointly market and sell MapInfo's location intelligence capabilities with Cognos 8 Business Intelligence (BI). MapInfo is Cognos' preferred provider of location intelligence technology.


ESRI has issued a call for papers, abstracts due December 2, 2005, for presentation at the 2006 ESRI International Conference (UC) August 7-11 2006 in San Diego.

ESRI software users are eligible to present papers at the conference and concurrent events. To get started,
submit an abstract of 150 words or less about your paper topic by December 2, 2005. You will be notified in early 2006 if your abstract has been selected.

DigitalGlobe announced details of the company's next generation of imaging systems, WorldView I and WorldView II. DigitalGlobe has been building both imaging systems concurrently. WorldView I, combined with QuickBird, will enable DigitalGlobe to have the two highest resolution commercial imaging satellites on-orbit for at least a year before any comparable system is launched. By 2008, DigitalGlobe's constellation of high-resolution satellites will be unprecedented in the commercial satellite imaging industry, enabling commercial and government customers around the globe to access a broad selection of geospatial information products from a single source.

ASPRS has implemented electronic access to peer-reviewed articles published in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS), thereby complementing the existing online text for non-peer-reviewed articles. This action completes the goal of making the full text of each journal issue available online and provides timely information to address the needs of the academic community and the members located overseas who often experience delays in the delivery of their printed copy. Online access of PE&RS was one of the most requested benefits in the recently completed ASPRS Membership Survey.


The IMAGIN Student Paper Competition has undergone a change in both format and schedule. Undergraduate students will now compete in a poster competition rather than the traditional paper format. Graduate students will present their research or projects in the traditional paper format. In addition, the newly named Student Poster and Paper Competition will be held during the fall, instead of in the spring. The location of the competition will rotate each year between various colleges and universities in Michigan.

In preface for the 2006 IMAGIN Annual Conference, the Student Paper and Poster Competition is to be held on November 30, 2005 at the Lansing Community College West Campus Facility. The top three winners in the graduate category and the top five winners in the undergraduate category will be honored at the 2006 Awards Luncheon during the IMAGIN Annual Conference, May 1-3, 2006 at the Grand Traverse Resort. For more information, please refer to the

Training Programs
Leica Geosystems announced the launch of a new program for the academic and research community to facilitate the introduction of GPS reference station network technology into their teaching curriculum and scientific research activities.

The Affordable Technology for Higher-Education and Non-profit Associations (ATHENA) program is designed to make it easier for universities, colleges, research organizations and The University NAVSTAR Consortium (UNAVCO) members to acquire GPS reference station technology. It provides a formalized discounted purchasing mechanism for bundled packages of GPS reference station hardware and software, including comprehensive training and technical support.

Specific discounted packages consist of various GPS reference station hardware and processing software options. These options include the new Leica GRX1200 Pro reference station sensor, Leica AT504 choke ring antenna, AX1202 geodetic antenna and educational licenses of the Leica GPS Spider 2.0 reference station networking software.

New Products

Trimble announced that it has developed a software-based technology supporting Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to maximize flexibility and minimize cost in end-user positioning products that will use a variety of existing and planned satellite-based systems.

Trimble's future-ready GNSS technology will accommodate signals broadcast by GPS as well as signals broadcast by Galileo and the GLONASS satellite systems. This flexibility results from the implementation of the satellite receiver functionality using a commercially available, general purpose Digital Signal Processor (DSP) in lieu of a conventional ASIC custom-made for positioning applications.

Trimble introduced five surveying products as part of its new Connected Survey Site model -- the Trimble(R) GX(TM) 3D Laser Scanner; the Trimble R8 system with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capabilities; the Trimble M3 Total Station; the Trimble R3 GPS System; and the Trimble S6 Total Station with GPS Search. The new positioning products add greater flexibility and versatility to provide seamless and streamlined workflow for all of the critical phases of surveying.

Trimble introduced the GeoXH(TM) handheld receiver-the first integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) field computer to deliver subfoot (30 cm) accuracy for Geographic Information System (GIS) data collection and mapping. The GeoXH handheld is based on Trimble's revolutionary H-Star(TM) technology, first introduced in the GPS Pathfinder(R) ProXH(TM) receiver earlier this year. A significant advance from previous solutions, the H-Star handhelds and receivers greatly reduce the time it takes to collect high accuracy GPS data in the field.

MultiVision Oblique Imagery Software, provided by ACA, Orlando FL., announced that it has completed the development of a Dynamic Graphic Layer model tool that will enhance the capabilities of MultiVision Oblique Imagery.

The MultiVision dynamic graphic layer model tool is an active graphic tool that enables the creation and display of active graphic layers on the oblique imagery. The dynamic layer model tool includes features such as import/export of DXF and Shape files while simultaneously viewing X, Y, & Z coordinates. Exported files can be displayed in various software such as ArcScene, ArcView, AutoCAD and more.

ESRI announced the BusinessMAP 4 ACT! Add-on solution for the ACT!® by Sage 2006 contact and customer management product family from Sage Software. BusinessMAP, the affordable, easy-to-use database mapping solution for business, transforms database information from ACT! into color-filled maps useful for making better marketing decisions.

GeoLytics has released the GeocodeCD with the new 2005 Estimates and 2010 Projections. The GeocodeCD matches addresses to latitude/longitude coordinates and then appends census designations and demographic data. This version with 2005 Estimates and 2010 Projections lets the user choose to automatically append Census 2000 population demographics, 2005 estimates, and/or 2010 projections to any address list. The CD also includes Consumer Expenditures and Profiles. Go to
information for more on the geocoder and a complete list of

Safe Software Inc. announced the availability of SpatialDirect 2005. This release of SpatialDirect includes significant enhancements and also brings the product directly in line with the latest Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) technology.

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