October 10, 2005
Location Finds a Home in Non-Location Applications
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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SpatialDirect 2005 includes a new browser-based GUI application that allows site administrators to modify their SpatialDirect configurations after installation. SpatialDirect now also includes WFS Server and Internationalization (I18N) support.

Digital Map Products (DMP), a developer of web GIS software applications, announced the availability of LandVision(TM), a customer-designed, all-in-one collaboration solution for land acquisition that combines mapping, access to detailed site and property information, customization and project management workflow with an elegant, easy to use web-based interface.

The new free ad-based GPS navigation software for mobile phones, Emappz, uses the RaveGeo Location Platform from Idevio. Idevio delivers pan-European mapping, routing and geocoding on Java-enabled devices.

Thales Navigation, creators of Hertz NeverLost and global provider of Magellan Consumer GPS products, announced the new color, touch-screen Magellan RoadMate 800, a portable vehicle navigation system with integrated battery power, a music player and photo viewer. The Magellan RoadMate 800 is the ultimate multimedia travel partner delivering a three-dimensional "bird's-eye" map view and preloaded maps in its 20 GB hard drive for out-of-the-box, turn-by-turn, text- and voice-prompted directions using the latest NAVTEQ(R) data for all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and the US Virgin Islands. For an additional fee, drivers can also access maps for 27 European countries preloaded
on the large hard drive for traveling abroad.

ESRI announced the 2005 release of Community Coder 9.1, its fast, user-friendly geocoder. This customer profiling and data appending software assigns detailed information and location data to customer records, either individually or in batch mode. Companies, agencies, and organizations can use Community Coder to develop an accurate picture of current customers and prospects.

MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc., a provider of realtime 3D visual simulation software solutions, announced acceptance of a custom open database and imagery generator system by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The distributed simulation system will be used for engineering prototyping and evaluation, training, mission rehearsal and after action review at Northrop Grumman's Cyber Warfare Integration Network (CWIN) facility in San Diego, California.


In direct response to the rapid growth in Munsys sales in the west, Open Spatial Inc. has established a west coast operations center led by Colin Hobson.

Colin is a well known GIS professional with over 15 years of experience and an extensive background in GIS, CADD and database technology, software and customer applications. Hobson, who has previously taught GIS using ESRI products and more recently spent 8 years with Autodesk in the ISD (GIS) division will take a lead role in Munsys implementations and will actively support Open Spatial's customers and partners.

Letters to the Editor

Great article on ORBIMAGE acquiring Space Imaging. It was interesting, positive and forward looking.

-Greg Newkirk

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Upcoming Events

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

Place: The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, NV USA

The theme of Trimble Dimensions 2005 is Move Your Business Forward with an emphasis on improving productivity and lowering costs through the application of positioning, wireless and software technologies. The conference will feature a wide range of programs including presentations on the underlying technologies, sessions on applying technology to real world problems, introductory and advanced product training, and practical tips and techniques to help organizations grow their business and maximize return on investment (ROI). Many of the application sessions will utilize Trimble users to explain the practical use of technology in surveying, civil engineering, highway and heavy construction,
site preparation, and construction vehicle fleet management, as well as other emerging applications.

Date: October 23 - 27, 2005

Place: Sioux Falls, SD USA

"Global Priorities in Land Remote Sensing" Co-Organized by American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing The Pecora Conference series was established by the U.S. Geological Survey an NASA in the 1970s as a means of sharing ideas and experiences resulting from the use of remote sensed data. This year's conference will offer a program that honors this tradition of focusing on applications of satellite and other remotely sensed data to study, monitor, and manage the Earth's land surface while recognizing other priorities related to applying the science and technology of land remote sensing and ensuring its stable future.

Date: October 23 - 26, 2005

Place: The Mirage Las Vegas, NV USA

For the Surveying, Engineering and Construction Professional

Trimble has been at the forefront of some of the most exciting and practical positioning technology applications of our time, leading the way with technical advancements and innovations that provide tangible results and measurable value. Reflecting this spirit, the Trimble Dimensions 2005 User Conference is designed to deliver lasting benefits to surveyors, civil engineering and construction professionals. A slate of prominent speakers will delve into the hottest issues surrounding positioning technology to enhance your business.

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