October 31, 2005
2005 Geospatial Technology Report
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Garmin Ltd. announced a record third quarter ended September 24, 2005. The company's consumer segment experienced 31 percent revenue growth during the third quarter of 2005. The aviation segment achieved 26 percent revenue growth for the quarter, which led to overall revenue growth of 30 percent for the quarter.

IBSystems, Inc. is pleased to announce that Willis Bennett is the winner of the October 17th iPOD mini sweepstakes. Will is a GISCafe.com reader from Fair Oaks California. Congratulations Will!

Ordnance Survey is offering Licensed Partners and other interested parties the chance to develop positioning services based on a revolutionary national framework for correcting signals from orbiting satellites. OS Net is a network of more than 80 GPS base stations designed to enable different levels of improved real-time accuracy from the Global Positioning System (GPS) anywhere in Great Britain. OS Net is already delivering efficiencies for Ordnance Survey field staff where it is enabling centimeter-level positioning for their data-collection operations.

An announcement seeking expressions of interest from organizations who want to host or provide services related to OS Net is available on Ordnance Survey's website at

The USGS has released an updated economic analysis that shows at least 70 percent of the undiscovered, technically recoverable oil resources assessed in the combined areas of the federal portion of the 1002 area of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Native Lands inside the boundary of the 1002 area, and the lands beneath adjacent Alaska state waters can be found, developed, produced and transported to market, assuming a market floor price of $30 per barrel in 2003 dollars.


The PostgreSQL open source database has been updated, thanks to a pool of companies in the PostGIS community who contributed funding in order to add important new database features for their businesses. Refractions Research reported the completion of this collaborative effort to bring much needed concurrency improvements to the PostgreSQL GiST indexing subsystem.

The GiST indexing system is used by several PostgreSQL extensions, most notably the OpenFTS text indexing system, and Refractions' own PostGIS geospatial database extension.

"A few months ago, we learned that the GiST developers were looking for funding to provide low-level locking in the GiST indexes," said Paul Ramsey, President of Refractions, "We knew how important this improvement would be to our users, so we went to our user community, told them we were looking for funding, and put up the first $2000 ourselves to prime the pump."

In total $8000 in funding was raised by members of the PostGIS community to support the enhancements, from corporate donors Refractions, Cadcorp SIS, GlobeXplorer, Mobile Meridian, WebBased, Intevation, RealGo, Mercator GeoSystems and from individuals.

In response to the 7.6 magnitude
earthquake that occurred October 8, in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, ESRI is providing a number of
geographic information system (GIS) support services designed to assist responding agencies and victims. The quake rippled throughout South Asia, destroying entire communities, killing tens of thousands of people, and injuring or displacing tens of thousands more.

ImageAmerica, a leading provider of high quality digital orthoimagery, has provided rapid access to up-to-date imagery of the Hurricane Katrina disaster area. Using the latest digital camera system, along with the ER Mapper's ECW compression, ImageAmerica was able to deliver imagery to government emergency services teams for their coordinated relief efforts.

Synergis Technologies Engineering Design Solutions Division announced that Jon Hansen, Autodesk Emergency Response Expert and Assistant Chief of the Oklahoma City Fire Department (ret), will speak at a complimentary special event, "How Technology Can Save Lives," for federal, state and local government and GIS professionals, focusing on how technology and access to data can save lives during a crisis. The event is to be held Tuesday, November 15, 5:30-8 p.m. at Angelo's Fairmount Tavern, 2300 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Call 800-836-5440 or visit the
Synergis website. Space is limited.

Cooper Aerial Surveys Co. sent Mr. Philip Gershkovich (product manager) and Ms. Shaun Loretz (director of communications) to Baton Rouge in order to attend the LAGIC meeting. The Louisiana Geographical Information Center, founded by the LGISC (Louisiana GIC Council), is held monthly at different locations in Louisiana to discuss upcoming events and issues that deal with GIS. Headed by Bill Blair of the LA House of Representatives, the council includes members from the LA DOTD, DEQ, depts. of education, recreation, environmental quality, social services, health and hospitals, and staff members from LSU, as well as David Gisclair of the LA senate.

The US Court of Appeals has
affirmed the judgment of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington that ER Mapper (Earth Resource Mapping Ltd) does not infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,710,835 and that part of the patent is invalid. Patent '835 is licensed by LizardTech and relates to image compression methodologies. LizardTech sued ER Mapper in 1999 claiming infringement of the '835 patent.

Homeland Integrated Security Systems, Inc. announced that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada's equivalent to the United States Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, has committed to the immediate purchase of 27 Cyber Tracker units. Validation tests will begin this December with expectations of additional sales to follow.


Intergraph announced that Peter Batty has agreed to join the company as vice president and chief technology officer. Batty, a globally recognized spatial and location-based technology expert, will report to R. Halsey Wise, Intergraph's president and chief executive officer. As the company's chief technology officer, Batty will be responsible for helping to direct Intergraph's future technology vision.

New Products

ACA introduced and demonstrated MultiVision's new oblique imagery 3D application tool called MV 3D at the recent International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) conference held in Anchorage, Alaska. The MV 3D is the first ever software tool enabling users to instantly create real image 3D building models from real aerial oblique imagery.

The Exploration Company has unveiled U.S. and world maps that boast indigenous nations, areas of severe water pollution, tectonic plates and other elements that help explain natural and manmade disasters. "Exploration" is a craft-style map company with offices in Arizona and Michigan.

A new era for print products was launched with the debut of “Spot Guides™” - the first books made for mobile devices that combine mapping and personalization. Earthcomber LLC created the free technology that incorporates maps and personal favorites with traditional travel, reference and other mainstream publications. Among the first offerings are city guides from Mobil Travel Guide (the company's first venture into mobile publishing) and Avalon Publishing's Moon Metro series.

NAVTEQ, global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has launched a new suite of telecom data content that is associated with NAVTEQ's NAVSTREETS(R) map database. Branded Telecom for NAVSTREETS, this new content enables more effective network infrastructure planning and management for all players in the telecom value chain. In addition, this data content may be leveraged for use within business analytics applications in the competitive communications and entertainment services industries.

MWH Soft, a global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, announced the newest version of its acclaimed energy management solution for water distribution systems, H2OMAP Scheduler. This major software release offers sophisticated, customer-driven capabilities that enable water utilities worldwide to leverage the power of real-time data management and advanced nature-based optimization technologies. These powerful advantages enable users to move to higher levels of productivity and efficiency by quickly developing sound, cost-effective pumping policies that reduce operational and chemical costs and enable more reliable operations.

GfK MACON has thoroughly revised and completed the digital maps of Romania for its new expanded European map archive. The most important addition is the six-digit postcode map, the first of its kind.

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