November 07, 2005
Spatial Portals Book Review
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Building on a relationship formed during cooperative relief work for hurricanes Katrina and Rita, IDELIX Software Inc. announced the signing of a collaborative agreement with Harris Corporation to incorporate IDELIX's Pliable Display Technology (PDT) in upcoming federal government projects for which Harris Corporation is the prime contractor.


MapInfo Corporation reported earnings per share of $0.18 for the fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2005, representing the tenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year earnings per share growth for the company. Included in the results is an approximate $0.03 per share benefit due to a decrease in the effective tax rate. For the same period last year the company reported earnings per share of $0.09.

Revenues for the fourth quarter grew 24 percent to $40.3 million versus $32.5 million for the same quarter last year. Operating income grew 34 percent to $4.5 million, for an operating margin of 11.2 percent, compared to last year's operating income of $3.4 million. Net income was $3.9 million compared to net income of $1.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004. The effective tax rate was 24 percent in the quarter compared to 34 percent in the third quarter. The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily a result of increased earnings in lower tax jurisdictions and a non-taxable gain on the sale of a building in Australia.

CPS (Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd.) announced that it has secured a new patent in the United States for its Matrix high accuracy location technology. The patent - "Improvement in Radio Positioning Systems" - is the tenth that CPS has been granted in North America and further strengthens and enhances the company's IPR portfolio that now extends to more than 24 patent families worldwide.

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced the registration totals from the 14th Annual GIS for Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition, which was held at the JW Marriot Hotel in Houston, Texas September 19-21.

This year's conference was attended by 617 total attendees. First-time attendees rose 25% compared to last year. Attendance by international registrants was up 19% and registrations by GITA members was up 75%. The show floor sold out for the second year in a row, with 60 companies exhibiting.


The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced that it will again recognize individuals and user organizations in various industry segments for their exemplary achievements in implementing geospatial technologies. GITA's 2006 Awards Program will recognize the stewardship and leadership afforded by individuals and organizations that share their experiences, serve as mentors, and push geospatial technologies to ever-higher levels of functionality. Nominations for the awards are accepted in four categories.

Interested persons may go to
GITA Awards Program for complete information. The deadline for nominations is November 18, 2005.

Professor Lyna L. Wiggins of Rutgers University, with a long and distinguished record of leadership and contribution to URISA and the GIS community, was the recent recipient of URISA's prestigious Horwood Distinguished Service Award during the association's 43rd Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. This award is URISA's ultimate award for service and leadership to URISA and the geospatial industry.

Manitoba Hydro was recently presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada's annual ESRI Regional User Conference in Winnipeg. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, presented the Award in recognition of their GIS data management solution. More than 100 GIS professionals were on hand for the presentation, which was one of the highlights of the conference.


A new live training seminar from ESRI Virtual Campus explores the basics of the geodatabase for new users or those who are considering migrating their geographic data from other formats. The Basics of the Geodatabase Data Model will be presented on November 10, 2005, at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m., Pacific time.

Following the live presentation, the seminar will be archived and available for viewing at any time on the

New Products

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., introduced the iQue M4, a new addition to Garmin's personal digital assistant product line. The iQue M4 is Garmin's first iQue to come pre-loaded with highly detailed City Navigator North America NT street data of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Intergraph unveiled Feature Analyst for GeoMedia at the GeoInt 2005 Symposium at the Henry B. Gonzalez Conference Center. The product was developed by Visual Learning Systems, Inc. (VLS) in Missoula, Mont. as an add-on tool for Intergraph's GeoMedia platform.

Available only from Intergraph, Feature Analyst for GeoMedia provides automated recognition and extraction of features, such as ships docked in a harbor and earthquake-damaged roadways and buildings in digital imagery.

Boston-based StrataVarious, Inc. launched the innovative Boston HyperMap Atlas using the Google Maps API. The out-of-MIT HyperMap Atlas system takes advantage of high-speed internet to make a major leap in mapping. Everyone is familiar with basic online maps for finding a location. Now the HyperMap Atlas enables a fuller view of the surroundings. From the patented "clickable key" users can select multiple geographic features and collect them in their personal key list.

Navtrak Inc., the provider of GPS-based fleet productivity solutions, announced the release of Street Suite™ 4.0, the latest version of its GPS-based fleet tracking software.
Street Suite™ 4.0 incorporates numerous enhancements developed with input from its thousands of fleet users, Navtrak's own dedicated team of programmers, and its own technical and customer support teams. As a result, it features the latest available technology in real-time GPS-based tracking and powerful, user-friendly reporting.

Autodesk, Inc. is empowering DWG users with new, free tools: DWG TrueView for viewing DWG files, and DWG TrueConvert for translating DWG files between newer and older versions. DWG TrueView and DWG TrueConvert are available to download for free* from the company Web site.

Northrop Grumman Corporation will highlight solutions to support national security and homeland defense next week at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's GEOINT 2005 Symposium. The exposition will be held Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas.

DataLogic International, Inc., a German provider of consulting services and communication solutions including GPS- based mobile asset tracking, secured mobile communications and VoIP, announced its BounceGPS Competitive Analog Trade-In Program. Under the program, fleet managers whose fleets use older analog tracking technology can trade in their analog units for a rebate of up to $100 per unit toward a digital BounceGPS fleet tracking solution.

Around the Web

Researcher Awarded DARPA Funding to Improve Terrain Maps Newswise-Science News, October 31, 2005 - A Rensselaer researcher has been awarded $845,000 in DARPA funding to create improved computer representations of terrain on the surface of the Earth and beyond. The research could have a variety of both military and civilian applications.

Upcoming Events

Date: November 7 - 9, 2005

Place: Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Tallahassee, FL USA

Training courses available for purchase, in addition to presentations, exhibitors, and doctor shop. $100.00 Registration until 10/31/05.

Date: November 10 - 11, 2005

Place: Best Western Midway Hotel Green Bay, WI USA

The ESRI Wisconsin User Group, EWUG, is a statewide group that meets to discuss ESRI software related topics. The group was formed in 1999 to discuss technical issues, conduct seminars, share ideas and network with others. Anyone with GIS interest can participate. Attendance is typically between 150 to 200 persons. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available - see website for details.

You can find the full GISCafe event calendar here.

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-- Susan Smith, Managing Editor.

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    CPS (Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd.) announced that it has secured a new patent in the United States for its Matrix high accuracy location technology. The patent - "Improvement in Radio Positioning Systems" - is the tenth that CPS has been granted in North America and further strengthens and enhances the company's IPR portfolio that now extends to more than 24 patent families worldwide.

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