November 21, 2005
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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TMger Grips provides geospatial analysis software and services to municipalities and utility companies and has approximately 170 customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

NAVTEQ, global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has signed a contract with Zagat Survey to link Zagat's rating and review information for restaurants, hotels, golf courses and nightlife to NAVTEQ's digital map data. Zagat Survey is the leading consumer survey-based dining, travel and leisure information provider.

Laser-Scan announced that Geodan signed up to Laser-Scan's growing Partner Network. This partnership extends Laser-Scan's partner network in the Netherlands where other Geodan partners' Intergraph and MapInfo are already resellers for Radius Topology. Geodan will build on Laser-Scan's initial entry into the Dutch market where they have already started work with City of Amsterdam. In particular, Laser-Scan will strengthen their commitment to providing eGovernment solutions across EMEA by focusing on public sector in the Netherlands through Geodan.

Telmap, a worldwide provider of mobile Mapping and Navigation solutions, and Saunalahti, a Finnish provider of consumer Internet and telecommunications services, announced the upcoming launch of the first real-time GPS navigation service for Finnish mobile phone users.

The service, Saunalahti Kartturi, is set to be launched in the coming weeks. It will initially provide full real-time mapping, navigation, POI (Points of Interest) content, and connectivity throughout Europe and North America. Additional regions and extended real-time content will be introduced soon after. For the immediate rollout, the service will be available for Smart phones and Java phones, with support for additional handsets on multiple platforms to be added in phase two.

Qlinks America, Inc. (Qlinks), a privately-held Colorado Corporation, announced the purchase of two online communities, the GeoCommunity and the Wireless Developer Network from ThinkBurst Media, Inc., a Florida Corporation. With this asset purchase executed on October 31, 2005, Qlinks furthers its business strategy of becoming a market leader in “linking community business” over the next five years.


GIS Day is a global event that is part of the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week, which focuses on promoting awareness about geography education. Games, open houses, lectures, and a host of other activities will spread the word about the power of the innovative technology and its critical presence in daily life. Over 30 organizations across Canada will be participating in GIS day by hosting celebrations, many open to the general public. Visit

International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2006 is to be held in Denver, Colorado, on February 13 and 14, 2006 at the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown.

Global Locate, Inc., a privately held global leader in assisted-GPS (A-GPS) products and services, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent number USP 6,453,237 entitled "Method and Apparatus for Locating and Providing Services to Mobile Devices." This is one of 14 patents covering various aspects of the Global Locate Worldwide Reference Network (WWRN™), a wide area network of GPS reference stations that provides assistance data to location-enabled devices anywhere in the world.
In response to public concern for the water quality of Lake Pontchartrain following Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is conducting intensive studies of water, sediment, and seafood quality of Lake Pontchartrain.

Findings released suggest that, despite expectations that hurricane-related flooding in New Orleans could cause uniformly high concentrations of fecal bacteria in Lake Pontchartrain, water samples from sites in and around the lake commonly were within limits acceptable for recreational waters.

MAPPS, the only national association of private geospatial firms, will kick-off a new Washington Policy Forum on December 8 with a luncheon featuring Col. Brian Cullis, USAF, Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary for Installations and Environment for Geospatial Information Policy and Executive Manager of the Defense Installation Spatial Data Infrastructure.


Department of the Interior (DOI) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials presented the 2005 William T. Pecora Award, a prestigious federal award given to individuals and groups to recognize career achievements in remote sensing at a recent ceremony in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The award, sponsored jointly by the DOI and NASA, recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding of the Earth by means of remote sensing. 2005 winners include: Dr. Jeff Dozier, a preeminent researcher in snow hydrology and the remote sensing of snow properties; Dr. John R. G. Townshend, a highly successful and inspiring researcher, educator and leader in Earth observation and monitoring;

Bentley Systems, Incorporated was named Technology Company of the Year during the Eastern Technology Council's (ETC's) 13th Annual Enterprise Awards ceremony, held Tuesday evening, 11/1, at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. The Enterprise Awards recognize the achievements of the most outstanding technology and life sciences companies and CEOs in the Philadelphia area. Other finalists for Technology Company of the Year included SAP America and eResearchTechnology.

Bentley's BE Careers Network sponsors and supports various student competitions to encourage growth and support of students education and interest in the AEC industry. This new empowerment program gives students practical, hands-on experience with professional AEC. MicroStation PowerDraft can be downloaded by schools and students for free at
Bentley also hosts an annual
BE Award Student Competition each May where students get the opportunity to present their projects in front of industry leaders from around the world, as well as the chance to earn a scholarship.

The National Association of GIS-Centric Software (NAGCS) has announced their certification of ArcFM, the award-winning facilities management application from Miner & Miner, a Telvent company. The designation acknowledges ArcFM as meeting all the prescribed criteria for GIS-centric software.


San Holdings Inc., a national provider of data storage management, system integration services and spatial data provisioning solutions, today announced preliminary results for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2005.

Quarterly Highlights include:

-- Record Revenue, Gross Profit and Gross Margin Percentage

-- Service Revenue for the quarter improved by more than $1.0 million

-- Initiated process to report "stand-alone" financial statements for EarthWhere business

-- Generated positive cash flow from operations

The company expects to record revenue of $18.0 million, gross profit of $4.6 million and gross margin of 25.3 percent. All three of these are records for the company.

The company also announced today that the filing of its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the September 2005 quarter will be delayed due to the expected restatement of 2004 operating results, and filed a 12b-25 Notification of Late Filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The Company will provide complete financial performance detail with its quarterly report which the company expects to file no later than Nov. 21, 2005.

New Products

GfK MACON is supplying the new 2005 version of the digital map edition "Europe Postal and Administrative.” The 2004
map set has been completely revised and expanded to include additional, detailed map levels for Romania and Bulgaria.
The Europe Edition comprises the postal and administrative territories of all European countries including Turkey. These territories are supplemented by a large selection of topographical map layers, such as roads, railway lines, city areas and elevations. The maps are provided as vector data in the standard GIS formats Shape (ESRI), mid/mif (MapInfo) and RegioGraph (GfK MACON). All map objects are fully inscribed and include the national as well as the international terminology and characters where necessary.

Mapdex, a new extensive web portal, is now available for providing access to a large and growing number of public ArcIMS map servers. Developed by the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas, the portal is searchable by spatial layers, fields, and map service names. Specialists in any number of industries can locate and use readily available data for their particular needs; they can also learn about data origin, date of creation, scale, and any other number of metadata variables.

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