January 16, 2006
Emerging Technologies for 2006 - Part 1
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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It's an exciting time in our history as the commercial satellite imagery industry evolves, creating a bigger and better landscape for the future. The industry will provide imagery content and new and innovative technologies that will serve commercial and government customers. Later this year customers will have access to even higher resolution imagery and that will lead to new products and services. GeoEye's next-generation satellite is slated for launch in early 2007. That satellite will have a ground resolution of .41-meters. In addition, desktop mapping and geospatial programs will continue to gain popularity, further increase general public awareness and appetite for satellite imagery
as a whole and diversify future market offerings. For example, consumers favorably received Google's offering of Google Earth, free software that marries satellite and aerial images with mapping software. So as consumers become savvier and recognize the usefulness of this navigation tool, our industry will see more players in this arena. GeoEye has a new relationship with Microsoft and both companies are exploring the opportunities of marrying software and imagery content.

3) Which of these do you feel will be realized and to what degree in 2006?

Business to business and business to consumer applications will grow in 2006 to the point that the public will be very accustomed to looking at earth from above. The number of mash-ups utilizing the Google offering will continue to grow at an almost exponential rate. In 2006 government and commercial customers can be assured of the stability of the industry since there are now two strong US commercial remote sensing companies. Consolidation is healthy for such a new industry. GeoEye will be a driving force in moving the industry forward because of our advanced technology, innovation, integrity and service to customers.

4) What are the cutting edge developments to look for from your organization?

GeoEye operates a world class processing facility in St. Louis and now will be able to utilize map-accurate imagery from the IKONOS, OrbView-3 and OrbView-2 satellites to enhance value-added products. A keen focus for GeoEye will be to fully integrate the merger so that execution will be flawless while continuing to provide quality products and service to our customers. We will also focus on extracting value from the 255 million square kilometers of imagery in the IKONOS and OrbView-3 archive, set up systems so that we can collaboratively task our satellites; and continue to improve customer service operations. While working on some specific R&D developments, we are not ready to identify
any specifics.


Overwatch Systems announced that it has acquired Paragon Imaging of Woburn, Mass. The purchase became effective on Nov. 30, 2005. Paragon Imaging is now known as the Boston Operations of Overwatch.

NAVTEQ, global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced plans to acquire the gedas MapIT business unit in Mexico; gedas MapIT is the leading digital map provider in Mexico. The acquisition broadens NAVTEQ digital map coverage while creating an efficient local foundation for further expansion.


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) invites public comment on a candidate specification for a geospatial Web Processing Service (WPS)

The candidate Web Processing Service interface specification provides a standardized interface that facilitates the access and publishing of geospatial processes as well as the discovery and binding to those processes by client applications. "Processes" in this context include any sort of calculation or model which operates on spatially referenced data. Examples of geospatial processing are polygon overlay, buffer analysis, and line of sight analysis. The data required by the WPS can be delivered across a network or they can be available at the server. WPS builds on currently adopted OpenGIS(R) Specifications that define standard interfaces for finding and accessing geospatial data and

DigitalGlobe has been awarded a $24 million satellite imagery capacity contract modification by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). This ClearView contract enables the NGA to acquire additional commercial imagery from DigitalGlobe's QuickBird satellite - the world's highest resolution commercial imaging satellite.

DigitalGlobe's map-accurate imagery is used for a number of mapping and planning activities within defense and intelligence and commercial applications around the world.

In 1981, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women's History Week. The week was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day, March 8. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the U.S. president has issued a proclamation.

149.1 million: The number of females in the United States as of July 1, 2004. That exceeds the number of males (144.5 million). Males outnumbered females in every five-year-age group through the 35- to 39-age group. Starting with the 40- to 44-age group, women outnumbered men. At 85 and over, there were more than twice as many women as men.

A new live training seminar from ESRI Virtual Campus details the newest spatial statistics tools available with ArcGIS 9. Understanding Spatial Statistics in ArcGIS 9 will be presented January 26, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. Pacific time.

A broadband Internet connection and an ESRI Virtual Campus membership are required to view the seminar. Becoming a Virtual Campus member is free and only takes a few minutes. Following the live presentation, the seminar will be archived and available for viewing at any time on the Virtual Campus Web site. More information about this seminar, including instructions for attending and a schedule of upcoming seminars, is available at

Name Change

ORBIMAGE Holdings Inc. has finalized the acquisition of substantially all of Denver-based Space Imaging's assets. The combined company will now do business under the brand name GeoEye. GeoEye is the world's largest commercial satellite imagery company with a pro forma combined revenue for 2005 of approximately $160 million. The purchase price was approximately $58.5 million less amounts which were paid by Space Imaging on its existing debt as well as certain other adjustments.


A new live training seminar from
ESRI Virtual Campus details the newest spatial statistics tools available with
Understanding Spatial Statistics in ArcGIS 9 will be presented January 26, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. Pacific time.


Intergraph Corporation announced Hawaiian Telcom, Hawaii's leading telecommunications provider, has selected Intergraph's G/Technology as the enabling engine for its geospatial resource management (GRM) environment. G/Technology's communication-specific solutionware will streamline Hawaiian Telcom's business processes by integrating critical workflows among applications that manage, monitor and maintain its service-delivery network. Intergraph's GRM system will provide Hawaiian Telecom with open database access, scalability and high performance that will simplify projects and processes.


Autodesk, Inc. announced that it has been named by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." Ranked 81st among the top 100 and 24th among small-sized companies, Autodesk prides itself on creating an innovative environment where new ideas thrive and a place where company values are more than just words; respect, teamwork, flexibility and risk-taking are representative of its culture.

New Products

mPower Technologies, the developer of mPower Integrator, is officially announcing their launch into the geographic information systems (GIS) market. The company has over 30 years of combined experience in geospatial technologies. mPower Integrator, their flagship product, offers a new way to develop customized Web applications.

Hop-on, Inc. announced that it would launch a GPS assisted Location-Based Services (LBS) tracking phone for kids at CES 2006. The new Chitter Chatter kids' phone was designed to empower kids and parents with both phone and LBS tracking capabilities, with a suggested retail price of under $50 (

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-- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.


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