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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geoVue, an enterprise location intelligence software provider, announces the release of marketVue Portal v.1.2, the latest version of its powerful Web Services-based platform for site selection, market planning, and sales forecasting applications. Customers can access geoVue's location intelligence software applications iSITE (site selection and trade area analysis) and iPREDICT (sales forecasting), through the marketVue Portal. The marketVue Portal can also be seamlessly integrated with third-party data and customers' proprietary applications.

Visual Learning Systems (VLS) announced the release of Feature Analyst 4.0 for ERDAS IMAGINE, providing a sophisticated solution for extracting features of interest from imagery and scanned maps.

Feature Analyst 4.0 offers significant new benefits including enhanced image and vector handling, direct read/write capability with the Geodatabase, and a developer API for creating plug-in tools.

The LEA-4A, a mere 17 x 22 mm in size, is u-blox' new low-cost GPS module, featuring the recently released 16-channel ANTARIS 4 receiver technology developed jointly by Atmel and u-blox. The LEA-4A module provides high performance using 40% less power than its predecessor (the LEA-LA) and includes a USB port for flexible connectivity, high data rates and combined power and data transmission over one link.

RSI, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Industries, announced the release of the ENVI RX Anomaly Detection Tool, a free plug-in for ENVI 4.1 and 4.2, that gives ENVI users the ability to quickly and easily identify anomalies in geospatial images. This new ENVI tool automatically locates areas in an image that are different from the overall image background allowing analysts to focus on those areas that are most likely to contain valuable information.

People viewing maps online can now call up, interrogate, explore and analyze the information they contain interactively in real time, thanks to a new capability built into the latest version of GeoConcept Internet Server, the powerful geographic information system from MapMechanics.

This new capability has been made possible by the introduction of an On Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) capability in GeoConcept. This “G-OLAP” technology allows people using Web browsers to drill down into the data behind online mapping on a live basis, viewing and analyzing the information in whatever way suits them - both textually and in the form of annotated maps.

The National Football League (NFL) and The Map Network (TMN) unveiled the preferred online and print maps of Super Bowl XL at
SuperBowl.com and at
VisitDetroit.com, the official site of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. Media and fans can learn how to feature the interactive Super Bowl XL map on their sites at
MapNetwork/SuperBowl or link directly to

Getmapping.com, British supplier of aerial photography, announces the launch of SIMurban - a state-of-the-art 3D World Simulator that promises to revolutionize the future of sustainable planning and development.

Multimap, a leading online mapping provider, announced the deployment of its mapping solution for Optus, an Australian leader in telecommunications. This is the first time that an international mobile telecommunications company has benefited from Multimap's expertise in location-enabled solutions development and Microsoft's MapPoint Web Service Platform Technology for 3G phones. The new mapping and location-based services offered to Optus's 3G customers is called the FindA services.

The GeoInformation Group, publishers of
Cities Revealed aerial photography, confirm plans to capture Greater London at 5cm, the highest resolution ever made available to the market, rendering 10cm resolution imagery of London second best.

By capturing London at 5cm, Cities Revealed will be ensuring that every agency responsible for the continued development of London has access to the most detailed and clearest aerial imagery available.

Around the Web

Autodesk To See Q4 Upside On Surprise Rebate Maya Roney, Forbes, January 6, 2006- Autodesk introduced an upgrade promotion for customers running 2002-based products. Starting on December 12, all obit/retirement upgrades from 2002-based products became eligible for a rebate. The rebate is $125 across all 2002-based upgrades and the promotion runs through January 27.

Upcoming Events

Date: January 23 - 25, 2006

Place: VSB-Technical University Ostrava Czech Republic

Let us invite you to participate in International Symposium GIS - Ostrava 2006. This meeting has been organized every year since 1994 and it has been developed to one of the most important GI/GIT conferences in the Czech Republic. Every year about two hundred participants mainly from the Czech Republic and Slovakia attend the conference. Reputable foreign speakers have been invited to present main topics to Czech and Slovak GI community. The aim of this series of conferences is bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners from the field of GI/GIT. We have decided to open GIS Ostrava 2006 meeting to keynote speakers from informatics area. We hope that they can bring
new ideas to GI-community how to effectively use IT for GI.

Date: January 23 - 26, 2006

Place: QE II Conference Centre Westminster, London, United Kingdom

DGI (Defence Geospatial Intelligence) is the annual European event for the Military Geospatial Intelligence community, bringing together government, industry, and military leaders together with leading suppliers and industry experts.

Date: January 25 - 27, 2006

Place: City of Orange, USA

This fast paced, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants learn to make thematic maps of their community, geocode addresses and perform spatial queries and analysis. Participants also learn to extract and map Census variables such as race, poverty, language, education, health and many other demographic variables. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required. Each students is assigned a computer on which to work for the day.

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