February 13, 2006
Open Source Geospatial Foundation Gets a Name and Domain at Chicago Meeting
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Merrick & Company, a provider of LIDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping announced the initial release of its free MARS Viewer at the International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2006. MARS Viewer is an intuitive, easy-to-use viewing application for LIDAR and associated terrain data. Designed as a lightweight visualization application, MARS Viewer allows users to view and navigate point cloud and surface models. ILMF 2006 will take place in Denver, Colorado on February 13 - 14, 2006 at the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown.

Safe Software Inc. announced the release of SpatialDirect 2006, the most recent version of the company's spatial data distribution and transformation technology for the web. Based on innovative technology in Safe Software's Feature Manipulation Engine (FME®), SpatialDirect allows organizations to easily and efficiently deliver map data via the web, in many different formats and coordinate systems.

Blue Marble Geographics announces the release of their new Geographic Map File Translator Version 3.0 with Flex LM-based licensing. The full major update to their vector map file translation software is now available for purchase and download.

Laser-Scan is delighted to announce the further extension of its Air Mapping and Charting user community, following the purchase of the award winning Aeronautical Production System (APS) by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

With over 2500 customers and the desire to increase the number of products it delivers, the RAAF sought an application suite that would allow its existing team in Melbourne to meet this objective. Laser-Scan's APS suite delivers this capability through a number of Air Charting technology breakthroughs based on Laser-Scan's object orientated Gothic database:
- Temporal updates

- Ensuring data quality

- Single continuous database
Blue Marble Geographics announces the release of their new Geographic Map File Translator Version 3.0 with Flex LM-based licensing. The full major update to their vector map file translation software is now available for purchase and download.

Geoscape unveiled its 2006 geo-demographic database, which illustrates thousands of powerful facts from across the nation at micro and macro levels of geography.
American Marketscape DataStream: 2006 Series (AMDS) features detailed records on all sectors of the American populace and consumer spending.

The AMDS 2006 Executive Summary Report is available

GenaWare, a Genasys company, announces the availability of GenaMap 9 Beta premiering new features that improve map visualization, speed application development, and implement industry standards for greater flexibility.

Ekahau Inc. announced that its Real Time Location System solution (RTLS) is ready for installations in underground mining and tunnel work sites to track the accurate location and movement of miners in real time. The Ekahau system is the only available technology on the market that can leverage any brand of existing Wi-Fi networks inside a mine to locate persons and emergency equipment, without the need for any proprietary hardware or system installations.

Around the Web

Internet Lions Turn Paper Tiger in China by Tom Zeller, Jr., February 6, 2006, The New York Times

NIST Defines Standards for Biometric Federal ID Cards by Stacy Lawrence, February 3, 2006 , Ziff Davis Internet - Eweek -- In October, the government will start issuing Personal Identity Verification cards to all federal employees and contractors. This week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the final guidelines defining how biometrics should be stored on these identity cards.

Bush Administration Sees $25B in Wireless Sales by Jeremy Peloftsky, February 6, 2006, Reuters --The sale of U.S. wireless communications licenses are projected to raise about $25 billion between 2007 and 2009, $7.8 billion higher than last year's estimate, according President George W. Bush's 2007 budget released on Monday.

Upcoming Events

Date: February 13 - 14, 2006

Place: Denver, CO USA

ILMF2006 Annual Meeting will be held February 13-14, 2006 in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. Originally scheduled to be held in New Orleans, LA., the venue has been moved to Denver as a result of the catastrophic events of hurricane Katrina.

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