February 20, 2006
The Landsat Program: 22 Years and Still Counting
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Magellan announced the introduction of the first mapping software for rugged handheld GPS navigation devices containing a detailed map of the entire Republic of Mexico. Magellan MapSend Topo Mexico provides extensive searchable points of interest, topography, parks and highways, plus street detail for cities with a population of 50,000 or more. Available on a convenient preloaded Secure Digital (SD) memory card, the software converts compatible Magellan eXplorist(TM) and Meridian(TM) handheld GPS receivers into powerful travel tools allowing outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and adventurers to navigate with ease through both suburban and urban areas, on foot or behind the wheel.


Tadpole Technology Plc announced that its Geospatial Solutions Division has signed an agreement with SembCorp Utilities (UK) Ltd, a SembCorp Industries group company, in which the intellectual property rights to a suite of GIS solutions are transferred to Tadpole.


Galdos Systems Inc. announced the signing of a contract with Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(ORNL). Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the U.S. Department of Energy's largest science and energy laboratory. ORNL has engaged Galdos' Engineering Services department to provide a range of engineering services related to the use of open standards (GML, WFS etc.) in the design and development of Sensor Net applications for homeland security. Galdos services will include
the development of web service based architectures for the real time integration of geographic and sensor information, GML application schemas for sensor observations, and system performance analysis.

Intergraph announced that U.S. federal government security teams used Intergraph's mobile resource management solution in support of security operations at the President's State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C. Intergraph provided federal government security teams with an IntelliWhere(TM)-based system for real-time tracking of resources throughout the course of the event. IntelliWhere TrackForce was used to provide a map-based command and control interface allowing visibility and management of deployed mobile resources.

Intergraph Corporation announced that Wuhan University, China, the world's largest mapping university, has purchased an Intergraph Z/I Imaging DMC (Digital Mapping Camera). Leveraging some of the most advanced digital imagery available on the market, the university will be able to quickly and accurately provide small-scale to large-scale digital images to customers.

Autodesk Inc. announced its Autodesk European Location Services Developer Program. This location-based services (LBS) program provides European developers with the resources and support needed to rapidly bring LBS applications and services to market. The LBS market is estimated to reach $200 million EUR by 2007, according to Frost and Sullivan, and wireless carriers around the world are location-enabling their networks to facilitate worldwide demand for LBS services such as social networking, gaming, personal navigation and directions.


Analytical Surveys, Inc. (ASI), a provider of utility-industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2005.
First quarter revenue was $1.3 million versus $2.0 million in the same period a year ago. Net loss available to common shareholders was $43,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, versus a net loss of $491,000, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the first quarter last year. The reduced net loss was principally due to lower revenues, salaries, wages, benefits and subcontractor costs, as well as the absence of severance costs in fiscal 2006. See


MapInfo Corporation, global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced it will host MapWorld 2006, its 13th annual global user conference, on May 2-4 at the Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. MapInfo executives, customers and industry experts will come together to demonstrate how MapInfo's location intelligence technology is helping organizations make smarter business decisions and enhance productivity.

Mike LaFerle, vice president of Real Estate, The Home Depot, will deliver this year's keynote address, "Building the Best Store Locations." For MapWorld 2006 registration information and a preliminary agenda, please go to this


The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC) announced a Request For Quotations (RFQ) from technology developers interested in an Interoperability Initiative to extend a reference implementation of OGC-based services at the state level in the U.S. The OGC Kentucky Watershed Modeling Information Portal (KWMIP) Pilot Project uses OGC Web Services (OWS), to provide advance the use of computer based watershed modeling in the commonwealth.

The Request for Quotations can be downloaded
here. A Bidder's Conference (a conference call) will be held on February 23, 2006. Questions for the call must be sent to by 2200 GMT February 21, 2006. The response period begins February 7, 2006 and ends March 7, 2006. The KWMIP kickoff will take place March 15, 2006 by teleconference and the final demonstration of capabilities will take place in June 2006. The initiative manager will be Sam Bacharach. For more information on the KWMIP Initiative, please contact Mr. Bacharach at +1 703-352-3938.


Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an Engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation (AMEX:
BKR) announced that Joseph R. Seppi, strategic projects director for the Company's Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) practice, has been named 2005 Oracle Spatial Developer of the Year by Oracle Magazine as part of its Editors' Choice Awards. Now in its fourth year, winners of the Editors' Choice Awards represent some of the most visionary, engaging, and forward-thinking people working with Oracle technologies in every region of the world.

Contract Awards

Offshore Systems International Ltd. announced that its mapping division has been awarded a five-year prime contract valued at approximately C$3.0 million, including all options if exercised. The contract to conduct a county-wide mapping project was awarded by Washoe County in Nevada.


Quantm Ltd., the leader in transportation route optimization, announced the appointment of Tom Clemons as Vice President, Business Development - North America. Building on the rapid adoption of Quantm's road and rail planning technology in 14 U.S. States, Clemons will be responsible for further growing Quantm's business with transportation infrastructure planning departments throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

New Products

Blue Marble Geographics announces the release of their new TIGER/Line Map Kit Translator with updated Census data. This application includes TIGER/Line Translator version 8.0 shipped as either a TIGER to MIF (TGR2MIF) or TIGER to Shape (TGR2SHP) software application and the full TIGER data set.

Leica Geosystems announces the immediate availability of Cyclone™ 5.4 software to streamline workflows in the field and office for High-Definition Surveys. Key new features include:

Six New Visualization Tools: For faster navigation through point cloud data

“Single User” Setting: New option for faster point cloud loading and management

Automated Target Recheck: Improves survey quality and project productivity via easy field QA/QC checks.

Telcontar, supplier of software and services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry, announced at the 3GSM World Congress, the Telcontar Developer Zone's expansion to European-based LBS developers, offering a free online workspace environment that enables quick and easy prototyping for the development of location-enhanced applications.

Spatial NetWorks' new WatchLink technology tracks and maps nationally registered sex offenders and predators and e-mails reports detailing the locations, status and movement of the offenders in the area. WatchLink was designed to promote safety and awareness in communities across the nation.

Orion Technology Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its new Corporate Website at
www.oriongis.com. The new website features flash presentations providing an overview of the company's three main business areas, Software, Custom Application Development, and Professional Services. The site also provides a number of new case studies, industry overviews, and a Members' Area for Orion Clients to access their personal profiles, update server information, download user guides, submit support requests and report bugs.

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