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ER Mapper has released ER Mapper Mosaic-Balance-Compress (MBC). Retailing for US$1000, ER Mapper MBC provides a simple interface so even a novice user can create high-value compressed image mosaics.

Ekahau's Real-Time Location System (RTLS) provides a personnel tracking solution that integrates with Wi-Fi networks already in operation in most hospitals and health care facilities. Using the RTLS's Ekahau Positioning Engine (EPE) 3.1 software and Ekahau T201 WLAN tags, hospital administrators and security personnel are able to track the location of doctors and nurses via an Intranet site on any web-enabled device. In an emergency situation, a hospital employee wearing the Ekahau tag can push its alarm button to summon help. The alarm signal can be routed to security personnel monitors as well as to their cell phones via SMS text message.

The WorldTracker SMS from Google Earth is equipped with a SiRFstarIII chipset and a Siemens MC-46 tri-band GSM module, the unit measures just 2.56 by 1.7 by 1.1 inches (45 by 66 by 25 millimeters) and weighs a mere 3.1 ounces (87 grams). The device is completely self-contained and features built-in GPS and GSM antennas, as well as a rechargeable lithium ion battery. It is small enough to place on a belt or in a purse, hide inside of a vehicle, or easily integrate into machinery.

TatukGIS announced the commercial release of the TatukGIS ASP.NET Internet Map Server (IS) product for Windows, with a trial version and samples. This GIS Internet Server reflects the latest advancement of the TatukGIS GIS engine and supports the same object API (2,300+ functions and properties) as the comprehensive TatukGIS Developer Kernel toolkit product. This includes support for geographic coordinate systems, topological operations, geocoding, routing, GPS tracking, SQL server database map layers, most GIS vector and image data formats, and much more.

The world's first integrated GIS data collection and land survey system - the GMS-110 - has been introduced by Topcon Positioning Systems. This instrument will operate with software solutions based on ESRI's ArcPad and is “perfect for the advanced GIS professional,” said Mike Weir, worldwide GIS sales manager. The GMS-110 is also compatible with Topcon's TopSURV-GIS, featuring both GIS data collection and land surveying functions.

Around the Web

Living It: Our Man on Mars by Michael Benoist, National Geographic.com - NASA's resident Martian talks about a new book, a big movie, and what it's like to road trip the Red Planet

Open source: The newest competitive tool, by Steven Shankland, CNET News.com, February 13, 2006 - A few years ago, releasing once-secret source code to the public would have been a highly unusual first move for a company with a newly acquired software product line.
But that's exactly what Integrated Computer Solutions is announcing this week with the Project.net project management software it bought Jan. 1.

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