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mPower Technologies, a technology consulting firm, software developer, and service organization; and PlanSight LLC, an ESRI authorized developer and provider of a full range of high quality GIS products and consulting services, announce their business partnership . Together they developed a new GIS-based land records portal application, CivX Integrator, allowing organizations to easily create, manage, distribute, and share GIS-based land records data without expensive and time-consuming programming or outsourced consulting.

Orbis Integrated Solutions Inc., a business consulting and technology integration firm which focuses on Investigative Solutions and Data Management Solutions, announced the partnership with ARCBridge Consulting & Training Inc. a GIS solutions firm, to deliver wireless GIS mapping solution leveraging handheld PDA technology.

Telvent GIT S.A., the Global RealTime IT Company, announced that it has acquired the remaining 30% of Miner and Miner, Consulting Engineers, Incorporated (Miner & Miner) that it did not already own. Telvent initially acquired 70% of the issued and outstanding shares of Miner & Miner in December 2004. Miner & Miner is a worldwide leader in the development and implementation of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software for utilities.


Intergraph Corporation, a global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software, announced that General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), will serve as the featured keynote speaker for Intergraph 2006, the Company's flagship international users conference to be held June 12-15, 2006 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

General Powell became the 65th Secretary of State of the United States of America in 2001 under President George W. Bush and retired from that post last year. Before becoming Secretary of State, Powell served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and as National Security Advisor to President Reagan. He also served 35 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Four-Star General and serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989 1993). During this time he oversaw 28 crises, including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Remains of the ancient Maya culture, mysteriously destroyed at the height of its reign in the ninth century, have been hidden in the rainforests of Central America for more than 1,000 years. Now, NASA and
university scientists are using space- and aircraft-based "remote-sensing" technology to uncover those ruins, using the chemical signature of the civilization's ancient building materials.

NASA archaeologist Tom Sever and scientist Dan Irwin, both from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are teaming with William Saturno, an archaeologist at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, to locate the ruins of the ancient culture.

Space-system-based disaster management support, space-system-based telemedicine and possible dangers posed by near-Earth objects will be key agenda items at the 43rd session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), which will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 20 February to 3 March.

Other topics of discussion include the review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), the use of nuclear power sources in outer space, measures for reducing space debris created by space missions and the International Heliophysical Year 2007.


According to a
press release this week, for the 15th consecutive quarter, HP has outshipped all other major vendors in the worldwide server market while taking share in total server revenue, according to fourth quarter 2005 figures released by IDC.(1)

HP continued to be No. 1 in total worldwide revenue and units for Windows(R), Linux and the high-end UNIX(R) server market. HP also led in all three of the major operating systems combined (Windows, Linux and UNIX) -- which comprise more than 95 percent of all servers shipped worldwide and 78.7 percent of all server revenue.

Garmin Ltd. announced a record fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2005. Highlights of the quarter and full year include:

      Fourth Quarter 2005 Financial highlights:

       -- Total revenue of $319.3 million, up 45% from $220.9 million in fourth
quarter 2004

       -- Consumer segment revenue increased 50% to $260.2 million in fourth
quarter 2005



First ESRI Developer Summit will be held on March 17-18, 2006 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California.

3n (
mass notification system provider, announced an upcoming Webinar, "Integrating GIS into Your Mass Notification Strategy," scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m. PT /1:00 p.m. ET. 3n and guest speaker Lew Nelson, ESRI public safety manager of law enforcement/homeland security, will explain how geographically targeted communications can be leveraged as a strategic tool within businesses and government organizations in emergency situations and as part of daily operations.



SANZ Inc., SANZ Geospatial Solutions Group, a provider of spatial data provisioning solutions, announced at the AFCEA Homeland Security conference, the addition of three new members to its Geospatial Solutions Group: geotechnology software industry veteran Jim McGowan as its director of sales, defense and intelligence; Nick Burrell as system engineer; and Jennifer Pelton as inside sales representative.

McGowan, who brings over twelve years of high-tech and geotechnology industry experience, will concentrate on supporting the growing opportunity for EarthWhere™ products and services in intelligence and general defense applications. Prior to joining SANZ, McGowan was federal sales manager at LTI Software.

New Products

Safe Software Inc., announced the immediate availability of a French localization add-on for their core product, the Feature Manipulation Engine (FME). The French localization was prepared by Veremes, one of Safe Software's resellers based in France, and is the second localization of FME to be completed. A German localization, prepared by con terra, has been available for over a year.

MapInfo Corporation, the global provider of location intelligence solutions, introduced Envinsa Version 4.0, a comprehensive unified location platform. With Envinsa v4.0, organizations in all industries can derive the greatest value from location information, resulting in increased revenue, lower costs, enhanced efficiencies and improved service.

MapInfo also announced the launch of a new version of its successful UK health sector mapping application suite.

MapInfo HealthPro2 provides NHS managers and analysts with access to the leading desktop solution for analyzing location related information. It specifically allows NHS organizations in England to fully capitalize on the digital map data now available to them under the recent Ordnance Survey Pilot NHS agreement. Ambulance Trusts, which will be covered by the agreement from April 2006, will also benefit from the scheme.

MWH Soft, a global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, announced the worldwide release of InfoWater UDF, a state-of-the-art geocentric solution for unidirectional flushing of drinking water distribution systems. InfoWater UDF delivers unprecedented power and flexibility in managing the systematic flushing of water distribution systems to remove stagnant water along with mineral and sediment deposits that accumulate over time - restoring hydraulic capacity and improving water quality.

Matrox Graphics Inc., manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, announces Extio F1400, the world's first remote graphics unit. With this solution, the user interface of the computer -- the keyboard, mouse, monitors, audio peripherals, and graphics hardware -- are separated from the rest of the computer by up to 250 meters (820 feet) of fiber-optic cable. Designed for professional applications, this product supports up to 4 digital or analog monitors at a time, and has passive (fanless) cooling.

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