April 03, 2006
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has completed a full and detailed digital map of the entire Republic of Ireland stretching from Dublin to Galway and Donegal to Kerry.

The new NAVTEQ map, which is fully detailed, includes all public roads in the Republic and every kilometre was driven and field verified by teams of NAVTEQ geographic analysts.
It covers 95,369 kilometres of road linking over 44,000 cities, towns and villages and enabling navigation systems to give drivers turn by turn directions to and from addresses throughout the country.

TeleNav Inc. is now offering the TeleNavTrack GPS solution on the BlackBerry(R) 7520 and 7100i Wireless Handheld(TM) devices from Research In Motion (RIM) through one of the largest carriers in the nation. TeleNavTrack provides companies with a highly integrated, low-cost tracking and management solution through the BlackBerry 7520, 7100i and other GPS-enabled devices.

Prepared Response, Inc., a Seattle-based developer of crisis management planning and response systems, announced today it has added Geographic Information System (GIS) functionality to the Web-based version of its Rapid Responder(R) crisis management system. The GIS capability allows police, fire, and other first responders to view a variety of features, such as streets, pipelines, railroads, or political subdivisions as layers on an interactive map. The GIS functionality allows emergency responders to create more accurate tactical pre-plans and respond faster and more effectively during a wide variety of emergencies, including terrorist related incidents, bombings, civil
disturbances, hazardous materials spills, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and tsunamis.

Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of Geographic Transformer 5.2 with new capability to write to the industry standard MrSID Generation 3 (MG3) image file format. The Geographic Transformer allows users to easily establish an "image-to-world" relationship between image and map coordinates and reproject an image into a georeferenced digital map. The Transformer is perfect for handling a variety of image data sources including scanned paper maps, aerial photos, and satellite imagery and is used worldwide by thousands of basic to advanced GIS analysts at universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, and technology firms and government and military

PCI Geomatics is pleased to announce the release of Geomatica® 10 for Linux™ and Solaris™ users. The latest version of the company's revolutionary image-centric geospatial software emphasizes automation, productivity, and support for more than 100 geospatial data formats. Geomatica 10 offers solutions for various geomatics processing requirements, while maintaining interoperability with outside software packages.

Géographs Corporation and Urban Explorer are proud to announce the release of CensusTrax. CensusTrax is an on-line interactive web GIS service to quickly retrieve, map and export US Census data. It will be available as an inexpensive on-line subscription service in the near future. For now, while it is still in this beta version, it is freely available to anyone who wants to use it:

For this Beta version, detailed statistics (SF1 Tables) are available for California, but will soon have a Nationwide coverage. SF2, SF3, and SF4 Tables will follow in subsequent releases of the software.

Letters to the Editor

Susan --

Thanks for the article on MSFT''s new consumer mapping feature, street-side views -- very interesting indeed!


Alan Dunton

Autodesk Public Relations

Around the Web

Map Mashups get Personal, by Annalee Newitz, March 23, 2006, Wired News -- A new and growing community site called
Platial is spreading a decidedly personal layer of geographic data atop the familiar terrain of online mapping.

Upcoming Events

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GITA's Annual Conference and Exhibition is the most highly regarded educational event for professionals involved in geospatial information technologies.

Date: April 19-20, 2006

Place: Vienna, Austria

The event explores background, legislation, needs and technologies for farm advisory systems, as they are necessary to comply with the new situations like commitments regarding Cross Compliance, documentation needs to ensure food- and feed-traceability, to calculate, to map etc..

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