April 17, 2006
PushPin LE Offers Google Map-like Interface for Developers
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In order to facilitate critical decision-making before, during and after a catastrophic event, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has established an Emergency Mapping and Analysis Center (EMAC) located in their new Advanced Radar Research and Development and Production Center, based in Melbourne, Fla.
The EMAC will help the state of Florida enhance its preparations for hurricanes and other disasters by allowing the Emergency Operations Centers' Incident Management Teams to visualize events from a geographic perspective. The intent is to help incident managers rapidly direct their resources to the areas in which they are most needed.
The new version of MapViewSVG 5.0 offers powerful tools for ArcGIS professional user to produce web mapping solutions based on the W3C SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) standard.
MapViewSVG allows you to convert maps with all layout settings, defined in ArcMap, to the SVG format (Scalable Vector Format). You can publish your maps as vector data on Internet/Intranet or on CD-ROM. MapViewSVG supports vector and raster based data and also annotations coming from ArcView, ArcInfo or from CAD sources.
Digital Data Technologies, Inc. (DDTI) installed in Ohio's Huron and Erie counties an Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) system designed to aid Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) like sheriff's offices and 9-1-1 dispatch centers in locating and tracking the activity of their fleet. The AVL is an enhancement to DDTI's AccuGlobe® E9-1-1 Dispatch software that pinpoints the location of emergency calls to 9-1-1.
NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, and CBS RADIO have teamed up to begin offering a new traffic information service via the Radio Data System (RDS) protocol. Through the use of CBS RADIO's transmission facilities in major metropolitan markets across the country with a combined population of more than 120 million people, NAVTEQ Traffic RDS(TM) is displayed on Portable Navigation Devices (PND) and Personal Digital Assistants (PDA).
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(R)) has issued a Request for Quotes/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) for the OGC Web Services, Phase 4 (OWS-4) Interoperability Initiative, a testbed to advance OGC's open interoperability framework for geospatial capabilities. The RFQ/CFP is available at OGC
The OWS-4 sponsors are organizations from multiple countries seeking open standards for their interoperability requirements: GeoConnections (Canada), Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL (US), BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the US National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), the US General Services Administration (GSA), other major US agencies, the National Technology Alliance, the NATO C3 Agency, the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain, and TeleAtlas NV. OWS-4 activities are proceeding in coordination with other standards initiatives in OASIS, IEEE and IAI.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced its innovative software subscription for municipalities. Called the Municipal License Subscription (MLS) program, it offers municipalities all the software they need for the mapping and engineering of all their infrastructure for a fixed annual fee, based on population.
Often, because of budget constraints, municipalities have an incomplete or unintegrated set of software tools to map and engineer their infrastructure - an essential function for these governments. With the MLS, they can slash their software and administrative costs, outfit their entire mapping and engineering organizations with fully integrated software, and realize a more efficient government.
Hitwise UK, the online competitive intelligence service, announced that Multimap was the top-performing website by visits within its 'Travel - Maps' category for the whole of 2005. The announcement was made at Hitwise's Annual Awards at the Institute of Directors, 31st March.
The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced the addition of extensive One Call programming at Annual Conference 29, slated for April 23-26, 2006, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. The One Call Connection includes a half-day seminar, seven paper presentations, and a special panel discussion-offering case studies, best practices, details on new technologies, and more.
“This new feature will showcase how geospatial technologies can significantly strengthen the efforts of One Call notification centers,” said Bob Samborski, Executive Director, GITA. “It will also provide information that utilities and local governments need to know to fully leverage those centers.”
ESRI congratulates the Spanish company Datatronics for winning the Social Networking Application award in the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge. The LBS Challenge was a location-based services (LBS) application development contest held in conjunction with 3GSM in Barcelona, Spain. Datatronic's application, based on ESRI technology, was chosen from among 141 companies by a jury representing hardware and software manufacturers, magazine editors, and other technology leaders.
Skyhook Wireless' Loki, the industry-first mass consumer LBS application that automatically incorporates a user's exact location into Internet search through the use of WiFi access points, has been selected by NAVTEQ as a category winner in the Navigation Applications Category of the Global LBS Challenge. Executives from wireless carriers, hardware and device manufacturers, and other influential players in the wireless industry served as the official judges and based their final decisions on three criteria: usability, applicability and ease of use. Skyhook Wireless' Loki took highest honors and was named the official winner in its category.
The Department of Interior (DOI) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently won the Excellence.Gov award for the Geospatial One-Stop Web portal. In its sixth year of existence and sponsored by the American Council for Technology, the award was presented to five winners selected for demonstrating best practices in information sharing for federally led information technology program implementations.
Decision-Making” (PE&RS, 71-4, pp. 453-459)
Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that the City of Trois-Rivieres, Canada, has selected Bentley's water resources modeling software to support the operation and management of the city's newly consolidated infrastructure.
Due to recent mergers among six municipalities in Quebec, the water, sewer, and storm drainage networks of the City of Trois-Rivieres encompass nearly 2,000 kilometers of piping. To successfully operate and manage these independently designed networks as a single massive network, the city needed to:
-- Seamlessly integrate the data from three separate network models and diverse databases
-- Develop accurate hydraulic models of the networks in order to meet the new water management requirements imposed by Quebec's Environment Quality Act
CarteGraph Systems announced the addition of seven new client organizations-Auburn, WA; Upper Leacock, PA; Rosemount, MN; Oak Forest, IL; San Angelo, TX; Westford, MA, and Yorkton, SK, Canada. They join the hundreds of other entities utilizing CarteGraph Software to achieve better efficiencies in their organizations.
Late afternoon on April 3, the Arkansas Geographic Information Office (AGIO) requested that EarthData provide orthoimagery to support the state's response to the April 2 tornado that destroyed a reported 80 percent of Marmaduke, Arkansas. Having recently completed aerial data acquisition over the entire state for the AGIO statewide digital orthophotography program, EarthData readily agreed to produce 1-meter orthoimagery as quickly as possible to map the tornado's destruction.
"We received the imagery less than 24 hours after our request," explained Learon Dalby, AGIO GIS program manager. "The most current data we had was color-infrared photography created in 2000. The new orthos gave us several advantages: They're up-to-date since the imagery was just acquired this spring, and because they are 'all-digital' they have much sharper contrast - clearer resolution - than our film-based imagery. As important, the new orthos were produced in natural color, which means non-GIS users found them easier to use, a fact that is particularly important in emergency response."
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