June 19, 2006
MapPoint 2006 Targets the Mobile Professional
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Eight map styles are available to allow you to view data on a map the way you want to see it. MapPoint 2006 displays very well on a 12-15 inch screen of a laptop, and enhancements have been made so that it is easier to view the screen at night. For night viewing, the screen offers a very high contrast map view with low light for clear viewing without any glare. There is also a large print option with high contrast directions located just below to make it easier to take a quick glance to know if you're making a left or right hand turn, what street name you need, as well as voice prompt. There are a number of ways to navigate directions, and Daley said it MapPoint is safe for day and
night car use.


Pricing: $299 for the full MapPoint application without GPS. You can use your existing GPS device with this product. $349 for the MapPoint application plus the SiRFstar 3 chipset GPS device with high sensitivity drivers that are bundled with MapPoint for easy plug-and-play.




Top News of the Week


Google Inc. announced a series of updates to the company's mapping product suite, further illustrating Google's commitment to creating powerful tools for sharing geographic information. Announced live at Google's first Geo Developer Day, these innovations both connect users to information about the world around them, as well as address the growing needs of the developer community. See
press release for details.


Mapsolute Inc., an Internet mapping provider and creator of
Map24 announced it is offering a free Map24 (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) AJAX API to easily integrate advanced mapping technology into websites.


To best support this new Web 2.0 API, Mapsolute has also launched an extensive developer network that provides detailed information on the AJAX API including manuals, tutorials, API documentation, source codes and FAQs. The network also includes information on interfaces such as Map24 Web Services and a discussion forum.


Autodesk, Inc. is introducing Autodesk Civil 3D 2007 Extension for Google Earth-Technology Preview. This publishing utility -- the first of its kind -- is designed specifically for civil engineers and surveyors who need to keep all constituents involved in a project, from the planning stages through public approval, apprised of the latest design information. With a wizard-driven interface, engineers and surveyors can rapidly publish Civil 3D objects and design data in Google Earth, allowing all project constituents to create, manage and share design projects with extended teams and enhance the materials they publish with rich and interactive context.


NAVTEQ supplies enhanced map data to
Servingo where football fans can get the very latest, location-related information on the twelve match venues.


NAVTEQ was chosen by Servingo as supplier of digital road maps for Germany's new multi-regional navigation and information portal. Servingo was partly developed by NAVTEQ's partner Intergraph, a world leader in delivering software and services for management and visual representation of complex information. Servingo will help football fans get to their destination and access other up-to-date, personalized local information free of charge via their mobile phone, smartphone, PDA or laptop.


Safe Software Inc., provider of spatial data translation and data transformation solutions, announced that the upcoming release of its proven FME (Feature Manipulation Engine) technology will process an unprecedented volume of spatial data. This improved performance is the result of enhancements that make FME 2006 GB Large Address Aware, allowing it to access significantly increased memory resources when running on selected 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft® Windows® operating system.




Acquisitions/Alliances/Agreements


At this inaugural BE Conference in Europe, Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has acquired GEF-RIS AG based in Leimen, Germany. The company provides geographic information system (GIS) solutions used in the design and management of multi-utility infrastructure. Users of its products include E.ON Hanse, swb Bremen, Drewag Dresden, Wien Energie, and EVM Koblenz.


GEF-RIS's sis family of products is led by sisNET, an integrated solution for the design, documentation, and management of electricity, gas, water, and district heating networks. sisNET is built on Bentley's MicroStation and maintains data in commercial spatially oriented databases such as Oracle.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated also announced that it has acquired the map publishing and finishing products, including CADscript and MAPscript, from Corporate Montage Pty. Ltd. of Perth, Australia.




Announcements


Intergraph Corporation announced the commencement of the company's new flagship international users conference, Intergraph 2006, June 13-15 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In its inaugural year, the conference will host more than 2,000 attendees from over 60 countries.


General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) will present the featured keynote, exploring leadership during times of change and crisis. Additional keynote addresses will be presented by Intergraph President and Chief Executive Officer Halsey Wise, Chief Operating Officer Reid French, and Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Peter Batty.


Autodesk, Inc. announced that Allister Lundberg, DWF infrastructure senior product marketing manager, will speak at
GeoTec 2006 in Ottawa, Canada on Tuesday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. Lundberg will speak on common challenges faced by geospatial technology professionals and explain how advances in collaboration technology can help them leverage their investments to minimize costs when sharing geographic data with teams across dispersed locations. Lundberg will also outline collaboration strategies that GIS professionals can apply to reduce errors and ensure access to the right information when and where it is needed.


A presentation held as part of the
International Conference on Spatial Cognition to be held at the University of Bremen (Germany), 24-28 September 2006 (invites submissions on the topics: Talking about and perceiving moving objects: exploring the bridge between natural language, perception and formal ontologies of space.


The targeted audience includes, but is not limited to, people working in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Geography, Geomatics, GIScience, Linguistics, Psychology, Robotics, and Spatial Reasoning.


Contributions are invited for either short papers (max. 4 pages) or long papers (max. 10 pages). Submissions should to be sent to:
http://users.ugent.be/~pbogaert/ScWorkshop06/nico.vandeweghe@ugent.be with e-mail subject "SC06 Moving Objects". The deadline for workshop contributions is 16 July 2006.


For a more detailed call for papers and further information, see the


LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., and a leading provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content, announced that it will be one of the sponsors at the forthcoming Laser-Scan User and Partner Conference 2006.


Held at the Robinson Center in Cambridge, UK, from June 27th to June 29th 2006, the conference will examine the best ways of maximizing the return on investment made by organizations that purchase and use or reuse spatial data. Therefore the theme of the conference is 'Spatial Data Supply Chain: Delivering ROI'. Presenting at the conference will be speakers from some of the geospatial industry's biggest users and suppliers.


MapAction, a UK based charity, is preparing digital maps to help coordinate the massive rescue and relief effort for those affected by the earthquake in Indonesia.


An earthquake destroys roads, bridges and power and telephone lines. As relief workers help to provide relief in the disaster zone their first priority is information. This can range from knowing the extent of the devastation, hospital status and location, to the road and transport conditions.


MapAction currently has a field-based team of two in Yogyakarta, backed up by more GIS resources in the UK, to work alongside the UN's emergency information management team, which is setting up an Operations Centre in Yogyakarta. MapAction, alongside its UN colleagues, aims to map the fast-changing situational information to enable humanitarian agencies both within and outside Indonesia to ensure that aid reaches the right places, quickly. The first situational maps showing the extent of the areas affected by the flood are now available on


Healing Hands International (HHI) , a non-profit humanitarian organization, is working with the Native Communities Development Corporation (NCDC) , a DigitalGlobe business partner, to obtain satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe for use in planning and visualization efforts surrounding agricultural development and disaster relief missions in Africa and Central America.
HHI provides sustainability education and training to third-world countries. Its mission is to implement efficient and lasting sustainable technologies, paving the way for agricultural economies in rural areas of developing countries to feed starving communities.


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