June 19, 2006
MapPoint 2006 Targets the Mobile Professional
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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The staff at the City of Grand Island Nebraska is well versed in ArcIMS and has been using ESRI software for over a decade. Within the past few months they have been creating custom GIS Web applications for both public access and internal users within the different City departments. These Web-based GIS applications integrate ArcIMS services with internal utility databases. Using industry-standard commercial software, enterprise databases are linked to GIS map features allowing end-users to see service records and other utility data related to field inventory.

The City used the following software to create these applications: Freeance and ESRI's ArcIMS. For more information on how other cities and counties nationwide are creating On Demand GIS applications visit

NVision Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of geospatial solutions with a proven disaster response record, is excited to announce the completion of Incident Command System (ICS) certification for all NVision personnel. The Incident Command System courses are designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable responders and staff to work within FEMA's personnel structure. All NVision employees are certified at the ICS-200 level.

Contract Awards

Intermap Technologies Corp. announced that it has been awarded a US $2.5 million contract for radar mapping in Southeast Asia. Under the agreement, the Company will collect and deliver geographic three-dimensional elevation and imagery data utilizing Intermap's IFSAR radar mapping technology.

The delivery of current and accurate Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) for this region will allow the client to create new topographic maps and update existing mapping data in the region. Accurate geospatial information allows clients to better understand any changes to the landscape for future planning, design, engineering, and construction.


NAVTEQ congratulates LOC-AID(R) Technologies Inc. and NAVITIME JAPAN CO., Ltd., winners of the BREW 2006 Developer Awards. Hosted by QUALCOMM, the BREW 2006 Developer Awards is a global awards program that recognizes wireless publishers and developers who are creating best-in-class BREW(R) applications and services that are propelling wireless data to the next level. The winners were revealed at an awards ceremony during the BREW 2006 Conference. Both LOC-AID and NAVITIME JAPAN submitted LBS applications powered by NAVTEQ(R) map data.

Name Change

Telcontar, supplier of software platforms and services for the location-based services (LBS) market, announced that it is changing its corporate name to deCarta. The new corporate identity reflects the Company's objective and commitment to deliver the most advanced geospatial software and services to Internet, mobile and telematics applications. In connection with the name change, the company also unveiled a new corporate logo and began doing business under the new name and identity as of today.

New Products

Matrox Graphics Inc. announces expanded monitor and graphics hardware support for its popular Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs). These easy-to-install, palm-sized, external upgrades add
multi-display support to a system by dividing the monitor output of a computer into separate displays.

MapInfo Corporation, global provider of location intelligence solutions, announces the launch of Workplace DESTINATIONS, the first dataset to identify and categories areas in the UK according to workplace population.

Providing a new and valuable analysis tool MapInfo Workplace DESTINATIONS gives an unprecedented insight into the location and concentration of the UK's workplace population, covering over 6,000 individual workplace hubs in the UK. This new dataset offers information relating to the geography of the workplace area, a score based on the estimated number of employees, size of businesses, the social grade profiles of workers within the destination and a breakdown by percentage of workers employed in each activity.

DM Solutions Group Inc., a leader in open source Web Mapping technologies announced today the launch of MapSherpa, the company's platform for delivery of commercial spatial web services.

MapSherpa is DM Solutions Group's platform for delivery of spatial web services enabling the trouble-free addition of high quality interactive maps to any organization's web site or web application. MapSherpa provides an environment that any web developer will be comfortable working with and allows an organization to overcome the challenges of conveying maps combined with other spatially relevant information to users. This is all done with state of the art Web 2.0 technologies that allow smooth map drag, zoom, and location queries without page refreshes.

Enertia Software releases new functionality for its integrated Upstream Energy products to integrate mapping functionality directly within the user interface.

Enertia Software successfully implements stand alone and vertically integrated software solutions to address any or all areas of the vertically integrated oil and gas company. Using GIS mapping standards, all property, equipment, facility or other user defined type of location can be easily spotted on a map. Using Enertia advanced filtering and lookup interfaces, data can be easily accessed and added to the map automatically from anywhere in the system. Data can be selected on the map and any report in the entire system can be automatically run, filtered to the selection from the map.

Digital Map Products released a new version of CityGIS, a premier web-based, data rich mapping suite of solutions that is targeted toward state and local governments. As an alternative to complicated and expensive traditional GIS solutions, it provides faster deployment time, lower total cost of ownership, ease of use and ease of access, regular and seamless updates of software and data, and a highly customizable, yet compatible solution.

MapText, Inc., provider of high-quality cartographic text placement software, will demonstrate its latest text placement technology at the Intergraph 2006 International User Conference, to be held in Orlando, Florida, June 12-15.

At the event, MapText will highlight the speed, flexibility and accuracy of its powerful automated text placement solutions by demonstrating its Label-EZ and Label-Web products. These demonstrations will showcase the use of these products for:
  - Labeling of street maps, parcel and zoning maps, infrastructure maps, oil and gas pipeline maps, highway maps, wall maps, tourist maps, and many more.
  - Integrated high-quality labeling for web-applications using GeoMedia WebMap.

East View Cartographic (EVC) is pleased to be officially designated as a "Map Data Services Provider" for maps from South Africa's Chief Directorate of Surveys and Mapping (CDSM). EVC is offering topographic maps, orthophoto maps, and aeronautical maps produced by CDSM. This rich collection is an essential tool for everything from planning and development to mapping routes for travel. Maps are available in paper and digital formats and EVC can configure and modify the data to suit customer needs.

deCarta (formerly Telcontar), supplier of software platforms and services for the location-based services (LBS) industry, and Inrix, the leading supplier of real-time and predictive traffic information services, announced the integration and immediate availability of Inrix's traffic information into deCarta's Drill Down Server(TM) (DDS) and Traffic Manager(TM). At the Where 2.0 Conference in San Jose, the two companies will demonstrate their ability to optimize driving directions based on current traffic conditions including detour rerouting. The companies also announced that Inrix is using deCarta's DDS to align location information from millions of commercial vehicle probes
collected each day to the relevant road segments, as part of the Inrix Dust Network.

Letters to the Editor

Letter to Shawn Messick (via GISCafe)

I am getting in touch with you in regard with the GISWeekly article on

As part of the GMOSS European project on security (
Global Monitoring for Stability and Security) we are developing a GIS in Iraq to assess the vulnerability of the pipeline network (oil and gas) to attacks. We have just finished mapping the pipeline network and are now refining the database of pipeline attacks (more than 300 entries from June 2003 until recently). This database has been collected from Internet and contains dates and locations of the attacks.

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