July 03, 2006
New Version of Google Earth & Updates to Google Maps Announced
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DigitalGlobe announced that it appointed SOVZOND, of Moscow, Russia, as the exclusive distributor for its QuickBird satellite imagery in the eight CIS countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.


CEVA, Inc., licensor of digital signal processor (DSP) cores, multimedia, Global Positioning System (GPS) and storage platforms to the semiconductor industry, announced the divestment of its GPS technology and associated product line to a new U.S.-based fabless company, GloNav in return for an equity ownership of 19.9% in GloNav on a fully diluted basis. The new company also has licensed the CEVA-TeakLite DSP core for the development of its GPS chipsets. GloNav concurrently acquired the radio frequency (RF) technology, assets and team of RFDomus Inc., a U.S.-based company.


On the occasion of 10 years of Map India series of conferences, GIS Development is announcing a global meet of geospatial leaders known as Map World Forum. MAP WORLD FORUM will be a medium of convergence of various stakeholders of global geospatial community and its integration with end users of geospatial information. Map World Forum will be a combination of activities in the form of seminars, workshops and panel discussions covering technology to policy to user oriented themes at global level.


ATI Technologies Inc. announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2006 ended May 31, 2006.
Revenues(1) for the third quarter were $652.3 million. Gross margin percentage was 30.1%. Net income determined in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the quarter was $31.9 million ($0.12 per diluted share). Non-GAAP adjusted net income(2) for the quarter was $42.5 million ($0.16 per diluted share). See


Intergraph Corporation, global provider of Spatial Information Management (SIM) software, announced that it has filed patent infringement actions against Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, NEC Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation.


The action against Fujitsu-Siemens was filed in Hamburg, Germany and alleges that certain computer products sold by Fujitsu-Siemens infringe the Company's European Clipper system patent.




Contract Awards


ESRI announces that its ArcPad mobile GIS platform will be a component of the Field Data Collection Automation (FDCA) project for the 2010 U.S. Census.


Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., has been selected by the U.S. Census Bureau as the system integrator and prime contractor for a $600 million, five-year program to develop and implement an automated system for field data collection. The FDCA program will support census field enumerators who will follow up and collect survey data from households that did not return their census forms. The field enumerator will be equipped with GPS-enabled mobile devices, which will include ESRI's ArcPad software. ArcPad enables field personnel to capture and display geographic information in near real time. Its characteristics for performance, productivity, enterprise GIS integration, and
customization make ArcPad an ideal solution for the FDCA project.


MapText Inc. has added several prestigious clients to its customer base in Australia, the company announced .


After a thorough evaluation of MapText's label placement solutions, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), decided to purchase Label-EZ, MapText's flagship text placement product, and Label-Contour for their topographic mapping.


Northern Territories DNR procured the Label-Map engine to embed in their workflow based around FME to automatically label their high-quality maps for output to PDF.
And most recently, New South Wales Police has decided to augment all of their MapInfo installations with SmartLabel, MapText's integrated text placement solution for MapInfo Professional, in order to generate high-quality police maps efficiently and cost effectively.




Awards


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition has won the People's Choice Award for "Most Useful New Product" at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2006 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE06). The show was held June 11-15 in San Antonio, Texas.


Tensing, an international provider of mobile and GIS solutions, announced that it has earned status as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Tensing achieved this program status in two competency categories - ISV/Software Solutions and Mobility Solutions.




People


Michael Baker Corporation announced that Richard W. Giffhorn has resigned his position as president of the company's Baker Energy business segment effective July 10, 2006. He will be available to assist the company for a period of time on transition issues and other matters as appropriate.
John D. Whiteford, presently executive vice president in the company's Engineering business segment, will assume Mr. Giffhorn's responsibilities as head of the unit.


Baker Engineering, Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation, has announced the promotion of Kevin P. Hayes, P.E., R.A., to assistant vice president and office manager of its Chicago, Illinois location.




New Products


Safe Software Inc.- provider of spatial data translation and data transformation solutions - announced the release of FME 2006 GB, the latest version of the company's Feature Manipulation Engine technology. Among the hundreds of user-requested enhancements included in this release, FME 2006 GB offers important customization options to enhance security, increase work efficiency, and assist with processing ever-increasing data volumes.


MWH Soft, a global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, announced the worldwide availability of the V4 Generation of InfoSewer for power ArcGIS users.


softelec's new Version 2 of their VPmap Series software products has now been released and contains a number of considerable enhancements. Both products, VPmap and VPmap pro, provide a unique set of functions and features for capturing spatial data from scanned maps. VPmap Series V2 now comes with the new option for operation inside Autodesk Map 3D,
while choosing to run the programs in "stand-alone" mode remains a standard.


GeoSage announced the availability of true-colour, medium-resolution global satellite imagery, offering a very low cost solution to a wide range of visualization-related applications.


This dataset is based on NASA's orthorectified Landsat ETM+ GeoCover 2000, which consists of 880+ mosaic tiles covering the entire earth land surface except Antarctica. Each mosaic in a compressed form contains three pan-sharpened, false-color bands at a spatial resolution of 14.25 m: Band 7 (mid-infrared), Band 4 (near-infrared), and Band 2 (visible green).




Around the Web


What if They Built an Urban Wireless Network and Hardly Anyone Used It? by Ken Belson, June 26, 2006, The New York Times (registration required) - Despite WiFly's ubiquity - with 4,100 hot spot access points reaching 90 percent of the population - just 40,000 of Taipei's 2.6 million residents have agreed to pay for the service since January. Q-Ware, the local Internet provider that built and runs the network, once expected to have 250,000 subscribers by the end of the year, but it has
lowered that target to 200,000.


Adobe to be Google's latest Web search distributor, by Eric Auchard, Reuters, June 22, 2006, The Washington Post (Registration Required) -
Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE.O) said on Wednesday
Google Inc. (GOOG.O) had agreed to pay the multimedia software maker a "significant" amount to distribute the Web search leader's software.




Upcoming Events



Date: June 26 - July 7, 2006

Place: Fattoria Montebeni Florence, Italy

Celebrating the fifth centenary of Vespucci's discoveries, the Vespucci Initiative recaptures his spirit of multi-disciplinary intellectual enquiry to explore new frontiers of knowledge. To that end it organizes and conducts a range of research and teaching activities, bringing together senior scientists and promising young researchers from around the world. This unique interdisciplinary mix creates what has been called the Medici Effect. (Perhaps it is no coincidence that the summer institutes are held in Florence!) What these particular researchers have in common is a special interest in the locational aspects of societal challenges.




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