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This new, second-generation Deep Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART II) system consists of pressure-sensitive tsunameters on the seafloor, and buoys on the ocean surface. The buoys are equipped with an acoustic modem that receives data from the tsunameter sensors and a small data modem to transmit the pressure measurements. The Iridium constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO) satellites transmits the pressure measurements to NOAA warning centers. Using this data, scientists can issue appropriate warnings to areas that may be affected.

Abstracts are now being accepted for a paper or poster presentations at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. This event, to be held April 17- 21, 2007, at the Hilton San Francisco hotel, is expected to attract over 5,000 geographers from around the world. Be sure to review the call for papers at the
website, or in the June 2006 issue of the AAG Newsletter.

Information Mapping, Inc. (IMI), the leading provider of Information Life Cycle Solutions, announced a call for submissions for its annual "IMAP Awards," the best examples of applications of the Information Mapping method. All entrants will receive a gift and special recognition. Four winners will receive a gift certificate and be eligible for the Grand Prize, a free seat in an IMI public workshop, worth up to $1,495. The submission deadline is July 31, 2006. Winners will be notified by August 31, 2006.

To submit materials for consideration, send Microsoft Word, text, or html files to marketing@infomap.com, fax copy to 781-547-3200, or mail copy to Information Mapping, Inc., 307 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452, attention "Marketing." For more information on the IMAP Awards, see IMI's Insider Online, call 1-800-INFOMAP (1-800-463-6627) ext. 3350, or send an e-mail to

With the Government's eServices Take-Up Campaign in mind, over 20 local authorities are now using ESRI (UK)'s LocalView solution, improving the provision of online community and local environment information.

A provider of enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions, ESRI (UK)'s LocalView facilitates eight of the 15 services promoted by the government's eService Take-Up Campaign. The national campaign is demonstrating the breadth of online public services and encouraging citizens to use them.

iPackets International, Inc. ("iPackets"), a global developer and provider of a wide range of wireless and communications solutions for selected enterprises including the mining industry, announced that the enactment of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response ("MINER") Act of 2006 into law validates the company business plan to deploy a true 2-way wireless mine-safety system to track, monitor, and communicate with miners and equipment both underground and above ground.

As part of the MINER Act of 2006, coal companies must implement a 2-way communications and electronic tracking system within three years. This represents a phenomenal business opportunity for iPackets, and it will significantly increase the company's revenue over the next three years.

Telenity, provider of next generation converged services platforms and applications for communications networks, announced that it is providing location-based services (LBS) solution to India's state-owned telecom giant, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) through its partner Tier 1 network equipment providers (NEPs).


HP awarded 25 schools in the United States and Canada a total of more than $2 million in mobile technology, cash and professional development. Part of the company's 2006 HP Technology for Teaching grant program, these "leadership" grants were presented to 15 K-12 public schools and 10 two- and four-year colleges and universities. These schools received grants in 2004-2005 and were invited to apply for additional investment support.


Neil Other has been named sales manager of Australia and New Zealand by Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), headquartered in Livermore, California. In this new position, Other will be responsible for all sales and marketing operations for Topcon's construction, positioning, survey and GIS products.

He will also act as a liaison between TPS' Australian and New Zealand dealers and the company's factories in the United States and Japan. Other, a 16-year veteran of the construction and positioning industry, will be permanently based in Australia.

Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation (AMEX:
BKR) has announced that Earl Neiderhiser, P.E., a 37-year career employee with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), has joined Baker's transportation practice and will be responsible for coordinating cost estimating on major projects.

New Products

Safe Software Inc., a leader in the development of interoperability solutions for the exchange and transformation of spatial data, announced the release of SpatialDirect® 2006 GB. With Safe Software's proven Feature Manipulation Engine (FME®) capability at its core, SpatialDirect delivers spatial data over the web in many of the over 160 formats supported by the underlying FME servers. SpatialDirect also includes a Web Feature Service (WFS) Server and Internationalization (I18N) support.

SpatialDirect 2006 GB adds numerous important enhancements to SpatialDirect 2006 which was released in February. FME Workbench can now be used to configure SpatialDirect, allowing greater control of complex data transformations, and the new FME 2006 GB Server included in SpatialDirect 2006 GB provides improved raster support.

Intelligent Spatial Technologies Inc., developer of location-based services for mobile users, announces the availability of a unique
mobile local search and content delivery platform that allows users to search the internet or query databases simply by pointing a wireless phone or other mobile device at a building, landmark, or point of interest.

GeoNorth announced the release of its newest product solution that provides a quick, simple, and convenient way to author maps for ArcIMS. CartoPort allows users to publish their ArcGIS maps to ArcXML in seconds preserving cartography and settings such as scale dependency, layer visibility, transparency, text masking and group renderers just to name a few.

Around the Web

With a Cellphone as My Guide, by John Markoff and Martin Fackler, June 28, 2006, The New York Times (registration required) - If you stand on a street corner in Tokyo today you can point a specialized cellphone at a hotel, a restaurant or a historical monument, and with the press of a button the phone will display information from the Internet describing the object you are looking at.

A Search Engine that's Becoming an Inventor, by Saul Hansell and John Markoff, July 3, 2006, The New York Times (registration required)

Louisiana Stamps out Food-Stamp Fraud (from Eweek) June 8, 2006, by Hailey Lynne McKeefry - Case Study: Louisiana's Department of Social Services keeps an eye on food-stamp fraud with a combination of business intelligence and geographic information technology.

Upcoming Events

Date: July 17 - 21, 2006

Place: Holiday Inn Surfers Paradise Gold Coast , Australia

This is a great opportunity to see the latest products offered in Australia by leaders in the field of equipment, services and applications in positioning, navigation and more.

Date: July 24 - 28, 2006

Place: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Make plans now to attend GeoWeb 2006, the premier conference for Web-based geographic information systems-featuring 13 half-day workshops, nearly 70 paper presentations, keynoters, and a products and services exhibition that bring together the world of professional GIS and the broader world of the Web.

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