July 17, 2006
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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SecuraCom GPS, LLC of Florida announced the successful deployment of their state-of-the-art vehicle tracking and fleet management system in Maui . With rising fuel prices and increasing competition in the transport industry, trucking companies see the benefit of a real-time tracking and fleet management solution as a way to increase profitability and reduce maintenance and down times.

GeoDecisions recently implemented the Instream Comprehensive Evaluation (ICE) system for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). ICE is an integrated streams and lakes management system designed to help PADEP employees more easily share and evaluate stream and lake assessment information in Pennsylvania.

Contract Awards

NAVTEQ has been selected to provide U.S. street map data to HopStop.com. The agreement between HopStop and American Digital Cartography, Inc. (ADCi), a leading authorized distributor for NAVTEQ, allows HopStop to use NAVTEQ data within HopStop's Web Site and Web Services for the purpose of allowing users to obtain subway, bus and walking directions in major U.S. cities.


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.


The board of directors of IDELIX Software Inc. announced that they have named Philip Attfield as the company's new CEO. He will be operating from the IDELIX U.S. office.

David Mudrick has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Topcon America Corporation. He assumed this new position as head of the management holding company for Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) and Topcon Medical Systems (TMS) on June 29.

ESRI announced that Guenther Pichler has joined the company as business development manager for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Group.

Pichler has more than 22 years of experience in the GIS industry and comes to ESRI from the Open Geospatial Consortium (Europe) Limited (OGCE), the European arm of the OGC, where he served as director of business development. In that role, he contributed to establishing the European organization as well as running its day-to-day business.

New Products

geoVue, a location intelligence software provider, is pleased to announce the release of marketVue Portal v.2.0, the latest version of its powerful Web Services-based platform for market planning, site selection and sales forecasting. Retail, franchise, and commercial development clients can access geoVue's location intelligence software applications iSITE (site selection and trade area analysis) and iPREDICT (sales forecasting), through the marketVue Portal. The marketVue Portal can also be seamlessly integrated with third-party data and clients' proprietary applications.

LeadDog Consulting, LLC announced the release of geographic databases of city streets for the U.A.E. cities: Abu Dubai, Dubai, Sharjah, Ra's Al-Khayman, Umm Al Qaywayn, and Ajman, Fujairad to support asset-tracking, government, military, and commercial GIS applications. Designed to help companies track their assets and provide accurate base level mapping, LeadDog's product provides numerous vector layers and attributes such as:
- Streets at 1:10,000 scale

- Street names

- Street classifications

- Extensive Points of Interest (government ministry offices, banks, hotels, etc…)

- Park, Water, and Landmark polygons
Overwatch Systems, a leader in automated feature extraction (AFE) software, announced the release of VLS ' Feature Analyst 4.1 for ERDAS IMAGINE. Feature Analyst 4.1 includes the much-anticipated capability of Feature Modeler and the Feature Model Library, which allows for enterprise wide development and sharing of AFE models and workflows.

Crutchfield, integrated marketer of consumer electronics products, has launched an interactive online demo that brings the safety and convenience of today's newest GPS navigation devices to life. Crutchfield's interactive online demo, called
Navigate Your Life, offers information, facts and tips about today's GPS devices.

Crutchfield partnered with Tele Atlas, a leading provider of geographic content, to create the interactive online demo and to illustrate how the latest GPS devices are portable, affordable, easy-to-use and loaded with added functionality.

MapText's premier cartographic labeling software, Label-EZ 4.8, now offers the ability to output the fully symbolized features and the placed labels into Adobe Illustrator CS2. A post-editing plugin called Label-Edit is provided to users for easy map finishing. Label-Edit is also available for Adobe Illustrator 9, 10, and CS1.

Around the Web

Smart money eyes climate change, by Martin LaMonica, July 10, 2006, CNET News.com - Companies in a range of industries are starting to figure in the business impact of climate changes stemming from global warming, according to experts.

eWEEK Labs Bakeoff: Linux Versus .Net Stacks, Jim Rapoza, July 9, 2006, Eweek -Review: Linux and .Net zealots can both take away positives from eWEEK Labs testing of various application stacks, but a mix-and-match approach wins the day. Bottom line: Linux and .Net better learn to play nice.

Techniques for Successful Site Selection, by Dan Primavera, July 10, 2006, Real Estate Business Online - The challenge of site selection for any industry sector is to place locations in close proximity to profitable customers and prospects. Site selection techniques can range from "kicking the dirt" to sophisticated modeling applications.

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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