August 14, 2006
ESRI User Conference 2006 Update
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Agreements/Alliances/Acquisitions


ESRI announced that it signed an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) whereby ESRI will support two projects promoting sustainable development. Ambassador Alfonso Quinonez, the OAS executive secretary for integral development (SEDI), and Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI, signed the agreement at the 26th Annual ESRI International User Conference.


Pictometry International Corp., leader in digital, aerial oblique imagery and measuring software systems, and Intergraph Corporation, a global provider of Spatial Information Management (SIM) software, announced a marketing alliance. The two firms will provide integration solutions to their mutual customers whereby Pictometry's aerial imaging and measuring technology can be accessed via Intergraph's emergency incident management solution.


Intermap Technologies Corp., a leader proactively remapping entire countries and building highly accurate digital elevation datasets, is pleased to announce Credent Technology Asia as its newest data distributor serving Southeast Asia.


MetaCarta(R), Inc., a provider of geographic intelligence solutions, announced that they have signed an agreement to provide MetaCarta GeoTagger as a component of ESRI's ArcWeb Services. ArcWeb Services users will be able to geo-reference data found in unstructured documents such as articles, field service documents, internal reports, and Web pages and view the results in custom mapping applications.




Announcements


Pixia Corp., a provider of rapid image access technology, is developing a prototype system based on open standards to quickly disseminate satellite and aerial imagery to analysts and emergency responders in support of hurricane preparedness and response activities.


PIXIA has been tasked by the National Technology Alliance (NTA) under contract with Rosettex Technology & Ventures Group of Arlington, VA., to deliver the system in August of this year.


DigitalGlobe(R), provider of the world's highest resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced that ITT Corporation has completed and shipped the imaging sensor for the next generation WorldView 1 satellite. Thorough testing at ITT has demonstrated that this sensor, the first next-generation commercial sensor to be delivered, will meet DigitalGlobe's performance specifications. The WorldView 1 sensor is now at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to be integrated into the satellite. With completion of this milestone, DigitalGlobe has completed the majority of the financial milestones against the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's
NextView contract, for which the system is being constructed to support imagery delivery.


Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, announced that the State of Oklahoma has been added to the list of states using Information Builders' Food-Stamp fraud detection application. This is the latest example of how state governments are leveraging the WebFOCUS solution from Information Builders and ESRI, the geographic information system (GIS) software leader to improve public safety and human services programs.




Awards


MapInfo Corporation, a global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced that solutions developed for the New York Police Department's (NYPD) Real Time Crime Center and the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination were selected as recipients of the prestigious 2006 Best of New York Awards. This annual awards program sponsored by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute, and Government Technology recognizes excellence and outstanding contributions in the area of information technology.




New Products


GeoLytics has released the Business Demographics 2006, the essential business database for making sound business decisions. With this single DVD, you get the most recent business and population data, coupled with easy exports and built-in mapping software for mapping trends and business markets.


GlobeXplorer announced at the ESRI International Users Conference that its high-speed, tiled aerial and satellite imagery Web service is now available inside ESRI's ArcWeb Services Explorer. It will also be available with the release of ESRI's new ArcGIS Explorer.


Both products feature free access to select portions of GlobeXplorer's global content with an upgrade path to using ArcWeb Services with GlobeXplorer's Premium imagery, which includes the "latest and greatest" of its industry-leading online image library.


Blue Marble Geographics announces an update to their Geographic Calculator software application that is certain to improve GIS data management efficiency. Blue Marble's coordinate conversion technology is used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations. The Geographic Calculator is known for its easy-to-use interface that allows the user to perform simple coordinate transformations while at the same time allowing for very elaborate in-depth conversions.


Inrix announced the addition of 'Nationwide Average Speeds' to its leading portfolio of traffic information services, further ensuring the company's unique position as the first and only provider of accurate historical, real-time and predictive traffic information nationwide.
Inrix 'Nationwide Average Speeds' service provides highly accurate historical road speed information, by time of day and day of week, for the entire national highway network and secondary roads including all U.S. metropolitan markets, as well as interstates, arterials and side streets. Inrix has analyzed and normalized the historical speed information to deliver the highest degree of accuracy available and account for the impact of major events, seasonality, weather, incidents and other variables that impact traffic.


Mapcom Systems announced the release of M4(R) Solutions v7.0, the latest release of its Windows-based Geographical Operations System (GOS) software for telecommunications companies. Retaining all of the functionality of previous releases, the release is the foundation product for three new modules: M4(R) Long Haul Fiber to complement the comprehensive fiber suite, M4(R) CPR, and M4(R) Dispatch Manager, which manages the service order and trouble ticket cycle from creation to close.


Tele Atlas, a global geographic content provider, announced at the ESRI International User Conference the availability of StreetMap Premium Europe, a database containing compressed digital map data of more than 20 European countries built to ESRI's Smart Data Compression (SDC) specifications.


The affordable and compact, color Magellan eXplorist 500 LE handheld GPS is the first color handheld product in its class to offer a choice of AAA batteries or a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack.


Hikers, fisherman, climbers and kayakers can enjoy a complete navigation solution by combining with MapSend Topo 3D or MapSend Lakes. These bundles are offered at the
Magellan website where customers can save up to 25% for the total solution, including a carry case.


Intergraph Corporation announced the availability of I/Records Explorer, a new technology to assist law enforcement personnel in the review and analysis of records data.


I/Records Explorer enables easy viewing access and advanced search capabilities into Intergraph's I/LEADS, law enforcement records management system. The new application is built using Microsoft .Net technology and provides an easy to use interoperable browser for the current generation of Intergraph I/LEADS-RMS modules.


Topcon's premier GIS data collection system- the GMS-110 - was introduced earlier this year by Topcon Positioning Systems.


This “premier instrument” operates with software solutions based on ESRI's ArcPad and is “perfect for the advanced GIS professional,” said Mike Weir, worldwide GIS sales manager. The GMS-110 is also compatible with Topcon's TopSURV-GIS, featuring both GIS data collection and land surveying functions.


Topcon has now added OmniSTAR® functionality for all GMS-110 owners; both the Map-RT receiver and the MG-A5 antenna are compatible with OmniSTAR®. The latest firmware can be downloaded from the




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Date: August 17 - 18, 2006

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This unique, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants learn to make thematic maps of their community, geocode addresses and perform spatial queries and analysis. Participants also learn to extract and map Census variables such as race, poverty, language, education, health and many other demographic variables. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required. Each students is assigned a computer on which to work for the day.


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