November 13, 2006
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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GW: What do your customers say about the product?

It’s very encouraging when customers come back to us telling they have embedded Orbit FlashMap in the Macromedia Flex developing environment. Our Orbit GIS users have good words for the intuitive user interface and simple solutions, whereas other products require a lot of work to achieve the same result.

Top News of the Week

John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, is pleased to announce that the company has been selected by the USGS and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to perform Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) acquisition and three-dimensional mapping services for the state of Iowa.

Sanborn has been contracted to deliver high resolution LiDAR and digital elevation model (DEM) data, comprising of all 99 counties, approximately 55,870 square miles of the state of Iowa. The state will use Sanborn deliverables for a variety of purposes, including hydrological modeling, surface feature extraction, wetland mapping, and terrain visualization.

new stable release of GRASS GIS 6.2.0 adds hundreds of new features, support for the latest GIS data formats, and includes new translations for many languages.

The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for spatial modeling, visualization of both raster and vector data, geospatial data management and analysis, processing of satellite and aerial imagery, and production of sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS combines powerful raster, vector, and geospatial processing engines into a single integrated software package.
GRASS is currently used around the world in academic and commercial settings as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

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  • Alliances/Acquisitions/Agreements

    NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced it has agreed to acquire, a provider of personalized traffic information in the United States for an equity value of approximately $179 million. The acquisition of will provide NAVTEQ with proprietary traffic content, as well as the technology and expertise to deliver that content to a wide variety of customers across multiple industries. The Board of Directors of each company has approved the agreement.

    Trimble announced that it has acquired privately-held XYZ Solutions, Inc., of Alpharetta, Georgia, in an all-cash transaction. XYZ Solutions provides real-time, interactive 3D intelligence software to manage the spatial aspects of a construction project. The software transforms data from various sources into actionable information that can be used in the decision making process to reduce rework and improve productivity for engineering and construction professionals. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    DMTI Spatial™ (DMTI), Canada’s leading provider of Location Intelligence Solutions is partnering with GlobeXplorer®, a leading geographic data integration and publishing company, to resell GlobeXplorer’s imagery service. The companies have joined forces to provide the Canadian market with the highest quality aerial and satellite data available today. Under the arrangement, DMTI will provide GlobeXplorer’s popular ImageConnect web mapping extensions to customers throughout Canada.


    MapInfo Corporation, the global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced it has been named to the 2006 Forbes list of the 200 Best Small American Companies.

    Garmin Ltd. announced that it has received a decision of the District Court in The Hague, Netherlands denying the preliminary injunction sought by TomTom International B.V. in preliminary relief proceedings alleging infringement by Garmin of a European registered design owned by TomTom. The court also ordered TomTom to pay Garmin's 37,000 euros to cover attorney fees for defending the preliminary relief proceedings. See

    Guardian Mobile Monitoring Systems, Inc. (Guardian), announced that their GPS tracking system enabled the recovery of over $25,000 in stolen oil field equipment in October. Acadian On Watch, one of Guardian's key reseller partners, provided the GPS equipment and monitoring services for the investigation conducted by the Vermillion Parish Sheriff's Office (VPSO), resulting in three arrests and the break-up of a theft ring that had been in operation since 2005.

    CompassTools Inc., a provider of GIS field data collection tools, has formed a new division as an Autodesk Value Added Reseller in Colorado and New Mexico. Based in Centennial, Colo., the CompassTools Autodesk Division will provide sales, support, training and solutions relating to the Autodesk geospatial product line.


    MapInfo Corporation, global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced financial results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2006. For the quarter ended September 30, 2006, MapInfo reported total revenue of $43.1 million, an increase of seven percent compared to the prior year period. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, MapInfo reported total revenue of $165.5 million, an increase of 11 percent compared to the prior fiscal year. On an organic, year-over-year basis, worldwide total revenue grew four percent in the fiscal fourth quarter 2006 and seven percent for the full fiscal year 2006, excluding acquisitions completed in the respective year ago time periods. See

    Contract Awards

    Oxford City Council and Tendring District Council have selected ESRI (UK) to replace their legacy geographic information systems (GIS). In a deal worth £100,000, Oxford will make ESRI its corporate GIS, rolling the solution out to all employees across the council. Tendring will be implementing ESRI software initially in the Planning department. The new software will enable close integration with both councils’ back office systems and provide the ability to manage Ordnance Survey MasterMap.


    The BE Careers Network launched the 2007 BE Awards of Excellence student competition. Four winners will receive BE Awards and scholarships during BE Conference 2007, taking place April 29-May 3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. The competition is broken into two categories: college/university and middle school/high school.

    "The world needs more architects and engineers to address our growing infrastructure needs," said Scott Lofgren, global director of Bentley's BE Careers program. "To encourage students to consider these careers, we've developed a very special competition."

    For more information on the 2007 BE Awards of Excellence student competition, go to


    GeoEye announced the appointment of retired Air Force Lieutenant General James R. Clapper, Jr. to its Board of Directors. Lt. Gen. Clapper was the first civilian director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

    ESRI (UK), a provider of enterprise geographic information systems (GIS) solutions, has appointed Howard Atkinson as business unit manager for Local Government sales and Simon Goodwin as strategic account manager for the insurance sector.

    New Products

    Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging introduces IMAGINE DeltaCue, a new add-on module for ERDAS IMAGINE®. Change detection is one of the most common uses of remotely sensed data and IMAGINE DeltaCue provides the broad assortment of image processing tools needed to simplify even the most complex change detection processes, allowing users to move rapidly from image to information to results.

    NAC Geographic Products Inc. announced the release of the
    NAC Enhanced Google Maps - an integration of the Natural Area Coding System with Google Maps through the Google Maps API similar to the
    NAC Enhanced Google Local Search through Google AJAX Search API. With the NAC Address based location signature for all news reports now has become feasible, widely available and extremely useful.

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