January 15, 2007
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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DCI has been an early mover in the emerging location based services market offering weather solutions for consumers, outdoor enthusiasts, and pilots on a subscription based model that are delivered to customers in partnership with top national wireless carriers as well as regional carriers. DCI is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota and employs approximately 20 people including management, marketing/sales, and product development.


Pixxures, Inc., a leading provider of aerial mapping, and Web mapping services has been contracted by TLI Solutions, Inc. to provide scanning, georeferencing and orthorectification of historical aerial photography for the Army Corps of Engineers.


This multi-phase project commenced in January of 2005. In total, TLI Solutions will provide Pixxures with over 2,000 historical images of Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS). The enhanced historical imagery and data will support the creation of various GIS layers for environmental projects.


Tele Atlas, global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, and
MCH GeoPoints, a leading compiler of geospatially-enabled institutional databases, announced an agreement to integrate MCH GeoPoints' data within Tele Atlas' digital maps and points of interest (POI) products. Through the agreement, federal, state and local governments and commercial enterprises such as insurance and utility companies will have access to the highly accurate and up-to-date information for their mission-critical, map-based applications.


Intergraph Corporation and
Sanborn, a leader in the geospatial industry, announced an agreement for the procurement of four Intergraph Z/I Imaging(R) DMC(R) Digital Mapping Cameras and end-to-end processing capabilities for all Sanborn aerial mapping locations.


Announcements


Intermap Technologies Corp. announced they have joined the effort to search for a missing Adam Air Boeing 737-400 that vanished off radar screens in Indonesia on January 1 with 102 people on board. Radio contact was lost during heavy rain while en route from Surabaya on Java island to Manado on Sulawesi island.


CH2M HILL’s Enterprise Spatial Solutions (ESS) business announced the availability of a white paper issued by IDC focusing on the business’ role in sustainable spatially integrated solutions and consulting. CH2M HILL’s Enterprise Spatial Solutions business is a global practice within the firm’s Enterprise Management Solutions business group.

To access this paper, visit


Financials


MapInfo Corporation, global provider of location intelligence solutions, will hold its first quarter fiscal 2007 conference call on Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 4:45 p.m. EST / 1:45 p.m. PST. The conference call will be Webcast live at www.mapinfo.com/investors or www.investorcalendar.com. The first quarter earnings announcement will be issued at 4:00 p.m. EST on February 1, 2007.


An audio replay of the call will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. EST on February 1, 2007 through February 8, 2007. To access the recording, domestic callers may dial into 877-519-4471 and international callers into 973-341-3080 (passcode: 8309693).


Replays of the Webcast are also available for 90 days following the call at


Awards


Last month, GIS and Information Technology Departments across the United States participated in the
3rd annual Freeance Applications Awards Contest. From the numerous, web-based GIS Freeance applications submitted, the following entries received Best Application Awards. Freeance Applications listed below were built in-house using existing databases and ESRI map server resources.


Escambia County Florida was awarded for having the Most Customized Interfaces. Escambia County has built 12 different applications since purchasing Freeance just last summer. Of these 12 different Freeance applications each of the five County Commissioners has their own customized site. Two of the specific applications entered were a facilities management site and the other a flood mapping application. The facilities management application allows users to enter the web site through a login, create new locations of facilities or update existing locations with the Freeance markup tools. These markup features are exported into a data file that is incorporated into the main GIS database.


Services


TeleNav unveiled the first mobile phone-based GPS navigation service with intelligent traffic notification and rerouting functionality at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).


Sprint customers using TeleNav GPS Navigator, a turn-by-turn, GPS-enabled voice and on-screen navigation service, will have access to TeleNav Traffic(TM), a new capability that regularly monitors traffic and proactively alerts users of slowdowns and incidents along their routes. With just one click, TeleNav Traffic will reroute users in order to minimize travel time, taking into account the latest traffic conditions.


New Products


NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, is announcing it will be demonstrating the capability to deliver its traffic solutions over HD Radio(TM) systems.


The primary features of HD Radio include the additional bandwidth and the reliability of digital transmission; in the near future, NAVTEQ expects to be taking advantage of the bandwidth by offering content beyond traffic data. Currently, NAVTEQ Traffic can be delivered over satellite networks, mobile cellular networks, analog FM radio networks (RDS) and soon Internet and HD Radio systems.


Microsoft Corp. announced that it will begin to update the Virtual Earth(TM) online mapping platform with new, more detailed U.S. imagery under an agreement with GlobeXplorer LLC, a leading global provider of aerial and satellite images. The deal is part of Microsoft's ongoing efforts to bring consumers the most up-to-date content and help them easily explore broader geographic areas through the
Live Search Map Service, which is powered by Virtual Earth.


The
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS), in cooperation with the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the TerraLook data product. TerraLook consists of a collection of JPEG images created from ASTER images from the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center and Landsat Orthorectified images from the USGS EROS archive.


Edgetech America, Inc. is pleased to announce its MapSpeller™ for ArcGIS® extension. The extension is for all ArcGIS Desktop users who want to avoid the embarrassment, delays and costs of typos on their maps. Before printing, MapSpeller quickly checks for, and suggests corrections to, spelling errors in and around GIS maps using patent-pending processes. Simple to install and easy to use, MapSpeller is an ingenious and effective tool that will quickly pay for itself by saving users the cost of expensive reprints.


Around the Web



Open source leader leaving Novell for Google, Stephen Shankland, CNET News.com Jeremy Allison, a high-profile open-source programmer, has resigned from Novell because of objections over its patent deal with Microsoft and is moving to Google.


Upcoming Events

Date: January 18 - 19, 2007
Place: Taj Palace Hotel Convention Centre

NewDelhi, India
ESRI India invites you to the Second ESRI Asia-Pacific User Conference on the 18th and 19th of January, 2007 at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India. The User conference brings together both individual and organizational users of ESRI Geographic Information Systems and Services. GIS usage has expanded to various new areas, ESRI has been at
the forefront in this arena.
   
Date: January 21 - 25, 2007
Place: Naples Grande Resort & Club

FL USA
Conventional vertical imagery for photogrammetric mapping has been a mainstay of the profession for decades. While cameras, sensors, plotters and software have evolved, the vertical photograph has been a constant.
   
Date: January 22 - 25, 2007
Place: Hyderabad International Convention Centre

Hydrabad, India
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.
   
Date: January 23 - 25, 2007 
Place: QE II Conference Centre

Westminster, London, United Kingdom 
DGI (Defence Geospatial Intelligence) is the annual European event for the Military Geospatial Intelligence community, bringing together government, industry, and military leaders together with leading suppliers and industry experts.
   
Date: February 7, 2007 
Place: via WebEx

USA
Accela’s free Webinars (online seminars) offer valuable information for everyone from current customers to interested prospects. In addition to live Webinars, some events will be recorded and posted online for viewing at your convenience. Minimum requirements to attend are an Internet connection and phone line.
Date: February 12 - 13, 2007
Place: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Baltimore, MD USA
The International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) has become the premier event for the LIDAR industry. This "Summit" is the gathering of industry leaders, pioneers, experts from government, academia, and professionals from myriad industries looking to invest in, and benefit from, LIDAR technology and services.



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