February 05, 2007
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Getmapping has signed a contract to supply aerial photography to FOCUS, the UK’s number one provider of commercial property information.

Using Getmapping’s data, Focus, part of the American CoStar Group will drive their 14 environmentally friendly Toyota Prius cars across the country collecting information on commercial properties.

A partnership between data capture specialist
GeODC and digital mapping expert
Lovell Johns has secured a contract with
Wiltshire County Council (UK) to capture essential planning, highways and land charges records. The contract, thought to exceed £200,000, covers the capture of 70,000 textual records and 19,000 plans and will form the building block for a countywide project to meet e-Government and e-Planning targets, improve customer service and support internal IT improvements.


Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(R)) has issued a call for sponsors for the OGC Web Services, Phase 5 (OWS-5) Interoperability Initiative, a testbed to advance OGC's open interoperability framework for geospatial capabilities. Interested organizations are invited to an all day planning meeting on February 9, 2007 in Herndon, Virginia.

If your organization is interested in participating, register for the meeting at this
website or contact Raj Singh at rsingh@opengeospatial.org.

Education Development Center (EDC) will host educators from 33 states who have cultivated youth interest in science and technology, to share their strategies after four years in a $73 million program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Participants in the Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program will talk about their projects and experiences at a symposium February 6-8, along with policymakers and research and business leaders interested in boosting youth interest in science-related careers.


Trimble announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2006, ended December 29, 2006. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $234.1 million, up 25 percent from revenue of $186.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Fiscal 2006 revenue was $940.2 million, up 21 percent when compared to fiscal 2005 revenue of $774.9 million. See


DigitalGlobe(R), provider of high-resolution imagery and geospatial information products, announced that General Howell M. Estes III has been appointed to the DigitalGlobe board of directors, effective immediately. General Estes will serve as a strategic guide in the defense and intelligence markets for the company as it continues its business development and growth strategy.

NAVTEQ, global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced the addition of Amreesh Modi as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Modi is responsible for setting the technology vision and driving Research and Development for the company. He will be based in the Chicago headquarters and will report to Judson Green, President & CEO.

GeoDecisions, an award-winning leader in the information technology industry specializing in geospatial solutions, is pleased to announce the promotions of two key staff members. Susanna Kodlick was promoted to manager of geographic information systems (GIS) and Steven Korzekwa was promoted to director of advanced technologies.

GeoAge, Inc announced the appointment of Steve Clark as Director of Sales. Steve brings more then 25 years experience in project management, product development and business development to GeoAge, with a strong background in the technology industry.


Tensing USA, a provider of mobility solutions for utilities, local governments and other organizations with field personnel, has moved to a new location in Rockville, Maryland, USA. The relocation to new offices was precipitated by a significant growth in business.

Clients are advised that both the business address and phone number have changed. Sales and technical support are handled from the new Maryland office: Tensing USA

9900 Belward Campus Drive

Suite 225

Rockville, MD 20850 USA

Ph: 1-240-403-6001

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East View Cartographic (EVC) announced the release of two new solution offerings, listed below as:

MetaLog™: Geospatial Data Management Solution, and

MetaLog Store™: Geospatial Data E-Commerce Solution

Each solution product is available as a turnkey system or hosted service from East View Cartographic. The solutions are designed to support diverse geospatial information holdings and collections including satellite imagery, aerial photography, maps of all types, vector data, as well as publications such as books and atlases.

NAVTEQ has announced a broader set of data to complement its navigable NAVTEQ map. This new map, named Entry Map, is focused on providing basic road coverage. Entry Map has been developed for applications in global Geographic Information System (GIS), fleet, and location applications for wireless and internet uses. It has been harmonized to the standard formats commonly used in NAVTEQ maps. Entry Map allows one-stop shopping and integration of map data around the world. Users will be able to visualize their location and plan a route on the road network through applications that use map display, geocoding and reverse geocoding functionality.

NAVTEQ achieved the major milestone of 100% complete Detailed Coverage of Western Europe. With the Q4/06 release of complete Detailed Coverage for Western Europe, all navigable and named roads in Western Europe have been fully verified to the NAVTEQ(R) data specification. One hundred percent Detailed Coverage is NAVTEQ's highest database specification level meaning all roads in the road network are included and database attributes have been verified. Attributes allow navigation applications to avoid legal and physical restrictions and provide important driver information such as number of lanes in each direction of travel, speed limits and special speed situations. Also included are
over 60 categories of Points of Interest (POIs) throughout Western Europe that assist users in selecting their destination and routing to more than 1.5 million businesses like restaurants, stores and gas stations.

Tele Atlas , a global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, announced the availability of digital maps for Saudi Arabia and Egypt, bringing the number of countries that Tele Atlas maps cover to 64 across six continents. The total amount of road coverage in the company's database now stands at 21.3 million kilometers or 13.2 million miles, the same number of miles as 528 trips around the earth's circumference at the equator.

PlanGraphics, Inc. announced that it formally released Xmarc 7.0 on Jan. 3, 2007, following six months of beta distribution. Xmarc is a suite of "middleware" products providing access to data from a variety of sources and in a wide range of formats. Enhancements in this release are:

-- A layering system added for graphic windows. The layer structure has

multiple attributes that can be manipulated, including transparency,

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