February 26, 2007
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The agreement also sets the stage for the future development of applications and solutions that rely on accurate digital elevation models that can serve a multitude of business and consumer needs around the world. These applications would have otherwise been unachievable prior to Intermap's creation of these 3D data sets.

As part of Intermap's worldwide proactive data collection efforts, Great Britain is currently in the Company's data library. Additionally, Intermap is now aggressively mapping Europe under their NEXTMap(R) Europe program.”

Top News of the Week

The North American auto club, AAA, now 50 million members strong, has rolled out its proprietary, best-in-class mapping tool to... everybody. Once reserved strictly for members, AAA's Internet TripTik(R) travel planner, located on AAA.com, links AAA's best-in-class mapping tool with the Auto Club's vast storehouse of travel knowledge and information to create the nation's first online travel agency for motorists.

ESRI invites developers to share their creativity and expertise with the geographic information system (GIS) developer community by submitting original code samples to the
ArcGIS Server Code Challenge. Developers will have an opportunity to review and vote for the top three entries based on creativity, applicability, and relevance of the code sample. Entries could include a simple task or tool or an attribute or spatial query.

Code Challenge winners will be announced at the
2007 ESRI Developer Summit, an event for developers who use GIS, mapping, and spatial
data. The summit will be held March 19–22, 2007, in Palm Springs, California. Developers will learn how to leverage ESRI technology to build, customize, and deploy spatially enabled applications.


Trimble announced that the stockholders of
@Road, Inc. have approved and adopted the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated December 10, 2006, by and among Trimble, @Road and Roadrunner Acquisition Corp., and approved the merger. Stockholders holding approximately 72 percent of the total number of shares of @Road issued, outstanding and entitled to vote at the meeting voted in favor of the agreement and the merger.

Following the approval of @Road stockholders, Trimble completed its acquisition of @Road for a total purchase price of approximately $493.1 million. Under the terms of the agreement and Trimble's previously announced determination of the merger consideration, @Road common stock holders will receive $5.00 in cash and 0.0447 shares of Trimble common stock for each outstanding share of @Road common stock.

RedPrairie Corporation, a consumer driven optimization company, and
GEOCOMtms, Inc. have jointly announced that they have signed a definitive agreement, whereby RedPrairie will acquire GEOCOMtms. The combined companies, operating under the name RedPrairie Corporation, will integrate and support all products and services from both organizations within RedPrairie's end-to-end (E2e(TM)) suite. The acquisition will meet the fleet requirements of many industries, including: food and grocery, petroleum, retail, courier, and healthcare delivery. RedPrairie's Global Transportation Group will integrate and oversee GEOCOMtms's Quebec City and Atlanta offices under the direction of RedPrairie Global Transportation Group President Tim Conroy.

Extending their proven track record of providing integrated, 3D software solutions for structurally complex petroleum reservoirs,
Dynamic Graphics, Inc., creator of EarthVision(R), WellArchitect(R), and CoViz(R) 3D software, has licensed the OpenSpirit application and data integration Developer's Kit to offer EarthVision and CoViz users increased integration with third-party applications and data stores.

GeoInformation® Group, publishers of Cities Revealed™ aerial photography announce their partnership with
Getmapping to offer the MultiVision™ oblique imagery solution, which complements the Cities Revealed high-resolution vertical aerial photography.


ESRI will showcase ArcGIS, the complete enterprise geographic information system (GIS), at the
Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) Annual Conference 30 in San Antonio, Texas, March 4–7, 2007. ESRI will demonstrate its unique approach to the management and use of geospatial knowledge that can benefit utility organizations of all sizes. In addition, ESRI president Jack Dangermond will present a paper called Enterprise GIS, Exploring the Possibilities for Mission Critical Operations. His presentation will focus on the latest trends in GIS and its impact on mission critical operations.

The seventh annual ESRI
Federal User Conference (FedUC) was held January 9–11, 2007, in Washington, D.C. More than 1,900 geographic information system (GIS) users gathered at the Washington Convention Center to learn about GIS solutions and network with colleagues.

U.S. Department of Defense National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has issued a document,
"Enabling a Common Vision", which outlines the overall National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) standards baseline. Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Specifications figure prominently in this U.S. Federal and national baseline.

OSI Geospatial Inc. announced that its mapping operations has been awarded new business valued at approximately US$2.8 million since September 28, 2006. This total does not include the previously announced prime contract with the U.K. Hydrographic Office valued at approximately $1.2 million.

Airborne 1 Corporation is expanding the office space of its California headquarters in a move to accommodate the company’s rapid growth over the last year.

Airborne 1, a leading provider of advanced LiDAR services, rentals, and software worldwide, has nearly doubled its staff from this time last year in response to market demand for their LiDAR products and services.


Russell G. Congalton, Alan M. Mikuni and Nancy K. Tubbs have been named the
2007 ASPRS Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). The designation of Fellow is awarded for professional excellence and for service to the Society.


TerraGo Technologies, provider of GeoPDF®, the format for distributing geospatial intelligence in PDF files, announced that Jim Youker has joined the company as director of sales for the Defense and Intelligence communities. Youker has over 20 years of experience in the industry with expertise in aerospace and geospatial intelligence solutions.

Valtus Imagery Services, a division of North West Geomatics Ltd. announced that Ms Lori Ward has joined the Valtus team as Director of Distribution Alliances. The addition of Ms Ward continues and accelerates the company’s expansion into the United States.

New Products

ESRI is pleased to announce the availability of ArcReader 9.2. ArcReader is a free, easy-to-use desktop mapping application that allows users to view, navigate, and print maps and globes created with the ArcGIS Publisher extension.

ArcReader lets you distribute maps that stay up-to-date because the maps are dynamically linked to data on a local machine or a network (LAN, WAN, Internet, etc). It also lets you distribute maps bundled with data on a CD. This ability allows you to significantly increase access to geographic information.

Business Demographics 2007, a business database for making sound business decisions, supplies users with the most recent business and population data, coupled with easy exports of data and boundaries, as well as built-in mapping software for mapping trends and business markets. The Business Demographics 2007 now has the latest business and industry data from the 2004 Economic Census that was just released by the Census Bureau in January 2007.

TerraGo® Technologies, providers of GeoPDF® , the format for distributing geospatial intelligence in PDF files, announced that a new version of MAP2PDF for ArcGIS is now available giving customers compatibility with all ArcGIS 9.x versions, including 9.2.

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