March 26, 2007
Pitney Bowes to Acquire MapInfo
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NAVTEQ continues to expand its presence in the Russian Federation. Having opened its first Russian office back in the final quarter of 2006, NAVTEQ has now increased its local staff with a specially trained Russian team of geographic analysts. The move underlines NAVTEQ’s commitment to the region and reinforces the localized mapping strategy employed throughout the company’s mapping operations.


Contests


NAVTEQ announces the semifinalist applications in the 2007 NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge(R). The program is designed to encourage application developers around the world to build innovative location-based services (LBS) that work with mobile and wireless devices using dynamic positioning technology and NAVTEQ(R) maps. NAVTEQ selected 16 applications in the Americas region, out of over 340 companies registered for the LBS Challenge globally, to continue on to a
final judging round at CTIA Wireless 2007 based on each competitor's commercial feasibility, functionality and design.


New Products


WeatherBug, provider of live, local weather information, announced immediate availability of a new service in its suite of professional products. WeatherBug's GIS Data Services enable enterprise and government customers to integrate live weather information from WeatherBug's Network of 8,000 WeatherBug Tracking Stations into existing GIS- based decision support systems. Integrating live weather data into GIS-based platforms helps centralize asset management, improves command center operations and enables critical decisions to be made quickly, efficiently and confidently.


Released on the 7 March
ER Mapper Image Compressor begins a new era of low-cost geospatial image compression where any organization, large or small, can maximize the value of geospatial imagery by using compression. The ER Mapper Image Compressor is a cost-effective desktop application for high-speed JPEG 2000 or ECW image compression.


A key feature of ER Mapper Image Compressor is its high-speed image compression to the open standard JPEG 2000 format. The adoption of the JPEG 2000 format ensures maximum data interoperability between software applications as well between organizations. JPEG 2000 is particularly attractive to government agencies wanting to hold public imagery assets in an open and accessible format.


With
CityGML, the three dimensional data contains real intelligence and is now a reliable application for real-life deployment in telecommunications, city planning, disaster recovery, noise mapping, simulators and vehicle navigation. During the Oracle Spatial SIG Meeting in Reading last month, Ian Painter of Snowflake Software presented how GO Publisher has been used in the Open Geospatial Consortium OWS-4 Test Bed to deploy CityGML via Web Feature Services.

Cloud Peak Software, LLC, introduces its second-generation terrain-adaptive bare earth extraction algorithm. The fully automated, hands free utility is integrated with Cloud Peak Software's LASEdit version 1.14. Surface Magic 2™ provides unsupervised classification of non-ground features like vegetation and buildings in LiDAR point clouds, resulting in an accurate ground surface. The algorithm adapts to the terrain condition, freeing the user from the manual task of providing multiple parameterizations. With improved scaling for high density data, Surface Magic 2 effortlessly processes data from the newest LiDAR instruments.

Learn more about Surface Magic 2™ and LASEdit, and download the Free Demo Version at



Pharos Science & Applications, Inc., a provider of location-based information and services, launched the Pharos GPS Phone 600 and GPS Phone 600e to customers throughout the United States and Canada. Both GPS Phone 600 phones are available today at Newegg.com. The GPS Phone series will be available at Amazon.com, Costco.com, Dell, Datavision, Fry’s, Mobile Planet, Office Depot/Tech Depot, and other retailers in late March.


NAVTEQ has announced the availability of a new suite of Visual Content designed to enhance the digital map experience by providing relevant visual context for users of location-based and navigation applications. Two types of content are being launched: three dimensional models of major cities and three dimensional landmarks of prominent and important structures in and around those cities.


Tele Atlas unveiled at CeBIT Tele Atlas ContentLink(TM), a unique Web-based program for content production and distribution that gives location-based application developers access to a wide range of up-to-date, specialized content and points of interest (POIs).


Trimble introduced the Lassen(R) DR+GPS module that combines dead reckoning (DR) with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology on a single, compact board. When GPS signals are limited or not available, such as in urban canyons and tunnels, the Trimble Lassen DR+GPS module provides reliable and accurate positioning information. It is an ideal solution for system integrators or OEMs who are adding location capabilities to vehicle navigation, fleet management and asset tracking systems.


Trimble introduced a miniature Global Positioning System (GPS) disciplined clock for precise synchronization of wireless networks -- the Mini-T(TM) GPS Clock. Every wireless voice and data system requires its own unique slice of the radio spectrum. In order to optimize its assigned spectrum across very large geographical areas, wireless systems must be carefully timed and synchronized


Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. announced the nuvi 200, nuvi 250 and nuvi 270. This new family of entry-level GPS devices offers budget savvy consumers the benefit of a premium in-dash system at a fraction of the cost. As members of the nuvi family, these products carry the elegant styling and industry leading ease-of-use that has become the hallmark of Garmin's nuvi product line.


Garmin International Inc.announced that Garmin Mobile XT can now be paired with GPS Buddy on virtually any GPS handset or Bluetooth wireless-enabled smartphone -- providing complete mobile resource management that is designed to enhance the productivity of a workforce.


HVB Expertise is now offering on its English website real estate market information for almost 1,100 German cities and municipalities supported by an interactive geographical information system (GIS) by AED-SICAD, based on ESRI’s GIS core technology ArcIMS®. In addition, HypoVereinsbank's real estate consultancy firm has designed the GIS more convenient for the users: It allows the search for information via maps to start directly on the homepage and does not only show the selected spot, but all municipalities within 30 km distance for which current market information is available. Furthermore it offers useful new navigation tools, such as for example suggested
zoom grades or the options to draw up an individual rectangle or move the map.


Around the Web


Google Adds a Safeguard on Privacy for Searchers  by Miguel Helft, March 15, 2007, The New York Times - Web search companies collect records of the searches that people conduct, a fact that has long generated fears among privacy advocates and some Internet users that valuable personal data could be misused. Now
Google is taking a step to ease those concerns. 


Sprint to include free GPS with data services March 21, 2007, CNET News. com - In an attempt to attract customers to its cell phone services, GPS will be free to those with data plans starting at $20 a month.


Upcoming Events

Date: March 26 - 28, 2007
Place: Nashville Airport Marriott

Nashville , TN USA
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, along with URISA, USDOT, and HEEP, sponsor the annual GIS for Transportation Symposium. It is a chance for persons in government and private industry who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation
purposes to get together and share experiences, see state-of-art software, and learn more about this field. It annually attracts about 400 registrants and additional exhibitors.  
Date: March 27 - 29, 2007
Place: Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL USA
CTIA WIRELESS is the world’s largest telecommunications event dedicated exclusively to wireless, broadband convergence and mobile computing technologies, covering the entire industry from network infrastructure to microprocessors to applications to content to end-user hardware.
 
Date: March 27 - 28, 2007
Place: Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street, Sydney , Australia
From environmental impact assessment and emergency response, to Australia’s biggest road construction project and the introduction of Google Earth, ‘GIS Evolutions’ 2007 reflects the gradual expansion of GIS use from fringe to enterprise-wide applications, and promises to
be as fascinating and invaluable as ever.  
Date: March 28 - 31, 2007
Place: Omni William Penn Hotel

Pittsburgh, PA USA
The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data analysis techniques have become prominent tools for analyzing criminal behavior and the impacts of the criminal justice system on society. Classical and spatial statistics have been merged to form more comprehensive
approaches in understanding social problems from research and practical standpoints.  


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