April 30, 2007
MapGuide Open Source now a Fully Endorsed Project
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Pitney Bowes Inc. announced the successful completion of the tender offer by its direct wholly-owned subsidiary, Magellan Acquisition Corp., at $20.25 net per share in cash for all the outstanding shares of common stock of MapInfo Corporation. The offer expired at 12:00 Midnight, New York City time, on April 18, 2007.
The depositary for the offer has advised Pitney Bowes and Magellan Acquisition Corp., that, as of the expiration of the offering period, approximately 20.1 million shares (which includes approximately 1.0 million shares that were tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures) were validly tendered and not withdrawn in the tender offer. Those shares represent approximately 92.1 percent of MapInfo's outstanding shares (including approximately 4.7 percent of outstanding shares that were tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures). All validly tendered shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer.
Trimble introduced the latest addition to its Mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) product line-the Juno ST handheld. The Juno ST handheld is a portable, low-cost data collection solution supported by Trimble's range of field and office software. It comes standard with a built-in high-sensitivity Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, Microsoft Windows Mobile version 5.0 software, and has Wi-Fi(R)/Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to office networks, cameras and mobile phones.
CAE announced the company has signed an agreement with Parallax Capital Partners, LLC and others to acquire MultiGen Paradigm Inc., for US$16 million (C$18 million) in cash. The acquisition is expected to be concluded in May 2007, subject to US government approvals. MultiGen-Paradigm is a leading supplier of real-time, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software for creating and visualizing simulation solutions.
The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has issued a Call for Participation (CFP) in the "Architecture Implementation Pilot," which is a coordinated interoperability initiative of GEOSS, FedEO and Tri-Lateral initiatives. Responses are due by 11 May 2007 and the "Pilot Kickoff Meeting" will be held 5-6 June 2007 in ESRIN the European Space Agency's establishment in Italy.
This CFP seeks participants in a coordinated Architecture Implementation Pilot. A Pilot is a collaborative effort that applies open standards for interoperability to achieve user objectives in an environment representative of operational use. Outcomes include best-practices and interoperability arrangements suitable for an operational capability. The Architecture Implementation Pilot CFP documents can be downloaded from
The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has issued a Request For Quotations and Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) to solicit proposals in response to requirements for the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) Interoperability Pilot.
The CGDI Interoperability Pilot is sponsored by GeoConnections, a Canadian partnership program whose primary objective is to evolve and expand the CGDI. GeoConnections is providing cost-sharing funds to offset expenses associated with the initiative. GeoConnections and the OGC intend to involve as many participants in the initiative as possible and thus are soliciting proposals that will enhance and/or make use of the initiative outcomes. Responses are due by 2 May 2007and the Pilot Kickoff Meeting will be held the week of 25 June 2007. Technology deployments will be complete by October 2007, followed by a 6 month pre-operational phase.
CGDI Interoperability Pilot RFQ/CFP documents can be downloaded from
ArcGIS Image Server, a server-based solution that provides fast access and visualization of large quantities of file-based imagery processed on the fly and on demand, has been added to the suite of software provided to ESRI Developer Network (EDN) subscribers. Both ArcGIS Image Server extensions, Orthorectification and Seamline, are also included.
1Spatial has successfully deployed an online Quality Control service as part of the Open Geospatial Consortium project OWS-4, their fourth web services testbed activity.
The OWS-4 project is based on a hypothetical major disaster scenario; a toxic bomb is discovered as a container is unloaded from a ship in the New York City area. The project incorporates elements of a multi-faceted operation that requires setup of a temporary medical response facility within an existing military installation. The scenario includes the discovery and deployment of remote imaging and point in-situ sensors, the acquisition and processing of data obtained with them, and the integration of these data with other geospatial data assets.
Tele Atlas , a leading global provider of digital map data and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, and ESRI, the market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), announced the next generation of ESRI ArcGIS Business Analyst desktop software will include Tele Atlas Address Points to provide enhanced geocoding accuracy for GIS application users.
Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce they will be offering Applied Geodesy Training for both their Geographic Calculator and Geographic Transformer products during the week of June 11th in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. These classes will take place in conjunction with the 2007 Gas & Oil Exposition. Call toll free 800-616-2725 or email
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John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, an industry leader in geospatial solutions, announced that Kent A. Dreier has been named chief financial officer for the company. Mr. Dreier will oversee all financial functions for the company's multiple locations in North America and abroad. As an executive member of the Sanborn team, he will be working closely with Sanborn's senior management team to assist with strategic planning, operating plans, and information technology.
Trimble announced the release of Trimble(R) Construction Manager version 1.9, a fully integrated solution for managing construction equipment and operations. Trimble Construction Manager version 1.9 introduces charts and a dashboard view that allows users to visualize critical operational information for their construction fleet.
The Trimble Construction Manager's new functionality enables simple identification of underutilized equipment or bottlenecks in construction operations. Some examples include: bar charts displaying equipment utilization (actual hours worked compared to expected hours), work time compared to idle time, and a timeline of equipment activity throughout the day.
Around the Web
Cell phone becomes new town crier by Margaret Reardon, April 20, 2007, CNET News.com
Panel: CIOs Wary of Open-Source Enterprise Apps by Peter Galli, April 24, 2007, Baseline
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