May 21, 2007
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“We see the appetite for real-time weather growing,” concluded Bedell. “The use of weather will become more mature, particularly in the insurance and financial markets, so over time we see the utilization growing within an insurance organization, beyond catastrophe management and disaster response activities, and additionally we see the growth geographically.”

Top News of the Week

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a provider of essential information solutions, announced that it has acquired Vexcel Canada Inc., a small expert company in advanced radar satellite image applications. Financial terms will not be disclosed.

Founded in 1981, Vexcel Canada is based in Ottawa, Ontario, and specializes in providing advanced products and services using the latest radar image data sources. The company is a subsidiary of Vexcel U.S. that was acquired by Microsoft in 2006.


TerraGo® Technologies announced that the company has raised $6.3 million in a Series A round of financing led by early-stage venture capital firm RedShift Ventures, with participation from CNF Investments, the private equity and venture capital arm of Clark Enterprises, Inc. and In-Q-Tel, the independent strategic investment fund that identifies innovative technologies to support the missions of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the larger U.S. Intelligence Community.

Spatial Business Systems Inc. announces that they have entered into a strategic business relationship with Fichtner Group of Stuttgart, Germany. The broad agreement includes joint technology development, resource sharing and business development. The arrangement also includes an equity investment in Spatial Business Systems, Inc. and the transfer of Fichtner ORACLE Spatial based software and competence to SBS. As a result of this agreement Spatial Business Systems will be the delivery channel for Fichtner solution offerings on ORACLE Spatial and ORACLE Fusion in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

i-cubed, the rapidly growing leader in the world of value-added imagery aggregation and managed dissemination technologies, is excited to announce new investments from strategic partners
SPOT Image Corporation and

i-cubed has been a partner of Spot Image for many years and is a key supplier of online imaging services and web technologies including DataDoors™. Through this agreement, the Spot Image group is establishing a solid partnership to build on these new technologies. This investment will strengthen the group’s longstanding relationship with i-cubed and boost the deployment of its geoweb strategy.


Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(R)) has issued a Request for Quotes/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) for the OGC Web Services, Phase 5 (OWS-5) Interoperability Initiative, a testbed to advance OGC's open geospatial interoperability framework. The RFQ/CFP is available at the
website .

Based on sponsor requirements, the OWS-5 initiative is organized as six threads over two initiative phases:
  • Sensor Web Enablement (SWE)

  • Geo Processing Workflow (GPW)

  • Information Communities' Semantics (ICS)


  • Agile Geography

  • Compliance Testing (CITE)
  • Trimble announced it has been selected by the Greek National Cadastre, KTIMATOLOGIO S.A., to supply Trimble VRS(TM) network hardware and software to establish a nationwide Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) infrastructure network for the country of Greece. Trimble will also provide complete network set up, deployment and operation during the initial start-up period. The Trimble VRS network will provide a fixed geospatial infrastructure for surveying, engineering and Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals that enables high accuracy real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS positioning, significantly increasing efficiency and productivity.


    SAN Holdings, Inc., a nationwide data storage consulting and system integration company, reported results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2007.

    For the March 2007 quarter, the Company reported revenue of $8.6 million and a net loss available to common shareholders of $3.4 million or $(0.03) per share compared with revenue of $14.3 million and a net loss available to common shareholders of $10.2 million or $(0.09) per share for the March 2006 quarter. The March 2006 quarter results included approximately $8.6 million of non-cash charges associated with the Company's 2006 private placement equity transaction. See

    Intermap Technologies Corporation (the "Company") reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007. All amounts mentioned are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

    For the first quarter, Intermap reported an increase in total revenue to $6.2 million, as compared to total revenue of $2.1 million for the same period in 2006. The increase was the result of revenue recognized on a number of contract services projects. The contract services revenue component of total revenue in the first quarter increased to $5.2 million, compared to $1.0 million for the first quarter of 2006, reflecting an increase in fee-for-service work in Asia.

    NovAtel Inc., a precise positioning technology company, reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007. Revenues in the first quarter 2007 were CDN $20.3 million (US $17.5 million) compared to CDN $18.5 million (US $15.8 million) in the similar period a year ago. Net income for the first quarter 2007 was CDN $5.4 million (US $4.6 million) or CDN $0.61 (US $0.53) per share (diluted) compared to a net income of CDN $5.2 million (US $4.5 million) or CDN $0.59 (US $0.50) per share (diluted) in the similar period a year ago.


    Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC)’s Community Geomatics Centre (CGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Lee to the GIS Business Development Manager position. Ken will be working extensively with the CGC and private sector Geographic Information Systems (GIS) firms in the region to identify, drive, and close new business opportunities.

    Pavan Kalvala, the newest member of
    WilsonMiller’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Business Unit, has a strong academic background in the technology WilsonMiller uses to manage and analyze spatial data. As a WilsonMiller GIS Analyst, Kalvala will join his professional colleagues in using specialized computer hardware and software to design applications that solve complex spatial problems and support better decision-making.

    GeoEye, a leading producer of satellite, aerial and geospatial information, announced the appointment of Uyen Dinh as senior director for Government Affairs. Ms. Dinh is responsible for the overall development and execution of the company's Legislative Affairs and Government Relations program. She was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated with her family in 1975. Ms. Dinh's career includes government and private practice experience in antitrust law, and ten years of distinguished service in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    New Products

    GeoOptics Announces 100-Spacecraft Array to Deliver Critical Hurricane & Climate Data GeoOptics LLC and Broad Reach Engineering announce a partnership for an Earth remote sensing satellite constellation named CICERO:
    Initiative for
    Occultation. GeoOptics is an international consortium formed to deploy and operateCICERO, which will consist of 100 micro-satellites in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) performing Global Positioning System and Galileo atmospheric radio occultation (GNSS-RO). CICERO will deliver critical data on the state of the Earth’s atmosphere and ionosphere in near real-time to forecasters and researchers worldwide at an accuracy and vertical resolution 20 to 50 times greater than is possible with the current operational space based systems.

    Latitude Geographics, a leading internet geography applications provider announces Geocortex Essentials 1.1, an extension to ESRI’s ArcGIS Server and Web ADF. Geocortex Essentials is engineered from the ground-up as extension software for ESRI’s ArcGIS Server 9.2 and ADF technologies. Developed in .NET and designed to extend and complement the process of building ArcGIS Server applications, Geocortex Essentials provides cutting edge tools, processes and features to simplify the process of creating and managing multiple applications and provide ArcGIS Server developers a powerful
    jumpstart when implementing their web-based geographic information system.

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