June 25, 2007
ESRI UC 2007 Plenary Session
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Leica Geosystems Geospatial
Imaging, LLC announced that it has acquired all
outstanding shares of IONIC Software,
a geospatial software company headquartered in Liege, Belgium, as well as all
the shares of the related American company IONIC Enterprise. Together, these
companies are referred to as IONIC.
company, IONIC provides state-of-the art, enterprise geospatial technology with
the most advanced service-oriented mapping available for web-based and
distributed systems. IONIC’s strength in the defense, space, government and
commercial enterprise sectors complements Leica Geosystems’ market presence and
existing product portfolio.
successful launch of the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X on Friday, June 15th
from the Russian Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, is the first significant
milestone in the implementation of a public-private-partnership (PPP) between
the German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
and Infoterra’s parent company
Releases Statement on QBS Litigation Ruling
Rob Bennett has
resigned from his position as President of Municipal
Solutions Group Inc. as well as its related companies, and has resigned
from the Board of Directors of the companies. Rob co-founded the company
in 1982 with a view to improving the tools that local governments use to manage
and analyze information to decrease costs for those agencies, increase service
levels to their customers, and to allow jurisdictions to make better decisions.
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. announced the nuvi
200W and the nuvi 250W -- two new widescreen GPS navigators that are sleek
looking, simple-to-use, and affordable.
The nuvi 200W series
boasts a bright, sunlight readable 4.3-inch color touchscreen display (480x272
pixels). Like other models in the 200 series, the nuvi's new design
incorporates a high-sensitivity internal GPS antenna that makes it thinner and
even easier to mount in a car. At startup, users are presented with Garmin's
intuitive "Where to?" and "View map" welcome screen,
allowing for quick searches of addresses or nearly six million points of
interest like restaurants, hotels, attractions, gas stations, and more.
Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions guide the driver to their destination.
The nuvi automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track if they
miss a turn along the way.
"Adapts") revealed a new software product call Mapx(TM)--a fully
integrated software solution that enables digital pen-and-paper-based data
collection with ESRI(R) ArcGIS mapping software.
GeoLytics released the GeocodeDVD Version 4.0 with improved address matching
based on the latest 2006 2nd Edition TIGER/Line Files. Version 4.0 improves
geocoding efficiency 10% over previous GeoLytics geocoding software. The latest
version also appends Zip+4s to the matched address, as well as assigns historic
1970, 1980, and 1990 Census tract and block group codes, in addition to the
latitude, longitude, and 2000 Census block code
DigitalGlobe announced its second half of 2007 aerial flight plan
with the commitment to collect more than 276,000 km2 of US aerial imagery at a
one-foot resolution, setting the industry standard for the clearest
ready-to-purchase aerial imagery available. During the second half of this
year, more than 60 cities with populations greater than 50,000 will be flown,
bringing DigitalGlobe's total planned new aerial markets to 668,000 km2 for
2007. Collectively, DigitalGlobe will have digitally imaged 108 US cities in
2007 through its aerial collection plan. DigitalGlobe also announced that
starting this year, in conjunction with its extensive network of content
partners, it will acquire urban metro areas with six-inch resolution or higher
Microsoft Corp. and Intermap Technologies Corp.
announced the launch of Microsoft’s enhanced Virtual Earth 3-D viewing
platform based on Intermap Technologies’ highly accurate and up-to-date
elevation data for all of Great Britain. Intermap is also creating similar maps
for all of Western Europe and the continental United States. The resulting
product delivers a more seamless and accurate 3-D experience for all Internet
users visiting Microsoft’s Live Search Maps for England, Scotland and Wales.
A new workbook
published by ESRI Press teaches
basic to complex aspects of using geographic information system (GIS) technology,
providing lessons in everything from creating maps to using models for advanced
The second edition of GIS Tutorial: Workbook for ArcView 9 by authors
Wilpen L. Gorr and Kristen S. Kurland, provides updated exercises for ArcView
9.2 and will help both beginners and experienced users become better versed in
GIS software functionality.
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the Peak Test of Technology by Noam Cohen, June 18,2007, The New York Times
(registration required) -- After
weeks of climbing, Rod Baber recently reached the summit of Mount Everest, a
dream fulfilled. At the top of the world, as dawn was breaking, he took off his
oxygen mask and called his voice mailbox, leaving an exuberant, if weary,
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