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.

A global

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
Astrium GmbH.


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.

New Products

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.

Adapx (pronounced

"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
aerial images.

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.

Around the Web

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,

Upcoming Events
Date:June 24 - 28, 2007
Place:Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
After celebrating 125 inspiring years of safe
water at AWWA, we now look to the future — to what challenges and
circumstances the next 125 years will bring. We invite you to be an
integral part of the future of safe water by coming to ACE07 — AWWA's
Annual Conference and Exposition, the most comprehensive and diverse
water conference in the world. Help shape the future of water by
attending ACE07 in Toronto!

Date:June 25 - 29, 2007
Place:International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE)

Costa Rica, San Jose, USA
We are pleased to invite you to the 32nd
International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment. The overall
theme is the use of Earth observation systems in monitoring,
understanding, and managing the environment with particular emphasis on
achieving sustainable development. The symposium will include oral and
poster sessions on vital issues of interest to research and educational
institutions, government agencies, commercial entities, as well as
resource managers, decision-makers in public and private sectors and
scientists involved in remote sensing research and applications.

Date:July 3 - 6, 2007
Place:Salzburg University,

Hellbrunner Strasse 34, Salzburg, 5020 Austria
The Salzburg University Centre for
Geoinformatics has been organizing an annual regional conference
dedicated to Applied Geoinformatics (AGIT) for over fifteen years.
After several successful English speaking pre- and post-conferences on
various topics, we have decided to follow our international partner
organisations' suggestions to offer an annual English symposium
co-located with AGIT and sharing the state-of-the art AGIT-EXPO
exhibit. We invite you to attend GI-Forum 2007.

Date: July 11 - 21, 2007
Place: Santa Cesarea Terme

The International Summer School DIGEO “Diving
into GIS and Earth Observation Technologies” will take place during the
11th. - 21st. of July 2007 in the mediterranean locality of Santa
Cesarea Terme in Italy. The main objective is to provide participants
with the know-how needed to:
- create and manage Geographic Information Systems (GIS), - integrate
Remote Sensing - Satellite Image interpretation and GIS
- collect underwater data while obtaining an International scuba SSI

Date: July 12 - 13, 2007
Place: Xiaobai Angela Yao, and Bin Jiang

Athens , GA USA
The International Cartographic Association
(ICA) workshop series aims to bring together researchers from academia
and industry to present leading edge research findings, exchange ideas,
and stimulate new research efforts around geospatial analysis and

National Association of Counties (NACo)
Date: July 13 - 17, 2007
Place: Richmond, VA USA
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Registration for the 2007 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition will open in

Date: July 17 - 18, 2007
Place: Ontario

The 2007 Wireless & Mobile Expo and
Conference, being the global meeting place for the wireless industry,
attracts key decision-makers to learn and purchase the latest products
and solutions, offered by innovative technology vendors and service

Date: July 17 - 19, 2007
Place: Imigrantes Exhibiiton Center

S©o Paulo , Brazil
Created in 2000, GEOBrasil Summit is, by far,
the biggest and most important annual meeting of buyers, specialists
and suppliers of solutions connected with geotechnologies of Latin

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