July 02, 2007
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) and GeoAge have announced an OEM partnership that will combine the world’s leading hand-held GIS mapping system – TPS’ GMS-2 – with advanced FAST™ data collection and mapping software designed by GeoAge.

The Topcon and GeoAge agreement enables users to benefit from high performance end-user solutions within industries such as utilities, engineering, public works and environmental management. Topcon and GeoAge will work together to help customers configure the best solutions to meet their needs.

Enspiria Solutions, a provider of consulting and systems integration services to the utility, cable and government sectors, and OSIsoft, Inc., who provide the PI System, the industry standard in enterprise historians, as the core of their real-time infrastructure platform, have partnered to provide PI System integration services as part of Enspiria’s overall offering related to asset management and business intelligent solutions.

DMTI Spatial (DMTI), a provider of location intelligence solutions, has established a reseller partnership with Statistics Canada (STC) to offer customers 2006 Census Boundary Files. The market will continue to rely on DMTI Spatial as an established Canadian provider of a comprehensive product line of geographic information that is of high quality and built for Location Intelligence applications.

Vyyo Inc., a supplier of broadband access equipment for cable system operators, announced that it has entered into a cooperative relationship with Bentley Systems, Incorporated to streamline the implementation of the Vyyo UltraBand(TM) spectrum overlay platform for cable system operators.

Working in conjunction with Vyyo, Bentley will incorporate a library of specifications based on the UltraBand platform into its Bentley Communications/Bentley Coax Geospatial Information System (GIS) solution for RF design. The relationship will simplify the ability of cable system operators to design spectrum overlay solutions for the delivery of residential and business services by providing increased visibility into performance and cost data with no change in GIS software.


Just four days after the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X has been launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the first brilliant satellite images have been received.

There was loud cheering among the TerraSAR-X teams of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Astrium and Infoterra on Tuesday evening, when – only 30 minutes after the data had been received by the ground station in Neustrelitz – the first images appeared on the monitors at the DLR space centre in Oberpfaffenhofen. Although the satellite will only reach its final orbital position in ten days’ time, these data – recorded for test purposes only – already display a remarkably high quality and level of detail.

Topcon Corporation
is expanding its business to include the rapidly growing international mobile control business.

For Topcon, entering the "mobile control business is a natural extension of our basic business model," according to Fumio Ohtomo, director and managing executive officer, "which is, simply, to provide the most innovative precise positioning instruments, software and applications to global end users.

In light of a greatly increased demand for qualified analysts in the intelligence, defense and emergency management fields, Penn State has developed a new online certificate program in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). The five-course, 14-credit post baccalaureate program is designed to provide students with the core competencies required to effectively and ethically provide geospatial analysis to key decision makers at defense, governmental, business and nongovernmental organizations.

DMTI Spatial (DMTI), a provider of enterprise location intelligence solutions, has been awarded Certified for Windows Vista status for its premiere Canadian geocoding software. This Vista certification for the GeoPinpoint Suite is important to our customers as it demonstrates application security, reliability and overall compatibility with the Vista operating system.

NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for location-based solutions and vehicle navigation, announced that it has been selected to provide Panasonic, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, with NAVTEQ(R) digital map data for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico for the recently launched Panasonic Strada CN-NVD905U. The navigation system will also feature SIRIUS Traffic available through SIRIUS Satellite Radio.


Infotech Enterprises America, Inc. (IEAI) is pleased to announce Mrs. Jennifer Davila’s promotion to Marketing Manager for the Geospatial Division of Infotech headquartered in Sterling, Virginia. Prior, Mrs. Davila held the position of Marketing Coordinator with primary duties focused on preparation of all bid/proposals, tradeshow coordination, and development of marketing materials. The promotion reflects Infotech’s growth plans that include increasing market penetration by raising market awareness of Infotech and performing primary and secondary market research to identify new services required by the target market segments.

Sara Kustron, GISP, joins AppGeo as a Project manager and Senior GIS Analyst. She brings to AppGeo more than seven years of professional experience, most recently as GIS Coordinator with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Center for Environmental Health (CEH).


GeoEye announced that Matthew O'Connell, President & CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2007 Award for the Communications category in Greater Washington D.C. The Ernst & Young award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mr. O'Connell was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year gala event at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia on June 21, 2007.

Ernst & Young has awarded its prestigious Ernst & Young 2007 London Region Entrepreneur of The Year Technology and Communication award to Sean Phelan, founder of Multimap. Phelan picked up the trophy at the awards ceremony at the London Hilton Metropole, in recognition of his success as a leading internet entrepreneur and innovator.

On March 13, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Facility Information Council released the first version of the National Building Information Modeling StandardTM [
NBIMS] for a two month industry review period. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has been helping to promote this standard through interoperable web services using NBIMS and helping to ensure compatibility with the geospatial industry's consensus based open standards for urban modeling.

New Products

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announces the development of a TerraSAR-X processing capability for ERDAS IMAGINE® Radar Mapping Suite 9.1.

Upon completion, this new capability will allow users to display and manipulate images captured by the TerraSAR-X satellite, recently launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite, a joint effort of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and Infoterra’s parent company Astrium GmbH, transmits high quality X-band radar images in record time, penetrating cloud cover and requiring few ground control points. Only five days after launch, the ground station received images, and within thirty minutes, these images appeared on the DLR monitors in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

Azteca Systems, Inc., provider of GIS-centric management solutions, announced the release of Cityworks Server, a web based maintenance management system. Cityworks Server offers state-of-the-art technology and provides users an advanced and efficient way to account for assets in Cityworks. Cityworks Server represents the latest functionality towards making asset and work management easier than ever before.

AtlasCT, a developer and provider of worldwide mapping solutions both for the Web and mobile marketplace, is announcing the release of version 3.0, the newest version of AtlasWeb™ Software Development Kit (SDK) an advanced package for Internet-based GIS applications development.

Proxix Solutions, a location intelligence company, launched PxPoint Online, a Web-based service that accurately geocodes files containing up to one hundred thousand customer records in a single batch process.

Utilizing high-precision, multinational geocoding technology integrated with quality data sources, such as NAVTEQ street data and parcel boundaries, PxPoint Online appends the exact latitude and longitude coordinates to each record, and corrects addresses to United States Postal Service (USPS) standards. Using multiple data sets heightens geocoding accuracy and ensures the best possible match for any address, which improves the integrity of an organization's customer data.

Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop is pleased to announce MAPublisher 7.5 for Adobe Illustrator CS2 and CS3. MAPublisher 7.5 is the latest version of this powerful mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data and is the first version to offer support for the new Adobe Illustrator CS3.

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