January 07, 2008
Statewide Strategic Planning
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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DriveOK™ Inc. a provider of GPS vehicle tracking units, announced the DriveOK™ Dealer Program, a dealer-only GPS tracking program for DriveOK™ distributors. This program provides maximum revenue potential for dealers that have experience with GPS systems and have an existing customer base.

ESRI has become a member of the GridWise Alliance to support developing technologies for the nation’s energy system. ESRI, the world’s leading developer of geographic information system (GIS) software, will work together with other GridWise Alliance members to advocate change and promote new policies.

New Products

ArcPad 7.1 and ArcPad Application Builder 7.1, the latest versions of
ESRI's mobile GIS software for data collection and field mapping applications, have been released. The new enhancements in ArcPad 7.1 will help experienced users, as well as field personnel new to GIS, capture field data quickly and easily.

Blue Marble Geographics recently released Geographic Calculator v7.0, a major version upgrade that features a new Arc Extension, enabling users to access Blue Marble features directly in ESRI’s ArcGIS software. This exciting new capability for Calculator extends the power of ArcGIS as a geodetic definition and geospatial management interface. Blue Marble’s coordinate conversion technology is used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

DriveOK™ has launched a vehicle tracking unit that is extremely affordable, easy to use and provides significant value to small fleet owners and parents who want to monitor where their kids are driving. The OK232 has most of the commercial-grade features and has been provided at a fraction of the usual price for that type of service and capability. “The launch of our OK232 GPS Vehicle Tracking Unit brings an affordable unit to small fleet owners and families that have been reluctant to purchase a GPS tracking unit,” said Mark Wells, President & CEO of DriveOK™ Inc. “While most GPS tracking units cost more than $300, we are able to bring the
cost down to $189.95 making it very affordable for everyone.”

IntelliOne, the premier traffic information company that measures speed instantly on virtually all roadways, announced an industry and market first: mashup of the Company’s Live!Traffic information for the greater Tampa, Florida area with Google maps. Unique to IntelliOne, coverage for the traffic congestion information includes freeways, highways and major city streets throughout Tampa-St. Petersburg. A link to the site may be found

Zoombak LLC, a Liberty Media company, announced that it launched its first Zoombak advanced GPS locators and related services for pets and autos. The Zoombak locator is now available for purchase online at zoombak.com, and at major national retailers in early 2008.

The Zoombak locator is one of the first Assisted-GPS (“A-GPS”) devices designed specifically for use by everyday consumers and will be sold nationwide at leading electronics and specialty pet retailers. Priced from $199 - $249, for pet and auto applications, respectively, Zoombak is smaller than a deck of cards and weighs less than three ounces, yet when activated can help find dogs and vehicles coast-to-coast, 24 hours a day and can promptly notify users about location by text message and email alerts.

3D Laser Mapping, the UK based laser-scanning specialist, has developed the latest version of its world renowned StreetMapper system specifically targeted at the mining industry. MineMapper uses the latest mobile laser scanning technology combined with high precision positioning systems to capture highly accurate and detailed measurements on the move. MineMapper is ideally suited for the mining environment as the system can be deployed on a range of vehicles to suit all terrains and when combined with 3D Laser Mapping’s SiteMonitor software can automatically create detailed 3D models of the mining operation including highly accurate depletion surveys, slope stability
models, stockpile measurements and mine wide terrain map updates.

1Spatial have released Radius Check Lite™, a simple health check tool for Oracle-based spatial databases. This tool is available for free from the
1Spatial website. Working on both Oracle Locator and Oracle Spatial this tool provides a simple and easy-to-use way of validating the set-up of a spatial database. It is suitable for any user from a DBA through to the GIS user, and has the added benefit of actually educating the novice user about the conditions required for a spatial database.

Upcoming Events

Date: January 10 - 11, 2008
Place: ExecuTrain 2901 K St

Ste 450, Sacramento, USA
Participants will learn how to easily create thematic maps of their own data and display spatial trends in information.


Date: January 16 - 17, 2008
Place: ExecuTrain 9841 Airport Blvd,

Ste 524 , Los Angeles, USA
Participants will learn how to easily create thematic maps of their own data and display spatial trends in information.


Date: January 21 - 24, 2008
Place: QE II Conference Centre

Westminster, London, United Kingdom
DGI 2008 is Europe’s annual gathering of the defence geospatial intelligence community. Bringing together Heads of GeoINT, GIS, J2, C2, Imagery and Analysis, Reconnaissance, METOC, Operations and ISTAR, the conference provides a unique forum to discuss and debate the development of geospatial intelligence capabilities across the globe.


Date: January 23, 2008
Place: ExecuTrain 2005 De La Cruz Blvd,

Ste 200 , Santa Clara, USA
Participants will learn how to easily create thematic maps of their own data and display spatial trends in information.


Date: January 25, 2008
Place: University Business Center 5245 N Backer Ave,

PB 193 , Fresno, USA
Participants will learn how to easily create thematic maps of their own data and display spatial trends in information.


Date: January 31 - February 1, 2008
Place: ExecuTrain 210 Spear

San Francisco, USA
Participants will learn how to easily create thematic maps of their own data and display spatial trends in information.


Date: January 31 - February 4, 2008
Place: Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage, CA USA
The Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) is the only national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. MAPPS member firms are engaged in surveying, photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS and GIS data collection and conversion services. Our associate members include firms that provide products and services to our member firms, as well as other firms world-wide.


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