February 25, 2008
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Adapx and
ESRI announced a strategic agreement to deliver Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop to all of ESRI's markets such as government, utilities, engineering, natural resources, and various other industries. Under the terms of this agreement, ESRI will offer Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop in the United States through its direct sales force and channel of 1,700 resellers. Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop is a fully integrated GIS software solution that digitally enables paper-based field mapping with a digital pen and standard paper for a broad range of industries.


National Disclosure Authority (
NDA), an independent hazard disclosure company, announced its partnership with
Digital Map Products (
DMP), provider of web-based embedded mapping and GIS solutions. The companies first began working together in 2007 and successfully created exclusive software that integrates NDA's legal and disclosure expertise with DMP's advanced mapping technology. The new software enhances NDA's unparalleled disclosure reporting by providing state-of-the-art mapping capabilities allowing heightened accuracy of hazard location to within inches of a client's property line, and real time updates of Federal, State and local maps. This cutting edge technology is unrivalled in the hazard disclosure industry.


GyPSii, a geo-location and mobile social networking provider, has partnered with
Shanghai Rannuo and
China
Unicom to launch its GyPSii service during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


The GyPSii service combines social networking, mobile, location and web 2.0 technologies to offer China Unicom users a seamless mobile lifestyle experience. It will allow users to create pictures, video and blogs centered on all things Olympic while using their existing camera phone. GyPSii users can capture their special moments during the Olympic games, upload the content to their personal space and share it with friends, family and communities. The users can also search other GyPSii User Generated Content (UGC), people and points of interest and get maps and directions to their location – all from their mobile phone.


China Public Security Technology, Inc., a leading provider of public security information technology and GIS software services, announced that its variable interest entity,
Shenzhen iASPEC Software Engineering Company Limited ("
iASPEC"), has entered into a series of agreements to acquire 57% of the shares of
Wuda Geoinformatics Co., Ltd. ("
Geo"), a leading provider of GIS software products and integrated solutions in China, for an aggregate purchase price of RMB49.5 million (approximately US$6.8 million) in cash. The transactions are expected to close on or before April 1, 2008, after which, iASPEC will become Geo's controlling shareholder, and Wuhan University, Geo's founder, will be the second largest shareholder through direct and indirect investments.


NAVTEQ Corporation, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced that
Nokia Corporation filed the necessary notification to the European Commission in regards to its pending acquisition of NAVTEQ. Completion of the acquisition is subject to receipt of European regulatory approval and the satisfaction of the other closing conditions set forth in the merger agreement.


Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announced that Data Design is now an authorized distributor of Leica Geosystems’ solutions to customers in southern Africa.


Headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, Data Design specializes in reselling a broad range of geospatial solutions, instruments and services, including those of IKONOS®, OrbView, RadarSat and Aster. Effective January 1, 2008, Data Design now also handles Leica Geosystems’ entire product portfolio.


Astrium announced that it has entered into a joint-venture with the
Cartographic Institute of Catalonia (
ICC), the Catalan official mapping agency, and
Hisdesat, a space services provider, to create
Infoterra Servicios de Geoinformación SA (
Infoterra SGSA).


Infoterra SGSA will form part of the Infoterra Group, a leading provider of geo-information products and services based on Earth observation data. The new company will expand an already strong European organization present in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Hungary.


Announcements


PTV is a partner and system supplier of the PSF Initiative which focuses on the development of the Physical Storage Format (PSF). The consortium consists of 19 industry-leading car manufacturers and system and map suppliers who work together to create a standardized map format for basic car navigation and telematics functions. The aim is to provide maps more quickly and easily. Car navigation data have been available for different devices, using different formats making it both costly and time-consuming to update and exchange the map data. The new harmonized format is meant to eliminate costly format conversion.


The Carbon Project will release a major update to CarbonArc PRO, its Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) 1.0 extension for ArcGIS, at the ESRI Federal User Conference on February 20 in Washington, DC. SDI 1.0 is a selected suite of OGC standards endorsed as part of ongoing efforts by government agencies to promote interoperability. CarbonArc PRO 1.5 brings a new generation of SDI 1.0 compliant data discovery and production tools directly to the ArcGIS desktop.


Agrian, a fully integrated agridata tracking solution, announced that it has reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement delivering the entire suite of Agrian products to the country's largest organization of professional crop advisors and agronomists. The agreement with the
American Society of Agronomy enables Agrian to expand its integrated, field-to-fork solution nationally with a certified group of trained professionals in production agriculture. The Society's CCA and CPAg Programs boasts more than 13,000 Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) and Certified Professional Agronomists (CPAgs) throughout the US and Canada.


The
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is requesting public comment on the candidate CityGML Encoding Standard. CityGML is a Geography Markup Language 3 (GML3) application schema for the storage and exchange of virtual 3D city models.


CityGML is a common information model for the representation of 3D urban objects. It defines the classes and relations for the most relevant topographic objects in cities and regional models with respect to their geometrical, topological, semantical and appearance properties. Included are generalization hierarchies between thematic classes, aggregations, relations between objects, and spatial properties. This thematic information goes beyond graphic exchange formats and allows users to employ virtual 3D city models for sophisticated analysis tasks in different application domains such as simulations, urban data mining, facility management, and thematic inquiries.


Timmons Group, a leader in geospatial consulting services, announced that ESRI-Washington DC has awarded Timmons Group the 2008 Foundation Partner.


The Foundation Partner award recognizes the partner who, through hard work and dedication, has consistently built a very strong, dependable relationship with ESRI. This partner is one of the foundation blocks on which ESRI's strong Business Partner Program is built. The presentation of the awards will be held on Sunday, March 16th at the 2008 ESRI Business Partner Conference in Palm Springs, California.


Only 48 hours after
UNOSAT, a United Nations operational programme of UNITAR that provides an enhanced access to satellite imagery, contacted
Infoterra GmbH's teams in Friedrichshafen, the company's experts were able to deliver a readily processed high-resolution radar image acquired by the new German radar satellite TerraSAR-X.


Heavy rainfall had caused severe flooding in Bolivia, already killing more than 60 and leaving over 40.000 people homeless by February 13th, 2008. In the worst-hit province, Beni, thousands of people had to leave their homes amid rising floodwaters; rivers had broken their banks, and floodwaters were threatening to breach a raised road surrounding the provincial capital Trinidad, home to some 90,000 people.


Financials


HP announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2008, with net revenue of $28.5 billion, up 13% from a year earlier and up 8% when adjusted for the effects of currency.


In the first quarter, GAAP operating profit was $2.6 billion and GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.80, up from $0.55 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP operating profit was $2.8 billion, with non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.86 up from $0.65 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP financial information excludes $158 million of adjustments on an after-tax basis, or $0.06 per diluted share, related primarily to amortization of purchased intangibles. See


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