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Garmin Ltd. announced a record quarter ended December 29, 2007, reporting the highest quarterly and annual revenue and earnings in the Company's history. The company also announced a share repurchase program. See


deCarta, supplier of software and services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry, announced that it has established a new office in Dusseldorf, Germany, to meet customer needs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) and Central Europe. This expansion is a strategic move to meet the increasing deployment of LBS for fleet-tracking, mobile resource management and personal navigation applications in the region.

Heading up the Dusseldorf office will be newly-appointed senior sales director, Martin Wenzel, who joined deCarta from Navicore OY (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

New Products

Magellan introduced the latest addition to its MobileMapper GIS and mapping line of products - the MobileMapper 6. A rugged, waterproof, handheld GPS/GIS receiver, the MobileMapper 6 fulfills the requirements for low-cost, professional GIS field data collection. It fills a market gap in the data collection field between high-cost devices and consumer-grade products. It is expected to particularly appeal to forestry and other natural resource organizations, oil and gas, agriculture, utilities, government agencies, and businesses large and small that need a highly-rugged, robust GIS unit that can collect geographic data with 2-5 meter accuracy in real-time with SBAS

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging released Leica Image Manager, an innovative new solution for efficiently storing and quickly sharing imagery throughout the enterprise.

This dynamic solution comprehensively addresses problems universal to many geospatial data providers and those in the public sector and civil engineering, oil, gas and land management industries. These businesses often work with geospatial data too large to be centrally stored, or rapidly shared.

Global Positions, LLC announced the release of KnowGIS 9, which is now shipping. The KnowGIS training series provides video-based innovative training material for learning and knowing ArcGIS Desktop, including ArcView software. This innovative video training series contains eleven (11) tutorials and is an excellent tool for learning and understanding ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop. It is also an excellent reference for information and techniques. The detailed instruction on GIS concepts and software techniques, combined with project files to work along with the instructor, enable you to retain more and broaden your skill set. This video series which contains eleven (11) videos
is dedicated to helping you understand ESRI's integrated suite of applications which make up ArcGIS Desktop, including ArcCatalog, ArcMap, ArcToolbox, the Command Line Window and Model Builder.

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Upcoming Events

Date: March 1 - October 31, 2008
Place: California, Hawaii, Nevada, USA
ESRI invites you to attend a one-half day event featuring demonstrations of ESRI’s latest technologies that illustrate how these tools can be deployed to address common organizational needs.

If you are responsible for making decisions about GIS in your organization, attend the showcase to evaluate the fit of specific ESRI products. If you are focused on applying GIS technology, the showcase offers content to help you be more productive with ESRI tools.

8:30 a.m.—Noon


Date: March 6 - 7, 2008
Place: Vancouver

We invite you to join us in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada for the FME Worldwide User Conference on March 6-7, 2008. As we explore the theme New Dimensions in Spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), you’ll learn more about new developments in the industry and in FME, including 3D geometries and spatial data federation.


Date: March 9 - 12, 2008
Place: Washington State Convention Center

Seattle, WA USA
The Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference's technical program will include interactive half-day seminars, educational sessions, user forums, panel deliberations, and networking socials. The corresponding exhibition will feature the leading geospatial hardware, software, and services vendors.

Anyone who is interested in using geospatial information technologies is invited to attend. The conference program will address topics of interest to executives and managers in government agencies; electric, gas, and water/wastewater utilities; telecommunications companies; pipeline companies; the public sector; and other organizations interested in using geospatial information to enhance their bottom line.


Date: March 9 - 12, 2008
Place: Seattle, WA USA
GITA is pleased to announce the Geospatial Dimensions of Emergency Response Symposium, a unique forum taking place in conjunction with the association’s Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference (formerly Annual Conference). This event will be the first ever to address the application of mapping technologies such as GIS, GPS, and remote sensing to emergency and disaster response.


Date: March 9 - 12, 2008
Place: Annapolis

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is an organization committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of geospatial information technologies (GIT). Members of NSGIC include senior state geographic information system (GIS) managers and coordinators. Other members include representatives from federal agencies, local government, the private sector, academia and other professional organizations.


Date: March 12 - 14, 2008
Place: Perth Convention Exhibition Centre

Western Australia, Australia
WALIS Forum is one of the premier GIS events in Australia, attracting over 650 participants from a diverse range of professions.

Held every 18 months, the Forum provides an opportunity to address issues related to the collection, management and application of geographic or spatial information. The Forum is open to everyone, however, is targeted to people working with geographic information (GI) or those who would like to find out how they can harness GI to improve their business.


Date: March 15 - 18, 2008
Place: Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs

Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA USA
The 2008 ESRI Worldwide Business Partner Conference (BPC) will be held March 15–18, 2008, in Palm Springs, California. Jack Dangermond, ESRI president and CEO, will share with you the future of GIS business and technology that will help you drive your business. You'll gain insight into ESRI's products, services, data, and technology innovations.


Date: March 17 - 19, 2008
Place: Houston, TX USA
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sponsors the annual GIS for Transportation Symposium. It is a chance for persons in government and private industry who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes to get together and share experiences, see state-of-art software, and learn more about this field. The Symposium annually attracts over 400 Symposium registrants in addition to the 50 exhibitors in the technology hall.


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