July 07, 2008
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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With reference to the joint press release dated 5 June 2008 in which
TomTom and
Tele Atlas have jointly announced that TomTom declared its recommended public cash offer of EUR 30 cash per share for all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares with a nominal value of EUR 0.10 each (the "
Shares"; holders of such Shares being referred to as “
Shareholders”) in the capital of Tele Atlas (the "
Offer") unconditional (gestand gedaan) and in which TomTom announced a post-acceptance period (na-aanmeldingstermijn), TomTom and Tele Atlas hereby jointly announce the results of the post-acceptance period, which ended at 26 June 2008 at 15:00 hours Amsterdam time.

Pointer Telocation Ltd., - an AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) solutions provider for fleet management, car and driver safety, public safety, road side assistance, vehicle security and asset management, announced that, along with G4S Telematix S.A., it will provide tracking technology for live coverage of a series of premier Mediterranean sailing races. The operation is part of a long-standing partnership that Pointer Telocation has with G4S Telematix, the leading Greek location-based services provider and part of G4S plc, the world’s largest security services provider.

Marshall and Associates, Inc. (Marshall) announced that it has entered a strategic alliance with
Azteca Systems, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Marshall will integrate its flagship GeoResults Mobile GIS and operations field automation solution with the Cityworks Enterprise Asset Management software, to provide mobile GIS, field data collection, asset condition updates, and work order processing for field-based staff.

GyPSii, a geo-location and mobile social networking provider, announced it has entered into a multi-year worldwide agreement with
Garmin, the world’s global leader in satellite navigation.

Under the terms of the agreement, GyPSii will provide technology, products, worldwide data center infrastructure, development licenses, and GyPSii branding rights to Garmin, on a worldwide non-exclusive basis for a range of Garmin products. Garmin anticipates that future products will include friend finding applications that support the GyPSii-powered location-based social networking services platform.


2008 ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) will feature renowned botanist, environmentalist, biodiversity expert, and president of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Dr. Peter H. Raven. Raven will discuss the significance of biodiversity and the environment for sustaining our world.

“Dr. Raven has played a vital role in teaching others about the importance of biodiversity and in researching our planet’s ecosystems,” says Jack Dangermond, president, ESRI. “He’s making a difference in securing our environmental resources. We’re honored to have him as our guest and we’re excited about the opportunity our users will have to hear from such a distinguished individual.”

Pictometry International Corp., a leading provider of georeferenced aerial image libraries, whose proprietary technology is used globally to capture oblique image libraries, has captured and delivered new aerial oblique imagery in four heavily damaged, flood-struck counties in the Midwest, all within days of the event. The image captures are part of Pictometry’s Economic Alliance Partnership (EAP), a program designed to give counties and government agencies the visual information tools they need to quickly and cost-effectively assess and manage damage assessment and rescue efforts following a federally-declared disaster.

Topics ranging from terrestrial LIDAR to successful mergers and acquisitions, from FAA ramp checks for aerial data acquisition aircraft modifications to boresights and calibration and from a market forecast from Microsoft's Virtual Earth to a members only session on privacy issues affecting aerial and satellite imagery are all on the agenda for the
MAPPS Annual Summer Meeting to be held July 19-23, 2008 at the Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

For program information and registration, visit:

Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is inviting the public to offer change requests for consideration by the OGC Technical Committee on a revision of the OpenGIS Geography Markup Language (GML) Encoding Standard. GML defines a data encoding in XML for geographic data and a grammar to express models of such data using XML Schema.

GML has come into wide use since it was first adopted as an OGC standard in 2002. Implementations typically specify GML application schemas. GML is consistent with the OGC's entire open geospatial standards platform. GML is the standard that enables information communities and other standards organizations such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and OASIS to insert geospatial components into their standards and be confident that their standards will be compatible with mainstream information infrastructure methods of conveying spatial/temporal information.

The current version of GML was approved last year and is also published as ISO 19136:2007 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The OGC Technical Committee is reviewing the need for changes in the standard and wants to receive suggestions from the wider community. Change requests should be submitted by September 19, 2008. The OGC template for change requests is available
here and must be sent to

Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) membership approved a 30 day public comment period for a revision to the OpenGIS Web Coverage Service (WCS) Interface Standard. The revision includes two extensions to WCS: the WCS 1.1 Transaction Extension and the Web Coverage Processing Service Processing (WCPS) Extension.

WCS Interface Standard specifies an application programming interface (API) for requesting coverage data, such as imagery, from one or more distributed sources.

GeoSOA research group of the Centre for Research in Geomatics at Laval University, Quebec City, Canada is proud to announce the release of a first version of GeoKettle as an open source contribution.

GeoKettle is a "spatially-enabled" version of Pentaho Data Integration. Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle) is a powerful, metadata-driven ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) tool dedicated to the aggregation of different data sources in data warehouses. It is part of the open source BI (Business Intelligence) software suite designed by Pentaho. This special distribution of Kettle includes extensions which enable the use of geospatial (GIS) data. Like Kettle, GeoKettle is released under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

Historically high gas prices have caused 94% of consumers to make lifestyle changes to keep costs down, according to a survey sponsored by
MapQuest. Among the changes: they’re planning routes more carefully (57%), walking or biking more (24%), partially filling their gas tanks (31%), and making a conscious effort to drive less (82%).

In addition, 66% of consumers say that high gas prices have caused them to alter vacation plans, with 34% canceling their vacation plans altogether. Another 37% have opted to take shorter trips that are closer to home.


Avineon, Inc., a successful provider of IT, geospatial, engineering and program management services, announced three major promotions within its Geospatial Division. Al Williamson has been named Director of Operations -- Utilities, David Ridderikhoff has been appointed Director of Business Development -- Geospatial Solutions, and Tom Finkhousen has been promoted to Project Manager. In their new roles, Williamson, Ridderikhoff and Finkhousen will continue to help Avineon's customers increase operational effectiveness and efficiency through the implementation of geographic information services (GIS) and related applications.

Edward Saade has been appointed President and Managing Director of
Fugro-EarthData, Inc. Taking over for Anne Hale Miglarese, who led the company’s transition from private ownership to its current standing as a member of the international Fugro organization, Mr. Saade will assume responsibility for Fugro EarthData’s traditional mapping, GeoSAR radar mapping, and GIS business lines to ensure a continued commitment to quality, innovation, and customer service.

New Products

Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer
Cadcorp has announced a new release of its mSIS - mobile Spatial Information System (‘mSIS’) product. mSIS is an easy-to-use field data capture application for the Pocket PC platform. It is supplied in two parts: a desktop based project management package - mSIS Office; plus the Pocket PC-based data capture software - mSIS Mobile.

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