July 21, 2008
Geomedia and G/Technology to Get New Platforms
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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China Information Security Technology, Inc., a leading provider of Information Security and 3S (Geographic Information System - GIS, Global Positioning System - GPS and Remote Sensing - RS) services in China, announced that Mr. Jiang Huai Lin, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company consummated the purchase the 24% minority interest in
iASPEC Software Co. Ltd. CIST's variable interest entity, from Mr. Jin Zhu Cai, for a total consideration of RMB60 million (approximately $8.72 million).


MapText, Inc., a leader in high-quality cartographic text placement software, and
graphIT, Hungary’s leading provider of GIS and CAD solutions signed a partnership agreement to resell MapText products in the region.


graphIT builds custom GIS software solutions primarily based on Intergraph technologies. When their customers needed high-quality label placement, graphIT approached MapText for solutions. graphIT is well positioned in the Hungarian GIS market and as a result the two companies teamed up to provide Hungarian Intergraph users with sophisticated label placement software.


TerraGo Technologies announced that it has been named to the Prime Vendor Contract for the
U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service, Office of Global Analysis (OGA).


Under the contract, managed by ASRC Management Services, TerraGo will be providing the USDA’s crop analysts with its advanced tools and technology to convert complex geospatial information into interactive, user-friendly geo-enabled PDFs. TerraGo’s geospatial solutions will enable analysts in the field to build and deliver GeoApps in collaboration with other professionals to ensure that all personnel have the most up-to-date, accurate geospatial information available to them.


ImageTree Corporation, the precision forestry company, has signed a 12-year agreement with
Blom Group, the European leader in collection of geographic information, for North American licensing rights to Blom’s LiDAR technology.


LiDAR, a remote-sensing system used to aerially collect topographic data, is a critical component of ImageTree’s ForestSense technology platform, which provides precise, timely and cost-effective forest inventory analysis, and enables assessment of carbon sequestration.


ESRI Canada and
EmerGeo Solutions, a leading provider of fully integrated situation awareness technology solutions  announced the availability of EmerGeo Navigator. EmerGeo Navigator is an ESRI GIS-based emergency management solution that provides emergency managers with timely access to critical information and decision-support tools.


Announcements


ESRI and ESRI Canada Limited will discuss and demonstrate how new technological advances make it easier to access geospatial information over the Internet during the GeoWeb 2008 conference being held in Vancouver, B.C., July 21–25, 2008. ESRI is a platinum sponsor of the conference.


The theme for GeoWeb 2008 is Infrastructure: Local to Global. Geographic information is now widely distributed on the Web and routinely integrated into thousands of applications and services including infrastructure support. Technology has evolved to a point where anyone can be a contributor to the GeoWeb and everyone can be a participant, from data access to infrastructure protection.


Trimble announced that it has launched Trimble VRS Now service in the state of Florida. The commercial subscription service will provide surveyors, civil engineers and geospatial measurement professionals with instant access to real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning and high-accuracy Differential GPS (DGPS) corrections without the need for a field base station.


The service will deliver centimeter-level RTK and Differential GNSS (DGNSS) positioning customized for each Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) rover receiver's exact location anywhere in the network.


PCI Geomatics, a developer of software and solutions for geospatial imaging applications, is pleased to announce plans to launch a new international office in Beijing, China. The new company, PCI Geomatics Beijing, will offer PCI Geomatics technology, services and solutions (under special license), for both the private and government sectors and will be led by Mr. Yubin Xin as Country Manager.


Training


Blue Marble Geographics will be offering a brand new version of their popular applied geodesy training on August 7th and 8th, 2008, in conjunction with the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA. This course, given for the first time ever at the UC, will focus on the fundamentals of applied geodesy for the ArcGIS user. Blue Marble has a long track record of training GIS users on the intricacies of geodetics including coordinate systems, projections, datums, and other essential concepts through applied hands-on software training. This course will utilize Blue Marble tools to show Arc users how to extend the geodetic capabilities of the Arc GIS desktop. This offering is the
basis for other applied geodesy courses using ESRI software that Blue Marble is currently developing For further details, please call Blue Marble at (800) 616-2725, or send an email to
Email Contact and reserve your spot today.


New Products


Analysts and researchers are using
ESRI's reliable data products to create a solid foundation for viable, definitive research projects. Experts and students across all industry sectors can now have access to the most accurate demographic data with the 2008 Sourcebook products. ESRI has published the softcover editions of Community Sourcebook of ZIP Code Demographics and Community Sourcebook of County Demographics, as well as the Sourcebook‚óŹAmerica with ArcReader CD-ROM, all of which include ESRI's 2008/2013 demographic updates and projections for data variables such as population, age distribution, and income.


TC Technology announces the release of GO! Sync Mobile GIS Version 9.2.68, which is now available and shipping.


GO! Sync bridges the gap between paper maps and traditional GIS systems providing an easy-to-use and easy-to-deploy map viewing application complete with sketching and inspection capabilities and now streamlined integration with work tickets.


Magellan, one of the fastest growing GPS brands, and
Intermap Technologies, a leading provider of digital maps,  announced the first commercial availability of AccuTerra maps for Magellan Triton and eXplorist handheld GPS, providing outdoor enthusiasts with advanced topographic maps and off-road points of interest.


Getmapping announces the availability of Cities Revealed LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data to add to its significant portfolio of height data of England, Wales and Scotland. The new LiDAR data covers the main centers of population, including Greater London, Birmingham, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh and is available online from Getmapping.com.


Caliper Corporation is now shipping the latest version of Maptitude for Great Britain, the most capable and affordable mapping software for the UK. This next generation of Maptitude continues to provide easy-to-use yet powerful mapping tools. Maptitude for Great Britain 5 remains the most competitively priced, full-featured GIS/mapping product available for the UK.


In an effort to allocate resources as effectively and efficiently as possible
Wilson Fire & Rescue in North Carolina recently launched Omega Dashboard. The solution, which resides on an ESRI mapping platform, allows anyone to access end resultant maps and reports through a Web browser. No knowledge of GIS is required in order to decipher current information about calls-for-service in the Wilson area through the use of Omega Dashboard.


Safe Software announced that its FME platform, the recognized standard in spatial ETL, provides full support for GeoJSON 1.0, recently named an official geospatial data interchange format. Users looking to quickly and efficiently exchange spatial information can now convert GeoJSON data into the format and data model they need, as well as integrate it with their existing datasets.


Pitney Bowes MapInfo, a leading global provider of location intelligence, introduced GroundView data, a joint demographic data offering with The Gadberry Group, a provider of location-based services and information data products. GroundView delivers the most recent household and population counts available for the U.S., providing organizations in a range of industries including retail, restaurant, financial services, insurance and media with current, consistent data to support critical business decision making.


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