March 09, 2009
Community Data Informs the World’s Highways
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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NAVTEQ Traffic has a Smart Traffic Network that is comprised of “mobile trace data including GPS-enabled commercial and consumer devices; taxis and fleet vehicles as well as fixed sensor data points from toll tag readers and proprietary and government sensors.” The company’s Smart Traffic Processor technology takes advantage of mobile trace and fixed sensor data points combined with NAVTEQ-collected incident and historical information which makes it possible to deliver accurate travel time predictions.


Top News of the Week


Autodesk, Inc. reported revenue of $490 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, a decrease of 18 percent over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. GAAP diluted loss per share in the fourth quarter was $0.47, compared to earnings of $0.40 per diluted share in the fourth quarter last year. See


ERDAS announces a new suite of extensions that operate with Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS, available for ArcGIS 9.3. These extensions form a production set of tools aimed at assisted feature collection and terrain editing. Recently, ERDAS also announced a new release of Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS.


Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances


AGCO Corporation, Your Agriculture Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, announces a strategic partnership between AGCO and
Topcon Positioning Systems. The partnership will provide high-performing machine control, machine management and precision farming technology products and services to the global agricultural machinery market. Innovative and industry-leading products will reach the market faster by combining AGCO’s equipment, customer base and agricultural industry knowledge with research and development from TPS.


ESRI's ArcGIS software provided a complete geospatial enterprise for Super Bowl XLIII risk management. ArcGIS software was integrated with
Digital Sandbox, Inc.,
Risk Analysis Center software, a primary security information system that linked more than 10 command posts and the emergency command center with real-time data feeds and analysis.


The two systems worked seamlessly to supply staff from multiple agencies with a map-based common operating picture (COP) for monitoring events on the ground as they happened. It helped provide security for tens of thousands of people participating in dozens of events, occurring over several days before, during, and after the Super Bowl, held February 1, 2009, in Tampa, Florida.


21st Century Systems, Inc. (21CSI) announced it has entered into an agreement with
Infoterra GmbH (Infoterra) as U.S. distributor of its satellite based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) TerraSAR-X Services. In a meeting at 21CSI’s Arlington office, the CEO’s of both companies met to finalize the agreement.


Announcements


The Board of Directors of the
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has chartered a committee of the Board to specifically address the “spatial law and policy issues” which will influence development requirements of the Consortium’s technology process. The Spatial Law and Policy Committee (SLPC) will be chaired by OGC director and Executive Committee member, Kevin Pomfret, and will be organized under board leadership as an educational forum to include both select member and community participation.


The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is requesting comments from the public on the candidate OpenGIS Web Map Tiling Service (WMTS) Interface Standard.


The candidate WMTS Interface Standard is much like the OGC’s popular Web Map Server (WMS) Interface Standard, but it enables better server performance in applications that involve many simultaneous requests. To improve performance, instead of creating a new image for each request, it returns small pre-generated images (e.g., PNG or JPEG) or reuses identical previous requests that follow a discrete set of tile matrices. This proposed standard provides support for multiple architectural patterns – KVP, REST and SOAP.

The 30 day public comment period for this document begins February 27, 2009. Comments are due by March 29, 2009. The WMTS RFC can be downloaded from
here.


In order to better serve their clients in search of GPS solutions,
The Sidwell Company, the Midwest Distributor of Magellan GPS navigational solutions, has launched their GPS Solutions On-Line store. The store, which can be found at
Sidwell GPS, features Magellan products and creates a convenient on-line shopping resource for existing and new users of GPS solutions. Among the products offered on the site are Magellan Mobile Mapping receivers such as the MobileMapper 6 and MobileMapper CX, which can be configured with a variety of data collection software, including ArcPad from ESRI, GPSDifferential for ArcPad, and Magellan Mobile Mapping software. Users can also purchase the software separately, as well as choose from various accessories to complement the MobileMapper units.


New Urban Research, Inc. has expanded its relationship with
ESRI to become an ESRI Business Partner.


ESRI has recognized New Urban Research as a Value Added Reseller, a Consultant Program member and a Data Provider Program member. This agreement will help New Urban Research, a leader in urban research and analysis, to build relationships with local municipalities and non-profits.


Financials


Intermap Technologies Corp. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008. A conference call will be held , March 3, at 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss the results.

All amounts in this news release are in United States dollars unless otherwise noted.

For 2008, Intermap reported a 10% increase in total revenue to $37.0 million, as compared to $33.8 million in 2007. See

New Products


SPOT Image Corporation announced the recent completion of thirteen Reference3D geocells over the Chugach National Forest region of Alaska. These geocells are notable, as they provide the first broad area, DTED-2 quality DEM coverage in Alaska.


Reference3D provides a great DEM solution to fill in areas of Alaska where Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) DEM data is not currently available. The US Government has already purchased this data as a cost effective solution for their project in the Chugach National Forest region.


1Spatial, through its subsidiary ComSine, has delivered to Pole Star Space Applications Limited (UK) an advanced geospatial analysis subsystem to form part of its MarVTS LRIT-DC product and in addition its suite of associated Fleet Management and Alert offerings.


The International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) Regulation i.e. SOLAS V/19-1, requires that in general all ships on international voyage should automatically transmit a GPS position report each 6 hours via a satellite communication system to a Data Centre (DC) established by the Flag the ship is registered to. 1Spatial’s geospatial components provide Pole Star with the mandatory functionality to allow each DC to establish the relational location of the incoming position reports against a published set of dynamic geographical areas and complex associated position reporting rules (set-up by each participating Government to represent
approximately their coastline, territorial sea and outer 1000 nm LRIT zone).


Tele Atlas announced the availability of its first navigable databases for Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in Africa, providing a rich offering that allows Tele Atlas customers such as Google and TomTom to launch solutions across the continent. The database also includes coverage for the French Overseas Territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin.


SuperGeo Technologies will release SuperPad 3.0 Beta in April of 2009. SuperPad 3.0 is developed by the brand new operating core-SuperGIS Mobile Engine 3.0, which features with more powerful functions, speedy operation and more user-friendly manipulation. Moreover, users are also able to develop their own plug-in extensions, such as the self-defined layer format, symbols, GPS Protocol or toolbar buttons with SuperPad 3.0. Therefore, SuperPad3, providing a wider application and more flexibility for function usage, can be seen as the best choice of the mobile GIS software.


deCarta, supplier of software and services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry, announced its real-time, two-way European connected navigation solution for next-generation personal navigation devices and smartphones. The software and service will be available to consumer brands, automotive OEMs, in-vehicle service providers, mobile network providers and handset manufacturers from the end of March 2009.


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