April 20, 2009
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Awards


GeoDecisions, an award-winning leader in the information technology industry that specializes in geospatial solutions, was recently recognized as the ESRI 2009 Partner of the Year for the Philadelphia, Pa., region.


New Products


Magellan is premiering new vehicle navigation models in the popular Magellan RoadMate line, including the new 4.7" Magellan RoadMate 1470. The Magellan RoadMate 1470 features the award-winning OneTouch interface AAA TourBook information and new premium navigation features, including highway signs and lane guidance. The new Magellan RoadMate series is now available at Amazon.com and most major retailers.


ArcPad 8,
ESRI's latest mobile geographic information system (GIS) software for field mapping and data collection is now available. ArcPad 8 has new usability and performance enhancements to increase productivity and help users manage their GIS projects more efficiently.


INRIX, provider of traffic information, announced immediate availability of the largest, most accurate and most advanced database of fully geo-coded traffic cameras available. INRIX is now the exclusive commercial licensor of traffic camera information from Vizzion, a leading developer of traffic camera data services. INRIX Connected Services now delivers real-time access to 10,000 traffic cameras in over 100 markets across nearly every major city in the US, Canada, UK, and New Zealand.


CygNet Software, provider of the enterprise operations platform for the oil and gas industry, announced CygNet 7.2, a major upgrade of CygNet's enterprise operations platform. With this release, CygNet is the first company to combine geographic information system (GIS) and asset management information with its operational SCADA module. This integration has been developed to ensure both systems maintain their individual system of record status, thus avoiding costly data replication processes. Release 7.2 also improves the methods of and performance for accessing and storing the massive amounts of data generated by oil and gas companies.


GGP Systems will be launching an important new range of software for emergency services at the upcoming BAPCO 2009 Conference and Exhibition (21 to 23 April 2009, Business Design Centre, London).


GGP Response is a suite of gazetteer management and geographic information software designed to improve frontline services and boost efficiency. Offered as part of an end-to-end solution with full implementation consultancy, training and support, GGP Response has been developed to underpin the transformation of the emergency services and other organizations involved in public safety and civil contingency response.


ThinkGeo announced the release of Map Suite Silverlight Edition 3.0 Beta 1, the newest entry in the Map Suite family of GIS developer controls for the Microsoft .NET Framework. Silverlight Edition is a full-featured GIS control designed to bring powerful spatial features to Microsoft Silverlight-based applications, where developers can take advantage of rich user interfaces and animation effects to give their applications unprecedented visual appeal.


SeaZone has announced the availability of detailed water depth data for seas around the UK. The company, a subsidiary of the UK Hydrographic Office, has spent 2 years capturing and processing hydrographic survey data to create a unique database of the underwater terrain.


Data on the water depth and seabed surface is essential to many marine activities, such as coastal and offshore engineering, shoreline protection, environment and ecology, fishing, civil security and emergency response planning. Uses include the creation of surface models, volumetric or rate of change calculations, and as input into hydrodynamic or environmental models often used for site selection, route definition and seabed mobility studies.


Orion Technology, a Division of Rolta Canada Limited, announced the latest release of its flagship product OnPoint 6.3. This release extends and adds exciting new web functionality to Rolta’s award winning Geospatial Fusion solution. OnPoint 6.3 continues the reputation of its predecessors as a supreme enterprise wide integrator of information content from multiple formats in disparate databases. It also marks the arrival of many exciting new capabilities that users have called for to better integrate their web-GIS needs within the context of diverse business systems throughout their enterprise. These capabilities include integration with Microsoft SharePoint,
eCommerce, improved Metadata support and support for Geoprocessing using ArcGIS Server.


MapMechanics, the UK-based specialist in computer-based mapping and geographic information systems, has become the first supplier in Europe to be able to offer scalable NAVTEQ vector digital street-level mapping of the People's Republic of China to businesses using mapping in logistics planning and management, marketing and GIS.


Detailed data for more than 1,800 Chinese towns and cities is included in the product, along with connecting major roads.


GeoSage announced the release of unique, near-global imagery mosaics on shaded relief and natural-color satellite imagery. Each mosaic map is a single large-sized, GIS-ready JPEG2000 file, and it can be obtained on DVDs or external hard drives.


Seamless 90m-resolution hillshading maps are derived from the popular USGS SRTM data set. More than 14,000 raw SRTM tiles are first stitched into a single large mosaic (image size 432,000 by 139,200 pixels) with elevation gaps filled, and then a series of beautiful shaded-relief maps are cartographically designed and produced under various color schemes and different hillshading settings.


Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISi) announced the release of Data Viewer 1.1, incorporating additional functionality into the initial release of the product. Data Viewer, a Flex application built upon ArcGIS Server 9.3, is said to deliver an easy-to-use, rich Internet application centered on a tabbed view concept. Data Viewer offers organizations the opportunity to deploy one application with multiple tabs (or views) defined by individual departments or other business requirements.


Around the Web


Just how vulnerable is the electrical grid? By Elinor Mills, April 20, 2009, CNET News.com - More than a decade after initial reports said critical infrastructure in the U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattack, the situation has only worsened as utilities move their control systems closer to the Internet and install smart-grid technology, according to security experts.


Events

 
Date: April 21 - 23, 2009
Place: Holiday Inn Convention Center

Kearney, NE USA

The Nebraska GIS Symposium is a showcase of the extensive array of geospatial data, applications, and professionals at work within the state. Learn more and hear what others are doing through a diverse range of workshops, presentations, project showcases, and exhibitors to help you get the most out of your symposium experience.
Date: April 21 - 22, 2009
Place: Hôtel Plaza Québec

3031, boul. Laurier, Ste-Foy , Québec , G1V 2M2 France

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.
Date: April 23, 2009
Place: Westin Tampa Harbour Island

725 South Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL USA

The Preliminary Agenda with User Sessions Is Now Available! If you are a user, solution provider, or system integrator who depends upon Oracle's spatial technologies or are interested in learning about the world's most popular spatial database technology, make plans now to attend the 2009 Oracle Spatial User Conference. This exclusive event will be held Thursday, April 23, immediately following GITA's 2009 Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference in Tampa, Florida.
Date: April 26 - 28, 2009
Place: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Map Middle East is an international platform designed for building networks to enable g-lateral ties in the Middle East region for geospatial community. It is aimed at encouraging professionals representing different stakeholders of geospatial community to come together on a common platform and work together the means and ways to encourage geospatial related ties and collaborations at national, regional and global levels for overall growth of geospatial industry in the region.
Date: April 27 - 29, 2009
Place: Hyatt Regency Riverfront

Jacksonville, FL USA

If you’re using GIS technology in your field or simply want to learn more about GIS, this conference is for you. Join other GIS users from the southeast region to get updated, educated, and inspired. Connect with your peers and ESRI staff as you discuss challenges and discover solutions applicable to your organization, industry, and location. Grow your knowledge and gather fresh insight to apply to your GIS projects during this one-of-a-kind forum. Attend the 2009 SERUG Conference and learn firsthand about GIS success.
Date: April 28 - 29, 2009
Place: Valhalla Inn, 1 Valhalla Inn Road

Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 6J1 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.
Date: May 4 - 8, 2009
Place: Palazzo dei Congressi

Stresa, Lago Maggiori, Italy

You are cordially invited to the 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) which will take place on May 4-8.2009 in Stresa, Italy. This 33rd Symposium will represent a major event in the long series of internationally recognized ISRSE meetings. The overall theme of the symposium is the use of Earth Observation systems and airborne techniques for understanding and managing the Earth environment and natural resources.
Date: May 4 - 6, 2009
Place: Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Dammam Eastern, Saudi Arabia

“The Fourth National GIS Symposium in Saudi Arabia”.  Featuring a state-of-the-art exhibit, plenary, keynote, and technical sessions, it would bring all stakeholders in the geospatial domain - academia, researchers, students, and the industry - onto one platform for interaction, sharing and discussion on various topics such as collaboration on technologies and experiences gained.
Date: May 11 - 14, 2009
Place: Charlotte, NC USA

Save the Date! Be Conference 2009 will provide infrastructure professionals with an inclusive and engaging environment to learn about Bentley solutions from the leading provider of infrastructure software. The agenda will include technical workshops, best practices, and community and networking events designed to empower today’s globally connected infrastructure professionals.
Date: May 13 - 14, 2009
Place: Le Capitole de Québec

Quebec, Canada

The 7th edition of Géodiffusion will take place on May 13th and 14th at the Théâtre le Capitole, in Quebec City. This year’s conference theme is : Business Intelligence and Geospatial Technologies :  Must-Have Allies in Tough Economic Times. The 2009 edition boasts 2 full days of sessions on this important topic which affects your organization on a daily basis.
Date: May 19 - 21, 2009
Place: Burlingame

San Jose, CA USA

Where 2.0 2009 delves into the emerging technologies surrounding the geospatial industry, particularly the way our lives are organized, from finding a restaurant to finding the source of a new millennium plague. Maps are everywhere now, from your desktop to your iPhone to your car to your oil rig, and presented as realistically or as representationally as suits your needs. Thanks to the launch of Geo-Eye and other projects, location information makes devices more useful, and is therefore becoming a given
Date: May 19 - 20, 2009
Place: Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center

Grantville, PA USA

This year’s Pennsylvania GIS Conference will explore the essential connection between geospatial technology and the development and sustainability of our critical infrastructure. Presenters from industry, academia, and government will showcase applications that support critical infrastructures in water resources, energy and the environment, public safety and health, and economic development. In addition, the latest hardware, software, and database trends will be demonstrated by the geospatial industry. This year it’s all technology and applications – no policy, no politics! Just pure GIS.

Date: May 20 - 21, 2009
Place: Victoria Conference Centre

720 Douglas Street Victoria , Victoria, BC, V8W 3M7 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.


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