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NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, has revealed the results of a proprietary research study designed to assess the consumer impact of everyday use of navigation devices. Previous studies in this field focused more on "getting lost" scenarios versus the benefits to drivers of navigation system use during the course of their normal driving habits.


GeoEye, Inc., a premier provider of satellite, aerial and geospatial information, announced the appointment of Carl A. Alleyne to the position of vice president of engineering.

Mr. Alleyne has over 25 years of engineering experience and reports directly to the Company's chief operating officer. He is responsible for the overall direction and strategic management of all engineering activities for the Company, which is especially important as GeoEye prepares for its third-generation commercial earth-imaging satellite, GeoEye-2 slated for launch in the 2012 timeframe.


New World Systems, the leader in public sector software, has been named 2009 Business Partner of the Year by
ESRI, Inc. for the Minneapolis region. This award was presented during the 2009 ESRI Business Partner Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. March 22 - 24, 2009, in recognition of the innovative use of ESRI technology in New World's software to improve safety and operations for public safety agencies and local government organizations across the country.

New Products

3Dconnexion announced the new SpacePilot PRO. The company’s flagship 3D mouse is designed to deliver advanced control of 3D models, easier access to the power of professional 3D applications, fewer interruptions in the design workflow, and superior comfort. Specifically, the SpacePilot PRO features a new color LCD Workflow Assistant, second-generation QuickView Navigation technology, Intelligent Function keys, and an improved design for enhanced comfort and control.

Leica Geosystems’ tradition of providing unparalleled accuracy and performance continues with the introduction of the Leica TS30 high precision robotic total station. The new 0.5” Leica TS30 high precision robotic total station sets new industry standards for surveying applications by combining the highest accuracy and unmatched dynamic tracking performance.

Lorienne releases the new version of its LorikSoftware suite of cartographic programs. The redesign of LorikSoftware 2.0 is the result of more than one year of development to anticipate technologic and market changes. For this purpose LorikSoftware comes now in two ranges of programs to meet the current trends of cartography.

For cartographic production, LorikMapFactory provides a full autonomous workflow solution to create, manage and update cartographic assets up to prepress.In the GIS database publication field, LorikGISPublishing adds its high cartographic quality to the GIS information including layout, prepress or webmapping.

Both ranges cover all issues faced by the map industry:
  • production of cartographic databases
  • cost effective publication of GIS data
  • automatic web mapping production
  • revival of traditional cartographic assets

  • NAVTEQ announced the availability of NAVTEQ dynamic content for portable navigation devices and automobile in-dash systems over HD Radio systems.

    NAVTEQ's HD Radio format capability allows for broader, faster and more comprehensive delivery of a wide variety of dynamic content including traffic, weather and fuel prices. The high capacity of HD Radio technology allows NAVTEQ to deliver up-to-the-minute dynamic content to consumers when and where they need it most.

    Electric utilities are adopting
    Intergraph Smart Grid software solutions to maximize system efficiency and performance. From Intergraph G/Technology, which provides the additional technical attributes needed to build and support a Smart Grid beyond the capabilities of conventional geographic information system (GIS) platforms, to InService 8.2, which consolidates Smart Grid command-and-control operations, Intergraph integrated software solutions are at work helping electric utilities get the most out of their Smart Grid technology.

    Geosoft Inc. announced the commercial availability of their Geochemistry for ArcGIS extension for ESRI's ArcGIS software. The Geochemistry for ArcGIS extension adds a powerful geochemical workflow to ArcGIS, enabling geoscientists to efficiently conduct their geochemical QA and analysis inside ESRI.

    Magellan, one of the leading GPS brands, and
    Intermap Technologies, a leading provider of digital maps, announced availability of pre-loaded SD cards with Topo USA (powered by AccuTerra) maps for Magellan Triton and eXplorist handheld GPS products, providing outdoor enthusiasts with advanced topographic maps and off-road points of interest.

    Around the Web

    Bartz lights fire under Yahoo engineers by Steven Shankland, April 21, 2009, CNET News.com--Yahoo's 5 percent layoff is going to be different this time.


    So new Chief Executive Carol Bartz promised Tuesday as she
    announced first-quarter financial results and described the impression she's now begun trying to make on the Internet pioneer. Instead of an across-the-board cut, Yahoo's layoff of about 675 people is intended to enable new hiring and investments in the company's bigger Internet properties.

    Harris opens new office to support NGA, April 20 2009, UPI - ST. LOUIS, April 20 (UPI) -- Harris Corp. has opened a new office in St. Louis to provide support services for the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.


    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: April 30, 2009
    Place: The Green Room, Queensland Government Centre

    203 Tor Street, Toowoomba, Australia

    The Downs Interest Group for GIS,  Remote Sensing is an interest group to support and promote the use of geographical information systems, remote sensing and global navigation satellite systems in the Darling Downs region.
    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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