May 18, 2009
Open Geospatial Consortium Update
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Top News of the Week

SpectrumDNA has announced the creation of PlanetTagger, the first rebrandable social media engine that marries online and mobile location-based services with the context of a community to create a highly relevant and rewarding experience for community owners, users and advertisers.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Telvent announced it has partnered with
Apani to provide Apani’s EpiForce network security software with Telvent’s flagship OASyS DNA 7.5 supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) suite. The OEM partnership will provide pervasive and resilient network security for Telvent’s SCADA customers.

NAVTEQ expanded its travel and leisure guide portfolio with the addition of Lonely Planet for NAVTEQ: Travel Guide. At launch, the travel guide will cover 19 cities in Australia and New Zealand, with expansion planned to other countries such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand soon thereafter.


Ohio State University Medical Center biomedical informatics researcher is tapping the power of the Ohio Supercomputer Center to monitor the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus.

Associate professor Daniel Janies, an expert in computational genomics, synthesizes large, diverse datasets to understand the spread of infectious diseases over hosts and geography. The resulting maps can be viewed with Google Earth.

Intermap Technologies announced that its Intermap Federal Services, Inc. subsidiary has received a USD $1.2 million contract to provide 3D digital elevation data and other map products for an international project.

The Company is generating uniformly accurate elevation datasets under a new product line, TopoSAR, that serve a client’s need for large and difficult to access geographic regions and countries around the globe. The TopoSAR product is derived from data acquired via a latest generation radar satellite and processed by existing Intermap-proprietary radargrammetry software. Combined with ISO-certified editing processes and production facilities, the Company is able to quickly deliver elevation data that is superior in accuracy and detail to other products derived from space platforms.

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Intermap Technologies Corporation reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. A conference call will be held , May 12, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the results. See full

China Information Security Technology, Inc., a total solutions provider of digital security, geographic, and hospital information systems in China, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2009. See

GeoEye, Inc. reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2009. First quarter 2009 revenues were $45.2 million, a 26 percent increase compared to $35.9 million in the first quarter of 2008. The increase was primarily due to our GeoEye-1 satellite beginning commercial operations in February 2009 resulting in increased imagery orders from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In addition, we began recognizing deferred revenue related to the cost share from NGA for GeoEye-1. See

New Products

Building on its reputation for creating innovative, practical and affordable Global Positioning System devices, industry leader
LandAirSea Systems announces the launch of a new product, the GPS TracKing, which redefines power and efficiency in the passive GPS tracking market.

PCI Geomatics, a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, is pleased to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website, viewable at the

The website features a dynamic new design and has been constructed to allow users to easily navigate and find desired content. The site also provides visitors with a more comprehensive overview of the products and solutions available from PCI Geomatics, including the company’s suite of innovative desktop products (Geomatica) and high performance image processing solutions (GeomaticaX).

BeGreen Carbon Impact Explorer, an interactive tool that displays U.S. carbon emissions alongside renewable energy projects, like wind and solar facilities, was launched.

Using the Google Earth framework and the latest data on CO2 emissions from Purdue University’s Vulcan Project, the Carbon Impact Explorer depicts a number of problem areas in six emission categories. The amount of CO2 emissions shown is daunting, but we are helping to balance out these emissions every day by supporting clean energy and carbon offset projects all over the country.

Pictometry International Corp. will feature two new technologies as well as its Economic Alliance Partnership (EAP) program at the 2009 Governor’s Hurricane Conference, May 11-15 in Fort Lauderdale , FL. The conference is the premier event for government officials who manage emergency preparedness and recovery efforts in areas vulnerable to damaging tropical storms. Pictometry’s exhibit at the conference will run from May 13-14 (booth no. 211).

Featured technologies include Pictometry’s Real-Time system and its new critical infrastructure intelligence product which gives emergency responders a view of building interiors with data overlays. The Real-Time product (currently in its final stages of development) was created in partnership with ITT Corporation (Space Systems Division) and Harris RF Communications and is part of a Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Phase II SBIR contract awarded to Pictometry.

TRF’s unveiled version 2.0. The newest version of this revolutionary website provides quick and flexible analysis of neighborhood-level data nationwide. At subscribers’ fingertips now are answers to questions relevant to job training (e.g. Where are neighborhoods with low educational attainment rates and low household incomes, but close to mass transit?), housing (e.g. Where are high poverty areas in close proximity to a mass transit stop and in good school districts?), energy (e.g. Where are stable communities with high utility costs, potentially most in need of home weatherization assistance?) and more.

NAVTEQ announced the beta launch of a new showcase featuring robust maps, real-time traffic and dynamic location content. The people who drive the roads of the world to make the map of the world, now enable site visitors to explore a wide array of NAVTEQ resources at

RedZone Software, a software development company committed to providing innovative GIS capabilities for emergency responders, is offering customers a new site licensing option (eLicensing) for their popular desktop and mobile software suites. RedZone's eLicensing allows customers an unrestricted number of installs within their agency or organization for one low price, regardless of the physical location where the software is used.

Topcon Positioning Systems’ (TPS) new GRS-1 is a modular, all-in-one, dual-constellation mapping system that incorporates high-accuracy capabilities into a single, small hand-held device. The GRS-1 has a high-speed processor, increased memory, built-in compass and an integrated digital camera and cell phone modem that provides flexibility for the user in the field.

Trimble announced the launch of Trimble VRS Now Service in Estonia. The commercial service provides surveyors, civil engineers and geospatial professionals across the country with instant access to real-time kinematic (RTK) Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) corrections without the need for a base station.

Intermap Technologies announced that it has completed production of the first dataset of highly accurate 3D road vectors for Germany. Covering all classes of roads, the dataset features more than one million line kilometers of highly accurate road centerline position and elevation data for the entire country. Derived from the Company’s recently completed database of uniformly accurate digital elevation models (DEMs) for all of Western Europe, these geometries can be used by the automotive industry to support advanced driver assistance systems’ (ADAS) safety and energy management applications that rely on accurate road vector geometry. Additionally, Intermap is producing
3D road vectors for other European countries that will be integrated into a dataset covering all of Western Europe in the near future.

International Computer Works, Inc. (ICW) introduced GeoAuthor 2.0 at the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) Spring Forum in Washington D.C. to a welcoming audience. Of the numerous special interest groups attending the NCSL Spring Forum, the Elections and Redistricting group was the primary audience.

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