May 25, 2009
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Top News of the Week

DigitalGlobe opened for trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “DGI” after its successful initial public offering in which it raised $279.3 million in gross proceeds. DigitalGlobe is the fourth IPO by a U.S. company to list on the New York Stock Exchange this year.

DigitalGlobe is the fourth domestic initial public offering to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange this year following Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, which raised $828 million in proceeds; Rosetta Stone, which raised $129 million in proceeds, and Bridgepoint Education, which raised $163 million in proceeds.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Three utilities recently joined
ESRI's Small Utility Enterprise License Agreement (SU-ELA) program with plans to expand the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology. Wheatland Electric Cooperative in Kansas, the City of Wauchula in Florida, and Central Alabama Electric Cooperative are now working to increase the accuracy of network data with GIS-based digital mapping capabilities for desktop, server, and mobile devices.

NAVTEQ announced that
Intel has joined the partner zone program on the NAVTEQ Network for Developers ( web portal. Intel's micro-site on
NN4D is an online destination designed for LBS developers to learn more about the application development opportunities available in the fast-growing Mobile Internet Devices (MID) arena.

Geomatic Technologies, a provider of IT-oriented integrated solutions, announced that it has entered into a strategic channel partnership with software maker
IDV Solutions to provide visual, interactive solutions for government and commercial customers.

Geomatic Technologies will deliver powerful geospatial solutions built on IDV’s Visual Fusion platform to industries where timely, informed decision-making is critical. This alliance will aid Australasian customers in gaining new insights into critical business data, enable faster access to information, and improve collaboration and decision-making. The Visual Fusion platform has been generating considerable interest worldwide with high profile deployments at the United Nations and at several US Government Departments. The new GT channel partnership will enable IDV to make Visual Fusion available to Australasian customers for the first time through a leading local solution provider.

Mobilink, Pakistan’s market leader in cellular services and part of Orascom Telecom, has signed an exclusive agreement with
Trakker to provide street level cell phone navigation and search facility to Mobilink’s subscribers.

Under the terms of the agreement, Trakker will provide deCarta and Appello with access to its digital map data covering Pakistan. In a country where digital maps are still at their early stage of coverage, the service is Pakistan’s first off board navigation solution. Launched under the brand name “Mobi Track”, the application will be available to operator’s entire base and is compatible with most medium range and high end mobile handsets.

Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI), the global provider of location and communication intelligence solutions, announced it is teaming with
LandPoint Systems, Inc., a product development and consulting services firm for the GIS market, to provide a mobile consumer survey service called FACES (Fast, Accurate, Current Economical Surveys). FACES, offered through LandPoint’s KnowYourFaces division, provides retailers and restaurant companies with customizable surveys to help them better capture customer data at the point of experience. Utilizing digital technology—electronic handheld devices such as PDAs, Smartphones, Tablets and Kiosks equipped with customized FACES consumer survey software and PBBI location intelligence solutions—helps to address the industry-wide issue of capturing consumer data by making
it a more accessible, efficient and cost effective process.

ERDAS Inc. announces that
Metrisys is now the official ERDAS distributor to customers in Bulgaria. Metrisys will provide local sales, technical support and project consulting to ERDAS customers.

Metrisys specializes in the distribution of measuring equipment and software for geo sciences. As the sole ERDAS distributor in Bulgaria, Metrisys will be supporting the full portfolio of ERDAS’ data sharing, enterprise, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and visualization solutions.


URISA’s 2009 GIS in Public Health Conference (June 5-8 in Providence, Rhode Island) will offer important topics addressed by leaders in the field. URISA is offering multiple registration options to fit attendees’ time and budget limitations. Individuals may register for the full conference, a one-day registration, or even register only for one of the preconference workshops. Early registration discounts for the full conference are only valid through May 15, however.

Themed “Putting Health in Place with GIS”, the conference features full-day workshops, sixty-four presentations, exhibits, a poster session and networking events. The opening keynote address will be delivered by Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD, Coordinator of International Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and the closing keynote address will be presented by Leslie Lenert, MD, MS, FACMI, Director of the National Center for Public Health Informatics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Four important preconference workshops will be presented on Friday, June 5 (go
online for detailed descriptions and presenter information. Complete conference details including individual paper and presenter information is available

Trimble announced that its GeoXT handheld computer, GPS Pathfinder ProXT receiver, and GPS Pathfinder ProXRT receiver have obtained TÜV certification under the European Union (EU) Agricultural Directive Commission Regulation 796/04, Article 30. The Directive supports the validation of area measurement methods for agricultural parcels in order to comply with the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU.

NAVTEQ is reporting the results of a proprietary research study that points to the growing importance of map updates to navigation system owners. The most recent results show that 73 percent of American navigation system owners would like to receive reminders to update the maps in their systems, versus just 42 percent in 2006.

According to a 2008 Map Information Update study, conducted in 9 countries including the United States, 82 percent of navigation system owners in the US are aware that map updates are available, with the majority of drivers updating their maps on average every 10 months.

OnStar builds on its reputation for trailblazing emergency services by tapping technology from Microsoft Corp. to provide OnStar advisors with critical 3D details to more accurately guide first responders to hard-to-find or rural locations.

Accurate location is the single most important factor in managing automotive emergency services, and OnStar will soon provide location information to emergency responders by enhancing GPS location with 3D aerial imagery in Microsoft Virtual Earth.

Geo-Visus Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of a newly redesigned
website. The website features a simplified design and has been constructed to allow users to quickly learn about Geo-Visus. The site also provides visitors with a more comprehensive overview of the services and solutions available from Geo-Visus, including the company’s hosted Web-GIS offering (GISLite) and hosted Data Collection Infrastructure solution (DCI).


HP announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2009, with net revenue of $27.4 billion, down 3% from a year earlier and up 3% when adjusted for the effects of currency. See

China Information Security Technology, Inc., a total solutions provider of digital security, geographic, and hospital information systems in China, announced two important contract wins totaling approximately $6.6 million.

The Company won a strategic contract valued at approximately $3.4 million for Shenzhen's Border Control Bureau Police-use GIS ("PGIS") Command System, and a high profile contract valued at approximately $3.2 million for Nanning City's Traffic Police Command Center Video Surveillance System. Both contracts are scheduled for completion in 2009, and therefore, the Company expects to recognize related revenue within this year.

New Products

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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-- Susan Smith, Managing Editor.

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