June 08, 2009
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Microsoft Corp. today unveiled
Bing, a new Decision Engine and consumer brand, providing customers with a first step in moving beyond search to help make faster, more informed decisions. Bing is specifically designed to build on the benefits of today's search engines but begins to move beyond this experience with a new approach to user experience and intuitive tools to help customers make better decisions, focusing initially on four key vertical areas: making a purchase decision, planning a trip, researching a health condition or finding a local business.
The result of this new approach is an important beginning for a new and more powerful kind of search service, which Microsoft is calling a Decision Engine, designed to empower people to gain insight and knowledge from the Web, moving more quickly to important decisions. The new service will be fully deployed worldwide on Wednesday, June 3.

ESRI and
Atlas announced the addition of Europe data to the ArcPad 8 StreetMap extension. ArcPad now includes both North American and pan-European data that can be accessed by users at no additional cost.

The ArcPad StreetMap extension includes ESRI StreetMap Premium data derived from the latest high-quality digital maps from Tele Atlas for use in ArcPad on a variety of mobile devices. Users can leverage ArcPad and the StreetMap extension to enable display, address geocoding, reverse geocoding, and routing. This extension supports Smart Data Compression (SDC) format.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

InfoGeographics Inc. announced that it has joined Latitude Geographics’ Business Partner Program. InfoGeographics will serve as an Authorized Implementer and deliver services for Latitude’s suite of ArcGIS Server generation products: Geocortex Essentials and Geocortex Optimizer.

Aerial photography specialist
Bluesky has acquired access to the UK’s largest collection of commercial aerial survey photographs and will be making it available online. Following an agreement between Bluesky and
Blom Aerofilms, photographs dating from the 1950s, held on about 7,000 original films, will be available to purchase from


On Tuesday, June 9, 2009, the
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) will conduct a free webinar demonstrating results from the OGC Web Services, Phase 6 (OWS-6) testbed activity. The 2.5 hour webinar will start at:

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has issued a call for sponsors of the OGC Web Services, Phase 7 (OWS-7) Testbed. OGC also seeks to establish alliances with standards bodies having technology relevant to this initiative.

OWS-7 will develop interoperability specifications in the areas of Sensor Web Enablement, geoprocessing workflows, 3-dimensional information management, events and security architecture, aeronautical information systems, enterprise web services, mass-market geoservices and compliance testing of OGC standards.

Alliances with other Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) are a key element of developing OGC specifications for geospatial applications. Maintaining strategic SDO alliances assures cooperation and sharing among the SDOs and convergence of standards employed by OGC members. Therefore, the OGC is also seeking partnerships with other SDOs to develop sponsorship of the OWS-7 Testbed.

If your organization is interested in this initiative, contact George Percivall at
Email Contact or David Arctur at

ESRI Canada announced the availability of the Small Utility Enterprise License Agreement (SU-ELA) program that offers unlimited access to ESRI's core ArcGIS platform for Canadian utilities with 100,000 meters or less. Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., winner of ESRI Canada's Innovation in Technology Award, recently signed the ELA that will enable them to expand the use of GIS throughout the utility.

GeoInformation Group announces a ground breaking and innovative new mapping programme. UKMap is the UK’s first commercially funded, large-scale topographic mapping and address database created completely independently of the Ordnance Survey.

Farragut Systems announced its rebirth as an independent firm. Since its founding in 1994, Farragut has provided its local government customers with cutting edge integration services and industry-leading products.

These products include ParcelSync (an integrated Parcel Maintenance Application that integrates GIS and CAMA data maintenance), AddressOne (an Enterprise Addressing system for local government), and DocAtlas (an integrated Sharepoint/GIS applications that allows documents to be managed and accessed through a map-based interface).

Airbiquity announced that the company is newly positioned as a complete telematics service provider, offering the most comprehensive, cost-effective, end-to-end connectivity solutions for automotive OEMs, fleet managers and PND manufacturers.

ERDAS announced that ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) has released a new version of their specialized defense solution for mobile geospatial data provisioning, based on ERDAS APOLLO.

For over 40 years, ESG has been a defense system integrator throughout Europe. ESG is a business partner of ERDAS and GEOSYSTEMS (ERDAS' official distributor in Germany).

The new mobile geospatial data provisioning system provides an efficient and centralized supply of information for missions and exercises. The ESG solution organizes and delivers geospatial data via a geoportal. By integrating ERDAS APOLLO into the defense solution, ESG is now able to offer OGC services and quickly deliver massive amounts of raster, vector and terrain data. The new solution will be used by customers in defense, security and emergency response situations.

Facet Technology Corp. and Dutch navigation device maker
TomTom, N.V. have reached a settlement after a sixteen-month legal battle. The case has been settled through a patent agreement under which TomTom acquired a limited license to Facet’s patents. Specific financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Facet Technology Corp.’s patent portfolio addresses technology and capabilities in the areas of image processing, image analysis, database creation, and vehicle navigation.


DigitalGlobe announced the resignation of Judith McHale from its board of directors, effective as of May 26, 2009. Ms. McHale joined DigitalGlobe’s board of directors in July 2008 and is resigning to accept the position of Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Ms. McHale’s resignation was expected by the Company.

President Obama nominated Ms. McHale to the post of Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs on April 14, 2009, and the Senate recently confirmed her nomination. Ms. McHale was sworn in on May 26, 2009 and will assume her duties supporting Secretary Clinton and the State Department immediately.

John Werle, President and CEO of
PCI Geomatics Inc. (USA), has been elected by the
OGC Interoperability Institute (OGCii Board of Directors) to Chair the OGCii Board.

OGCii is an independent, not-for-profit research organization chartered to promote and extend the use of interoperable geoprocessing in the research community, and dedicated to continued improvements in worldwide application of interoperable geoprocessing and spatial data. The complex research requirements that OGCii was founded to address include such urgent societal challenges as climate change, sustainable development, disaster mitigation and ecological modeling.

GeoEye, Inc. announced the appointment of Joseph F. Greeves to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Greeves will be primarily responsible for the overall management and direction of GeoEye's financial planning, corporate finance, accounting, fiscal reporting, and public company disclosure requirements.


Pitney Bowes Inc. announced that a team of four employees was honored with the Company’s 2008 Invention of the Year Award. Arthur Berrill, Edward Dewald, John Dove and retired employee George Christopher Moon were recognized for their work in developing an integrated platform for providing geographic location based services to a mobile communication device, such as a phone.

Pitney Bowes’ annual Invention of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of its technology community and the importance of innovation to the Company’s success. Each year, a panel of judges reviews those nominations from the patents issued to Pitney Bowes inventors during the previous year and selects the winner from these patents. This year’s winning invention was selected from 88 patents and it is the first time an invention originating with an acquired company has won this award.

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