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NAVTEQ announced the registration deadline for the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge has been extended one week from 30 October 2009 to Friday, 6 November 2009 for the Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region. A completed solution is not required at the time of registration. All EMEA registrants will have until November 20, 2009 to submit their solutions but must first complete registration. The regional winners of the Global LBS Challenge for EMEA will be announced on 14 February 2010 prior to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Global platform, device and media sponsors of this year’s competition include deCarta, DeviceAnywhere, HTC, Tanla, GPS Business News and The Code Project. The competition is open for pre-commercialized applications for any platform and any device, with a global prize pool currently standing at $8.2 million US and expected to grow. For more information on this year’s competition, go to

The Carbon Project announced it exhibited near-real time geospatial access solutions at the GEOINT 2009 Symposium on October 18-21, in San Antonio, Texas.

The Carbon Project’s Gaia SDI platform was used to access high-value, time-dominant geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) at the symposium. Based on Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), the Gaia SDI platform is designed to provide the next-generation of access, update and geosynchronization capability for intelligence, military and humanitarian assistance requirements.


DigitalGlobe announced that lock-up agreements entered into with its underwriters in conjunction with its initial public offering will be extended 18 days beyond the Company's November 9, 2009 earnings release. The lock-up period was due to expire on November 9, but the Company's underwriting agreement provided for an automatic extension, depending on the timing of DigitalGlobe's quarterly earnings press release. The first sales of shares restricted by the underwriter's lock-up may take place on Friday, November 27, 2009.


GeoEye, Inc. announced the appointments of four new members of its financial team:

Ramsey W. Price, CPA, was named vice president, Financial Systems and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance. James M. Craig, CPA, was named vice president, Special Projects & Treasury Operations. GeoEye also announced that Charmaine O. Pavelko, CPA, was named director of Tax. Michael E. Harbour, CPA, was named assistant controller.

New Products

Intergraph has introduced its Motion Video Exploitation solution that enables analysts to geospatially integrate video with multiple intelligence sources to provide unprecedented situational awareness and strategic decision making capabilities.

Intergraph's Motion Video Exploitation solution fuses and displays video data, including data from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with satellite imagery and geo-intelligence, delivering an exceptional level of actionable intelligence in real time.

IceWEB, Inc. announced the availability of a turn-key rugged notebook computer to allow the DOD, DHS and Intelligence Community to allow forward deployment critical GIS data into virtually any environment. The new Notebook, called "WorldBook," has the industry's largest disk capacity currently capable of storing more than 1.28TB of data. Additional features include optional GPS, 3G Wireless, smart card reader and sunlight readable display. Updates to the imagery can be deployed to the field on IceWEB disk-packs and upload with available fire-wire interface.

, a division of Celartem Inc. and a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, announced the release of the MrSID Plug-in for ArcGIS 3D Analyst.

ERDAS announces its annual release, with new versions of ERDAS IMAGINE 2010, LPS 2010, ERDAS APOLLO 2010 and other desktop and enterprise products. In addition, ERDAS is introducing several new products, including IMAGINE Feature Interoperability and IMAGINE SAR Interferometry as well as a technology preview of LPS eATE.

DigitalGlobe released the first images from WorldView-2, the company's most recent high-resolution, remote-sensing satellite. Initial images, issued after just 11 days on orbit, captured Love Field Airport near Dallas and the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. More refinements to early-stage images can be expected as the ongoing check-out and calibration continues.

NSim Technology
, an IT company specialized in geospatial decision support and simulation, announces the Beta version of NSim Contour, now available online.

This interactive map application provides decision makers a way to efficiently manage geographic information in an online collaborative environment.

Pictometry International Corp. opened its 4th annual FutureView user conference in Orlando, FL with a special announcement for all its government customers (who have previously purchased Pictometry imagery): Beginning this month, all of these Pictometry customers can apply to receive Pictometry Online (POL) for up to 200 users per county without charge for up to one full year.

The free seats will enable these government entities to distribute POL seats to as many as 20 users of this powerful visual information tool in each of up to 10 internal departments such as 9-1-1, GIS, Assessment, Public Safety, Planning and Development.

Intermap Technologies announced the compatibility between Intermap’s NEXTMap DEM data and Eternix’s Blaze View visualization solution, enabling real-time presentation of any 2D imagery in 3D. Raster images, vector data, and video can be accurately placed on top of Intermap’s 3D terrain models and presented in Eternix Blaze View on-the-fly without the need for pre-processing. Combining the capabilities of the industry’s new standard for geospatial base maps from Intermap and Eternix’s sophisticated software brings geospatial users a step closer to the long-awaited world of real-time 3D visualization.

Teradata Corporation
announced that the Teradata geospatial solution opens up a completely new world of data warehouse analytics for business users at extreme performance levels with in-database geospatial analytics.

Typically, location data is represented by postal references such as addresses. Although addresses are great for delivering mail, they provide limited value for business intelligence or analytics. The Teradata geospatial solution enables customers to convert the basic location data in their data warehouse to the common latitude and longitude coordinates, a process known as geocoding. Once converted, the geospatial data can be integrated and analyzed along with other customer data.

IDV Solutions announced that Visual Fusion 4.5 Beta was unveiled at the GEOINT 2009 Symposium in San Antonio, TX.

Visual Fusion 4.5 will be officially launched in a few weeks, with GEOINT serving as a premiere platform to showcase the new capabilities. Best-in-class business user experience has always been a hallmark of Visual Fusion, and this tradition continues with new visualization capabilities available via a timeline viewer, time filters, heat maps, and more. As always, end users can incorporate these compelling visuals in mashups of organizational and internet content that they create themselves in just hours or minutes.

Z Corporation
unveiled the world's first automated, monochrome 3D printer and the company's most affordable automated 3D printer to date, making advanced rapid prototyping technology more accessible to mainstream engineers and architects. Like other Z Corporation 3D printers, the ZPrinter 350 converts 3D data into physical models much as desktop printers convert word-processing files into physical documents.

Rolta Canada Limited announced the new release of Rolta OnPoint. This latest release, OnPoint 6.3.1, continues to enhance the power of Rolta’s Geospatial Fusion solutions by providing support for ArcGIS Server 9.3.1 and introducing powerful new features such as CartoPrint, Attribute Table Viewer and Charting functionality.

Blue Marble Geographics
announced the release of Desktop 2.1 with Geographic Calculator 7.4. This release introduces full support of HTDP (Horizontal Time Dependant Positioning) reference frames and coordinate reference systems in Calculator along with enhanced support for Alberta Township Systems and much more. Blue Marble’s geospatial data manipulation and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of surveyors and GIS analysts at software, oil and gas, civil engineering, surveying, technology companies, as well as universities, government and military organizations. The Blue Marble Desktop is the all-in-one geospatial data transformation platform for Blue
Marble’s coordinate, vector, raster, and spatial database applications.

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