July 26, 2010
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Real Estate Portal USA, a provider of web based real estate information for searching and mapping parcels, announced availability of PARLAY Parcel Data Layer for Google Earth. This product delivers seamless access to over 60 million parcels and associated attribute data in Google Earth software and patented Link-Into technology which enables one-click linking from a parcel on the map to its detailed authoritative property record page at the taxing authority's website.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Blue Marble Geographics announced that Optech Incorporated, have licensed Blue Marble technology to be integrated within their mobile/airborne mapping system packages.

The agreement between Optech and Blue Marble solidifies the recent adoption of both the GeoCalc & GeoTranslate developer libraries for inclusion within Optech's survey and mapping solution software. Optech plans to fully integrate all Blue Marble libraries within their software and systems. By leveraging Blue Marble's expertise, Optech will be providing their customers with reliable and flexible LiDAR processing solutions for many years to come.

GeoEye, Inc announced that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has exercised the second of its monthly options to extend its Service Level Agreement with GeoEye. This option becomes effective Aug. 1, 2010, and runs through Aug. 31, 2010. This option is the second of the six one-month extensions that the NGA has with GeoEye under the NextView contract, with the last option term expiring on Dec. 31, 2010.

AccuWeather.com, and ADC WorldMapannounce their partnership to power the AccuWeather.com suite of web-based and mobile forecasts with the ADC WorldMap Digital Atlas mapping technology.


GeoEye, Inc. announced an exchange offer to fulfill the Company's obligations regarding the registration of its outstanding Senior Secured Notes due 2015, which were issued on Oct. 9, 2009, in a private placement (the "Private Notes"). According to a registration rights agreement entered into by GeoEye in connection with the sale of the Private Notes, the Company agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the exchange offer.

IDV Solutions announced the launch of TransportationWatch, a touch-enabled web application highlighting data pertinent to transportation safety. TransportationWatch consists of an interactive map that invites the user to explore data sets used by government agencies in crisis response, situational awareness, and homeland security. The HTML 5 interface provides new and innovative ways to interact with government information on an iPad, an iPhone, or other touch-enabled device.

TransportationWatch is built on Visual Fusion software from IDV Solutions. Visual Fusion is used to quickly build business intelligence applications that unite disparate data into interactive web-based data visualizations (maps, timelines, and analytics) for superior context, rapid insight, and decisive action.

Pitney Bowes Business Insight announced the release of Sagent Data Flow v6.6, the latest version of its powerful and flexible data integration and business intelligence solution. With a number of new integration capabilities and zero-tolerance defect management, Sagent Data Flow consolidates data from disparate sources into a single view for improved analysis, operations and better decision-making. By enabling organizations to access and integrate data from multiple data sources, the Sagent Data Flow solution helps organizations create data that is “fit for use” to better understand, service and grow customer relationships.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces the formation of an
an Open GeoSMS Standards Working Group (SWG). The Open GeoSMS SWG will advance the
OGC Candidate Open GeoSMS Standard as an OGC adopted standard. The GeoSMS candidate standard is currently an OGC "Discussion Paper."


GeoEye, Inc. announced it will host its second quarter conference call and webcast for investors and analysts on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The call will include a review of the second quarter 2010 financial results, a discussion of the Company's operations and an update on the outlook for Fiscal 2010.

The conference call will be hosted by GeoEye's senior executives, including:
  • Mr. Matthew (Matt) O'Connell, president and chief executive officer
  • Mr. Joseph (Joe) Greeves, executive vice president and chief financial officer
  • Mr. William (Will) Warren, senior vice president and general counsel
  • To participate in the call via phone, please dial 1-631-291-4808. Domestic callers may also dial toll-free at 1-877-776-4039 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time. Callers may identify themselves to the operator as GeoEye conference call participants or by using the conference ID: 86302699. Questions will be accepted from phone participants during the live call after prepared remarks and as time permits.

    New Products

    BroadMap announced the launching of their new website. BroadMap, a leading provider of geospatial solutions, is an emerging, innovative, strategic and results-oriented full-service GIS company specializing in providing government, non-profit and commercial business partners with custom-fit, turnkey geospatial solutions.

    Magellan unveiled the next generation of its award-winning, rugged eXplorist handheld GPS devices for the outdoor recreation market.

    The new eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 devices allow adventurers to navigate to outdoor destinations worldwide, capture geotagged photos along the way, and share their experiences online when they return home. Each eXplorist model combines high-sensitivity GPS, an intuitive user interface, easy-to-read mapping and accurate navigation. The new series of handheld GPS units are being revealed at the OutDoor Trade Fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and will be available to consumers in North America, Europe, and many other countries worldwide in the 4th quarter, 2010.

    SuperGeo Technologies establishes a WebGIS combining various types of traffic information from dissimilar government sectors across the nation. The public would spend less time searching information and obtain correct information in a new and effective way.

    Institute of Transportation, MOTC, Taiwan, planned to establish a WebGIS to assist 23 city/county governments and related units in reporting up-to-date traffic conditions, accident events, construction information, etc. The Institute also wanted to efficiently integrate traffic situation provided by National Freeway Bureau and Directorate General of Highways to complete the traffic information.

    With this WebGIS, the public can query real-time traffic situation of national freeway, province highway and general roads in each city/county. Meanwhile, users can select start point and end point across city/county and choose to avoid traffic events to obtain the best route.

    Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) announced that Blue Marble Desktop software will be licensed as part of Topcon's IP-S2 Mobile Mapping System. The announcement follows a partnership agreement between Topcon and Blue Marble Geographics, a leading provider of LiDAR and GIS data conversion solutions.

    Blue Marble Desktop is a geospatial data management platform that will allow Topcon IP-S2 users to convert data and work in a variety of applications through a single interface. The software is designed to allow users to work off the same geodetic data source within their organization, regardless of location, for data manipulation and management.

    Pictometry International Corp. exhibited new technologies at this year's ESRI User Conference --Pictometry imagery and 3D models are now native content within ESRI products. Also new to this year's exhibit is Pictometry Business Solutions (PBS) for Utilities. PBS for utilities focuses on the revolutionary use of Pictometry imagery for more accurate and efficient pipeline construction and as a corridor management tool.

    Azteca Systems, Inc.,announced the release of Cityworks 2010, launching an exciting new array of solutions to automate licensing, permit, case, and asset management for public works, utilities, and government agencies of all sizes. Marking this release, a new naming convention for Azteca's software encompasses the theme of a new and broadened product direction that includes the entire suite of GIS-centric management tools.

    Around the Web

    Star Man by Lawrence Downes, July 18, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)


    July 26 - 30, 2010
    Place: Morris J. Wosk Centre

    580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5K3 Canada

    We encourage the attendance of all senior decision-makers, industry leaders and technologists that are interested in the convergence of web technologies, XML, web services and GIS. GeoWeb 2010 is open to all businesses, academic institutions and governments that are interested in:

    * the development of new GeoWeb technology

    * the impact of the GeoWeb on businesses and government policies

    * the emergence of new business models for the GeoWeb

    * the multitude of applications associate with the new GeoWeb technology

    July 26 - 28, 2010
    Place: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC)

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    This year GIS Development and Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia (ISM) is jointly organising International Symposium and Exhibition on Geoinformation 2010 and Map Asia 2010 to foster the spread and growth of the geospatial sciences and its benefits for the community at large with a synergised effort of discussions and deliberations with academicians, researchers, policy makers and industry representatives.

    July 28 - 30, 2010
    Place: Newton, MA USA

    Caliper Corporation invites you to attend training for Maptitude Geographic Information System for Windows. The classes will be at our training center in Newton, Massachusetts.

    The three days of classroom training cover materials valuable to both new and existing users of Maptitude. Day 3 provides time to work with your own data with a Maptitude trainer.

    July 29 - August 2, 2010
    Place: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort

    111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV USA

    The Hyatt has created a special MAPPS on-line reservation form. On this form under Search Available Rooms - select ATTENDEE on the drop down. No access code is needed.

    August 2 - 6, 2010
    Place: Hyatt Regency

    Orange County, CA USA

    It all comes together where the Accela community unites to move beyond the boundaries of what we believe is possible. The largest event for users all year, the User Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with the people, products, and trends at the forefront of the government technology industry. Let’s work together to build new opportunities!

    August 2 - 4, 2010
    Place: Sofitel Brisbane Central

    Queensland, Australia

    GITA 2010 is the premier geospatial technologies conference in Australia and New Zealand. This year's program will focus on “Smarter infrastructure for a sustainable future” with particular focus on water reform, smart grid, critical infrastructure protection and emergency management, transportation and safety, and telecommunications and will feature the launch of two world class technology breakthroughs!

    August 3 - 6, 2010
    Place: Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria

    Arequipa, Peru

    The overall scope of this series of conferences is to offer an interdisciplinary, international forum for sharing knowledge about the application of Geoinformatics with focus on application and on developing countries. This will be achieved by a series of summer schools and conferences through the next years, supported through an online journal. This year the international conference Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment 2010 (AGSE 2010) will take place at Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria in Arequipa, Peru.

    August 3 - 6, 2010
    Place: Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria

    Arequipa, Peru


    • Environmental Issues, Sustainable Development, Millennium Development Goals
    • Photogrammetry, Earth Observation Systems, Information Extraction
    • Spatial Data Infrastructures
    • Internet based Applications
    • Sustainable Development, Tropical Forests
    August 13, 2010
    Place: Adelaide Convention Centre

    Adelaide, Australia

    Spatial Information Day 2010 (SID 2010) and the South Australian Spatial Excellence Awards 2010 (SASEA 2010) will be held on Friday 13 August 2010 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The full day SID 2010 program will be followed by the SASEA 2010 dinner.

    August 15 - 18, 2010
    Place: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

    Boston, MA USA

    APWA's Congress will feature more than 125 technical and professional development sessions (over 200 when you count the sessions at WASTECON) presented by your colleagues and industry vendors. There's no better way to learn than from those who are "in the know." You can earn CEUs and PDHs that will add value to the information you learn onsite. The exposition—keeping in line with the impressive size of our host site—will be the BEST ever!

    August 16 - 18, 2010
    Place: Charlotte, NC USA

    The only conference where GIS professionals, addressing coordinators, 9-1-1 and emergency response specialists come together for education and networking. The conference is developed through abstracts submitted through a Call for Presentations. The Conference Committee, comprised of URISA and NENA members, reviews all of the abstracts received by the deadline date, and organizes the educational sessions according to those abstracts.

    August 23 - 25, 2010
    Place: Indiana Government Center South

    302 West Washington Street , Indianapolis , IN 46204-2211 USA

    The HAZUS Conference provides a unique opportunity for users of all levels in a wide variety of professions (e.g., first responders, local government decision makers, planners, GIS specialists) to share expertise and experience in the development and use of HAZUS-MH. Visit the HAZUS Website at
    www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/hazus for other available HAZUS resources.

    August 26, 2010
    Place: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

    3rd Floor - Allison Hall, 1201 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX TX 77380 USA

    The GeoGathering conference provides a venue for oil and gas gathering system operators to share their experiences in applying GIS technology towards data management and integrity management initiative.

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