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August 09, 2004
WiFi and Products and Events to Watch for at ESRI Conference 2004
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Message from the Editor -


Welcome to GISWeekly! For those who are interested in using a wireless connection at the ESRI Conference this year, the San Diego Convention Center is WiFi-enabled. Last year some people had trouble accessing their e-mail this way. According to a communications person at ESRI, the link will be just as last year's, meaning that they will pass Internet based traffic and SMTP email applications. Customers should be using 'online' solutions for access.


This week GISWeekly lists some of the companies who are releasing new products or demonstrating new technologies at the ESRI Conference.


During the week, for those who are onsite at the conference or following it from the desktop, we will be featuring daily ESRI Conference newsfeeds which can be found in our GISCafe Daily News and will also be able to be accessed through GISWeekly at the end of the week.


I will be at the conference from Sunday through Friday, and will be checking my email regularly during that time. If readers have any questions that they would like to see answered or issues addressed in the Weekly, please contact me at
Managing Editor


Correction: In last week's Industry News, Z/I Imaging's Digital Mapping Camera was incorrectly priced at $4 million. The correct price for that product is $1.4 million, which should make potential shoppers happy. My apologies for the mistake.


GISWeekly examines select top news each week, picks out worthwhile reading from around the web, and special interest items you might not find elsewhere. This issue will feature Industry News, Acquisitions/Alliances/Agreements, Announcements, New Products, Going on Around the Web, and Upcoming Events.


GISWeekly welcomes letters and feedback from readers, so let us know what you think. Send your comments to me at
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Best wishes,

Susan Smith, Managing Editor




Industry News


WiFi-enabled


For those who are interested in using a wireless connection at the ESRI Conference this year, the San Diego Convention Center is WiFi-enabled. Last year some people had trouble accessing their e-mail this way. According to a communications person at ESRI, the link will be just as last year's, meaning that they will pass Internet based traffic and SMTP email applications. Customers should be using 'online' solutions for access.




Products and Events to Watch for at ESRI Conference 2004


Layton Graphics will showcase its latest product, MAP2PDFTM for ArcGISTM, an extension to ArcGISTM that creates geo-registered PDF maps with embedded attribute data from within ArcGIS at booth #1801. This new extension of Layton's MAP2PDFTM software extends the reach of ArcGISTM to Adobe ReaderTM users with the publishing of spatial PDF maps.


Xplore Technologies Corp. is a designer, manufacturer, marketer and supporter of high-end rugged mobile computing systems for OEM/ODM and vertical market applications worldwide. They will be showing their latest product, the iX104 Tablet PC, which, like many of their models, is designed to operate in physically-demanding environments. They will be in Booth 1729.


This year RMSI is highlighting 'Geospatial Business Solutions' at the conference.. RMSI will present a paper on an "Integrated GIS Work Environment with ESRI Products".


Thales will demonstrate their new MobileMapper(TM) CE, a handheld GPS receiver for geographic information system (GIS) and many other data collection applications, which features an affordable price, real-time sub-meter GPS positioning, embedded Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE .NET, Bluetooth(R) wireless technology, removable SD card memory and an all-day removable battery.


Matrox will be showcasing new graphics technology for GIS, namely the Matrox P650 Low-profile PCI multi-display graphics card, ideal for small form factor PCs and laptop docking stations, as well as the Matrox Advanced Synchronization Module (ASM), providing cutting-edge genlock support for multi-board and multi-system display synchronization.Visit Matrox for a chance to win a Parhelia™ 128 MB graphics card. The draw will be held in Matrox's booth (#625) at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 12th.


Joe Hanousek, UCLID VP Sales and Marketing, will deliver a presentation entitled “How Fast Growing Counties Manage Parcel Mapping” 10:30a.m. Sunday, August 8 at the ESRI Survey & GIS Summit
in San Diego, CA. Hanousek will show how organizations can save money with GIS productivity tools.
Hanousek's presentation is part of the Technology Case Studies session in Ballroom B of the Omni Hotel.


Avenza Systems Inc. will offer a special MAPublisher discount offer to ESRI UC attendees. During the 2004 ESRI International Users conference anyone who purchases a new MAPublisher license (including academic versions and floating licenses. Upgrades not included) will receive a 10% on the spot discount on all components of their order except shipping.


Varion Systems, will introduce its new automated vehicle location (AVL) software package - tracServe™




Acquisitions/Alliances/Agreements


PCI Geomatics announced the appointment of PCI Software Private Limited (PSPL) of Calcutta as a Master Reseller for South Asia and India. PSPL, a PCI Geomatics joint venture company, will work with the existing local network of resellers to promote PCI Geomatics.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated, announced that it has acquired Haestad Methods, Inc. Haestad solutions provide for design, analysis, and management of water distribution supply, municipal sanitary sewers, urban stormwater collection, roadway and civil site drainage, and flood control. These products are used by municipalities, transportation agencies, consulting engineers, and contracting firms.


Space Imaging has signed an exclusive agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), of Montreal, Canada, to sell a new family of aviation geospatial products derived from Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite, and the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) and Landsat satellites. The agreement was signed July 23, 2004.


DigitalGlobe (
www.digitalglobe.com) has signed an agreement with IONIC under its NextView contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (
www.nga.mil). DigitalGlobe has purchased the entire IONIC RedSpider product line including RedSpider Web, RedSpider Studio, and RedSpider Catalog to implement an extensive OpenGIS-based architecture. In addition, DigitalGlobe has bought RedSpider Enterprise to integrate their internal business applications and imagery into a comprehensive and powerful spatial data infrastructure.


Group 1 Software (Nasdaq: GSOF) and MetaCarta Inc. announced a strategic technology alliance. Under the agreement, MetaCarta is integrating Group 1's Centrus geocoding software for U.S. postal addresses into its Geographic Text Search (GTS) solution. MetaCarta's GTS solution conducts searches by geography and retrieves information based on keywords.


VELOCITIE and Miner & Miner have teamed up to provide enterprise GIS products and system integration services to energy and water utilities, public works departments, and municipal government. By joining the Miner & Miner team, VELOCITIE is now an official business partner of the M&M ArcFM™ product suite and provides implementation and system integration services to support the deployment of Miner & Miner's ArcFM™ Enterprise GIS products.




Announcements


Will Wilbrink, Chief Solutions Architect for MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ: MAPS), will deliver a keynote address at the 17th Annual GIS in the Rockies Conference. Wilbrink will present “Enabling the Mobile Workforce with Location Aware Services.” His remarks will outline the current and near future technologies that are helping to broaden the use of GIS in mobile workforce applications. Karen Brandt, Chair of the GIS in the Rockies Board of Directors, said "We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Wilbrink has accepted our invitation to address this year's conference. The opportunity to work effectively anywhere is of interest in a broad range of fields."


The luncheon address is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday October 7th at the Plaza at the Mart.


Boeing [NYSE:BA] has received a $4 million follow-on task order from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to enhance the digital topographic data collected by the space shuttle Endeavour.


This award to Boeing under NGA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) program brings Boeing's total SRTM contract awards to over $23 million.


NVision Solutions, Inc. has created a tutorial for precision agriculture that will assist in educating and training America's future farmers. With precision agriculture as the fastest growing sector of agriculture in North America, the need for educating the next generation of farmers in this technology is critical. The tutorial, developed under a cooperative agreement with The University of Mississippi and NASA, is aimed at introducing GIS, remote sensing, and other geospatial technologies to the future workforce of the nation's largest employer, agriculture.


PCI Geomatics announced changes to its customer service plans that include renaming existing product support plans and adding a new premium Gold Level Support. The new levels of support are Bronze which replaces Update Only Service, Silver which replaces Software Support & Update and Gold - a new level of premium service.


Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ:
INGR), announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2004. Revenue for the quarter was $138.4 million, an increase of 8.6% from $127.3 million reported in the second quarter of 2003. For the six months ended June 30, 2004, revenue was $271.3 million, an increase of 9.4% from $247.9 million reported in the same period of 2003.


Friends and colleagues of Kenneth J. Osborn (1952-2004) have helped establish the Kenneth J. Osborn Memorial Scholarship as a tribute to him from donated funds administered by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).


Recognized nationally and internationally, Osborn was an outstanding practitioner of surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, and geospatial information technology, and a great friend of ASPRS. As a professional cartographer with the U.S. Geological Survey, Osborn made significant contributions to these fields.


The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) invites comments from all interested parties on draft framework data standards. The public review period begins July 30, 2004 and ends October 30, 2004. These standards were developed through the Geospatial One-Stop e-Government initiative. To participate in the FGDC public review, register at the Framework Standard Registered Review site,
http://www.fgdc.gov/RReview .


Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community (IGUC),sponsors of GeoSpatial World, today invited geospatial professionals to submit papers for the fifth annual conference. GeoSpatial World 2005, the IGUC international training and management conference, will be held at the Hilton San Francisco (California) April 26-28.


LizardTech, Inc. announced that it has surpassed its existing record fiscal year net revenue for its geospatial line of products, GeoExpress with MrSID® and Express Server, ending June 30, 2004. LizardTech finished its 2004 fiscal year with a 34 percent increase over 2003 for sales of its geospatial products. Overall revenue for North America for Q4 was also the best in the history of the company.


Celartem Technology Inc., a Japan-based company, purchased LizardTech in August 2003 and shortly thereafter, Carlos Domingo was appointed as LizardTech's new CEO.


ESRI participated in the fiftieth meeting of the Technical and Planning Committee Meetings of the Open GIS Consortium, Inc.(tm) (OGC(tm)), June 14-18, 2004, held at the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey in Southampton, United Kingdom. With its Strategic Alliance partner Safe Software, ESRI demonstrated the ArcGIS Data Interoperability extension to ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo; Web Map Server (WMS) and Web Feature Server (WFS) support for ArcIMS 9; and WMS support for ArcGIS 9 Desktop. ESRI is an active member of both the OGC Technical Committee and Planning Committee and is engaged in various working groups within the Open GIS Consortium building and testing specifications for GIS
interoperability.




Awards


Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced it has awarded an Intergraph Education Grant with a total commercial value of more than $773,000 (U.S.) in software and services to the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT) at Honolulu Community College. The grant program, which recognizes innovative teaching practices and provides teachers and students with the tools needed to explore new possibilities and the power to impact the future of geographic information science, will serve as the foundation of a new high tech education program for GIS training. Sponsored by PCATT, the program will incorporate Intergraph's suite of GeoMedia(R) technology and will
include a series of courses at Honolulu Community College beginning this month with GIS Essentials.




Appointments


Guy Perkins, former Managing Director of ESRI Australia and most recently Manager, Commercial Solutions Group of MapInfo Australia, has joined Earth Resource Mapping (ERM),. Guy Perkins assumes the role of Vice President Asia Pacific.




Excellence Awards


Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present Telemorphic, Inc., a leading developer of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, with the 2004 Customer Value Enhancement Award in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by the company's software product, MultiViewer.




New Products


NavCom Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), announced today the availability of RTK Extend, a product feature that combines the capabilities of NavCom's StarFire global decimeter positioning system with its RTK positioning algorithms to overcome the problem of communication dropouts during survey projects.


Trimble (NASDAQ:
TRMB) announced that its AgGPS(R) Autopilot(TM) system is now available for combines. The automated steering system uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to guide agriculture vehicles in consistent rows for tilling, spraying, applying fertilizers, and now harvesting.
Microsoft announced the launch of its MapPoint Web Service 3.5 (MSW) in Australia. MapPoint technology continues to innovate to empower people and businesses to be more efficient and make better decisions through the power of location software. This is the first availability of MWS in the country, and means that now Australian businesses and third-party developers will be able to easily and cost-effectively deploy location-based solutions and applications that utilize Australian location data.


ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 1 is now available on the ESRI Online Support Center. This service pack contains performance improvements and maintenance fixes. It also includes the ArcGIS 9.0 Desktop ArcMap Slow Page and Print Setup Dialog patch as well as the ArcGIS 9.0 Desktop ArcMap Open-Map-Document patch.


ESRI recommends that users of the following products download and install ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 1 at your earliest convenience at
http://support.esri.com/index.cfm?fa=downloads.patchesServicePacks.viewPatch&PID=43&MetaID=843.


ESRI Business Information Solutions (ESRI BIS) introduced Business Analyst Web Services. This addition to the Business Analyst suite of products combines Web services, geographic
information system (GIS) technology, and data to deliver business reports and maps directly into an application.


LizardTech, Inc. delivered Document Express 5.0 with DjVu that enables unprecedented reduction in file storage and maximum ease of distribution for any kind of document.


Laurel Hill GIS, Inc. announces that GeoData Diagnostics™ is now available. GeoData Diagnostics™ is an off-the-shelf software product for ArcGIS™ personal and enterprise geodatabases. It allows users to compare structures and properties of two geodatabases and reports differences in user friendly HTML.


Orbit GIS Technologies and Eurotronics announce the availability of new GIS solutions for desktop and server, enabling more users than ever to work with professional yet easy to use digital mapping software.


DigitalGlobe® announces the release of its latest information product, DGStormWater. The product was designed for city and county GIS coordinators, tax assessors, local utility companies, engineering firms and flood mapping organizations responsible for measuring and managing storm water runoff, and supports compliance with storm water management regulations mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.




Around the Web ...


Cell Phones' Next Makeover: Affordable Jukebox on the Move, by Laurie Flynn, August 2, 2004, New York Times (registration required) -In its relentless push to add features to cellphones, the wireless industry is preparing to make affordable new phones that can store and play full-length downloaded music tracks.




Upcoming Events


Second Annual Survey & GIS Summit 2004--Bridging the Gap

Date: August 7 - 10, 2004

Place: San Diego, CA USA

ESRI invites surveyors, engineers, educators, and GIS practitioners from all over the world to participate in this event.


ESRI Telecom and LBS Summit

Date: August 8, 2004

Place: San Diego, CA USA

ESRI will present the fifth annual ESRI Telecommunications and Location-Based Services Summit immediately prior to the 24th Annual ESRI International User Conference


24th Annual ESRI International User Conference

Date: August 9 - 13, 2004

Place: San Diego, CA USA

The UC is your opportunity to view software demonstrations and participate in activities such as technical workshops designed to expand your GIS capabilities.


GITA Australia/New Zealand Conference 2004 "IT systems for critical infrastructure protection and asset management"

Date: August 9 - 11, 2004

Place: Hilton Hotel Melbourne, Australia

With an emphasis on Critical Infrastructure Protection, the confirmed major national and international speakers include keynote Else Shepherd, Chairman of Powerlink (a Queensland-based corporation that owns, develops, operates and maintains Queensland's high-voltage electricity transmission network, a AUD$3 billion network extends 1,700km from north of Cairns to the New South Wales border, approximately half of Australias eastern seaboard). Other speakers include Cindy Sales from Centerpoint Energy based in Houston Texas, an Electricity and Gas utility with over 5 million customers and Peter Gomez of Xcel Energy in Colorado, who will speak on mergers and acquisitions and critical
infrastructure protection in Japan.


GIS BRASIL 2004 at COMDEX Brasil 2004

Date: August 17 - 20, 2004

Place: Anhembi's Exhibition Pavillion Brazil

GIS BRASIL is Latin America's largest event geared to the geotechnology market. Every year, since 1994, the companies of this industry and potential users get together to participate in the many activities that take place simultaneously: Conference, courses, the Geotechnology Fair, and the Scientific Talent Show. Specific activities for different audiences such as agriculture, electric power, telecommunications, geomarketing, the environment, city management, and others, are programmed, activities that demonstrate, in practice, how geotechnology accounts for an important competitive advantage in each one of these industries. The activities developed for the Conference are geared mainly to
meet users' needs, with a special focus on cases, with the purpose of fostering information exchange.


2004 Geospatial Technology Symposium and Exposition

Date: August 17 - 19, 2004

Place: San Antonio, TX USA
The staff of the CADD/GIS Technology Center is pleased to announce our sixth Symposium and Exposition! This year's Symposium will once again be co-located with the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence's Joint Services Environmental Management Conference & Exhibition (JSEM) and the GeoBase Compass Conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas on August 17-19, 2004. Each Symposium gets more diverse and exciting and this year's will not be an exception. Expect many exciting presentations on topics related to CADD, GIS, FM, Remote Sensing, and Survey/Mapping.


2004 Carolina URISA Conference

Date: August 17 - 20, 2004

Place: Holiday Inn Sunspree Asheville, NC USA


Map Asia 2004

Date: August 18 - 20, 2004

Place: Beijing International Convention Centre Beijing, China

Founded in the year 2002, Map Asia 2004 is the largest and the 3rd Annual Asian Conference and Exhibition in the field of GIS, GPS, Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing.


Western Pennsylvania GIS Conference 2004

Date: August 27, 2004

Place: California University of Pennsylvania CA USA

The Earth Sciences Department at California University of Pennsylvania is hosting the 5th annual Western PA GIS conference. This conference is sponsored by California University of PA, Allegheny County, University of Pittsburgh, URISA-CAC, Thinformation, PA Geographical Society, PASDA, West Liberty State College (WV) and ESRI.


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-- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.