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July 31, 2006
Thales Navigation Acquired by Investment Group
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Welcome to GISWeekly! Shah Capital Partners (SCP) led an investment group to acquire Thales Navigation, a division of Thales, and leader in the consumer, survey, GIS and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets, in an agreement announced this week. Thales Navigation, sold to Shah for 170 mln usd, has experienced dramatic acceleration in business, specifically a 200 percent consumer revenue growth over the past three years, according to Francois Erceau, general manager of Survey and GIS Business. Read about it in this week's Industry News.


I look forward to seeing many of you at the 26th Annual ESRI Conference in San Diego, August 7-11.


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Industry News


Thales Navigation Acquired by Investment Group

by Susan Smith


Shah Capital Partners (SCP) led an investment group to acquire Thales Navigation, a division of Thales, and leader in the consumer, survey, GIS and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets, in an agreement announced this week. Co-investors who participated with SCP in the transaction included Tudor Group, Galleon Group, Consolidated Press Holdings, AIG SunAmerica, and Eli Broad.


Thales Navigation has experienced dramatic acceleration in business, specifically a 200 percent consumer revenue growth over the past three years, according to Francois Erceau, general manager of Survey and GIS Business. GPS technology has grown significantly in this time period among both consumer and commercial users and applications alike. Thales Navigation felt it was necessary to identify an appropriate parent company to allow the company to move forward and grow with further development, said Erceau.


Thales wanted to keep the company in its current shape and form, and be able to have more flexibility and react to the environment more effectively. Shah stepped up to the plate and the deal between Shah and Thales Navigation is expected to close in the third quarter of 2006.


Shaw Capital Partners is a private equity firm that focuses primarily on technology buyouts. Their portfolio of companies include hardware, design services, electronics, design manufacturing. They are looking to grow companies and grow their value to make them as successful as possible. Shaw already is familiar with Thales Navigation as one of their companies manufactures the server products for Thales Navigation.


As far as changes in Thales Navigation, “The sites will be kept, the people will be kept, and the operation of the company will be looked at in order to make it more efficient,” explained Erceau, which means some changes will be made but nothing too dramatic for now. The one change will be the company name will be changed to Magellan Navigation, as the Magellan brand is recognized worldwide. That company will remain located in San Dimas, California. Products from the former Thales Navigation include: Magellan® RoadMate™ series portable car navigation systems, the Magellan eXplorist™ outdoor handheld navigation devices, the Hertz NeverLost® car navigation
system and ProMark™, the best-selling single frequency GPS survey product line on the market.


Without the Thales Navigation division, the Thales Group will continue to focus on airborne and military driven core activities as it has always done. The company is an international electronics and systems group, serving defense, aerospace and security markets worldwide, supported by a comprehensive services offering. Thales employs 60,000 people in 50 countries and generated revenues of £ 10.3 billion in 2005, with a record order book of over £ 20 billion.




Top News of the Week


The Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation spacecraft known as CALIPSO is returning never-before-seen images of clouds and aerosols, tiny particles suspended in the air.


These new images are revealing the secrets of how clouds and aerosols form, evolve and interact with the atmosphere. CALIPSO's first images were taken in early June. They highlight the results of a major lava dome collapse at the Soufriere Hills Volcano on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean. The dome collapse on May 20 involved an explosion that sent ash clouds 55,000 feet into the sky.


CH2M HILL's Enterprise Spatial Solutions (ESS) business announced a relationship with ESRI to develop several spatial information management (SIM) solutions aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of city, county and state government operations.




Agreements/Alliances/Acquisitions


OSI Geospatial Inc. announced it has signed a teaming agreement with the Marine Systems division of L-3 Communications Corporation (L-3 Marine Systems) to pursue opportunities in the worldwide naval market. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will jointly market and sell products including integrated bridge systems, navigation systems, homeland security systems, geospatial applications, command and control systems, and related training and human engineering applications.


NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has been selected by Microsoft to enhance Microsoft's "Flight Simulator X," a Windows PC-based simulator used by gaming and aviation enthusiasts, with NAVTEQ(R) map data. Microsoft "Flight Simulator X" is the 10th edition of the highly successful "Flight Simulator" franchise, and offers players an innovative aviation gaming experience immersed in a beautifully rich and realistic simulated world. NAVTEQ will enhance the visual realism of the game by providing its highly accurate map data as a real-world foundation of street level detail.


Geographic Technologies Group, Inc. (GTG), with full support from Tele-Works, Inc., has created a strategic alliance and business partnership to offer complete communication solutions that include the very best Geographic Information Systems (GIS) functionality. This alliance will form an advanced GIS implementation team that will benefit government agencies of all sizes and complexities. Experience in all aspects of government will afford clients the very best professional services for successfully implementing enterprise-wide GIS solutions. Tele-Works clients will now be able to talk to a local government GIS expert about planning, designing, building optimum GIS solutions, and
purchasing off-the-shelf GIS software solutions.


@Road, Inc., a global provider of next-generation solutions for Mobile Resource Management (MRM), announced that Performance Transportation Services, Inc. ("PTS"), the second largest transporter of new automobiles, sport-utility vehicles and light trucks in North America, has selected @Road as its MRM solutions provider. Under the terms of the agreement, PTS intends to deploy the flagship @Road® GeoManager(SM) MRM solution designed to give PTS greater location intelligence, manageability and real-time visibility into the work of up to 1,544 commercial carrier drivers and trucks.




Announcements


At the upcoming 26th ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California, ESRI will be showcasing its commitment to building an open and interoperable geographic information system (GIS) platform.


Several new interoperability improvements in ArcGIS 9.2 and in the ArcGIS Data Interoperability extension will be shown and discussed at the upcoming User Conference (August 7-11, 2006). These include ArcGIS 9.2 support for OGC WMS, WFS, and GML Simple Features on both the client and server. ArcGIS 9.2 also embraces the ISO 19139 metadata standard. In addition, there is greatly enhanced support for reading, exporting, and working with CAD drawings from AutoCAD and MicroStation.


The Chinese search engine Baidu and PC manufacturer HP announced that, for one year beginning in October 2006, all HP Pavilion and HP Presario series computers sold within mainland China will come with Baidu search service already enabled, so that users can "Baidu their trouble."


The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has approved and released the OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) White Paper as an official public OGC White Paper (
OGC Document 06-046r2).


A sensor network is a computer accessible network of many spatially distributed devices using sensors to monitor conditions at different locations, such as temperature, sound, vibration, pressure, motion or pollutants. A Sensor Web refers to Web accessible sensor networks and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has released the "OGC GeoRSS White Paper" to the public (
OGC Document 06-050r3).
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


GeoRSS is a simple proposal for geo-enabling, or tagging, "really simple syndication" (RSS) feeds with location information. GeoRSS standardizes the way in which "where" is encoded with enough simplicity and descriptive power to satisfy most needs to describe the location of Web content. It is extensible and upwardly-compatible with more sophisticated formats like the OGC GML (Geography Markup Language®).
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated inaugurated Bentley LEARN, a revolutionary subscription program that empowers infrastructure firms to become and remain well-trained organizations - improving their competitiveness and advancing the careers of infrastructure professionals.
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


The combination of features that makes this program revolutionary includes:
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


-- The learning is OnDemand, so it fits into busy schedules.
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


-- The learning is on every desk, so no travel is required.
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


-- The OnDemand content is the broadest in infrastructure, covering the use and administration of MicroStation, ProjectWise, and the company's comprehensive portfolio of building, civil, geospatial, and plant solutions.
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


-- The price for all of this is eminently affordable - set at 20 percent of the organization's SELECT fee, or about an hour of a professional's billable time for a year's worth of learning.
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced a live eSeminar that details Bentley's geospatial vision and strategy to advance GIS for infrastructure. Presented by Styli Camateros, vice president, Bentley Geospatial, the eSeminar looks at the fusion of GIS technologies and engineering applications for infrastructure design and management. To register, visit the
website
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


The program committee of the 2006 GIS in the Rockies Conference announced that attendee registration is proceeding at a strong pace and is on track to be one of the biggest GIS in the Rockies conferences to date. The early registration rate of $200 remains in place just 10 more days and will increase to $275 after August 4, 2006.
and archived sensor data that can be discovered and accessed using standard protocols and interfaces.


The 2006 GIS in the Rockies Conference will be held September 13 - 15, 2006 at INVESCO Field at Mile High stadium in Denver, Colorado. Interested GIS and Surveying professionals can register for conference entry online at the event
website.


Registrations for URISA's 44th Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia are coming in at a brisk pace, mirroring URISA's most well-attended conferences in recent years (Orlando - 2000 and Chicago - 1999). The opportunity to register for the conference at the discounted early rate - a savings of $75 - is only available through August 1. See
website


Inside a laboratory at Harvard University in 1965, a group of forward-thinking computer scientists, geographers, and others began to push the boundaries of computer mapping into an exciting new territory: geographic information systems (GIS) technology
http://www.esri.com/getting_started/index.html.


Nick Chrisman, professor of geomatic sciences at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada, tells the story in his new book,
Charting the Unknown: How Computer Mapping at Harvard Became GIS, published by ESRI Press.




Financials


Trimble announced results for its second quarter 2006, ended June 30, 2006. Revenue for the second quarter of 2006 was $245.3 million, up 20 percent from revenue of $204.2 million in the second quarter of 2005. See
press release


Sun Microsystems, Inc. reported results for its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended June 30, 2006. See
press release


Intergraph Corporation, a global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software, announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2006. Revenue for the quarter was $152.8 million, an increase of 5.1% from the $145.4 million reported in the second quarter of 2005. For the six months ended June 30, 2006, revenue was $291.8 million, an increase of 3.5% from the $281.8 million reported in the same period of 2005. See
press release


NAVTEQ Corporation, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, reported record second quarter revenue for the quarter ended July 2, 2006.


Revenue in the quarter rose 11% over the second quarter of 2005 to $135.9 million. Operating income was $33.1 million, compared to $37.4 million in last year's second quarter. Net income was $23.8 million, compared to $25.3 million in the prior year's second quarter. Earnings per diluted share were $0.25, compared to $0.27 in the second quarter of 2005. See
press release




Contract Awards


Intermap Technologies Corp. announced that its Intermap Federal Services subsidiary has been awarded a US$3.2 million contract to provide imagery and elevation data from the company's NEXTMap USA geospatial datasets. Included in the license for 773,889 square kilometers of data across the United States is the first purchase of a data license for the entire state of California. Intermap will supply the California data immediately and will deliver other areas over the next few quarters as they are collected. Included in the deliverables are high-accuracy digital surface models, digital terrain models and high-resolution orthorectified radar imagery.




Awards


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has been named the world's No. 2 provider of GIS/geospatial software in a just-released Daratech research study.


"Bentley's strong position as a geospatial solutions provider is due to its growing ability to meet the unique needs of teams designing and managing infrastructure," said Charles Foundyller, president and CEO of Daratech, Inc. "GIS for infrastructure is one of the fastest-growing areas in the geospatial business. The GIS capabilities that infrastructure teams rely on are distinct and demand capabilities beyond those of traditional GIS applications."


IDC's CMO Advisory Practice announced that Autodesk and Avaya are the recipients of IDC's CMO Advisory Best Practices Award for New Product Launch Processes. IDC has published detailed case studies for Autodesk and Avaya, outlining the processes used to launch new products in coordination with a global, multifunctional team, including tracking launch performance to measure efficiency and effectiveness. Winners were selected by the CMO Advisory research team based on marketing performance effectiveness analysis from the IDC Tech Marketing Benchmarks Database, and from nominations submitted by technology marketing vendors across the IT industry.


The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) presented the Charles S. Falkenberg Award to Dave Jones, Founder, President & CEO of StormCenter Communications, Inc. during the ESIP Federation's summer meeting.


Influential and innovative members of the geospatial intelligence community as well as customers that have experienced exceptional service and solutions within the geospatial intelligence community are being asked to nominate deserving peers for the 2006 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Awards Program. Nomination forms are available to download from the foundation's
website.




People


SANZ Inc. , a provider of specialized storage and geospatial data management solutions, announced the addition of three new members to the geospatial team: Julie Baker as federal civilian sales manager, Matt Falter as sales manager and Karen Morley as director of product marketing.


Intermap Technologies, Inc., a geospatial market leader proactively remapping entire countries and building highly accurate digital elevation datasets, has hired Richard Smolenski as vice president of sales.


As VP of sales, Richard will draw on nearly 30 years of international sales and business development experience to spearhead Intermap's global sales strategy in support of the company's extensive NEXTMap line of products and services.




New Products


The Carbon Project announced that the third generation of its open-geospatial .NET™ toolkit CarbonTools, CarbonTools PRO™, is now available.


CarbonTools PRO is a new software development toolkit that enhances the Microsoft .NET framework for advanced location content handling and sharing. With CarbonTools PRO you can develop advanced location-based social networking™ applications or extend existing systems for enhanced geospatial interoperability.


A first-of-its-kind survey of how well the world's coral reefs are being protected was made possible by a unique collection of NASA views from space.


A team of international researchers using NASA satellite images compiled an updated inventory of all "marine protected areas" containing coral reefs and compared it with the most detailed and comprehensive satellite inventory of coral reefs. The global satellite mapping effort is called the Millennium Coral Reef Mapping Project and was funded by NASA. The study was reported on recently in the journal Science.


iSECUREtrac(TM) Corp., provider of GPS-based offender monitoring solutions and related wireless technologies, introduced its next generation GPS monitoring solution at the American Probation and Parole Association's 31st Annual Training Institute in Chicago.


Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:
GRMN), introduced the G600, a revolutionary new avionics suite designed specifically for the retrofit aircraft market. The G600 was announced at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Fly-In located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Garmin's G600 incorporates two individual displays -- a PFD and MFD -- in a customized package designed for easy retrofit installation. The G600 is designed to communicate and integrate with Garmin's panel mount products, and provides essential information such as attitude, air data, weather, terrain, and traffic.


A new state-of-the-art, Web-based system that monitors and maps the location and status of
emergency resources, such as
hospitals, air ambulances, and rescue helicopters, will be unveiled at the
ESRI International User Conference, August 7-11, 2006, in San Diego, California.


ESRI developed the Advanced Emergency GIS (AEGIS) for the Center for Prehospital Care, Education, and Research at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). The medical center will go online with the technology in September when fielding emergency medical services (EMS) calls.


GeoDataSource is glad to announce the launch of
GeoDataSource Web site together with its flagship product, GeoDataSource World Cities Database.


GeoDataSource World Database is a geographical features and landmarks database complete with important information such as latitude and longitude coordinates, region and country information, officially recognized names as well as variant spellings. The latest version of GeoDataSource Cities Database Gold Edition contains 2,970,290 entries with city names in original language and English, feature type classifications, country names in FIPS and ISO, regions, sub-regions, state or First-Order Administrative Division, county or Second-Order Administrative Division, longitude and latitude in degree and decimal, Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate grid and Joint Operations Graphic reference.


IDEAL, Contex's exclusive U.S. Distributor, and ten-time recipient of Contex's "Distributor of the Year" award, announces a software giveaway to celebrate the largest product launch in the history of IDEAL / Contex. IDEAL will include 6 months free use of MyArchiveCenter software with every new IDEAL / Contex Energy Star scanner sold during the new product roll-out period.




Around the Web


Google Offers Live Traffic Maps on Cell Phones eweek -- Google has begun offering mobile phone users in more than 30 major U.S. cities the capacity to view highway maps with "live" traffic data.


Portable Navigation Systems Going in More Directions by Ivan Berger, July 27, 2006, The New York Times (registration required) -- With more than a dozen brands of portable global positioning system devices now sold in the United States for $300 to $1,500, manufacturers are competing by adding features like audio, video, photography and language guides rather than becoming tangled up in price wars.




Upcoming Events


ESRI International User Conference
Date: August 7 - 11, 2006

Place: San Diego Convention Center San Diego, CA USA

The ESRI International User Conference (UC) will be held August 7-11, 2006, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Discover a community of peers eager to share their ideas, expertise, and practical applications of GIS in their organizations at the largest GIS event of the year.


AGIs Missile Defense Seminars

Date: August 8, 2006

Place: Tysons Corner Marriott Vienna, VA USA


AGIs Missile Defense Seminars

Date: August 10, 2006

Place: Boston Marriot Burlington Burlington, MA USA


Downs Interest Group for GIS and Remote Sensing (DIGGARS) Seminar

Date: August 10, 2006

Place: Mayor's Room, City Hall Ruthven Street, Toowoomba City Council, Australia

Dynamic Web Mapping at Toowoomba City Council


'AGIs Missile Defense Seminars

Date: August 14, 2006

Place: Huntsville Marriott Huntsville, AL USA


Mapping Your Community: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis

Date: August 17 - 18, 2006

Place: San Diego, CA USA

This unique, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants learn to make thematic maps of their community, geocode addresses and perform spatial queries and analysis. Participants also learn to extract and map Census variables such as race, poverty, language, education, health and many other demographic variables. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required. Each students is assigned a computer on which to work for the day.


Map Asia 2006

Date: August 29 - September 1, 2006

Place: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia and Pacific region is the largest developing region in the world in landmass, population and aggregate income. Its 48 countries have nearly three fifth of the worlds total population. Each country in the region abounds in rich natural capital and has comprehended the true potential of Geospatial information in leveraging this capital to its utmost economic viability. The Asian region is forging a path of development and economic growth as a function of establishment of infrastructural capital. The region demands and offers scope for application of the various Geographic Information technologies like GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing and Imaging


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-- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.