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January 19, 2009
GIS on Inauguration Day
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GIS on Inauguration Day

By Susan Smith

On Tuesday, January 20th, President-elect Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States. The official theme for the 2009 Inauguration is “Renewing America’s Promise,“ which reflects the aim of the President-elect and Vice President-elect to reposition America as a “beacon of hope” around the world.

The inauguration is anticipated to be the most widely attended event of the year, with over a million people visiting Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas, to participate in numerous celebratory events. For those GIS professionals who wonder what role geospatial will play in the inauguration, here are some sneak peeks.

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The company PointAbout has partnered with Qorvis, PattonBoggs, and FortiusOne, to create what they call “the ultimate mobile survival guide for the 2009 Inauguration.” The application is called “
Navigating Washington” and can be downloaded for BlackBerry or iPhone. What this application does is aggregates geographic data such as security zones, bridge or road closings, events, public restrooms, etc., plus it offers a geo-enabled polling application called “
Speak Your Mind.” More layers are promised as Inauguration Day draws closer. Layers available in FortiusOne’s GeoCommons application can show up in this application.

This application creates a heat map. The Speak Your Mind application is a way to map out public opinion about the inauguration and possible policies held by the new administration. This is an interesting example of gathering user generated content. When mobile device users cast a “vote” in “Speak Your Mind” their answer can be mapped to a geographical location, which will then give an idea of opinions held across the country.

Of course one person will not be able to access this nifty application, and that is Barack Obama himself, who will have to relinquish his BlackBerry once he takes office. The National Security Office and the FBI consider Mr. Obama’s BlackBerry to be a very high security risk.

“In this day of inevitable investigations, any time you have written documentation of what the president is saying on any particular subject, then in that investigation, these records may be requested and could be obtained,” said Elizabeth A. McNamara, a lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine in New York said in an article in The New York Times. “Then you’ve got the president in the thick of it.”

GIS Behind the Scenes

Imaging technology developed by University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) will help with the daunting task of keeping an eye on the crowds, most of which will be on land supervised by the U.S. Department of the Interior. An EVL "OptIPortal" – a wall-sized display of flat-screen, tiled LCD monitors that offer 40-200 megapixel resolution images powered by supercomputers will provide aerial imagery of the inauguration site.

"All streets but one entering the downtown Mall area enter onto land the Department of Interior is responsible for," said Brian Davis, a contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) who was instrumental in getting the OptIPortal included in the inaugural planning. "Interior will have a huge responsibility for monitoring safety, security, traffic and countless other issues."

For the past six years the USGS, considered the Department of Interior’s mapmaking arm, has worked with EVL on geological projects using a portable version of the OptIPortal, used by scientific groups worldwide. The Interior Department asked that the OptIPortal be shipped to their planning center in Northern Virginia so they could use it for training and preparation for the inauguration.

With a wall display measuring approximately four by eight feet, the Interior's OptIPortal delivers a 35-megapixel image. It is capable of delivering visual data at 220 million pixels of display space across 55 high-resolution tiled screens, according to company literature. The OptIPortal is powered by EVL software called Magic Carpet, that enables the screen to be fed high resolution maps and other information in real time. Magic Carpet is designed to operate on a large group of computers that drive the OptIPortals making it possible for users to interact with the imagery very quickly. The computers are powered by numerous NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 graphics processing units (GPUs).
Funding for the EVL research was provided largely by the National Science Foundation.


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On the About.com website is a map of the 2009 Inaugural Parade Route. The parade will begin at the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building and proceed along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. This event is expected to draw record breaking crowds. The best way to get to the inaugural parade will be by Metrorail.

The Washington Post displays a 2009 inauguration map, that will show information visitors can use to plan their trips downtown. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

Top News of the Week

ERDAS Inc. announces the launch of ERDAS TV, an area on the
ERDAS website featuring informative videos that capture development news and other happenings at ERDAS. These movies (or webisodes) are three to eight minutes in length. ERDAS’ YouTube account also features each of these videos, as well as product demonstrations and presentations.

NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for location-based solutions and vehicle navigation, showcased a broad scope of cutting-edge mapping solutions and devices at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The booth featured two distinct demonstration areas: NAVTEQ product and services and an impressive "device wall" featuring a wide range of brand name devices and navigation systems powered by NAVTEQ data. A highlight of the booth was the unveiling of two significant NAVTEQ product offerings: NAVTEQ LocationPoint Advertising and dynamic POI content.

Intermap Technologies announced that its NEXTMap Europe program reached another significant milestone in December by making elevation data for the entire country of France commercially available. For the first time, uniformly accurate 3D digital elevation models and high-resolution orthorectified radar images are available for the largest country (551,695 square kilometers) in the European Union. France joins Germany, Great Britain, and Luxembourg as complete European countries benefitting from Intermap’s elevation models and images. Intermap now offers clients more than 1.2 million square kilometers of European data – representing 50% of the NEXTMap Europe
initiative that already includes the above mentioned full country datasets and portions of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.

The City of Kitchener’s financial and asset management strategies have been advanced significantly as a result of a recent leading-edge system implementation. In early 2008, the City partnered with ESRI Canada, IDS Scheer, SAP Canada Inc. and Loki Innovations (RIVA Modeling) to develop and implement an enterprise-wide infrastructure management system. Azteca’s Cityworks that leverages ESRI technology was selected along with SAP and RIVA software to replace aging financial and asset management systems. The three systems were fully integrated for the first time in history.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

NAVIGON, innovator in the navigation market, announced a partnership with Rand McNally, the premier resource for travel planning, to supply Scenic Routes and City Guides for NAVIGON's line of personal navigation devices (PNDs). Adding to its array of unique features, NAVIGON is the first company in the GPS industry to partner with Rand McNally to provide this valuable information to consumers.

XeDAR Corporation, provides homeland security and defense consulting and IT management-and-security services to the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and others; national intelligence agencies; and the U.S. Military. It announced a strategic agreement with IDV Solutions of Lansing, MI, with the goal of building a software solution specifically for the U.S. Defense and Intelligence communities and the energy development & land management markets.

GeoEye, Inc., a premier provider of satellite and aerial imagery and geospatial information, announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with the National University of Singapore to allow the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) to collect and sell Earth imagery and related products from its GeoEye-1 satellite. Later this year, CRISP will move into their new state-of-the-art research center which will continue to support CRISP's existing IKONOS satellite imaging operations. The new facility will be upgraded to accommodate direct access to the GeoEye-1 data.

IDV Solutions announced their technology integration with Eternix, an Israel-based software company providing high-performance visualization solutions. Through this partnership, Eternix will integrate IDV Solutions’ Visual Fusion software with their Blaze View software to offer advanced geospatial visualization solutions for the Defense and Intelligence community. Eternix will unveil the integrated solution at the upcoming DGI 2009 conference in London on January 19th.


The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) has asked Congress to establish subcommittees in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate with jurisdiction over Federal geospatial activities. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), COGO Chairman Cy Smith urged that oversight of geospatial technology be specifically included in the mission of existing Congressional subcommittees.

In Valencia, Spain, at the December Technical Committee meetings of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), the OGC and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate in advancing open geospatial standards (OGC’s mission) and open source geospatial software and data (OSGeo’s mission).

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC has played a key role in helping NASA begin a new era in planetary exploration, when the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) commenced operation in November. The M3 is one of 11 instruments on the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, India’s first mission to the moon.

The enabling technology that makes the M3 possible is a new type of combined visible-infrared image array developed by the Teledyne Imaging Sensors group at TS&I. The sensor array is produced using a mixture of three elements – mercury, cadmium and tellurium – to grow crystals that are very sensitive to light.

URISA is seeking nominations for its GIS Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the best of us in GIS. Started in 2005, the URISA Hall of Fame documents the contributions made by key individuals. URISA welcomes nominations from any profession and is not restricted to those having a past or current relationship with URISA. This award is not given every year, and some years there may be multiple recipients. The selection criteria for this honor are:

Nominations must be submitted to URISA by May 1. For details and to learn more about current Hall of Famers, go to
URISA Hall of Fame

Blue Marble Geographics will provide a free web demonstration of the Blue Marble Desktop on Tuesday, February 3rd at 11:00 a.m. EST. Space is limited, so sign up now at the


With a focus on promoting spatial literacy among students in all disciplines, Dr. Michael Gould joins ESRI as director of higher education. He will also concentrate on supporting the implementation of geographic information system (GIS) technology across academic and administrative departments.

ITT Corporation announced that Edward M. Morris has joined ITT Space Systems Division as executive director of strategic business development. He will be responsible for strategic program and business development of GPS navigation systems and additional space-related capabilities, focusing on establishing client relationships and opportunities in response to emerging customer requirements.

New Products

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. , a global leader in satellite navigation, announced that it would offer nüMaps Lifetime, a single fee program that enables customers to download the latest map and point of interest information every quarter for the life of their personal navigation device (PND). The nüMaps Lifetime program was announced in conjunction with the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and will be on display at the Garmin booth (South Hall 4, #35832).

Smart Data Strategies, Inc. (SDS), a leading provider of GIS software and services, announced the availability of DREAMaps Mapper 10.0 . Developed as an extension to ESRI’s ArcEditor and ArcInfo 9.3, DREAMaps Mapper 10.0 further increases productivity and efficiency for parcel creation, editing, maintenance and related tasks.

Originally developed in 1997, DREAMaps Mapper was as one of the first parcel editing extensions to ArcInfo. DREAMaps Mapper has been continually upgraded and enhanced based on feedback from hundreds of users. For instance, DREAMaps Mapper now includes a Transaction Manager for increased compatibility with leading DBMS and other systems. This allows for tighter integration with systems such as CAMA, which eliminates duplicate data entry and orphan parcel creation resulting in fewer errors and faster performance.

Safe Software, the leaders in spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), announced the release of FME 2009 – the only complete spatial data conversion and distribution solution available in the market today. This new version, which includes new releases of FME Desktop and FME Server, has been enhanced to make it even easier for the geospatial industry to access the spatial data they need to use.

QCoherent Software, provider of Limitless LiDARTM software tools, is pleased to announce the release of its free LiDAR viewer, LP Viewer. LP Viewer is able to load and visualize copious amounts of LiDAR data in the industry standardized LAS 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 formats. Requiring a Windows operating system and a minimal hardware configuration, LP Viewer provides fast on-the-fly tinning, contouring, 3D, profile visualizations, and ease of operation for which QCoherent Software has become known. LP Viewer is installed with a Free LP360 Evaluation. The LP360 evaluation (including LP Viewer) can be downloaded from QCoherent Software's web page:

Luciad, software provider for distribution and high performance visualization of geospatial information, will be presenting its new LuciadEarth technology at the DGI 2009 Conference to be held on January 19-22 in London. LuciadEarth is the most advanced virtual Earth solution available to the world of mission-critical Command and Control.

Azteca Systems has released Cityworks Server MMS from Azteca Systems, Inc., the provider of GIS-centric management solutions. Azteca announced the first web-based asset maintenance management system built exclusively on ESRI’s ArcGIS Server and designed to compliment Cityworks Desktop and Anywhere products. Cityworks Server MMS offers state-of-the-art technology and provides agencies an advanced and efficient way to enable staff throughout the enterprise.

NavDog.com launches a new map search technology that uses intelligence to refine content and search results in real time. This newly developed technology has also shown great promise in many non-mapping-related applications and has powerful capabilities that are sought-after by online advertisers.

Around the Web

Best of CES Awards CNET News.com - Since 2006, CNET has presented the Best of CES Awards, given to the top product in 10 categories as well as one coveted Best in Show award. See the gadgets that topped out list for this year, and find out the People's Voice winner, decided by more than 10,000 member votes.

Yahoo investors cautiously optimistic following Bartz hire CNET News.com, January 14, 2009


January 19 - 22, 2009
Place: QEII Conference Centre

London, United Kingdom

DGI 2009 is Europe’s largest annual gathering dedicated to high-level discussion addressing the major challenges of the defence and government geospatial intelligence community. Bringing together Heads of Geospatial Intelligence, GIS, Remote Sensing, Operations, and Imagery and Analysis, the conference provides a unique forum to discuss and debate the development of geospatial intelligence capabilities across the globe.

January 19 - 22, 2009
Place: Prague, Czech Republic

The Symposium will be held in Prague under the auspices of His Magnificence Prof. Dr. Petr FIALA, Ph.D., Rector of the Masaryk University, Brno and under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the European Union with participation of three ministries of the Czech government - Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Industry and Trade - Fire rescue Service of the Czech republic, general directorate, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute and in close cooperation with the Joint Research Centrum in Ispra, Italy and EC DG’s.

January 20 - 24, 2009
Place: St. Thomas, VI USA

The program will include sessions on sensors, a remote sensing market forecast, parcel mapping and a discussion on the current economic environment. The keynote address by Michael Jones, Chief Technologist of Google Earth, will focus on the future trends in the geospatial market and the direction the community is currently headed.

January 25 - 27, 2009
Place: The Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92660 USA

GeoBase Technology Summit 2009 is the most complete forum for GeoBase customers and developers to learn more about the GeoBase platform, collaborate and interact with peers and the Telogis development staff. Sessions, client and technology panels, and training courses designed to maximize your GeoBase knowledge.

January 25 - 28, 2009
Place: VSB – TU

Ostrava, Czech Republic

The metropolis of the Moravian-Silesian region is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and has the third largest population. It has got a very advantageous strategic position - it is located about 10 kilometres south of the Polish border and 50 kilometres west of the Slovak border.

January 26 - 28, 2009
Place: New Orleans, LA USA

The ILMF is the premier event for the LIDAR industry attracting professionals from all over the world with the next event scheduled for January 26 – 28, 2009 in New Orleans, USA. The last event saw record growth in attendance from both delegates and visitors.

January 26 - 28, 2009
Place: San Antonio, TX USA

Geographic Information Systems for utilities are advancing with new
mobile, server, and network capabilities. The functionality of new
application programming interfaces (APIs) for use with mobile GIS along
with the integration of revere proxy servers, web-based portals,
increased asset inventory, and lowering costs all mean GIS is ready for
the next generation.
January 27 - 29, 2009
Place: Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC)

Istanbul , Turkey

In its location of Istanbul, the world's only city on two continents, INTERGEO East will extend over both the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorous. Some fourteen million people live in and around Istanbul. Turkey has given top priority to boosting the region and creating standardized structures. It has also been in accession negotiations with the European Union since 3 October 2005.

January 29 - 31, 2009
Place: M.M.R.D.A Grounds,Bandra-Kurla Complex

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

With the rapid pace of urbanization, the percentage of India’s population living in cities and urban areas has almost doubled to 27.8% from 14% at the time of Independence. This is expected to accelerate even further, and by 2021 over 40% of Indians will be living in urban areas. Indian cities provide settings as engines of growth, and at the same time face enormous challenges.

February 2 - 3, 2009
Place: Melbourne, Australia

GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.  The usage of industrial, agricultural and settlement areas causes various geological events.  Morphology, geology, land cover, slope inclination, elevation of any region is important area to be considered for the 21st century standard of preserving our land, culture, society and business growth.

February 3 - 5, 2009
Place: Doubletree Hotel Sacramento

Sacramento, CA USA

Professionals from California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands are invited to the CA/HI/NV RUG Conference. Whatever your industry, position, or level of experience with GIS, you’re encouraged to attend and explore GIS in action with ESRI staff and your fellow professionals. "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

February 4 - 6, 2009
Place: Uttarakhand, India

There will be an exhibition from the vendors/manufacturers of software and hardware related to remote sensing, GIS, Photogrammetry, cartography etc. The NGOs and agencies working in Geomatics related fields can display their products and services and use the opportunity to provide on the spot consultancy to potential users. Exhibition will be open to both the delegates and the general public for creating wider awareness.

February 5, 2009
Place: USA

RFP Mapping LLC and NCDC Imaging have partnered together to deliver a powerful new tool that allows municipalities, arborists, engineers, academics and researchers to make better decisions about projects impacting their local communities and the environment.

February 8 - 11, 2009
Place: Charleston, SC USA

The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are pleased to announce the 13th GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference, to be held February 8-11, 2009 in Charleston. This conference is designed to foster collaboration and integration of data, technology, and functionality.

February 10 - 13, 2009
Place: Hyderabad International Convention Centre

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Map World Forum will not just be a conference. It will be a forum that will simply aim to “Converge Ideas and Expand Horizons for Sustainable Planet Earth”. It will aim beyond speeches and discussions to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives.

February 12 - 13, 2009
Place: Hyderabad International Convention Centre

Hyderabad, India

Location Summit 2.0, the first Global Summit on Positioning and Navigation with the theme "Towards Collaborative Model", brings together the pioneers, industry leaders and developers who are setting the direction for the future of location technologies and markets, guiding the development of new applications and shaping the way to meet the challenge of making location enabled services ubiquitous.
February 16 - 19, 2009
Place: Barcelona, Spain

Welcome to the The 3GSMA Mobile World Congress is the world’s leading mobile communications conference, Fira and exhibition. Held annually since 1994, the event has attracted over 70,000 visitors from 175 countries, more than 1500 exhibitors and 2000 media and press representatives.

February 17 - 18, 2009
Place: Bloomingtown Monroe County Convention Center

Downtown Bloomingtown, IN USA

Have you been working hard all year on a really great project? Have you found a technical solution to a difficult question? Have you learned something from your community of users? Come share your experience at the Indiana 2009 Annual GIS Conference!!!

February 18 - 20, 2009
Place: Walter E. Washington Convention Center


Take the geographic approach. The FedUC is the ultimate resource when it comes to using geospatial technology in government. The conference offers presentations from technical and industry experts, valuable insight from your colleagues, and the latest solutions that fit your agency. Professionals across organizations are invited to discover effective and efficient ways to meet goals, overcome challenges, and address issues.

February 19 - 20, 2009
Place: Raleigh Convention Center

Raleigh, NC USA

The 2009 NC GIS Conference will be at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC on Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20. The theme, Capitalizing on Spatial Data, is a perfect fit for bringing the practitioners and users of GIS data together at this Eleventh biennial conference.

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-- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.