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April 27, 2009
Scan This: HP Printer Series Tailored for GIS and AEC Industries
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Industry News

Scan This: HP Printer Series Tailored for GIS and AEC Industries

By Susan Smith

Printing is not what it used to be, and Hewlett-Packard (HP) has taken it farther than anyone might have imagined possible five or ten years ago.

Mark Jongen, director of the large format design team for HP, talked about new products launched on March 31st that expressly target GIS and AEC professionals, although other industry professionals may also benefit from this technology. The increasing demand for processing power emanating from both these industries, driven by larger GIS datasets and in the case of AEC, larger files such as building information models, ultimately translates that requirement to the need to print high volume jobs.

Two families of printers, the HP Designjet T1120 SD-MFP and HD MFP and the HP Designjet 4020/4520 Printer series, are renewals of HP’s offerings for the design and technical markets showcasing robust new functionality.

HP Designjet T1120 SD-MFP and HD MFP Printer Series

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The Designjet T1120 series is designed to meet the needs of GIS and AEC professionals, with its in-printer processing power and 80 GB hard disk, combined with job management tools. “Our printers actually have a computer built into the printer,” said Jongen. The series also includes a Multifunctional (MFP) product which have, up until now, been reserved for the high end of the market, the reprographic and GIS industries with high volumes of printing and scanning. However, now that capability has been extended into a third MFP product with a different scanning technology designed for CAD applications that allows users to obtain a higher level of print quality to enhance their drawings and
presentations, with the new contact image (CIS) scanning technology.

The HP Designjet T1120 SD-MFP is a solution for the cost conscious, for small and medium sized firms who wish to reduce outsourcing costs by having their own inhouse printers that can include print, copy and contact image (CIS) scanning technology. This scanning technology is suitable, with its high quality color imaging, for copying plans and blueprints in color.

The HP Designjet T1120 HD-MFP features advanced copy, scan, performance and manageability in one machine offering charge-coupled (CCD) scanning technology using HP Vivera inks. The difference between these two is that CCD scanning includes a high resolution camera suitable for those applications where the customer wants to copy photos and sell the output. The HD is also larger than the SD and has more upfront capabilities designed for the professional user who might be an operator in a print shop.

The multifunctional color copier comes at a significantly lower price point than what was available up until now, and is easy to use, with an integrated user interface which has a simple touch screen. This copier is better suited to smaller work groups and architectural offices.

HP Designjet 4020/4520 Printer Series

The 4020/4520 Printer Series is designed for the larger workgroups, government and big production industry. This family of printers also comes in a multifunctional version that has been updated, and includes high quality output, enhanced security features and fast connectivity and management tools . “What is the common factor across all the different products,” said Jongen, “is user productivity has been improved mainly in the size of the processing power of the printer. When the files are more complex like for example, in the GIS market, so the processing power of the printers has been increased, which means there is more memory, more hard disk space, and also a faster
processor. So that contributes to a higher user productivity.”

The fast processing capability of having computer processing power within the printer behaves differently than optimized scan compression which is a feature of many MFP wide format printers. HP Double Swatch technology makes it possible for the printer to produce up to 100 A1/D prints per hour without affecting image quality, accuracy. In-printer processing, plus a 160 GB hard drive and 1,120 MB of memory makes this suitable for busy workgroups that have continuous print jobs ongoing in centralized production environments.

The professional print operator who wants more control over print jobs and wants to do more advanced work will deal with many different file formats from customers. The HP Instant Print Utility 2.0 is useful for those users who want to print in large format but who don’t have access to AutoCAD or another file format specifically, yet who have received a CAD drawing in PDF and want to print it in large format without knowing much about the process.

The utility is simple: select the file in Windows Explorer, right click with the mouse to select the printer and all the settings and scaling is done automatically. It works for all file formats and anything that has been set up for small format can be printed in large format. It is also useful for Power Point.

HP includes an application to design posters very easily called Serif Poster Designer Pro for HP, which comes with predesigned templates with photos already in high resolution, depending upon what industry customers are in.

For GIS, Jongen said, one of the special factors is the large amount of data which is difficult to manage in a network, especially where a data center is unable to receive an optimized print file. With some printers, all the calculations have to be done on the PC.

“In the Designjet printers they actually can do all calculations inside the printer, which means GIS professionals can continue work and don’t need to have a workstation doing the print calculation, which can really be time consuming,” said Jongen. The printer can take the small file coming from the application and do all the calculations, rendering, etc. to get the right information in the right place in the right color. To achieve that all the printers have a large hard disk and our high end is now 60 GB. This enables the printer to take a file into memory and do the processing inside. The memory in the printer is needed to calculate these complex files. Secondly, the printer
has a PC built in so they have a very fast processor to do the calculations. It means their own PC doesn’t have to do it.” This feature could be a real time saver for GIS professionals whose PCs may be slowed down while processing print data. The in-printer processing enables the HP GL/2 file, a very small file optimized for optimizing the print of large format which contains all the line information. That HP GL/2 file calculates the dots on the paper rather than that calculation taking place in the PC.

The in-printer software to enable the printing and the calculation is automatically comes with the printer and all the printers have this common capability built in. The user can go to the web page of the printer, and see all the jobs. “There is a job queue that enables the user to view the status of the job and preview the job, and order. You can also see if the printer is running out of media, and the printer can be set up to automatically give an alert when the printer starts running out of ink so there is a lot of intelligence built in. With its built-in PC, the printer can send an email at the moment when the ink gets low. So those kinds of capabilities are coming in all the
printers,” summarized Jongen.

All of the multi-function printers include a touch screen, making it easy for everyone in an office to use. Users can select copying or scanning and the piece of media to be managed, the scanner then recognizes the size of the paper and automatically copies it.

Other features include SCP Reprocontrol for HP which empowers production operators to be able to automate, standardize and manage color consistently during the production workflow; and the HP Accounting Excel Tool 2.0, which enables users to generate and view advanced usage tracking reports remotely. This allows them to administrate workflow such as supplies, media, usage information, account information, and types of print jobs.

Material Choices

New material choices include HP Everyday Adhesive Matte Polypropylene for color vibrancy for both indoor and outdoor applications, HP Durable Banner with DuPont Tyvek for both indoor and outdoor printing, HP Recycled Bond Paper produced with 100 percent recycled base paper and HP Cockle-Free Coated Papers for graphic and technical customers who want outstanding image quality on paper that stays flat before and after printing.


Jongen said that typically HP gives more value at the “same or a lower price” with an upgrade or new product. In this case, the T1120 replaces the T1100 and the user will gain more value with its purchase.

HP Designjet T1120 SD-MFP estimated U.S. MSRP $16,495

HP Designjet T1120 HD-MFP estimated U.S. MSRP $21,495

HP Designjet 4020 Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $7,650

HP Designjet 4020ps Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $9,750

HP Designjet 4520 Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $9,295

HP Designjet 4520ps Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $11,450

HP Designjet 4520 HD-MFP Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $27,895

The HP Designjet 4020/4520 Printer series will be available in May 2009.

The HP Designjet T1120 SD-MFP is expected to be available in May 2009.

The HP Designjet T1120 HD-MFP is expected to be available in April 2009.

Top News of the Week

Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt.

There are substantial long-term strategic customer advantages to Oracle owning two key Sun software assets: Java and Solaris. Java is one of the computer industry's best-known brands and most widely deployed technologies, and it is the most important software Oracle has ever acquired. Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle's fastest growing business, is built on top of Sun's Java language and software. Oracle can now ensure continued innovation and investment in Java technology for the benefit of customers and the Java community.

Intermap Technologies announced that uniformly accurate 3D digital elevation models and high-resolution orthorectified radar images of the entire country of Spain are now commercially available. Digital maps of Spain, collected as part of the Company’s proactive NEXTMap Europe program, join France, Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, and Italy as full country datasets in the NEXTMap data library. Portions of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland, and The Netherlands are also in the data library.

Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISi) is pleased to announce the release of Data Viewer 1.1, incorporating additional functionality into the initial release of the product. Data Viewer, a Flex application built upon ArcGIS Server 9.3, delivers an easy-to-use, rich Internet application centered on a tabbed view concept. Data Viewer offers organizations the opportunity to deploy one application with multiple tabs (or views) defined by individual departments or other business requirements.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

The Carbon Project, an innovative provider of IT services and software solutions, announced it was awarded an Information Technology Schedule 70 contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the procurement arm of the federal government. The five-year contract enables The Carbon Project to provide IT services and software directly to government agencies, and continues the company's expansion into the federal marketplace.


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. OGC announces the reopening of a Request For Quotations and Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) to solicit proposals for the Empire Challenge 09 Pilot (EC09 OGC Pilot) that was originally posted in December 2008 and then withdrawn for lack of funding.

Limited funding has now been authorized to accomplish one of the objectives during the EC09 demonstration this July. The sponsor and the OGC are soliciting proposals that provide working services that implement the OpenGIS Sensor Alert Service (SAS) Best Practice Document on several networks. Responses are due by April 27, 2009 and the Pilot Kickoff Meeting will be the first week of May near Washington, DC. Technology deployments will be complete by July 17, 2009, followed by a two-week demonstration.

The EC09 OGC Pilot will examine the suitability and performance of the SAS specification for providing alerts. Details on the extent of this request, contact information, and the original EC09 OGC Pilot RFQ/CFP documents can be downloaded from the
OGC website Request 56. The original documents are to be used to understand the environment of the EC09 demonstration.

The members of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) request comments to a revision to the OpenGIS Web Services Common Standard. This document specifies many of the aspects that are common to multiple OGC Web Service (OWS) interface Implementation Standards. These common aspects are primarily parameters and data structures used in operation requests and responses. Examples of common usage are how to handle bounding boxes, exception processing, URL requests, URN expressions, key value encoding, and so forth.

The primary use of OWS Common is as a normative reference for other OWS standards. Those standards currently include the OpenGIS Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS) Standards. Rather than continuing to repeat this material in each Implementation Standard, each standard normatively references each relevant part of OWS Common.

The 30 day public comment period begins April 20, 2009 and closes on May 20, 2009. Comments will be reviewed and processed by the OGC Membership. The intent is to edit the OWS Common standard and move the revised document to be an approved OGC standard. The OpenGIS Web Services Common Standard Request for Comment document can be downloaded from
OGC Website Request 57.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) will conduct a free webinar demonstrating results from the OGC Web Services, Phase 6 (OWS-6) testbed activity.

In October, 2008 OWS-6 participants began a set of parallel development activities organized around geospatial interoperability requirements in the following areas:

1) Sensor Web Enablement (SWE)

2) Geo Processing Workflow (GPW)

3) Decision Support Services (DSS)

4) Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)

5) Compliance and Interoperability Test and Evaluation (CITE).

The webinar will demonstrate OWS-6 achievements involving Web services architecture and interoperability solutions that are documented in OGC Engineering Reports. The plan is to release the Engineering Reports as OGC public documents in July, 2009. The SWE, GPW and DSS portions of the demo will show how standards-enabled interoperability supports coordinated responses to a hypothetical disaster scenario involving an airport hostage crisis.

Public safety and homeland security expert Gary Cooper will explore federal stimulus package funding opportunities available to public safety and security agencies in an upcoming webcast presented by Intergraph.

The webcast, scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, will highlight how public safety and security agencies can access the funds available from the nearly $800 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

The webcast is part of a larger, Intergraph-led initiative to educate public safety and security personnel about available grant writing assistance and funding opportunities to advance their efforts to serve and protect their communities. Intergraph's grant funding education program also includes a Web portal featuring links to a variety of online resources including relevant news articles, sources for funding, consultancies and grant writing workshops. For more information about resources available to public safety and security agencies to secure federal stimulus funding, please visit
Intergraph Public Safety Grant.

GeoWeb 2009 and its organizers have announced the details of its industry-leading program of over 50 technical sessions and panel discussions and 16 in-depth workshops; all of them focused on geographic information systems, the Internet, and the economic potential associated with their convergence. New to GeoWeb 2009 is the emphasis on urban environments and the integration of BIM/CAD/GIS (Cityscapes). The program is available on the GeoWeb Conference Site. GeoWeb conferences focus GeoWeb 2009 is taking place July 27-31, 2009 in downtown Vancouver, BC Canada at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, has revealed the results of a proprietary research study designed to assess the consumer impact of everyday use of navigation devices. Previous studies in this field focused more on "getting lost" scenarios versus the benefits to drivers of navigation system use during the course of their normal driving habits.


GeoEye, Inc., a premier provider of satellite, aerial and geospatial information, announced the appointment of Carl A. Alleyne to the position of vice president of engineering.

Mr. Alleyne has over 25 years of engineering experience and reports directly to the Company's chief operating officer. He is responsible for the overall direction and strategic management of all engineering activities for the Company, which is especially important as GeoEye prepares for its third-generation commercial earth-imaging satellite, GeoEye-2 slated for launch in the 2012 timeframe.


New World Systems, the leader in public sector software, has been named 2009 Business Partner of the Year by ESRI, Inc. for the Minneapolis region. This award was presented during the 2009 ESRI Business Partner Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. March 22 - 24, 2009, in recognition of the innovative use of ESRI technology in New World's software to improve safety and operations for public safety agencies and local government organizations across the country.

New Products

3Dconnexion announced the new SpacePilot PRO. The company’s flagship 3D mouse is designed to deliver advanced control of 3D models, easier access to the power of professional 3D applications, fewer interruptions in the design workflow, and superior comfort. Specifically, the SpacePilot PRO features a new color LCD Workflow Assistant, second-generation QuickView Navigation technology, Intelligent Function keys, and an improved design for enhanced comfort and control.

Leica Geosystems’ tradition of providing unparalleled accuracy and performance continues with the introduction of the Leica TS30 high precision robotic total station. The new 0.5” Leica TS30 high precision robotic total station sets new industry standards for surveying applications by combining the highest accuracy and unmatched dynamic tracking performance.

Lorienne releases the new version of its LorikSoftware suite of cartographic programs. The redesign of LorikSoftware 2.0 is the result of more than one year of development to anticipate technologic and market changes. For this purpose LorikSoftware comes now in two ranges of programs to meet the current trends of cartography.

For cartographic production, LorikMapFactory provides a full autonomous workflow solution to create, manage and update cartographic assets up to prepress.In the GIS database publication field, LorikGISPublishing adds its high cartographic quality to the GIS information including layout, prepress or webmapping.

Both ranges cover all issues faced by the map industry:
  • production of cartographic databases
  • cost effective publication of GIS data
  • automatic web mapping production
  • revival of traditional cartographic assets

  • NAVTEQ announced the availability of NAVTEQ dynamic content for portable navigation devices and automobile in-dash systems over HD Radio systems.

    NAVTEQ's HD Radio format capability allows for broader, faster and more comprehensive delivery of a wide variety of dynamic content including traffic, weather and fuel prices. The high capacity of HD Radio technology allows NAVTEQ to deliver up-to-the-minute dynamic content to consumers when and where they need it most.

    Electric utilities are adopting Intergraph Smart Grid software solutions to maximize system efficiency and performance. From Intergraph G/Technology, which provides the additional technical attributes needed to build and support a Smart Grid beyond the capabilities of conventional geographic information system (GIS) platforms, to InService 8.2, which consolidates Smart Grid command-and-control operations, Intergraph integrated software solutions are at work helping electric utilities get the most out of their Smart Grid technology.

    Geosoft Inc. announced the commercial availability of their Geochemistry for ArcGIS extension for ESRI's ArcGIS software. The Geochemistry for ArcGIS extension adds a powerful geochemical workflow to ArcGIS, enabling geoscientists to efficiently conduct their geochemical QA and analysis inside ESRI.

    Magellan, one of the leading GPS brands, and Intermap Technologies, a leading provider of digital maps, announced availability of pre-loaded SD cards with Topo USA (powered by AccuTerra) maps for Magellan Triton and eXplorist handheld GPS products, providing outdoor enthusiasts with advanced topographic maps and off-road points of interest.

    Around the Web

    Bartz lights fire under Yahoo engineers by Steven Shankland, April 21, 2009, CNET News.com--Yahoo's 5 percent layoff is going to be different this time.


    So new Chief Executive Carol Bartz promised Tuesday as she
    announced first-quarter financial results and described the impression she's now begun trying to make on the Internet pioneer. Instead of an across-the-board cut, Yahoo's layoff of about 675 people is intended to enable new hiring and investments in the company's bigger Internet properties.

    Harris opens new office to support NGA, April 20 2009, UPI - ST. LOUIS, April 20 (UPI) -- Harris Corp. has opened a new office in St. Louis to provide support services for the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.


    Date: April 27 - 29, 2009
    Place: Hyatt Regency Riverfront

    Jacksonville, FL USA

    If you’re using GIS technology in your field or simply want to learn more about GIS, this conference is for you. Join other GIS users from the southeast region to get updated, educated, and inspired. Connect with your peers and ESRI staff as you discuss challenges and discover solutions applicable to your organization, industry, and location. Grow your knowledge and gather fresh insight to apply to your GIS projects during this one-of-a-kind forum. Attend the 2009 SERUG Conference and learn firsthand about GIS success.
    Date: April 28 - 29, 2009
    Place: Valhalla Inn, 1 Valhalla Inn Road

    Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 6J1 Canada

    ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.
    Date: April 30, 2009
    Place: The Green Room, Queensland Government Centre

    203 Tor Street, Toowoomba, Australia

    The Downs Interest Group for GIS,  Remote Sensing is an interest group to support and promote the use of geographical information systems, remote sensing and global navigation satellite systems in the Darling Downs region.
    Date: May 4 - 8, 2009
    Place: Palazzo dei Congressi

    Stresa, Lago Maggiori, Italy

    You are cordially invited to the 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) which will take place on May 4-8.2009 in Stresa, Italy. This 33rd Symposium will represent a major event in the long series of internationally recognized ISRSE meetings. The overall theme of the symposium is the use of Earth Observation systems and airborne techniques for understanding and managing the Earth environment and natural resources.
    Date: May 4 - 6, 2009
    Place: Chamber of Commerce & Industry

    Dammam Eastern, Saudi Arabia

    “The Fourth National GIS Symposium in Saudi Arabia”.  Featuring a state-of-the-art exhibit, plenary, keynote, and technical sessions, it would bring all stakeholders in the geospatial domain - academia, researchers, students, and the industry - onto one platform for interaction, sharing and discussion on various topics such as collaboration on technologies and experiences gained.
    Date: May 11 - 14, 2009
    Place: Charlotte, NC USA

    Save the Date! Be Conference 2009 will provide infrastructure professionals with an inclusive and engaging environment to learn about Bentley solutions from the leading provider of infrastructure software. The agenda will include technical workshops, best practices, and community and networking events designed to empower today’s globally connected infrastructure professionals.
    Date: May 13 - 14, 2009
    Place: Le Capitole de Québec

    Quebec, Canada

    The 7th edition of Géodiffusion will take place on May 13th and 14th at the Théâtre le Capitole, in Quebec City. This year’s conference theme is : Business Intelligence and Geospatial Technologies :  Must-Have Allies in Tough Economic Times. The 2009 edition boasts 2 full days of sessions on this important topic which affects your organization on a daily basis.
    Date: May 19 - 21, 2009
    Place: Burlingame

    San Jose, CA USA

    Where 2.0 2009 delves into the emerging technologies surrounding the geospatial industry, particularly the way our lives are organized, from finding a restaurant to finding the source of a new millennium plague. Maps are everywhere now, from your desktop to your iPhone to your car to your oil rig, and presented as realistically or as representationally as suits your needs. Thanks to the launch of Geo-Eye and other projects, location information makes devices more useful, and is therefore becoming a given
    Date: May 19 - 20, 2009
    Place: Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center

    Grantville, PA USA

    This year’s Pennsylvania GIS Conference will explore the essential connection between geospatial technology and the development and sustainability of our critical infrastructure. Presenters from industry, academia, and government will showcase applications that support critical infrastructures in water resources, energy and the environment, public safety and health, and economic development. In addition, the latest hardware, software, and database trends will be demonstrated by the geospatial industry. This year it’s all technology and applications – no policy, no politics! Just pure GIS.
    Date: May 20 - 21, 2009
    Place: Victoria Conference Centre

    720 Douglas Street Victoria , Victoria, BC, V8W 3M7 Canada

    ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

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