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Vodafone launches two Blackberry models in India

Vodafone, has introduced two of its Blackberry models, Curve 8310 and 8820 in India, recently. Curve 8310 is RIM’s latest innovation for customers who demand a featurerich multimedia and GPS-enabled smartphone.

Apple devices to get location-based services

Apple will open its mobile platform to third party developments through a Software Development Kit (SDK). With a SDK there will be ways to connect an external GPS Bluetooth receiver to the iPhone.

Helio chooses Navteq for LBS offerings

Helio has selected Navteq to be its map supplier for its LBS applications. It has launched several end-user applications that incorporate Navteq data, including Helio’s proprietary GPS-enabled friend-finder application, Buddy Beacon.

Chinese Handset Vendor Gets Unicom Cdma Order

China’s Hi-Tech Wealth to provide China Unicom with 100,000 CDMA GPS mobile phones. It will provide 50,000 units each of its C66 and C68 model CDMA GPS mobile phones, and the majority of the 100,000 unit order will be shipped in the fourth quarter of 2007.

NIM Claims Two Million Paid Mobile Phone Navigation Subscribers

The location based services provider, Networks In Motion (NIM) has surpassed two million paid users of its real-time navigation and local search services on GPS-enabled mobile phones based on the company’s LBS NavBuilder platform. NIM is also the power behind some specialized third-party branded LBS applications like AAA.

KLG Systel and SAP introduce Vidushi

KLG Systel Ltd, in collaboration with SAP has developed an enterprise solution, Vidushi. It is developed on SAP Netweaver and is designed to complement the functionalities of SAP IS-Utilities (Industry Solutions for Utilities) to meet the specific needs of the electricity distribution utilities. It is designed to provide a web based solution for GIS based Consumer Indexing and Loss Analysis Solution to the distribution utilities.

National Geographic and MetaCarta introduce CartaLens

National Geographic Maps and MetaCarta, Inc has announced CartaLens, an innovative geospatial digital asset management solution. It shall be able to search and retrieve location-based information from both structured content and a broad base of digital content enabling users to fuse digital assets with maps and metadata in a collaborative and interactive viewing environment.

GIS solution for Banking Industry in Nigeria

STL -Nigeria’s GIS solution provider released an integrated GIS solution designed for the financial industry in Nigeria. It involves the use of mapping software to interact with digital mapping data and business data such as with the location of banks, customer data, to make informed business decision.

GIS mapping for flood affected Bihar, India

ACTED has started its emergency response operations in Bihar with the primary aim of assisting flood-affected populations upon return to their homes. In addition to its field activities, ACTED will also support the wider flood response operation by promoting the use of GIS mapping among emergency response stakeholders.

Elephants tracing with the help of GIS

As per a study by Chandaka Dampara Sanctuary, India authorities, the movement pattern of specific elephants, can now be known through proper GIS mapping over the years. The monthwise flow of elephant movements out of the sanctuary in co-ordination with different parametres like cropping pattern and water availability inside the sanctuary and their co-relations can be found out from the GIS study according to officials.

GIS to help farmers with soil fertility

Farmers will be able to avail themselves of information about soil fertility at their district and block headquarters that would also help the Department of Fertilisers to prepare and monitor equitable distribution of fertilizers and micro-nutrients. A methodology for preparation of district level digitized soil fertility map has been standardized. The Indian Institute of Soil Sciences (IISS) at Bhopal has undertaken the work for developing the digitized soil fertility map using GIS and GPS.

Impact of Climate Changes on Gray Whale Feeding Grounds Tracked with GIS

The 40-ton gray whale is nourished by microscopic phytoplankton plants that contain chlorophyll. Researchers at Coastal Ecosystems Research Foundation, Canada, link the concentration of chlorophyll to gray whale distribution to better understand the relationship between whales and their feeding grounds by tracking the concentration of chlorophyll in the ocean using GIS. CERF collected data on the number and distribution of gray whales visiting the summer feeding grounds since 1996 by means of sight and satellites. This descriptive information was put into GIS, to generate maps, which depict the factors that influence a specific whale’s choice of feeding grounds and show changes in those factors over time. By determining the range that whales traveled, the team quantified core areas and home ranges.

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