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May 2006 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – GIS

Ambulance Trusts join mapping agreement

Every ambulance trust in England is to benefit from greater access to Ordnance Survey’s most detailed digital geographic information (GI) from this month. It follows the launch of a pilot agreement aimed at encouraging the use of computerised mapping across the NHS. The plan is to ensure health providers have the reliable information they need to improve patient care while making the most effi cient possible use of their resources.

Mapping portals boost imagery businesses

As companies with Internet mapping portals such as Yahoo and Google compete with newer features and easier navigation, satellite imagery companies are finally seeing a commercial market for their products. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo showed its desire to directly compete with Mountain View, Calif.-based Google when the company announced that it is incorporating satellite imagery into its Yahoo Local beta program. Google began incorporating satellite imagery into its Google Maps program back in 2005.

GeoSpatial Experts Adds Google Earth Functionality

GeoSpatial Experts introduced Version 4.0 of its popular GPS-Photo Link digital image mapping software. Among the many upgrades in Version 4.0, GPS-Photo Link now allows users to display their digital photographs in the Google Earth environment.

AND releases new maps for Turkey

AND Automotive Navigation Data, provider of worldwide digital mapping data for ‘in-car’ and personal navigation, has added Turkey to its Central and Eastern European map database. The new digital map are the first results of the expansion of AND’s Indian production facility. The map includes all necessary navigation features and are in line with the high quality specifications as defined by AND in cooperation with its customers.

OGC requests public comment on standards

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) invites public comment on several candidate standards developed in the OGC’s Sensor Web Enablement initiative. The OGC membership anticipates that these specifi cations will be adopted as OpenGIS® Specifi cations and that they will become widely used as open, international standards for Web-based registration, discovery, use and control of sensors, sensor systems, and sensor data stores.

Data quality enhances efficiency in Indon

Laser-Scan’s reseller for South East Asia, Credent Technology, announced that Badan Pertanahan Nasional (BPN) has purchased Radius Topology™. BPN Sub Directorate Mapping and Photogrammetry is the national agency responsible for the provision of spatial data to all local governments in Indonesia.

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