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LEICA SpiderWEB software to track users

Leica SpiderWEB allows the GPS Network administrators to keep track of users, data and downloads. They can conveniently download GPS RINEX observation data for single or multiple stations with just a few mouse clicks. It’s a solution for those who are looking for a fast and easy way to supply customers with GPS reference. It perfectly complements the Leica Geosystems reference stations software product portfolio consisting of Leica GPS Spider and Leica GNSS QC.

Leica Geosystems also presents an extremely powerful data collection and evaluation solution for tunnel construction – from tunnel guidance to the handover documentation. TMS Tunnelscan is the new system module for tunnel scanning within the Leica TMS product family.

Real-time direct georeferencing and flight management system

Combining the precision of POS AV of Direct Georeferencing with the Flight Management System expertise of TRACK’AIR POSTrack is the first fully integrated, realtime direct georeferencing and flight management system designed for the airborne geospatial community. Purpose-built to reduce the costs associated with the preparation and implementation of airborne surveys, it minimizes and streamlines mission planning and in-flight operational

Modular GPS receivers and Smart GPS antennas

Trimble announced a new series of Modular GPS Receivers and additions to the Trimble family of Smart GPS Antenna designed to provide contractors with state-of-theart, future-ready construction GPS positioning solutions. The new product offering provides four levels of GPS operation–Location GPS, Basic, Max and Extreme–to cover a range of user price and performance requirements.

Trimble also introduces two new products as part of its Connected Survey Site model-the Trimble® R8 GNSS system and Trimble NetR5™ reference station receiver with added Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capabilities. The positioning products, with Trimble R-Track™ technology, support GPS L2C and L5 signals as well as GLONASS adding greater flexibility and more robust signal tracking to provide a seamless and streamlined workflow for all of the critical phases of surveying.

Sirf’s mini GPS chips designed for mobile phones

Sirf Technologies launched recently two tiny power-efficient chipsets designed to integrate GPS capability and wireless connectivity into mobile handsets. The company has added to its chipset offerings with the GSCi- 5000, a stand-alone multimode Assisted GPS architecture, which offers mobile phone manufacturers accurate navigation capabilities.

Blue Marble releases Flex LM-based network

Blue Marble Geographics announces the release of their new GeographicMap File Translator Version 3.0 with Flex LM-based licensing. The full major update to their vector map file translation software is now available for purchase and download.

TACO MobiApps to unveil consignment tracking solutions

TACO MobiApps Telematics Limited (TMT) will introduce consignment tracking solutions (CTS), based on GPS, GSM, CDMA, and GPRS technologies, to address the growing demands of the logistics industry in India. The company’s consignment tracking solutions would provide real-time visibility of consignments to the entire value chain of consignor, consignee, logistics service provider and fleet owners by integrating their ERP/back-end with the information available on TMT’s ‘trako’ server.

Ricoh and GlobalSat embed GPS data into digital images

Ricoh Corporation, and GlobalSat Inc have announced a strategic relationship to provide unprecedented GPS accuracy of geo-coded digital images. GlobalSat’s BC-337 is a highly portable CompactFlash GPS Receiver, which utilizes SiRF’s Star III low-power chipset. When combined with Ricoh’s GPSReady Pro G3 Digital Camera, high-resolution images are embedded with precise GPS coordinates.

Joint research programme for 3D topology

Laser-Scan is currently participating in a research programme to deliver database functionality for a 3 Dimensional Topology Model. This research is being conducted under a Phase II SBIR awarded to LSI by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Topographic Engineering Center (TEC). The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It consists of seven laboratories at four geographical sites, with over 2,000 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and an annual research program approaching $700 million.

Washington State Department of Transportation selects Bentley

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has selected Bentley as its primary provider of software for engineering and surveying practices. WSDOT selected Bentley InRoads software to replace CAiCE as its primary transportation engineering software based on a statewide steering committee review.

Rolta and Orion technology form parternship

Rolta International, Inc., and Orion Technology Inc., provider of web- GIS software and integration services, announced a partnership agreement. Under the terms of the partnership, Rolta International, Inc. will provide implementation services for Orion Technology’s OnPoint™ Suite of web- GIS products to Utility and Government organizations.

Intergraph Z/I Imaging DMC Selected By Wuhan University

Intergraph Corporation announced that Wuhan University, China, the world’s largest mapping university, has purchased an Intergraph Z/I Imaging DMC® (Digital Mapping Camera). Leveraging some of the most advanced digital imagery available on the market, the university will be able to quickly and accurately provide smallscale to large-scale digital images to customers.

Swisscom Mobile selects Sun Microsystems

At the 3GSM World Conference, Sun Microsystems Inc. announced that leading Swiss telecommunications carrier Swisscom Mobile has selected Sun Microsystems to help reduce IT complexity and costs by streamlining access for 1,145 retail stores to the company’s customer-oriented applications to better serve customers and help increase revenue.

Intermap signs agreement within German Auto Industry

Intermap Technologies Corp. announced that it has signed a second joint development agreement within the German automotive industry for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications. The agreement combines the automotive engineering and development expertise from this leading German automotive manufacturer with Intermap’s highly accurate geospatial databases.

Boeing awarded $3.5 million from NGA

Boeing has received a $3.5 million follow-on task order from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to enhance the digital topographic data collected by the space shuttle Endeavour. This award to Boeing under NGA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) program brings Boeing’s total SRTM contract awards to more than $35 million.

NGA awards $24 million contract to DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe has been awarded a $24 million satellite imagery capacity contract modifi cation by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). This ClearView contract enables the NGA to acquire additional commercial imagery from DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird’s highresolution commercial imaging satellite .
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Autodesk launches European mobile LBS program

Autodesk Inc., (UK) announced recently its Autodesk European Location Services Developer Program. This location-based services (LBS) program provides European developers with the resources and support needed to rapidly bring LBS applications and services to market. The LBS market is estimated to reach $200 million EUR by 2007, according to Frost and Sullivan, and wireless carriers around the world are locationenabling their networks to facilitate worldwide demand for LBS services such as social networking, gaming, personal navigation and directions. Modeled on its successful U.S. program, this new program helps developers create LBS services using Autodesk’s open standards platform to market their applications worldwide.

HP enters the GPS market with ViaMichelin

HP has announced that it is to enter the Sat Nav market with a new device it has launched with ViaMichelin. Using a PDA model originally announced in September last year, HP has decided to use its rx1950 PDA at the core of the system adding a cradle and the software to offer the GPS solution. The new name – the rx1950 Navigator has been bundled with the latest version of ViaMichelin’s navigation software and a car cradle to offer the GPS element. HP has been able to make the PDA GPS ready by including the GPS receiver in the car cradle rather than as a bolt on to the unit.

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