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Sunday, January 15, 2006

After so much coverge of Tele Atlas, MapQuest, NAVTEQ, Google, Yahoo and other GIS stalwart ESRI got some coverage on Weekend Edition Sunday. The piece covers the company’s role in aiding a Los Angeles fire fighter in putting together a semi-real time fire map.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/15 at 08:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, January 13, 2006

Newly formed GeoEye, the product of Orbimage’s acquisition of Space Imaging, will look to expand its production facilities beyond those already in the Dulles area, Thornton, Colorado and St. Louis. In an interview today, CEO Matt O’Connell commented that the company is out of space at those facilities and will add people in Thornton to expand the value-added image processing side of their business. O’Connell thinks there will be increased demand for advanced imagery products. He also said that the OrbView-5 satellite that has about 15-inch pixel resolution will undergo a name change to GeoEye 1, which will launch during the first quarter of 2007. Directions Magazine will publish a more extensive interview with O’Connell in a future issue.

by Joe Francica on 01/13 at 03:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A post on the MapServer Foundation discussion list from Paul Ramsey and Gary Lang detail a face to face (and virtual) meeting to address the next steps. The meeting is slated for the Chicago, Westin O’Hare, on February 4, 2006.

The goals include agreement in principle on:

a mission statement or short charter.
a governance model for the foundation. 
a founding Board of Directors.
an acceptable short list of foundation names.

Basically, the group is looking for enough agreement to get things going. There are still spots for those who want to attend and everyone is welcome to attend virtually.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/13 at 12:45 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Radio IP Software, which offers wireless data connectivity middleware mostly for public safety and utilities, announced via a press release “its partnership with the Research Chair in Geobusiness at the Universite de Sherbrooke.”

Radio IP joins with twelve other private and public firm committing funds totalling two million dollars over a five year period. Nice!

More details on the chair are in this release from the university.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, January 12, 2006

In prior blog entries, we’ve noted some applications of mapping for the iPod, in which Apple Computer was not too happy. Now, today comes word from Reuters that Apple filed for a trademark for "Mobile Me" a mark to cover a variety of "computing" and "mobile" devices. It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft moved their MapPoint Group into their mobility division. Is Apple positioning to do the same? Will it be long before we see "MacIntosh Maps" or "iPod POIs"? Cupertino is just down the street from Mountain View. I wonder if Steve Jobs needs directions to Google.

by Joe Francica on 01/12 at 03:56 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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