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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

According to Government Computer News which references an ESRI press release, the Department of Homeland Security is giving away “geospatial information-sharing software and other commercial IT to local jurisdictions through its Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). ” The program is a way to get smaller communities which did not get grants the tools they need. ESRI has a DHS contract that makes the software available.

Apparently recipients get “ArcGIS ArcView 9.x, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS Network Analyst and ArcGIS Publisher, as well as three related Virtual Campus training courses. “

Want to get your own free ESRI software? The next round of giving ends January 7. For details and sample text to help get the goodies, visit this ESRI web page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The difference in this one, called GuardianLion, it “will even work indoors in many cases which is virtually unheard of with all conventional GPS technology including OnStar or even new generation Nextel phones.” As part of the launch the media alert noted interest from “Walt Disney World, Co., Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo, Inc., NBC Universal, the U.S. Army.” Also mentioned, “Paul Brooks, senior V.P. of NASCAR just bought a GaurdianLion GPS tracking device.”

Why is it that companies that offer this technology fail to note that no message can be sent if there is no cell phone signal?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A press release from EarthData of Frederick, MD announces it will provide data to Microsoft’s Live Local (powered by Virtual Earth). It’s a five year deal for new imagery, lidar, and radar data acquisition and map production and give Microsoft access to the company’s archives. “The agreement also includes research, development, and investment to improve production efficiency and develop new product offerings” which I believe means EarthData getting the investment to do those things for Microsoft.

The race is on for the map portal folks to sign on the best and brightest of the aerial imagery companies in exclusive or non-exclusive agreements. Note that only one portal has actually purchased an aerial company: GlobeXplorer acquired AirPhotoUSA earlier this year. I suspect there’ll be more such contracts and acquisitions in 2006.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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