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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Matt Perry explains that the server is behaving badly. A note from USGS offers other alternatives and notes it should be back up by May 1 (Monday).

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 11:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ok, I missed that bit of news that seems to have occurred in late 2005. I found it because the former president of GeoVantage just took a new job and the acquisition is mentioned in the press release.

As for Deere, it has no release on the acquisition, but does note that it now offers the OptiGroTM Variable Rate Imaging System “based on leading edge technology from GeoVantage, an aerial imagery company recently acquired by John Deere Agri Services. The system was developed by John Deere and is marketed through agricultural service providers.”

So, another aerial imagery company with hopes of serving the ag market gets acquired…

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 10:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Per a press release Xybernaut (remember them? They used to wander around the ESRI User Conference with wearable computers) will be auctioning off its patents to try to raise enough cash to get out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The patents in question are referred to as the Waypoint patents and are about targeted adverising, not wearable computers.

The “Waypoint” patent group sets forth technology and business processes to provide wireless direct mail by sending information to targeted mobile users at specific locations.

The press release seems to suggest that Google or a similar advertising business might want them.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 09:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Per the AP:

Brunswick Corp. on Thursday said it plans to sell substantially all of its Brunswick New Technologies business unit, which makes GPS technologies and other portable consumer navigation products.

The unit includes Navman - which offer consumer and some fitness GPS products. (I wasn’t a big fan of the one I reviewed.)

The company plans to focus on its core products: marine, fitness, bowling and billiards.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 09:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Xavier Lopez of Oracle discussed some of the new features coming with Oracle 11 (beta release in the fall; production release in early 2007) at the Oracle Spatial Special Interest Group (SIG) in Tampa. They include:
Planned Features
  Support for
** OGC OpenLS
** OGC Catalogue Service
** OGC WFS ** SOAP & XML interfaces for all web services ** MapViewer: AJAX Interface    
Workspace Manager
** Oracle Label Security for versioned data       ** Additional valid time enhancements – for long transactions

Planned Support for 3D
  Server side data management
  ** 3D Coordinates – vertical datums & accurate height measurements
      ** 3D types   - Lines & points - Solids (cuboids, pyramids)
  - Surfaces (TIN)
              - Points clouds and LIDAR data types
  ** Indexing and operator support
  - Extend the Rtree index to support 3D
            - SQL operators for 3d types
            - SQL functions for basic 3d Analysis

More details can be found at the Oracle developers technical website:

by Joe Francica on 04/27 at 09:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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