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Monday, May 14, 2007

The IKONOS satellite captured the burn area from fires that devastated Santa Catalina Island off the coast of California. The image was taken on May 11. (This is a portion of a larger scene-Click for larger image)

Satellite imagery courtesy of GeoEye.

 

by Joe Francica on 05/14 at 04:49 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GeoEye (GEOY) would have posted a profit for Q1 but decided to write down the loss of OrbView-3 in the quarter as the earth orbiting satellite was deemed inoperable on April 23rd. The company tried to repair the satellite but to no avail and is now seeking to exercise a $40 million insurance policy on the satellite.

The company also reported fewer sales to NGA during the quarter, its biggest and most important customer, but did announce that NGA had renewed its contract on February 1st in addition to securing a contract with the USDA. These contracts totalled $23 million for the quarter. In March, GeoEye completed the acquisition of MJ Harden and its two mapping aircraft from General Electric.

GeoEye announced earlier this year that it had secured Beijing Earth Observation (BEO), a new company formed by the East Dawn Group, as its master reseller for China. GeoEye will sell only images of China to China through BEO and hopes that this partnership will allow them greater insight into the market for satellite imagery in China. Archived IKONOS imagery is the primary product sold through BEO.

GeoEye also announced that it has again been forced to delay the launch of GeoEye-1 due to the high demand for launch facilities at Vandenburg Air Force Base. At this time, the company feels that it is likely that the launch will be delayed two months and forced into some time window between October and December 2007. However, the installation of the GeoEye-1 camera into the spacecraft bus has now been completed allowing General Dynamics, the satellite contractor, the ability to complete all required testing prior to launch.

by Joe Francica on 05/14 at 10:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Swedish firm Mobile Sorcery AB is leading the charge in connected standard Symbian mobile phones with Bluetooth GPS to provide spoken navigation to visually impaired. It’s part of Stockholm’s Project of Easy Access which until now focussed on physical changes to the city, like adding ramps and curb cuts.

A prototype was tested last year, and the challenge of getting better locational accuracy may lead to other technologies enhancing the GPS-based location information. Another hoped for feature: the ability of users to share information on temporary obstacles with others. For example if a parked car is blocking a crosswalk.

- Computerworld

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/14 at 06:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I noted several GPS in shoes solutions in recent months. Now, one of those companies is drumming up interest by noting potential clients.

Global Trek said that it has received inquiries about its GPS shoes from news organizations exploring ways to quickly locate field reporters in case of a breaking story and from government agencies interested in using the technology to more effectively dispatch first responders to disaster zones.

Have these people not heard of GPS-enabled cell phones? The article goes on about how tracking invades privacy. Maybe GPS is shoes is more invasive that GPS in cell phones and the like?

- LA Business Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/14 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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Scott Tatro provides the latest move in the REAL vs. Sarkisian case. I summarize the content he shared via e-mail.

On May 9 the plaintiffs filed a “Motion to Compel and Sanction the Defendant for Perjury in attempting to cover up her use of the patented mapping technology in her marketing of properties.”

The perjury allegation is related to the website http://www.DianeSarkisian.net. The site is registered to Sarkisian, but, according Tatro’s document, she did not disclose it, nor the fact that it, like dianesarkisian.com uses the mapping technology at which the patent suit alleges infringement. Tatro cites sworn depositions of Sarkisian in response to questions about other websites that might use the mapping technology as “I don’t remember” and similar statements, numerous times. The plaintiffs are also seeking sanctions against Sarkisian’s counsel “for its role in the ongoing cover-up.”

The plaintiff seeks six actions related to the perjury including dismissing the defendent’s request for summary judgement for non-infringement and payment of fees related to investigating this matter.

Currently, the judge has in hand motions for summary judgement from both parties. The defense will have time to respond to the perjury motion before the judge rules.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/14 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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