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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Microsoft has not been shouting much from the rooftops regarding the new community technology preview (CTP), but we got word it’s now available, complete with “most of” the final geospatial support, for download. More details and an “early review” of indexing (in comments) at Isaac’s blog.

It’s my understanding this version was supposed to be available back a week or so ago when many companies offered PRs about supporting SQL Server 2008 geo-stuff.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 07:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Details: Sharper Image is licensing technology from Polaris Media Research, Inc. The product line will be manufactured by Ubistar, in Korea.

The products will feature a state-of-the-art, user friendly interface that will make Sharper Image GPS receivers unique in the market. Other features include multimedia functions such as MP3 playback, image viewing and games. The units will also be loaded with over 6 million points of interest. The first Sharper Image GPS products will be launched in early 2008 at leading mid-tier and better retailers.

Isn’t it sort of late for this “cutting edge” company to be delving into GPS? How can it possibly compete? Perhaps just having the Sharper Image brand is enough…

- Trading Markets

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 07:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the latest word from analyst Marcel Achterberg of ING Financial Markets.

He restates his “buy” rating on TomTom. The 12-month target price has been raised from €63 to €70. Further he notes that Garmin pulling out of the bid for TA means “there is increased possibility of TomTom acquiring Tele Atlas for €30 per share.” (

On the other hand, he moves TA from a “buy” to a “hold.” The 12-month target price has been reduced from €33 to €30. (


by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 07:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“We’ve made a lot of progress as a county in GIS over the last couple of years. We’ve switched from being mapmakers to being technologists.”

- John Ferketic, the GIS manager for Spotsylvania County, Virginia in the Free Lance-Star

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 06:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Manideep Saha writing in CXOToday highlights the three big problems, some of which we’ve been through (and are still going through) in the rest of the world.

1. GIS and remote sensing application software require high end computers with high end graphics cards etc, which at the moment are comparatively expensive in India. But this problem will cease to persist gradually as prices of hardware keep going down.

2. GIS awareness and education levels are still low in India. It has yet to proliferate fully in the formal technical education space (graduate degree programs, diploma’s, etc), even though many universities and colleges have started teaching GIS in PG programs.

3. The last but the biggest constraint is the easy availability of spatial data. In India, most of the organizations that have adopted GIS are still spending a lot of money and time on building data. One of the reasons attributable to this is the disparity between the various systems from which the data has to move from one form to another before the final desired output is available. The second reason is very tight government control on spatial data acquisition and high cost of satellite and aerial data.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 06:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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