MapQuest Latin America

MapQuest Services (CO, USA), a provider of software to location-enable web and wireless applications, has introduced street-level mapping for major Latin American countries including Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. The company now offers detailed coverage for nearly two dozen countries in North America, Latin America and Europe and hundreds of major metropolitan areas around the world. Updates are released each quarter. Its Advantage unified product architecture enables the deployment of location-enabled solutions, either as a Web service or ASP with MapQuest hosting the data, or as a behind-the-firewall solution in a customer’s own data centre. (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Global Standards for Hazard Detection

The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and strategic partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the private sector, are designing and developing SensorNet, a comprehensive nation-wide system for real-time detection, identification and assessment of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazards. SensorNet will deploy a variety of sensors at strategic locations such as cellular communication towers and truck weighing stations, connected by secure and redundant communication channels to local, regional and national operations centres. Automated predictive plume modelling will provide rapid assessment of the direction and impact of toxic airborne releases. The objective,... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Unconventional Development of a Cadastre

Systematic Surveying of Informal Settlements in Mozambique
In the city of Manica, a planning exercise based on the principles of participatory community planning is currently taking place in the Josina Machel neighbourhood. The city is one of the municipalities of the country with its own administrative autonomy, with limited financial resources. One of the objectives is a systematic survey of informal settlements surrounding the centre of the city. Compared to normal cadastral surveys, the approach presented here can be qualified as unconventional. A legal title of effective land tenure for inhabitants will encourage them to improve their dwellings. Minimum access requirements have to be assured, by constructing... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

OGC Joins Interoperability Pact

The Open Geospatial Consortium (MA, USA), jointly with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the North American Chapter of the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI-NA), has announced a formal co-operation agreement. An initial focus is likely to be creating an ifcXML- ifcGML model to improve the sharing of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) models between the AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) and geospatial communities. The IAI developed the IFC standard to facilitate interoperability in the building industry. IFC models include not just tangible components such as walls and furniture, but also concepts such as activities, spaces and costs. OGC's GML... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Alcatel and Boeing in GNSS

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (MO, USA) has awarded a study contract to Alcatel (France) within the framework of the US Air Force's GPS III System Preliminary Definition phase. This contract concretises discussions between Boeing and Alcatel Space to develop co-operation in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). This also represents the first contractual tie for GPS III between the European Union and United States industry leaders in Satellite Navigation, and materialises the EU-US high-level agreement signed in June 2004. Under this contract Alcatel Space will support definition of the architecture of GPS III global integrity, compatibility and interoperability with the Galileo... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

FME-based Smallworld Spatial Objects Manager

GE Energy (GA, USA) has developed the Smallworld Spatial Objects Manager (SOM) for Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) 4. This new geospatial multi-translator software product is the company’s latest addition to its suite of interoperability products. The product enables to access many formats of geospatial data without the need for translation. The product is based on Safe Software’s FME Objects product and provides seamless access to many of the most popular geospatial data formats. Its open architecture also provides a platform for a scalable solution. It extends external data formats, such as DXF/DWG, DGN, Shape and Mr. Sid, to ESRI's Coverage,... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

LizardTech Teams with Oracle

LizardTech (WA, USA) is working with Oracle (CA, USA) to extend the Oracle Spatial 10g GeoRaster architecture to integrate MrSID technology. LizardTech is working with Oracle through its Partner membership in the Oracle PartnerNetwork. This venture represents LizardTech’s first step toward providing JPEG 2000 support for Oracle Spatial 10g. Both companies are working together to improve storing and retrieving massive image files. (read more)
2005-03-18 12:00:00

Satellite Image Gallery of Ancient Observatories

In honour of Sun-Earth Day 2005, Space Imaging has created a special IKONOS satellite image gallery of 13 ancient observatories around the world. Known for their ability to precisely align with the sun, moon and stars, these observatories are scientific marvels - then and now. The IKONOS satellite imagery captures the beauty of these ancient structures and allows viewers to see the architecture in relationship to its surroundings, creating a wonderful visual experience and providing a way to recognise Sun-Earth Day. The development of the gallery coincides with the vernal (Spring) equinox in the northern hemisphere, which has taken place... (read more)
2005-03-21 12:00:00

Hitachi Software Announces New Any*GIS GeoAdapter Support

Hitachi Software Global Technology (CO, USA) has announced new functionality through its Any*GIS GeoAdapters. It is built on Open Geospatial Consortium standards and open systems architecture. Any*GIS supports spatial data access and updating to OpenGIS Simple Feature Specification data stores in Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL, as well as proprietary formats from Autodesk, ESRI, Intergraph, MapInfo and GE Energy (Smallworld). With the release of the new Any*GIS GeoAdapters, Any*GIS users will be able to seamlessly access and update data in the latest software versions from ESRI (ArcSDE 9), GE Energy (Smallworld 4), and Autodesk (Autodesk Map 3D). (read more)
2005-04-01 12:00:00

WebInteroperability Experiment

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) (MA, USA) Review Board has approved the launch of the Geospatial Semantic Web (GSW) Interoperability Experiment (IE). The Interoperability Experiment will take several important steps towards the development of the Geospatial Semantic Web, where discovery, query, and consumption of geospatial content are based on formal semantic specification. The GSW will enable the meaning of geographic queries to be easily shared among different software systems and online services. Many pieces of the GSW puzzle have been under development in the last several years. This experiment aims to augment existing Web focused mapping specifications (OpenGIS) Web Feature... (read more)
2005-04-13 12:00:00
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