GIS News Snippets
Corpus Christi, Texas Selects Geographic Technologies Group
Geographic Technologies Group, Inc. (GTG) announced that the City of Corpus Christi, Texas procured 29 seats of LGViewer with modules for address management (LGaddress) and for Planning/Development Services (Community Maintenance) from GTG’s LG GIS software suite.
LGviewer provides a set of GIS tools in a simple to use desktop application. LGviewer allows for visualization of land management information. Local government professionals have long desired the ability to map and analyze the spatial distribution of all data that is tracked within their data storage. The land management module allows users to assign locations to each land management record. The LGviewer software is designed to leverage data along with existing GIS data to provide a powerful set of tools for visualization and analysis.
Epson's World-Leading GPS Technology to be Incorporated in NTT DoCoMo's 905i Series Mobile Phones
Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”) announced that all eight of the GPS-capable models in the 905i series mobile phones being released by NTT DoCoMo, Inc. will be incorporating the world-leading A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) reception technology that Epson provides to mobile phone manufacturers for mobile phones and portable information terminals.
All GPS-capable mobile phones in the 90X series from the December 2006 release of the 903i series onward are equipped with Epson’s S4E19863 GPS module, of which a total of 12 million units have already been shipped.
The 905i series models scheduled for release at this time incorporate not only these GPS module but also integrated LSI that employ Epson's advanced original GPS technology, and contribute to NTT DoCoMo’s ability to provide a broad range of advanced contents services using GPS.
FugawiI Launches new cell phone navigator and free mapping websie
PS software manufacturer Northport Systems, Inc., has launched Fugawi Touratel, a new cell phone-based outdoor navigation software and interactive web site, today for use in the United States.
Designed to enhance outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and more, Fugawi Touratel provides exceptional map detail on a wide variety of mobile phone handsets as well as the complimentary touratel.com website.
A first in GPS software solutions for the outdoor recreation market, Fugawi Touratel is a Web 2.0-based cell phone navigation software product that delivers high-resolution US Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps, air photos and urban photos to a wide variety of cell phone models within the USA. In addition, users receive a host of other useful third-party location based applications, such as detailed streets maps of the USA, all for one low monthly fee. Fugawi Touratel is currently compatible with many models from Motorola, Samsung, Sanyo and LG, on the Sprint, Alltel and Boost networks with more networks and cell phone models to be added shortly. Because Fugawi Touratel utilizes the cellular network-derived “Assisted GPS” location, the supported phones do not require a specific-use internal or Bluetooth connected GPS. Also, due to its unique Web 2.0 architecture, the user does not need to download and install client software – the entire Fugawi Touratel application works through the internet connection. Users will benefit from added map content and ongoing product development instantaneously, without the need to download updates or apply patches.
Sidwell Selected by Colleton County, SC
Colleton County, South Carolina recently committed to the modernization of their internal land records and mapping operations to support accurate GIS analysis and ease of maintenance. The County needed to improve the efficiency of their operation and their ability to better serve a greater number of users within the jurisdiction. Colleton County selected The Sidwell Company, of St. Charles, Illinois, for this important project based on the company’s experience geodatabase migration team, and their seasoned understanding of the complexities of land records and land records management workflows. Sidwell is an employee-owned provider of geographic information systems, aerial photography, and photogrammetric and mapping services.
In the initial phase of this project, Sidwell will work with the County to thoroughly define a target workflow, and establish a new Geodatabase design which will streamline the process of restructuring their existing Geodatabase to optimize it for cadastral editing. The key component of the project will feature the countywide reconstruction of all parcels based on the County’s original land records, and the integration of this data with their existing aerial photography. Additionally, Colleton County has selected Sidwell’s industry-acclaimed Parcel BuilderTM software as their map maintenance solution of choice; Sidwell will install and provide training to County staff on this ArcGIS® compliant mapping productivity toolkit and on cadastral map maintenance. Sidwell will also provide implementation services for ESRI’s ArcGIS® Server and training on administrative issues related to ArcGIS® Server. Finally, at the County’s option, Sidwell may also create a new, uniform permanent parcel numbering system for all real estate parcels countywide, which total approximately 31,000.
Tyler Technologies Wins Assessment and Collections Software Contract from Mesa County, Colorado
Tyler Technologies, Inc. reached an agreement with Mesa County, Colorado, for the purchase of Tyler’s Eagle assessment and collections solution. The contract includes support and related professional services in addition to software licenses.
Tyler will provide Mesa County—a user of its EDEN financial management solution since 2004—with a variety of applications, including Eagle Assessor, Eagle Appraiser, Eagle Treasurer and Web solutions. The GIS–centric solution will seamlessly link the county’s GIS to parcels in the Eagle appraisal system. The implementation of these software solutions will enable the county to more effectively manage assessment administration, as well as tax billing and collection. Moreover, with its purchase of Eagle Web, data and images will be accessible to the public over the Internet.