Geospatial Business Tidbits

So, which geospatial companies are tapping into the interest in wind power? In the case of the Meskwaki Indian nation in Iowa, it’s a design build engineering firm, that provides wireless telcom solutions, based in Exton, PA.

The tribe, also commonly known as the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, recently contracted with WPCS International, design-build engineering specialists for communications infrastructure.

“We put up a meteorological tower to measure the wind for the next year. We will analyze the data and after a year we will do a final report,” said James J. Heinz, executive vice president, with WPCS International Inc.’s St. Louis operations. The company is headquartered in Exton, Pa.

And the company is looking to do more of the same kind of work.

WPCS provides wireless communications systems for the Foxwoods Resort Casino of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, among other work for Indian nations, but Heinz, added that “this is our first Indian reservation where we are able to do a wind study, and we are very interested in doing this for other reservations. There is grant money available to Indian nations for renewable energy, and there are a lot of Indian tribes out there that got that.”

- Indian Country Today

Suzuki is recalling 20,692 vehicles in the US for a problem with the Garmin navigation system. This recall is on models equipped with a Garmin Nuvi model 750, 760, or 765 Navigation system in which the batteries could overheat, resulting in a fire. Garmin technicians will replace the battery and insert a spacer on top of the battery.

- Automotive World

Garmin was down 34% in earning over the year ago quarter with sales of its biggest product line (auto and personal satnav devices) leading the slump. The company hoped other businsesses areas would make up the expected drop.

- press release

Published Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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