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Friday, January 06, 2006

According to Unstrung, Google’s announcement about teaming up with Motorola means Google Local powered by GPS. That is, instead of keying in a location, the phone’s GPS reciever will hand over the location about which to search. More annoying: Goolge is working out how to send adveritising based on location.

The question is how to charge for targeted ads that are delivered to potential consumers that might be just down the block from the advertiser. Schmidt [Eric Schmidt, CEO] says that Google will be experimenting with different models such as “pay-per-call.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/06 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Autodesk announced the acquisition of Applied Spatial Technologies today. I confess that I know about it since I’m in New England and have known Dusty Smith, once of Computersmith, for just about as long as I’ve been in CAD/GIS. AST’s FMDesktop is an AutoCAD-based facilities management system, or better, what the company calls a “Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM) system.  It is a full suite of scalable FM products that use industry standard components to help manage your facility drawings, data, assets and occupants graphically.”

Ever since Visio (remember that? it’s still around) people thought there was money to be made in this space. I recall companies looking to build systems on heavy duty GIS platforms. But, it never seemed to pick up. The big player in the Autodesk space is another New England company, Archibus, that’s still going. But, clearly, AST provided a solution “good enough” to get Autodesk’s attention at time where most acquisitions (and new products, for that matter) did not include AutoCAD engines.

Is there overlap between CAD CAFM and GIS? Mostly, it seems to me, its in the publishing to the Web part. It’ll be interesting to see how Autodesk integrates this product line into its Building Solutions Division.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 03:13 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“MapQuest helps people find places. This helps people find places where people are at.”

-James Greiner, MapQuest’s vice president and general manager, MapQuest quoted in the New York Times (free registration may be required). He was commenting on the company’s “FindMe” offering, which can locate a person with a phone or share their location with others. It’s my experience that the first question people ask after picking up the phone is “Where are you?”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 07:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Randall Newton at AECNews.com points out that last week’s ExtractKML from Avatech is now the Avatech Earth Connector. It’s a free AutoCAD plug-in that makes it possible to place 2D and 3D structures developed in AutoCAD-based products directly into Google Earth. He notes, correctly, that the marketing folks earned their pay for that change.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Apparently, an unsavory pair has been visiting gas stations, stealing atlases, and then trying to return them to other unsuspecting stations as defective. The atlases, including some from Midwest Map, run between $25 and $50. One suspect has been identified and law enforcement has been requested to put out a scam alert.

Via GMToday.com (Greater Milwaukee)

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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