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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A press release from Navizon is titled: “Navizon Transforms Cell Phones and Wi-Fi Devices into A GPS Device” It goes on: “GPS Never Looked So Good!  This Powerful Peer-to-Peer Network Allows Users to Share GPS Information

The release goes on to state that it’s “the world’s first software based, peer produced, wireless positioning network.” Oh, so it’s not GPS and the software really does not transform these devices into GPS devices. let’s just be clear on that!

The press release does not include the URL of the company, but after a visit, I learned that those with GPS chips in their devices are asked to help map their neighborhood for those who do not. The software is Windows only. To make things more confusing the website says:

“The first Peer-to-Peer Wireless Positioning System that successfully blends GPS + WiFi + Cellular signals together into one accurate and powerful Mobile Geo-Location System”

If this is going to work, Navizon, you need to be more clear on what exactly you are offering!

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/21 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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I see the 2006 FGDC CAP Grants information has been posted. Sort of too bad it isn’t sent out in a press release. Still, there’s more than $1 million in funding for the cooprerative agreement program grants to build up the NSDI and other geospatial goodies. Requests close February 1 - get going!

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/21 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

With the New York City Transit strike underway, the New York Times has posted a mashup of car pool staging areas, HOV routes, and reserved arterials. The interesting tidbit here is that the Times is asking readers to share their commuting stories that will be posted to the map. But they are only asking for the zip code in which their commute began. I assume they are being cautious with regard to privacy concerns but it is a little hard to figure how they will communicate much benefit to others if they start with a zip code. Seems like they could have asked for a street intersection to be more useful.

by Joe Francica on 12/20 at 08:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I just want to point out that this headline from several UK publications, regarding Galileo “UK helps to bring sat-nav to the masses” sort of contradicts this one from a blog on GPS: “GPS Enters the Mainstream.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/20 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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To quote Dave Barry - “I’m not making this up!” So says, the New Jersey Times regarding GIS used to manage snow removal in Hamilton Township:

In winters past, the township’s public works employees used Cheez-It crackers on a paper map to track the progress of salt and plow trucks as they wended their way through town during a storm.

To be fair, there is a business side:

By sitting down with a map and determining the routes the plows will take, the township has been able to shave nearly 12 hours off the time it takes to plow every road in the township at least once - from 36 to 24 hours. And at least three hours has been saved on the time it takes to salt all 225 miles of primary roads throughout the township - knocking it down to an hour and a half.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/20 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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