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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Korea’s New Satellite Better Than Google Earth

First of course that makes no sense since Google Earth is not a satellite. Second, I think the goal is to compare sensors, not satellites. Third,I could find nothing in the text that illustrates that the new satellite’s sensor is in fact higher resolution that QuickBird or the aerial imagery on Google Earth. The Arirang-2 satellite’s sensor is a 1 meter one. QuickBird is .6 m and aerial imagery is .3 m.

- Digtial Chosunilbo

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 08:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a filing with the FCC J. Carlo Cannell of Cannell Capital LLC who owns just over 6% of MapInfo suggested that it’s time to sell the company. He suggests that selling to a larger player such as Google, IBM or Business Objects would raise the stock price.

Mark Cattini, president and chief executive, responded this way:

Clearly, Carlo Cannell feels, like many people, we haven’t been rewarded. We respect his opinion and that will be input and thought for the board.

Michael Marvin, co-founder and former CEO and co-chairman of MapInfo said he’d had lots of folks suggest he sell. I can state that I’ve heard rumors for years about a sale and none happened. Like many in the industry, I continue to be impressed that MapInfo grows, holds tight to its niche, expands across the globe and rewards its investors, if not lavishly. It’s made it though some tough times and continues to hold its own against larger foes. That said, I can certainly imagine it being sold, especially now after several clever investments, included that of Thompson Assocates.

- via Albany Times Union

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 07:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Dash, a Mountain View, California company, has a commitment of $16 million to bring its “always connected to the Internet” GPS navigation system to market. The company has been in stealth mode for 3 years and will show off its new device at the DEMO conference in September. The idea is that with Internet access the device can get traffic info and help you find a restaurant. And, there’ll be no need for updates, as is the case with installed and after market solutions, according the article in the Mercury News.

I have to believe TomTom and Garmin and others are working on this and a perhaps more realistic “sometimes connected” model. Moreover, what about cell phones as the tool of choice for such services?

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 07:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An error in a GIS query has lead to questions about zoning in Tacoma, Washington. I point this out not to be critical but just as a reminder that we humans are running the technology and sometimes we make mistakes.

[Principal planner for the county, Chip] Vincent said the county began to realize the mapping error in June when the Planning and Land Services Department discovered a flaw in how it used a computer program to map the farmland zone approved by the council.

The county applied three primary criteria in mapping the zone:

• A property must be at least 5 acres.

• It must contain prime soils that have a productive capacity of at least 3.5 tons per acre.

• No more than half of a property can be surrounded by urban-level development.

Vincent said the mapping program picked up more properties than it should have because it was mistakenly written to say a property qualifies if it has prime soils or produces 3.5 tons per acre. “It should have been an ‘and’ statement,” he said.

- The News Tribune, Tacoma

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 07:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Just a slew of MapInfo coverage today:

GCN reviews MapInfo Pro 8.5. It gets A- average as I see it:

Performance: A
Features: A-
Ease of use: A-
Value: B+
Price: $1,315

Insurance Networking News covers Church Mutual, a company that sells insurance to churches, that uses MapInfo.

And, there’s some coverage of standards, sort of.

When X doesn’t mark the spot, also at GCN confused me. It speaks to two things that don’t really exist:

OpenGIS-compliant data store(s) and OpenGIS Geographic Markup Language. 

OGC does not offer data storage formats. GML - Geography (not geographic) Markup Langauge - is an encoding.

Then the article notes this key question in selecting a standards compliant GIS:

Does it have Spatial Data Transfer Standard support through Part 7 of the standard?

SDTS? Anyone ised it lately?

To complete the complete the confusion, the article then notes that both AutoDesk Map2D and 3D support export to KML. There is no Autodesk (note capitalization!) Map 2D and never has been!

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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