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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Perhaps I missed it, but according to a post on security cameras at c|net Asia, Cisco is getting into the GPS/cell phone tracking space.

Also, in a report by Channel NewsAsia (CNA) recently, Cisco is planning to put in place a Track and Trace system that promises complete coverage of Singapore using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the mobile phone. A device is embedded into the handset and, with the GPS, all that one need do is call in the control center to find out where the user is.

That’s one big player to be in our space…

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 08:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describes a new tactic to encourage use of public transportation in that city: let cars remain parked in the same spot for five days. In certain areas residents can leave the car in place for five days (during spring/summer) instead of being required to move once every 24 hours.

Interesting idea. We have similar challenges in my very dense city and have I believe a two day same spot limit. To be fair our “traffic and parking” folks seem to have a more than full time job just ticketing those without permits…

I’d be curious how Milwaukee will track the impact of this program. GIS anyone?

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 07:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

While we all ponder the role of blogs as journalism (and other matters) here’s an example of why we, the geospatial community, needs geoblogs. The bottom line: we the bloggers try to leave no stone unturned for news about geospatial technologies.

Case in point: Before the ESRI User Conference opened OAS posted a press release about a new relationship between OAS and ESRI to grow GIS use in Latin America. I though it a fine choice to put the information out before the big event, which yields lots of new releases. Now, to me, that was big news and I covered it here on August 6. Just yesterday, Redlands Daily Facts (which is not in the business of covering geospatial, but rather Redlands, CA) covered that same news.

Another case in point: Yesterday I dug up a German website with a press release about a new Autodesk/Google software bundle for U.S. government players. Autodesk had not yet released the news in the U.S. (I’m curious why that was.) To be fair, some of this is simply who finds the news first and for many in our community getting that info today or tomorrow or next week is acceptable. The problem is that sometimes getting that info immediately is key. And, you never know which news tidbit will be key to your work/decision-making/job prospects, etc.

And, yes, I really enjoy writing this blog…

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

MoneyControl India explores open source software in India with Michael Tiemann, President (Open Source Initiative) and Vice President (Open Source Affairs), Red Hat Inc. He notes:

There has been a substantial uptake of open source in India. But India is a big country and it’s not easy for 800 million people to move in the same direction at the same time.

There are opportunities for open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software. There has been some work with Geographic Resources Analysis Support System or GRASS, which is being used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing commonly used for urban planning and other land issues in India.

GRASS is a fine place to start. I wonder if he’s not aware of all the newer projects with large followings? I wonder if Autodesk/OSGeo have looked at this market recently? Somehow, with all the tech expertise (geospatial and otherwise) in India, open source GIS should be a natural.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 07:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Here’s a simple way to get unconfused, though it will take concentration. The folks at Very Spatial (who have been most kind in referencing this blog and our magazine in recent episodes) have an interview with Craig Gillgrass of ESRI on just that topic. (It’s at minute 11 of episode 57.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 08:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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