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Thursday, July 06, 2006

The press release offers these tidbits (with my observations in italics); the full report is $6997.

Worldwide GIS/Geospatial revenue is forecast to reach $3.6 billion in 2006, up from $2.82 billion in 2004. This growth is driven by sales of commercial data products and the emergence of desktop and Internet-based systems.

Recall that number includes, hardware, software, data and services. I can buy the emergence of data sales and Internet-based systems. Are desktop sales growing? Where? My sense on the ground is that fewer desktop seats are in use.

Software only totals $1.5 billion. Top players (usually listed in order of percentage are)

Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), Bentley Systems, Incorporated and Intergraph Corporation. Together, the three companies accounted for about half of the industry’s total software revenues. Other software leaders included Autodesk, Inc., Leica Geosystems, GE Energy, MapInfo, MacDonald Dettwiler, SICAD Geomatics, and LogicaCMG.

ESRI and Bentley on top. Note that these two companies are privately held (though Bentley releases an annual report) so that there are no firm numbers publicly available.

Hardware, a declining component of core-business revenues for many years, dropped again, and accounted for just 4% of total core-business revenues, or $113 million.

No big surprise. Not only is less hardware in use, it’s much cheaper.

Private sector growth continues to lag, as companies explore the business benefits of these technologies. Of the major industry segments within the private sector, earth resources represent the largest opportunity, accounting for over one-quarter of total private-sector revenue. Also notable is the AEC segment, driven by growing acceptance of geo-capable engineering applications.

Earth resources refers to mining, forestry, oil and gas exploration, etc. No sign of signficant business/retail use of GIS this year, I guess.

Daratech’s last report on the industry was in 2004, when it adopted the term “geospatial.” Recall that its main GIS analyst, Bruce Jenkins, and Tom Greaves, left the company in 2003 to launch Spar Point Research, a company focussed on the laser scanning marketplace.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/06 at 01:53 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Our local NRP show, Here and Now, with Robin Young (who in my house rates as one of serveral NRP folks in the #2 spot to Terry Gross as an interviewer) spoke with Syracuse geographer Mark Monmonier about his new book, From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow, about place names. Monmonier is his usual charming and amusing self even as he notes oddities in the U.S. rules about place names. (Warning: the language may not be appropriate for all.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/06 at 01:45 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Microsoft sponsors a lot of contests to spark innovation. In its third fourth year of operation, the Imagine Cup seemed to focus on geo-related offerings. The first round was held in Redmond last week (finals are in India) and included these potential health related prototypes: mapped a complex 3D image on to a pair of specially created glasses

Gates was particularly taken by two methods for assisting blind people. One involved a pair of vibrating GPS-enabled wristbands that fed the wearer directional information - buzzing left to indicate they should turn left, and so on. The Indian competitors, meanwhile, had created an echo-location system to build accurate maps of spaces and allow those with visual impairments to use software. Gates enthused about using cameras and other detection to enhance the “real-world experience” of people with impaired sight.

Another popular project, from Germany, involved community-created maps that helped people with disabilities find useful directions, parking spaces and other information.

...“Virtual Earth, we’re doing some neat things with that ... [but] I hadn’t thought about these overlays for handicapped people showing routes and special parking places. That was an insight,” said Gates.

This is a very different way of considering geospatial technology. It’s also worth noting that innovations designed to help the disabled tend to be equally valuable to everyone. Those push to open doors, for example, are a godsend to Moms pushing strollers.


by Adena Schutzberg on 07/06 at 07:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Want to check where Space Shuttle Discovery is? You don’t need a mashup. The folks at NASA offer their own app to do it. You can even look up when it’ll be flying over your town.

via TechBlog from GCN

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/06 at 07:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This week’s the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in San Diego provided an opportunity to begin the update of the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS.S). The standards, develop in the late 1990s, “define what students should know and be able to do with technology, and are now in use in 48 of the 50 U.S. states and many countries.”

So, what were they talking about in 2006?

...educational applications of new and emerging technologies such as GPS and GIS, cell phones, interactive TV, 3D gaming environments and nanotechnology. 

Technology educators are encouraged to provide feedback on the standards via an online survey.NETS-S by completing an online survey.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/06 at 07:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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