Google’s recent stock tumble had Computing (UK) talking about the company’s efforts to grow business use of all its products, including, says the author, “looking at Google Earth for businesses, giving companies access to its online mapping system.”
Roberto Solimene, Google Enterprise director for Europe, put that in perspective:
Some 70 to 80 per cent of investment is put into making the search experience better. That means we can spend 30 per cent on other things such as Google Earth, but they are not core to our business.
That’s a key differentiator between the Googles and Microsofts of the world and the ESRIs and MapInfos.
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:32 AM |
Mining and construction giant Thiess of Australia admits to having bandwidth challenges (Computerworld), especially for its workers in remote areas of the country. Instead of buying a bigger pipe, the company tries to manage use. For example, it limited music downloads for employees. But, it did not “ban Google Earth” as one company did. Says corporate telecommunications manager Ben Creevey:
Music is one of the biggest demands we have seen at the enterprise level, about 60Gig per month from various radio stations is downloaded, but as soon as we block one site another one comes up. Google earth was also a major hit on the network, but we did not block it because there are business applications for its use.
I’m sure there are corporate uses for Google Earth (I wonder if they are using the commercial version?), but really, folks will use it for other things, no?
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:26 AM |
Update 3/10: Per DNA: “The government is planning to approach Internet giant Google and demand the masking of certain high-resolution imageries available on Google Earth, said Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan.”
In the continuing saga over Google Earth providing too much detail for some governements for their part of the world, officials from India shared their plan for censorship (New Kerala):
Government today told the Rajya Sabha that efforts were being made to mask certain areas of high resolution imagery from the Google Earth website that has caused security concerns in the country.
Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan said the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Defence Ministry were in touch with concerned agencies to see if certain areas can be masked from the website.
The short article suggests to me that officials intend to do the masking themselves, and not involve Google. That sounds complicated to me since Google holds the servers and individuals download the clients. Further, I have to believe if officials are successful, someone will post shareable KMZs of the areas of interest.
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:20 AM |
Earlier this week I noted that the Office of Management and Budget issued a statement that federal agencies would need to appoint a senior official to oversea geospatial. There are 27 agencies affected, including:
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of the Interior
Department of Justice Department of Labor
Department of State Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Social Security Administration
Agency for International Development
General Services Administration
National Archives and Records Administration
National Science Foundation
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Personnel Management
Small Business Administration
Tennessee Valley Authority
The whole memo is online (pdf). Some of these organizations already have such an idividual (EPA has a GIO, for example) but others do not.
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:10 AM |
Live Science shows of the latest “anomoly” image of Turkey (never before seen by the public!) from DigtialGlobe in an article explaining why there is renewed interest in area thought to hide the ark. Warning: You’ll hit a “commercial” before actually seeing a detail version of the image.
Perhaps more interesting is the opportunity the article give GeoEye to tout the value of satellite imagery. Says Mark Brender, GeoEye Vice President for communications and marketing:
For explorers, imagery from GeoEye’s Ikonos satellite married with Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data has become as indispensable as water and freeze dried food for any expedition. One does not want to leave home without it. ...It’s visual truth serum.
This article describes the 13 year quest of Porcher Taylor, an associate professor in paralegal studies at the University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies in Virginia.
I wrote about another individual, Daniel McGivern, who wanted to mount an expedition to look for the Ark in recent years.
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 07:59 AM |