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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Inc. takes on the tracking at work issues and includes a min-profile of its impact at Accenture.

One pioneer in this area is the consultancy Accenture. The company has 130 employees in research labs in Chicago, Palo Alto, and the south of France, about half of whom have agreed to be tracked throughout the day by a combination of technologies, including Web cameras and badges that emit radio signals. It sounds like the devious scheme of a paranoid manager, but mistrust has nothing to do with it. Instead, the company’s goal is to foster better collaboration between employees who are constantly moving between floors, buildings, and even countries, says Anatole Gershman, the director of the labs. Anyone in any of the Accenture lab buildings can call up a map of the various campuses and see at a glance where anyone else is, and who else is with him or her, so that getting hold of the right people in the right place at the right time no longer is a hit-or-miss affair.

Collaboration between employees at the different Accenture labs has more than tripled since the tracking capabilities were installed, according to Gershman, often because merely noting the presence of someone triggers an interest in contacting that person. What’s more, he adds, analyzing records of where employees spend their time helps optimize decisions about hiring, employee assignments, facilities planning, and travel budgets. 

Interesting. I wonder if ESRI tracked interaction after it built the company cafeteria? (I’ve got anecdotal information that interactions/productivity rose from friends there and that meshes with my experience in cafeteria conversations in my first job.) I wonder which is cheaper and which adds to quality of work life?

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 06:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Per Reuters, Thales “is reviewing a $170 million offer from Californian fund Shah Capital.” The division has been up for sale since last year.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 06:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

How about we keep ourselves amused with a guessing game while I await a call back from Micro Target Media regarding their use of location technologies?

The company put out a press release last week abou its “wrapped” port-o-johns. (The are advertising opportunities.) They were at the big AIDS walk this past weekend and will be at the Indy 500 on Memorial Day.

Here’s the challenge: Explain briefly in a comment how the mentioned location technology is used to provide the promised data.

MTM has integrated advanced technology with eye-catching visuals to transform a necessary resource into a unique advertising platform. Using RFID and GPS technology, MTM is also able to give advertisers web-based proof of performance.

The first commenter who matches what the company tells me gets three GIS focussed O’Reilly books. (My decision is final.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 06:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Barry at Search Engine Watch references news of updated European images.

Gary Price (of Ask) and Resource Shelf shares the news about enhanced European imagery in the maps at

As a GIS geek I’d love it if these folks would ask about the source of the imagery (who acquired it, metadata, etc.).

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 02:52 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I don’t get it, but according to the Rolla Daily News, an amendment to block Rep. Jo Ann Emerson’s “don’t move USGS center to Denver” amendment to the Dept. of Interior budget, was put forward, supported, then withdrawn but its proposer.

So, the budget passed the House Appropriations Committee Thursday with the Emerson amendment intact. Stay tuned as the bill moves forward.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 08:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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