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Thursday, May 04, 2006

EE Times reports on an open house hosted by Microsoft’s research group held yesterday where Sense Web was shown. Sensors are placed in locations of interest and the data is delivered to Virtual Earth (VE). The project is expected to go live in the next few months.

The sensors collect and deliver data in real time. Nothing new there, but the examples given were different. A sensor might note the wait at a restaurant or track cars on the highway for better traffic information. Of particular interest is that Microsoft will offer tools for end users to link their sensors to a VE site. Get ready for sensor mashups!

This is all well and good; I do hope Microsoft is keeping an eye on developing sensor standards aimed specifically at making such data findable and useable on the Web. If not, they need to check out OGC Sensor Web soon.

Update 5/8: More coverage and images from Tech Review.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/04 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google announced OneBox some weeks ago as an appliance to aid in enterprise access to data. It spoke more about it at Interop, held this week in Las Vegas. Two interesting points come out of Byte and Switch’s coverage:

Dave Girouard, director of Google’s enterprise division, explained that most firms have not tackled the key question of how their employees access data. “In the corporate market, in the enterprise, we are not delivering enough value to end users,” he explained.

I’m sure a case can be made - and Google is the one to make it. Unlike the fear that strikes in people’s eyes when faced with Oracle, there is usually great calm when they work with Google apps - from search to Earth to SketchUp.

David Dean, network manager at Yuma County told Byte and Switch that he is keen to hear more about the OneBox device. “We would be interested in allowing [our] constituencies to get access to public information via a OneBox,” he says, adding that the county could also tie its Geographical Information System (GIS) to Google Earth.

That was certainly my first thougth after reading about OneBox. While Google has many partners in the OneBox endeavor (from Oracle to to SAS), at this point I’d be hard pressed to see a name GIS company in that list anytime soon. That doesn’t mean integration won’t happen, just that it will with help of, around, or perhaps despite traditional players. Expect more of this sort of announcement to pave the way; it details how consultants integrated San Mateo’s (California) GeoMedia implementation with Google Earth.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/04 at 06:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It’s conference season and here’s another opportunity for a one day world wind tour. I’ll be moderating the future trends panel. Do note the accessible pricing.

The NYS GeoSpatial Summit will be held on June 9, 2006 from 8:30am - 5:00pm at the Tannery Pond Community Center in scenic North Creek, NY. The event is targeted for GIS professionals who want to look beyond the technical issues and hear what’s really shaping GIS in NYS and around the country. 

Highlights of the day include:

- a 2 hour industry leaders panel in the morning to discuss future trends in the GIS industry. Confirmed panelists for this once in a career discussion include:

Michael Jones (Chief Technologist, Google Earth), Tom Barclay (Microsoft Virtual Earth Imagery Program manager), Dick Kaplan (CEO of Pictometry), Jay Benson (VP of Business Development for TeleAtlas), George Moon (Chief Technology Officer for MapInfo), Chris Capelli (National Sales Mgr for ESRI).

- presentation on the NYS GIS Coordination Program;

- presentation by Ian White (President of Urban Mapping, Inc.) on his unique perspective for bringing a new urban map to the consumer market;

- presentation by regional planning and growth expert, Todd Fabozzi, on national trends and issues in community planning;

- presentation by Ross Whaley (Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency) on Adirondack issues and use of geospatial technology to support the efforts of the APA.

- breakfast, lunch, and afternoon break snacks are included so you can stay on-site and network with your peers and sponsors. 

Date: Friday, June 9, 2006.
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, NY.
Registration fee: $50 ($75 after June 2)

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Sponsorship opportunities for the Summit are available.

For further information, to register, and/or become a sponsor visit the website.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/04 at 06:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

At a special interest group session at MapInfo’s MapWorld conference in Phoenix among retailers and real estate users, someone in the audience asked if anyone had a GIS Department? GIS Department? "No…I’m in the real estate department…no retailer that I know has a GIS Department."

However, Blockbuster Video is one of the few commercial companies with a GIS Department. A long time MapInfo user and one of the first companies to deploy Oracle Spatial in 1996-7, Blockbuster won one of MapInfo’s "Meridian Awards" in the category of Organizational Impact. It’s BULIT, or Blocbuster Ultimate Location Intelligence Tool, is a model that many should perhaps follow. BULIT supports applications in marketing, development, operations, finance, stragetic planning,  alternate brands and others.

by Joe Francica on 05/03 at 04:32 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

MapInfo comissioned a market research survey by Business Week Magazine to poll corporations who were likely to or were already using location intelligence (LI) solutions. The results:

6% were already using LI

7% were currently evaluating LI

21% plan to be evaluating LI in 2007

Taken a slightly different way, 3 times the number of corporations will be evaluating the technology next year. Mike Hickey, COO of MapInfo sees this as a signal that LI is coming out of the early adoption phase and into the next part of the growth curve.

In another survey conuducted by MapInfo among 1000 users of business intelligence (BI) solutions, 79% said they found location-based information that was integrated with their BI tools as "more than somewhat likely" to be valuable. However, 7% said LI was extremely valuable to them and that it could be used now.

by Joe Francica on 05/03 at 04:21 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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