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Thursday, May 04, 2006

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

You know how exhibitors have toys and games to attract attention to their booths at trade shows? The one at the ESRI Business GeoInfo Summit wasn’t a toy at all. It actually mapped!

The robot, Sarah, has a laser range finder, video camera, and harddrive and can be remote controlled to map an indoor environment. She’s one of the smaller units in Penobscot Bay Media’s fleet, but she was the talk of the floor. As the staff explained it to me, more an more floor plans are out of date and realtors don’t know what they are selling. Hence the need for these mapping robots. More complex siblings can carry sensors and send back real time information, often from places people would rather not venture.

I was impressed with the raw maps Sarah made of the floor. These can be enhanced by technicians who can help interpret what the objects are (to her they are just things) and add 3D visualization. Penobscot Bay uses the robots to perform service work for the
most part, serving the real estate industry.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/03 at 10:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From Eugene Oregon comes a proposal to add a new type of public transportation : the TaxiBus. It’s a minibus that acts as a taxi - picking people where they are and dropping them where they are going. Ideally it could funding with payment paralleling that of regular bus service. But, there are few differences: TaxiBuses do not have defined routes and go where people need to go by use GPS and logistics routing (the same used by Fedex, the article says). TaxiBuses are typically at capacity of 15 or so. TaxiBuses charge fares directly to credit cards, so there’s no fumbling for tokens or change.

It sounds great, but a website dedicated to the idea does not include details of where such programs are underway. Shouldn’t we have tried this idea somewhere by now?

The idea reminds me of a minibus service we had in my home town for a few years when I was in high school. These were really buses, with determined routes, that traveled the suburban community of 25,000. I took it when I was too tired to walk home from track practice, but it didn’t get enough ridership and shut down quickly.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/03 at 07:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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