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Friday, March 31, 2006

In an article akin to those I see from public companies, ESRI’s Latin America manager Merrill Lyew explains that the company expects to boost revenue from the current 10% of global revenue to 20% in the next five years. How? By sticking with “niche” markets like government, utilities and natural resources and expanding the business arena with ERP, CRM, supply chain, and the like.

The history of ESRI in Latin America:

ESRI has had operations in Latin America since the 1980s and has 17 local distributors, which agree that on average ESRI has a market share of approximately 80% in the region.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/31 at 07:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As many readers know, Directions Magazine offers a “post it yourself” press release tool. Releases that are approved appear on the magazine’s front page and are archived on the website. Perhaps 95% of the releases we receive are related to geospatial technologies and we appreciate that organizations and companies want to share their information via our publication.

The other 5%? Well, some are technology-related, but on the edge of what we cover - anti-spam tools, Internet security, driver’s ed(?) and the like. These we generally do not approve for publication. Today we received what I consider the ultimate “off topic” press release. It announced the launch of a “Cosmetic Laser Hair Transplant Clinic.” Best of luck with that! And, you might want to try other online publications that might be better suited to your news.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/31 at 07:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, March 30, 2006

I read a few headlines that essentailly said “navigate by pictures” and had to dig for an article that actually explained the novel idea of the latest Navman GPS navigation system for cars. Ready? It has a camera that allows you to take GPS located images. So, the next time you want to go the place, you simply call up its picture and the system routes you to its coordinates. And, you can upload the pictures (and location info) to the NavPix server to share with friends and family.

My first thought? it’s like those phones where instead of writing the name next to the button that stores the number you put in a picture of Aunt Ruth or Uncle Sidney. It’s great for toddlers who cannot yet read. But this? Is it just for fun? We’ll see!

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/30 at 03:12 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Glen Gibbons literally came up in conversation over lunch earlier this week. It’s timely that his local Eugene, Oregon paper answered my questions about his new publication Inside GNSS.

The first issue came out in February and a second in early March. The print publication is free to qualified readers. Who’s it for?

He calls Inside GNSS a “business-to-business” publication, aimed at engineers and other technical types who are developing satellite applications in cell phones, vehicle navigation systems, aviation systems and military products.

The magazine is family-owned, with more than $100,000 invested in it so far, he said.

Gibbons founded GPS World back in 1989, so if anyone can make a go of a print publication on GNSS, he’d be the one to do it.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/30 at 03:05 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

David Pogue at the New York Times (he’s my hero) posts about a service from T-Mobile that offers actual and he says, accurate, coverage maps of its cellular service.

You get “street level” isopleth (so nice to use that word again!) maps based on keying in a ZIP Code on the front page. Once in the app you can use an address or intersection to get at specific locations. I can’t tell what the mapping tool is beneath the app. Can you?

Carriers are always cagey about coverage, not wanting to let competitors know their secret “holes.” I stand with Pogue; they all should do this. And, what’s more, make the data mashupable so one can truly find the best service for their needs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/30 at 07:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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