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Monday, February 14, 2005

Just in case youТve not read enough articles about NAVTEQТs GPS-enabled fleet tracking down new developments to Уput them on the map,Ф thereТs one more this week from Newsweek. And, there is a twist: the article does note that Tele Atlas does the same thing, just with a smaller fleet. And, it also notes that the two companies are Уthe only gameФ in town. One interesting quote from author Brad Stone, УUnlike a phone directory, book or photo, there’s no way to scan the contents of the sprawling, dynamic world directly into a computer.Ф I thought that was the job of satellites…

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/14 at 05:35 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Seattle is financing its expanding Monorail by taxing car owners who live in the city. Unfortunately, they use ZIP Codes to determine whoТs in and whoТs out. That leads to problems as ZIP Codes do not match city boundaries. And, that upsets those who live outside the city whose tax bills may jump several hundred dollars. Said one unnerved non-Seattle resident, “How hard is that? [locating a house] It’s 2005, not 1812. ... We can do satellite imaging of a fly.” Of course that may not exactly be true, but the problem seems to be that the Department of Licensing can only get accurate address information manually, by looking at a map.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/14 at 04:30 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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