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Friday, June 10, 2005

Lest you think journalists (not those who cover GIS, like we do) don’t get geotechnology, read this. Larry Larsen writes of the importance of GPS, tagging and the potential of Google’s 3D cities and states as a conclusion: “I can’t over-stress how important it is for news organizations to start thinking about this today rather than waiting for bloggers to do it and then playing catch-up. Buying a $50 GPS unit for reporters is starting to look more like an insurance investment than a capital expense.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/10 at 08:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The State of Washington offers a business recruitment website, ChooseWashington.com. The Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development (CTED) is behind it and hopes it will simplify the process for site selection consultants, corporate real estate executives and businesses interested in relocating to the state. The search tool is called “Favorable Location Search” and enables a complex query to be built from lists. Eventually, you get to maps on Washington Prospector (I recall reading about another city’s Prospector some years agoЕ) built by GISPlanning. I wonder if putting together such services takes work away from professionals doing site selection?

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/10 at 07:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In what is perhaps just an accident of timing, a San Francisco classified service put out a press release yesterday touting its addition of Google Map support to not just real estate, but other offerings. That’s to distinguish it from the craigslist hack (that was not done by craigslist!). The timing is odd since just yesterday Google began what might be a longterm crackdown on those hacking its maps.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/10 at 07:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It’s time to clean up the mess that is postal delivery in the kingdom. How to do that? Divide the area, assign codesЕand put RFID type chips in mailboxes so postal workers know when they are near the delivery point. The postal vehicles will include navigation tools and residents will be able to go online to see where there mail is en-route! The most interesting twist, looking from the U.S. mail drop boxes will be made “available for individuals, government departments, companies and establishments after a payment of SR300 once every three years.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/10 at 07:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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