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Monday, August 14, 2006

Several counties in New York State have notification requirements when pesticides are sprayed: neighbors must be notified. Not surprisingly, for those who want to comply and not manually hang tags on doorknobs, the answer is GIS, as reported in Government Technology.

Two counties have two solutions. In Erie County, Intelligent Decision Systems Inc. (IDSi), a GIS solutions provider based in Fort Lee, N.J. propsed and funded a $50,000 system. It ends up costing spraying companies 50 cents per post card mailed (that includes postage) via an automated sytem. It’s not clear to me who gets the 50 cents - the county or the company. Perhaps they split it?

Monroe County build a system right into its existing GIS - there is no registration fee for commercial spayers, but its unclear if there is any cost for the printed mailing labels the system creates.

It’s nice to know all those abutters demos I built back in 1992 still have relevance. The big difference today? They live on the Web and are access by regular folks, like the people at spraying companies.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/14 at 06:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

After a tragic recent drowning of a local teen in an abandoned mining pit in Belmont County, Ohio [corrected, originally said West Virginia], there’s a renewed interest in mapping and managing such pits. The local paper notes the state of GIS.

Don Pickenpaugh, Belmont County Geographic Information Systems director, said his office last mapped the enclosed bodies of water in the county in 2001. However, he said there currently is no way through GIS to differentiate between natural lakes and ponds and strip pits created by mining.

Perhaps this is a naive question, but could this be a job for remote sensing?

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/14 at 06:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Directions Media’s Editor-in-Chief will be interviewed today on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC, National Public Radio’s New York City affiliate station, at 1:20 Eastern Time. You can listen listen live to the interview via streaming broadcast using links on the show homepage. Francica will discuss the use of mapping technology in today’s consumer and business marketplace.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/14 at 06:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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