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Monday, April 09, 2007

Dash Networks, the folks behind the in-car nav sytem that uses Wi-Fi and cell networks to upload traffic data and pull down directions (among other things) is looking for 2000 folks across the U.S.  to test its system this summer. It’s a typical beta with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), requiring your feedback. And you get to keep the system (though I expect you’ll have to pay for service) after the trial ends. You need to fill out a ten minute questionnaire to “apply.”

I have to hand it to Dash - this is both a good way to do PR and a good way to collect info on future users… It’s too bad the company is not yet ready to hold this trial sans (without) NDA. That would be even better marketing as those chosen told their friends…

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/09 at 06:52 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The article from DigiTimes points to existing relationships and meetings held and suggests that indeed the two companies could be in the mobile phone market soon, though the article refers only to “GPS-enabled handsets.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/09 at 06:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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“We are not trying to compete with them, for the simple fact that this isn’t a competitive market.”

- James Rickert, acting manager of GIS services of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on why his online mapping system will not compete with services from Google or MapQuest. The article in the local paper goes on: “Google gives you directions and maps, he says, but few outside services are rushing to map city fire hydrants and parking lots.”

- Hamilton Spectator

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/09 at 06:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I ran across an article in the News-Observer (North Carolina) about the “flea market” around the course, Augusta National, hosting this weekend’s Pro Golf Assocation masters event. Among the goodies featured:

Not far from the cigars, jets and Rolexes, at the intersection of Washington and Berckman Road, is the PGAgolfArt.com tent. Owner Phil Reich once kicked field goals for Tennessee. Now 42, he’s a professional sports photographer.

Reich rents a small parcel of grass for $100 a day—the lots a block closer to the club entrance run $500 to $1,000 a day, he said—to sell his photos and posters.

Reich has an overhead shot of the Augusta National course and grounds that he assembled through Google satellite imagery. The poster is $25, unframed, or $250 framed.

“Zoomed in on a hundred different sections, enlarged and enhanced them, then put it together like a jigsaw puzzle,” said Reich, who lives in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Talk about entreprenurial spirit.

This seems to be a real sports photographer, so I’m hopeful the reporter misunderstood. Moreover, when I checked Google Maps and zoomed into Augusta National, the copyright was “map data NAVTEQ.” There was no imagery source.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/09 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Per a press release, DC event called “Open Technology: Realizing the Vision” counted the Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) as host (never heard of them) and was supported by “industry and advocacy groups including the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).”

DoD is at the cutting edge when it comes to open source; consider this from Brigadier General Nick Justice, the Deputy Program Officer for the Army’s Program Executive Office, Command, Control and Communications Tactical (PEO C3T):

“When we rolled into Baghdad, we did it using open source. It may come as a surprise to many of you, but the U.S. Army is ‘the’ single largest install base for Red Hat Linux. I’m their largest customer.”

Principal Deputy Associate Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Deputy Chief Information Officer in the Office of the DNI called out open source geospatial. The geospatial players noted in the PR include Autodesk, Refractions Research and Google.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/09 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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