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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

There’s a battle line drawn for local mobile search, with carriers on one side and Web properties on the other side.  Sure, we’ve seen a few carrier-managed and distributed POI apps; sure, we’ve seen Web property efforts to make local search available with manual address inputs; but without freely available lat/long, no one has really fired a shot yet… except Nokia.  In a neither here nor there purgatory position, some suggest they are confused over which camp they live in, evident by their distancing dance from the stodgy telecom world, while simultaneously trend-following some sort of hip mobile ‘2.0 something’.  This suggests that even the best in their business are struggling with identity as Telecom and Internet forces collide on the ‘commputing’ battlefield.  But, with so many application areas to tackle in commputing, why are so many (including Nokia) fixated on mobile local search?  With 2 billion sets of connected eyeballs out there, that equates to a lot of ad cash.  Lots of folks want that cash, which has historically gone to those who owned yellow & white pages print (yep, that would be the Telecom companies).  Add to this a Telecom-world acceptance that ad-subsidized services as the way forward for mobile data consumer services in general, and someone (ah hem, the carriers) just got quite concerned that the Web guys are good at what they do. Mix in a handset provider bystander perspective to these dynamics in motion, and well, we now have a three way battle.  This is going to get uglier… 

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/25 at 11:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Gartner has released a market research report on software solution providers to the electric utilities market and specifically for outage management solutions (OMS). The report develops a SWOT (strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis for each software company and examines current market conditions that are leading utilities to improve communication and responsiveness in emergency situations. At the top of the list was Oracle Utilities followed closely by GE Energy while Intergraph, Miner and Miner and others were designated as niche players in the market. The report mentions the relationship between GE Energy and Oracle that we reported following the GITA conference this year in which GE announced plans to develop additional solutions directly on the Oracle Platform.

by Joe Francica on 04/25 at 07:52 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Per the San Jose Mercury News:

According to [NASA group leader Terry] Fong, Google and NASA will begin in five weeks to unveil technology that will bring NASA data, such as atmospheric observations and sea temperatures, to the satellite navigation service Google Earth. The two organizations are working as well on a disaster-response project that will place real-time disaster data on Google Earth. That data could include the plume of a wild fire, the condition of a damaged bridge, or even the position of monitoring aircraft.

That demo sounds to me like many an OGC presentation. I wonder if the demo will use OGC standards?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/25 at 07:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Better Assessment Science Integrating Point & Nonpoint Sources, BASINS, EPA’s free multipurpose system integrates environmental data, analytical tools, and modeling programs. Previous versions required a license of ArcView to provide GIS visualization. The new version uses Map Window GIS, an open source platform.

- InfoZine

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/25 at 06:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I have one data point to offer: 10% growth per year at 15 person fountains geospatial in Schenectady, NY. The Albany Times-Union profiles local boy Austin Fisher who founded Applied GIS, which was acquired by a British company and renamed last year. Austin is also involved with organizing this year’s NYS Geospatial Summit.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/25 at 06:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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