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Friday, April 27, 2007

Lazy Drafter reports you can read your feed right from AutoCAD! I recall when Bentley included a browser in MicroStation, which is, for me in the same ball park.

Now, to those of us in GIS those things might sound strange (or maybe not?). Back in the day, and perhaps still now (I don’t feel qualified to say since I’m hardly the CAD user I once was), AutoCAD was as much an operating system as a CAD package. My one time boss, Matt Davis told me that - he was of course right - back in 1992.  Autodesk at least feels that’s still true. Is it?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Eurimage, “Exclusive Distributor for Quick Bird products for customers in Europe and the Mediterranean basin,” notes that DigitalGlobe will end its subscription service at the end of the month.

Eurimage informs its Customers that effective as of April 30th 2007 DigitalGlobe will eliminate the Subscription Programs and Subscription- based discounts for QuickBird products.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/26 at 12:19 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I made the statement on our podcast and in other APB entries that we need to assume that everything will be "location-aware"...your wallet, your shoes, your car, etc. People have challenged me on this thinking because of privacy concerns. I think we will solve the privacy issue technologically; the more difficult challenge is our culture. So be it, get over it, it’s going to happen.

Let’s talk about smart dust. I stumbled across a company called Dust Networks that provides wireless sensor network solutions comprised of lower power, 802.15.4 compliant devices that can be arranged as a "mesh" of radio frequency transmitters, each communicating with the other through time synchronization. One application is border security whereby the transmitters are deployed along fences in remote areas where human monitoring is not always feasible. The transmitters would gather data from sensors and communicate to a more centralized monitoring system.

Now let’s think about clouds…The Cloud. The Cloud is a company started in 2003 in the UK and is now one of the largest Wi-Fi providers in Europe, according to Mobile Tech Today. On this past Monday, London City launched a "mesh" Wi-Fi network in the financial district. The Cloud is helping to deploy Wi-Fi in 30 European cities. These municipal Wi-Fi pilots are causing some privacy concerns (see the article linked from the Mobile Tech Today reference above), and in cities like San Francisco and others, the growth of these "mesh" networks are accelerating. Here I need to reference Skyhook Wireless’ initiative to use Wi-Fi to build databases of Wi-Fi hot spot locations. Skyhook’s coverage is in the U.S. but plans are underway to expand to Europe. Intel is making noise about the demand for "mobile Internet devices" (MID) and will be manufacturing more wireless capabilities for its chipsets. And if you download Skyhook’s Loki application to your laptop, you can location-enable certain applications.

Dust + Clouds = Location-Aware stuff…people, computers, cars. Tying this together, the infrastructure that will allow pervasive location-aware devices to exist is increasingly being deployed and expanded. As companies form partnerships, like Skyhook and SiRF did to offer a hybrid GPS and Wi-Fi positioning solution, we can expect other, like solutions for wireless technology intergration.

by Joe Francica on 04/26 at 10:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Posted today at Directions Magazine:

- Oracle XE and Geospatial Information Systems
- Location Intelligence 2007 Takeaways

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/26 at 09:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The EU transport ministers have set May 10 as deadline for the eight companies involved in building the Galieleo constellation to get their act together and get to work. In particular they must set up a legal body to run the who and identify a director general whom no company may overrule. The European Parliament is “deeply concerned” about the standstill on the project. EU leaders says they won’t call off the project but they might reissue the call for bids if the currently selected group can’t move ahead.

- Associated Press

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/26 at 09:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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