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Monday, August 20, 2007

TruePosition’s Mike Amarosa, vice president for public affairs, and Brian Varano, marketing director, spoke with Editor-in-chief Joe Francica about the Notice of Proposed Rule Changes submitted to the Federal Communications Commission regarding its existing mandate to cellular carriers to more accurately locate wireless phone calls to E911 public safety answering points, or PSAPs. Comments are due to the FCC by September. There are obvious differences of opinion about whether the changes should be adopted and what technologies can be used if such changes were authorized. With some phone manufacturers including GPS chips to support emergency and other location-based services while others rely on network-based technologies such as multilateration, there is much debate about the best location-determination methods. TruePosition is one company offering a hybrid solution which is discussed in this interview. This podcast is also an excellent primer on the FCC mandates that originated in 1995, as well as how network-based location determination is performed by wireless carriers and how the current technology can improve the accuracy for location-based services. The podcast is 22:42 and is 7.9 Mb.

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by Joe Francica on 08/20 at 10:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Autodesk sent out (via its PR people) an e-mail to journalists last week. Mine began: “Did you know that 25 years ago John Walker & 16 employees started Autodesk, with the sole goal of creating a CAD application for under $1,000?” That sounded wrong to me because the story I’d been told was about a company that made a bunch of little software programs . The company went to COMDEX (now defunct) and the drawing one was a hit. The e-mail is basically a pitch to us to advertise a website documenting the company’s history.

Ralph Grabowski found and documents other errors. And Autodesk’s Shann Hurley corrects him (see comments). (We don’t need wikipedia!)

This is kind of fun for CAD people, but I suspect that few GIS people have that same connection to Autodesk since the GIS practice is so “new.” (1995 is the year I recall…)

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/20 at 10:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I suspect ESRI users are aware of this issue, but I point it out since it’s the first I’ve seen of a geoapatial product on vulnerability alert website.

FrSIRT (French Securty Incident Response Team) wants you to sign up for their paid advisories on such things and reported on “ESRI ArcSDE “giomgr” Service Numeric Value Buffer Overflow Vulnerability” last week.


by Adena Schutzberg on 08/20 at 05:52 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The magazine offers up a nice intro on RFID/Wi-Fi (including quite a bit on why RFID tehnology for tracking assets is slow) and asks companies in the space to send on information for a “rolling review.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/20 at 05:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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