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Thursday, September 25, 2008

The company among other things developed MapQuest mobile but is best known for its mobile city guides. Thirty people were laid off.

- Moconews

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/25 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There was a triple header opening plenary for the AGI GeoCommunity ’08 Conference being held in Stratford-on-Avon. Two private sector players, Microsoft and Autodesk, represented by Sean Phelan of Multimap, now part of Microsoft and Geoff Zeiss of Autodesk, bookended a presentation from Vanessa Lawrence of Ordnance Survey.

All three responded to the event theme: Shaping a Changing World. Phelan took a business perspective, providing some valuable insights for those looking at the economic realities of Web mapping in particular. Lawrence tapped into our, that is, the geocommunity’s role, in this changing world as well as noting the current issues at OS. Zeiss focussed on the world’s infrastructure and the challenges it posses to the world and the geospatial community.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/25 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Real-time Intelligence Visualization (RTIV), as described in a recent ABI Research report, is a combination of various wireless technologies that can act as an integrated system and more importantly, "actionable business intelligence (BI)." These technologies include RFID, Ultra-wideband (UWB), and Wi-Fi, that are often used separately in certain real-time location systems (RTLS). The report suggest that, "These competitive, yet complementary wireless technologies, approaches, and solutions have historically been treated as independent silos, but they are now converging. In a growing number of end-user environments a combination of technologies is being used. For example, passive and active RFID may be used jointly for fixed and mobile asset tagging; Wi-Fi- and UWB-based RTLS solutions may be leveraged for hospital asset tracking; or a combination of GPS and active RFID may be employed for cargo tracking and security."

I’m not crazy about the term, but the concept, in principal, is sound and coincident with my views on where location intelligence systems are going. The convergence we are seeing in GIS/BI and with real-time data will form the foundation of location intelligent solutions. ABI Research suggests this is more RTIV.

by Joe Francica on 09/24 at 09:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Back in August, launched a website/mashup showing crimes committed at selected colleges and universities around the U.S. The company shares data with, another online crime alert mashup. I found the site extremely useful and will benefit students interested in understanding the types and locations of criminal activity on campus.

The maps are Google mashups which is fine. As usual, I selected campuses with which I was familiar and the first one I went to was my alma mater, Rutgers University in lovely New Brunswick, NJ. However, the map was centered on Matawan, NJ, a lovely place in its own right, but definitely not New Brunswick. So, it took some repositioning to get to the RU campus. So, guys at, if you are reading this…please take note that you should center the map on College Ave. New Brunswick.

by Joe Francica on 09/24 at 08:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

ESRI is expanding its presence on Twitter. Recently I’ve found:


Check them out by adding those names to, for example

Just as it’s blog proliferation required an index, ESRI will soon need an index page for twitter.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/24 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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