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Monday, July 27, 2009

Update 2: Syncromatics did not use the software noted to “to create a more efficient bus-tracking system that utilizes GPS and mobile-location technology.” They already had that tech in place. Instead, the company used Inventor to design the solar powered bus shelter signs that tell people when the bus will come. The information is collected using GPS. Thanks to Brett Smith at Autodesk for helping to solve the mystery and pointing me to this http://pressreleases.autodesk.com/index.php?s=press_releases&item=598%3C/td%3E”>press release and video.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/27 at 04:11 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A Government Accountability Office draft report obtained by the Washington Post suggests that the Department of Homeland Security underestimated the chance of a release of major contamination from a research lab for highly infectious pathogens in tornado-prone Manhattan, Kansas. To date, that sort of research has been confined to remote islands.

Despite efforts to delay or postpone a hearing on the matter by DHS, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight and investigations subcommittee plans to hold a hearing Thursday on the risk analysis, according to two sources cited by the Post. Had the GAO not reported such findings, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), was expected to win construction funding.

Critics site active lobbying by state officials for the lab’s location in Kansas.

Washington Post (via @jeffharrison)

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/27 at 03:46 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It seems like Foursquare pops up in the news every few months. Otherwise, I hear almost nothing about it - perhaps because it’s not yet come to my city of Boston.

This week a New York Times blog reports on the Town Holler, a Foursquare “meetup” of Mayors of certain areas (those who have the most points for visiting certain locations, the “point” of the location-based social network). The system went down just as the event launched, but came back up soon after. Mashable gushes how the app may be the next Twitter. One reason: it’s like Twitter was before Twitter became big.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/27 at 08:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

FusionX was announced at the last November (press release), and renamed and relaunched at the ESRI User Conference (press release) as Fusion Core Solution, but neither ESRI nor Microsoft seemed to do much outreach on the offering, aimed at Fusion Centers. GCN has a write-up with this interesting quote suggesting why it came to be:

“We tried a year and a half ago to integrate ArcGIS with Microsoft SharePoint but failed,” Brian Egnitz, GIS program manager for the Massachusetts State Police, which hosts Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Fusion Center.

- GCN

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/27 at 07:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The National Project for Geographic Information System was launched over the weekend. it’s being implemented by the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, a government agency formed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore to “respond effectively to the many foreign requests to tap on Singapore’s development experience.” Among other things, it does consulting, sometimes in partnership with private companies.

- Bahrain News Agency

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/27 at 07:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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