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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

According to an article in InformationWeek, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is about to launch CargoNet, an nationwide database for truck theft information. "Once it’s switched on this weekend, CargoNet will collect up to 257 fields of data detailing everything from destination, plate number and carrier to the time, data and location of the theft, to serial numbers and other identifying detail on the stolen goods. Refreshed several times per day, CargoNet is expected to track more than 10,000 events per year, driving both a national alerting system and a corresponding truck stop watch program." Most truck thefts occur on weekends and the hot spots are Los Angeles, Dallas, Memphis, and south Florida.

by Joe Francica on 01/27 at 08:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

So says JumpTap:

“Jumptap, the leading mobile advertising solutions provider, today announced the industry’s first integrated mobile advertising solution for the new Apple tablet.”

What does the company know about the tablet and how it’ll be used?

“While the Apple tablet has a larger screen than a phone, the tablet is still attached to consumers on-the-go who have different needs and behavior than PC users,” said Paran Johar, chief marketing officer at Jumptap. “Our mobile technology and business expertise allow us to reach tablet consumers with more relevant and more timely ads than PC-online ad networks.”


“Jumptap’s new integrated mobile ad solution will support Apple tablet-compatible ad units by the end of February 2010.”

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 07:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The updated report, “Show Us the Stimulus (Again)” (pdf) was released yesterday by Good Jobs First.

The good news: some states have made dramatic improvements. Maryland led in the ratings, again, but two states that were at the bottom last summer are now termed “Cinderellas” and are in the top tier: Kentucky and Illinois. Minnesota and Utah also made huge strides.

On the 1-100 rating scale:

The Top: Maryland (87), Kentucky (85), Connecticut (80),
Colorado (72), Minnesota (72), Wisconsin (72), California (69), Illinois (69), Oregon (67), Massachusetts (65),
Georgia (64), West Virginia (64), New Mexico (62), New York (62), Pennsylvania (62), Montana (61) and
Arkansas (60).
The bottom, starting at the bottom: North Dakota (5), District of Columbia (6),
Missouri (10), Alaska (13), Vermont (13), Louisiana (16), Mississippi (17), Idaho (18), Oklahoma (18), Texas
(18) and South Carolina (19).

Notable geo observations:

Geographic breakdowns (by county or other division) are less common than summaries of spending by
program category. Twenty-seven states provide geographic information, often with interactive maps. 

Only three states—Kentucky, Maryland and Wisconsin—juxtapose the geographic distribution of
spending with patterns of economic distress or need within the state. 

Besides overall spending amounts, state residents may be interested to know where individual ARRA
projects such as the repaving of a road or repair of a school building are taking place. More than half the
states (28) now have some kind of project mapping feature on their ARRA site. 

- press release (pdf)
- DM podcast on previous report


Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 07:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a patent app that strikes me as obvious (I’m not a lawyer or expert) TeleNav claims protection of “General Purpose Mobile Location Blogging System.” While CrunchGear suggests its a patent on finding geotagged images of a location based on coordinates, I read it as a way to geotag multimedia content (onsite) and upload it to a server and then be able to query it back.

- via CrunchGear
- Go Rumors has a better discussion

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 06:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The State of Michigan signed on with Microsoft last year for a software license: it includes use of Bing Maps Enterprise and to-be-collected 12” imagery. It’s officially called, “Bing Maps for Enterprise with Imagery Acquisition.”

The state is covering 30% of the cost and counties are funding the remainder. The cost per square mile? $40 per square mile - quite a good deal by all estimates. (Six inch resolution buy up is an additional $79 per square mile.) The deal is for Microsoft to select photogrammetric firms to fly 1/5 of the state each year for the next three years, leaf-off beginning early this year. There are restrictions: the data can not given away or sold, but it can be used for government in-house and public facing apps (such as in ArcIMS site hosted by counties). The imagery is not in the public domain.

The Michigan Center for Geographic Information and Office of Technology Partnerships Website has all the details on the Agreement, endorsement letters, FAQ and other documents; none have dates. I contacted Microsoft for comment on this or any other efforts like this; they basically had no comment.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 06:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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