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Thursday, March 25, 2010

While the DevSummit and Business Partner Conference are aimed at ESRI’s developers and resellers, typically many of the announcements will ultimately trickle down to the users. Among the announcements of note:

ArcGIS.com - a new integrated platform for just about everything - data, community building, building apps and more. As @cmcginty puts it: “ArcGISOnline = Maps+Apps+Software for simple access and use.” See Matt Ball’s write up, for more details, though I for one will likely have to wait until ESRI UC to get my head around it.

ESRI will host ArcGIS Server on Amazon Web Services and allow its “rental.” This is akin to what Safe Software has done with FME Server.

ESRI has re-organized the Developer and Business Partner programs into Silver, Gold and Platinum levels with different fees and levels of service. See the press release and a comparison of the different levels.

Android SDK coming.

Details on the new certification were shared, but no one seems to have documented them.

An API to the File Geodatabase, promised some time ago, is still a way off. See Atanas Entchev’s comments on the topic.

Further Reading:

Tweets

James Richard’s Favorites Tweets
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4

Swag

- Jithen (J) Singh on SWAG

Name Game

All Points Blog
- ESRI “Transitioning” Pronunciation of its Name

Videos and Plenaries

- BPC Videos

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Jithen (J) Singh
- Plenary WriteUp

Very Spatial Coverage of Dev Summit

- Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3

Challenge Winners

- Winners

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/25 at 08:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I continue to wonder what’s going on at Autodesk in geospatial. It’s very, very quiet. But down at the bottom of list of 2011 products is a new version of AutoCAD Map.

AutoCAD Map 3D 2011—AutoCAD Map 3D software can provide direct access to data needed for infrastructure planning, design, and management activities. AutoCAD Map 3D helps professionals working on transportation, land development, water, and power projects to more easily create, manage, and analyze design, GIS, and asset data so they can achieve better designs, enhanced productivity, and better data quality. Key new features include:

- New point cloud tools
- New and enhanced data support
- Enhanced workflow capabilities

- press release
- What’s New Widget Thing (not sure how SDF is “new”)

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/25 at 07:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Walmart Foundation has awarded Alamance County (NC) Meals on Wheels an $8,191 grant that will pay for GPS devices to help volunteers deliver meals to seniors.  The plan is to roll out the devices beginning April 1, but drivers will still get turn-by-turn paper directions and don’t have to use the TomTom devices that were purchased. The Foundation has committed $2 million to insure MOW has the equipment it needs to do its work.

- News-Record

Phrase of the Week: “Financial-grade GPS revolution” Apparently that’s what Skymeter thinks it’s leading. The company offers high accuracy vehicle determination, making it possible, for example, to pay for say a specific parking spot based on location.

- press release

Perhaps this has popped up in the past, but there’s quite a bit of buzz this year about using GPS in Easter Egg hunts. Most referenced in one article are marketing events for local parks and are aimed at families. This is a big step ahead of the church at the bottom of my street when I was a child. They’d just lay eggs out on the church lawn.
- ABC News

GPS Quote of the Week, from a 14 year old high school freshman, after learning about GPS at Kofa High School in Arizona: “My mom drives a bus for for District 1, so she uses a GPS to see if the tires are aired up, to make it safer to drive. So I know how useful it can be.”

- Yuma Sun

Houston Rocket’s star Yao Ming is back in the GPS business. He did some commercials for Garmin a few years ago, but now signed a five-year endorsement contract with Beijing UniStrong Science & Technology Co Ltd, a high-tech company specializing in Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. Moreover, he purchased 675,000 shares of the company for 375,000 yuan, making him the 4th largest investor. UniStrong is hoping to raise 1.11 billion yuan in an IPO.

- China Daily

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/25 at 06:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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