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Friday, April 30, 2010

There’s an active discussion going on regarding Philip O’Doherty’s article titled, How Will GIS Companies Weather the Gathering Cloud Computing Storm? which we published over at Directions Magazine yesterday.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 12:01 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

He didn’t say that exactly, but it’s the conclusion of Cian covering Gary Gale, Director of Engineering, Yahoo! Geo Technologies’ talk at the Location Business Summit this week in Amsterdam. Gale argues there are too many barriers to valuable hyperlocal apps, even though many are selling them today. Among the barriers:

-  “hyperlocal” offering have completely different levels of granularity
- location inaccuracy
- “Babel” when it comes to sharing location data from different services (“the same place can be referred to in different ways by different services”)

Did you hear Joe Francica’s interview with Gale?

- GoMo News

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 08:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Alan Sicher, Wireless product marketing manager at Dell, spoke at the Location Business Summit in Amsterdam this week. Among his pitches:t he case for location-based services on notebooks and netbooks.

“There will be about 35 million netbooks sold this year. These devices are used outside home and workplace, so there is an obvious need for location.” Maybe, but won’t all those folks also have GPS enabled smartphones in their pockets? (Just sayin’...)

- GPS Business News

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 08:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’d not heard of this man, but he’s a wayfinding guru. In rather long and detailed piece John Gravois of The National (Dubai) examines wayfinding (did you know Kevin Lynch coined the term?) in the context of the new cities of middle east and the new signage of world fairs and the future, including ubiquitous GPS. Bonus: A quote from well known geospatial guy, Anthony Quartararo, of Spatial Networks in Florida.

- The National

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 08:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“There’s a lot of quasi-unsupervised people (on the village payroll)”...[the new] ... devices would serve as “human GPS, almost.”

Trustee Tom Phelan (6th) of Oak Lawn, IL speaking to a proposed Kronos system to track employees in the Southtown Star. The system uses badges (with, I suspect RFID) to note movement into and out of buildings. There’s no details on startup costs but once up and running the system is expected to cost $4,600 per year.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 08:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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