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Monday, July 19, 2010

SAS today agreed to purchase Vision Systems and Technology Inc. (VSTI), a provider of software and systems engineering that counts NGA as one of its clients and is currently hiring geospatial professionals. From the article in InformationWeek, "VSTI’s core competencies are in processing and analyzing large data volumes to find relevant nuggets of information and then disseminating that data to proper parties. As the intelligence community collects more and more information, it will need more and more sophisticated tools to analyze that information." SAS has been relatively quite for a few years in geospatial and had once touted its relationship to Esri. Is this a play to get back into the geo game?

by Joe Francica on 07/19 at 08:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Yes, THAT Mark Cuban. He writes:

I just invested in a company that takes video of an area and can tell you exactly how many people are in the capture area at any given time.  It’s great for traffic patterns, security, and much more.  We are posting cameras in certain environments where anonymity is required, and we don’t and won’t capture faces or anything that could identify an individual.  We will simply provide incredibly accurate traffic information and patterns. It’s a great application with great opportunity.

The next extension is to install it in places where we can add facial-recognition software. So rather than someone checking in to a specific application, we would already know you are there.

Of course, there would have to be “opt out” mechanisms. Of course, there would be a battle over whether or not a store or venue should be “opt in” vs automated recognition. But that’s not a software issue.


Foursquare is still looking for a search partner (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft?) per Dennis Crowley in his discussions with The Telegraph.

Our data generates hugely interesting trends which would enrich search. We can anonymise data and use it to show venues which are trending at that moment. Twitter helped the world and the search engines know what people are talking about. Foursquare would allow people to search for the types of place people are going to – and where is trending – not what.

- The Telegraph

In the fourth quarter of 2011, 79.9% of cell phones shipped, amounting to 318.3 million units, will incorporate GPS functionality, up from 56.1% in the first quarter of 2009 or 187.8 million units, iSuppli forecast.

- DigiTimes

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/19 at 08:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GIS (ArcPad) is being used in Pakistan to help farmers increase production, reduce input costs and manage the land more efficiently. “Farmers can indicate stresses the crop faces like pest infestations, nutrient deficiencies, and water shortages by making maps with the GIS. ... By collecting such data in the field, solutions can be devised and preventative measures outlined. As weather is a key component in agricultural production, weather updates can be seen on the Internet via a handheld telephone or Wide Area Network (WAN). “


The Korean Overseas International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is set to release US$ 50,000 fund to National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) project on the institutionalization of Regional Geographic Information System Network (RGISN) in Northern Mindanao (Caraga region), The Phillipines. The funds will go towards a plotter, a large format scanner, global positioning system and GIS software.


As part of the certification scheme in India, Central Board of Secondary Education students will have to compulsorily pass two modules of geospatial technology (GT) in class XI and XII. So far 19 schools have added the GT classes.

Rolta India Ltd has been nominated as the resource institution for the GT course and will provide assistance in various technical aspects, including teachers’ training and availability of the software.

- Indian Express

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/19 at 08:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ben Jackson and Paul Vet presented research at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference in New York on Friday and Saturday “aimed at demonstrating just how easy it is to track unwitting Twitterers using just a few pieces of metadata attached to their tweets or online photos.” This is another sort of set of efforts, but as Vet notes: “I’m just one student that threw this together. Organizations like marketers and governments must be doing the same thing on a much larger scale.”

- Forbes Firewall Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/19 at 07:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A survey in Britain of 2,200 individuals commissioned by the British car accessories retailer Halfords to promote sales of portable navigation devices points to that conclusion. More than a third of respondents said they argued about directions on the road, making navigation the top argument inducement.

- New York Times Wheels Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/19 at 07:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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