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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sony offers nav devices with TomTom tech for the first time.

- Electronista

TomTom CTO Mark Gretton said that the GO-1000 will support custom/3D party POIs next year. The feature was left out at launch.

- PocketGPS World

At the Paris Motor Show, TomTom and Renault today revealed their first fully connected in-dash navigation system, the Carminat TomTom LIVE.

- GPS Business News

TomTom documented the most congested 25 areas in London.

The 12 worst roads for jams in the 25-strong TomTom list all suffer congestion for at least 84 hours a week - or 12 hours a day - while drivers using the next 13 most-congested routes on the list have to contend with between 81 and 83 hours of jams a week, on average. The figures are based on an analysis of congestion across all roads in the UK by TomTom traffic experts over the last two years.  The company issued its worst-jams list as it published a traffic manifesto in a bid to reduce congestion.

- Press Association

IT Pro Portal comments on the worldwide manifesto:

To some it might look like a marketing gimmick to promote the new product, but going through the Traffic Manifesto gives a clear impression that Tom Tom is out to not only curb traffic, but to also prevent the adverse impact traffic has on lives of individuals and economy as a whole.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 10:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

AutoCAD WS, formerly Project Butterfly, is an add-on for AutoCAD (Win only for now) that uploads DWGs to the cloud so they may be access by an iOS app on iPhones and iPads.

To me this is the cloud implementation of DWF. Remember that failed attempt to keep folks from using PDFs; it didn’t work in the geospatial community so far as I could tell.

Autodesk continues to appear to have lost its way with geospatial and I’ve seen no effort to position this announcement for geo uses.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 09:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Guardian talks to Ed Parsons, Google’s Geospatial Technologist about Street View and the latest images being added this week for areas in Brazil, Ireland and Antarctica.

- The Guardian

The NGA has confirmed a contract with Google for $26 million for visualization.

$26.79 Million Federal Contract Awarded to Google WASHINGTON, Sept. 29—Google Inc., Mountain View, Calif., won a $26,785,711.47 federal contract from the U.S. Defense Department’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Reston, Va., for geospatial visualization enterprise services. Place of performance will be in Mountain View, Calif.


Researchers put together a tool to capture data being shared on the Android operating system. What did they find?

Specifically, the researchers found that two-thirds of the 30 apps in the sample used sensitive data suspiciously, half share location data with advertising or analytics servers without requiring “implicit or explicit user consent,” and one-third expose the device ID, sometimes with the phone number and the SIM card serial number. In all, the researchers said they found 68 instances of potential misuse of users’ private information across 20 applications.

A paper on their work will be presented at the USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation in Vancouver next week. There’s a video of the tool, called TaintDroid, here.

- C|net

Greater Greater Washington readers have helped the blog pin down exactly when new imagery of the area was captured for Google Maps. It’s from August and went live on Google recently.


Google now offers mobile ads that tell the distance between you and an advertiser, if you share your location.

- Google Mobile Ads Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 08:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Finding: “nearly 80% of the world’s population is exposed to high levels of threat to water security.”

A series of maps published in the journal Nature, details threats to human water security and freshwater biodiversity and reveal that large areas of world’s are at risk of water shortages that could impact plant, animal and human water security. The areas of intensive agriculture and human settlement, uncluding the US and Europe, are facing particularly acute water supply risks.

- Nature News (review of scientific journal article)
- journal article (fee or subscription required)

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 08:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Local Government Online (LGOL) has commissioned a website,, that gives space for local candidates to put forward their views and engage with voters. As far as LGOL is aware this is the first nationwide site allowing public questioning of candidates online. It was built by Wellington-based SilverStripe and runs on open source software using the company’s own content management system using geodata from Auckland-based Ko-ordinates.

- Computerworld NZ

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the gov of Bangalore, in India installed GIS three years ago. The good news? The number of tax paying properties have gone up: in 2009-10, 7.5 lakh properties had paid taxes where as in 2010-2011, nine lakh properties have already paid their taxes. The bad news? The number of defaulters has also gone up: In 2008, “there were about 2.8 lakh defaulters, in 2009 there were about four lakh defaulters and this year the number has gone up to a whopping seven lakh property owners.” Still, officials are not deterred.

Deputy Commissioner D L Chandrashekar, however, remains optimistic. “We are conducting a door-to-door validation of the information that we have collected under the GIS. We will bring the defaulters to book,” he says.

- Bangalore Mirror

Ushahidi, via CrowdMap in an app called Pakreport, is now in use in Pakistan to help those impacted by the floods. However, it’s not clear it will be as effective as was its use in Haiti.

OCHA’s Verity, however, cautions: “Regarding Pakreport specifically: I am not 100 percent sure that has proven to be as successful as Ushahidi was in Haiti. I believe this is due to the longer delay in getting it set up, the slightly more convoluted texting procedure, and literacy issues.”

- ReliefWeb

How do you impact international policy? With an app.

The Facts on the Ground app promises to provide an easily accessible overview of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, with up-to-date data on new building and population numbers. It was launched last week by the Israeli rights group Peace Now and its sister organisation in the United States, Americans for Peace Now.

Green dots mark government-approved settlements, while red ones show where settlers have established settlement outposts without government permission. Each settlement is identified by name and there are details of when it was established and whether its residents are secular, religious or nationalists.

The application, which is available for free download, is aimed not just at the layman but at “policy makers, shapers and wonks”, said Ori Nir, a spokesman for Americans for Peace Now.

- The National Newspaper (Arab Emirates)

Chinese scientific researchers successfully drew a 1:100,000 scale land cover map of all of Antarctica under the support of the National 863 Program. This is the world’s first land cover map of Antarctica and the first batch of Chinese-owned important Antarctic scientific data.

- People’s Daily Online

AuScope, a not-for-profit collaboration between universities, the CSIRO and other science organisations, is giving
$43 million geoscience body for the study of geoscience. Among the likely uses is enhancing geospatial research.

- Sydney Morning Herald

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 08:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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