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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bing Maps will host a free webcast on Tuesday, March 1. The webcast brings together developers from Infusion, Earthware and OnTerra to discuss Bing Maps' latest features and development tips and tricks. During the 40-minute webinar, developers will discuss the new Bing Maps AJAX Control 7.0, as well how developers can evaluate and improve the performance of Bing-powered mapping applications. Attendees will also hear about the new tools for working with SQL databases.

Infusion’s Ricky Brundritt – 2010 King of Bing Maps and developer of the TaxiFare Calculator – will demonstrate how to create mapping add-ons that enhance any mapping application. Earthware's Brian Norman will show developers how to get maximum performance and speed from the Bing Maps AJAX APIs. Finally, OnTerra's Steve Milroy will showcase the new DataConnector, which allows organizations and developers to rapidly create web mapping applications that contain rich geospatial data visualization features.

What’s New with Bing Maps?Tuesday, March 1
8:00 am PST/11:00 am ESTLength: 40 minutes

Register today.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 11:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The map includes tweets about Libya.

- via twitter

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 05:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is working with eight states in a pilot program to map their safest roads. Says the CEO of the foundation: "You could get in a car, turn on the in-vehicle navigation and request not only the quickest way from point A to point B, but the safest way." 

- USA Today

To protect its IT infrastructure Altamonte Springs, Fla., moved equipment across the street to a renovated water tank. The structure had been used before to protect the computers and such during hurricanes, but they were innaccessible. Now, they have a permanent safe, home.

- GovTech

The Baltimore Sun is creating a crowdsourced map of tech businesses in the state. It uses Google Fusion tables. 

- Baltimore Sun Blog

The headline reads: "GPS to end mass copying in state" but so far as I can tell it's a problem GIS will actually solve.

To put a full stop to the malpractice of cheating, especially mass copying, in board exams in the state, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to identify centres where use of unfair means has become the norm. The idea is to pinpoint centres that show a high demand among schools even when there are other centres that are much closer....


"In order to stop this process of 'jumping' exam centres, we are going to use GPS technology. We will conduct mapping of all schools and the respective nearest exam centres in the state," she [chairperson of the state board] said. "We will compare the distance from the school to the centre selected with the distance to the nearest exam centre, and if we find that schools have selected an exam centre that is inexplicably far off, then we will cancel the school's request and instead allot the nearest centre."

-  Mid-Day.com

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 05:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

SCVNGR Surpasses 1 Million Users. Foursquare is closing in on 7M for comparison.

- Mashable

EchoEcho apparently solves a problem with services like Foursquare: those services don't tell you where your friends are now.

With Echoecho, users can send a simple notification to any user on their phone's contact list. If that user has the app, they'll see a simple request asking "where are you now?" If they accept the request, the sender will see their exact location on the phone's mapping application.

If the recipient doesn't have Echoecho, they'll get a text message showing them where they can download the app.

Yep it sounds annoying, but apparently there's a "don't annoy" option.

- SF Gate

Grey Area, a small Finnish smartphone games developer, has raised $2.5 million in Series A funding from Index Ventures, London Venture Partners and Initial Capital, TechCrunch has learned.

The game makes the local area a game board for a battle for power type game. It's expected to come to the U.S. before other areas of the world.

- TechCrunch

The Cincinnati Enquirer is trying to beat Foursquare with its own branded check-in app.

The paper is rolling out a location-based services (LBS) app, Porkappolis, that will understand the city in a way national competitors like Foursquare, Gowalla or Yelp can’t, according to Cincinnati.com’s Brian Butts.

...“Bacon” is the local factor that helps differentiate the homegrown Cincinnati effort from its national competitors. In Porkappolis “Bacon” is literally a tab within the app that provides relevant geo-targeted information to the user. Information, the paper believes, that is most effectively gathered and served by a trusted local source like the Enquirer.

...Porkappolis is a white label version of the DoubleDutch LBS app. Butts, the Director of Digital & Technology for Enquirer Media, told me last week they had been working with the app developer on the project since August 2010.

Good luck!

- Poynter.org

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 05:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

India

Mahindra Satyam, former Satyam Computer Services Ltd., said its business process outsourcing arm, Mahindra Satyam BPO, had renewed its existing contract with NAVTEQ, the global provider of digital map data, to provide wide portfolio of geospatial services for a further period of two years.

- RTT News

Ahmedabad is looking at a tree inventory based on GPS data collection and a GIS database.

Deputy municipal commissioner for parks and garden department, SK Langa said that the tree census would enable to get reliable scientific documentation of tree species which are rare in the city, define the number of trees per individual in city, a reliable indicator of climate change and C-stock and the greening efforts required for the city.

- DNA India

The Bombay high court on Monday acquitted map-makers Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed Shaikh of all charges in the 26/11 trial because of lack of corroborative evidence.

Still, the judge didn't believe their story regarding carrying hand drawn maps (since maps are available from Google, was the logic) nor is it likely they will be released from jail any time soon.

- Times of India
 

Ghana 

Ghana is celebrated its 6th Surveyors Week with a focus on how the discipline supports the oil and gas industry.

GBC Ghana

Korea

SK Telecom announced Tuesday that it launched Geovision, a business platform based on geographic information system (GIS). For 150,000 won, the platform provides the user with market analysis of the location in five minutes. If someone wants to open a café, he would want to know about the population, the number of passersby, their income level, rent, and competitors. Geovision provides around 30 kinds of detailed information, such as buying patterns of each age group or gender and real estate development. 

There are eight partners involved in the offering which is basically Business Analyst for Korea!

- Korea Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 04:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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