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Monday, May 16, 2011

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), chair of the House Armed Services Committee on Strategic Forces, added to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act based on what's going on with LightSquared. His addition required that "Congress be notified of any widespread interference to GPS caused by a commercial communications service."  He argued, “When it comes to GPS spectrum, government agencies must consult with the Defense Department on any effects.” The bill goes to the full house at the end of the month.

Starting today the  FAA will be conducting tests of LightSquared transmitters in Las Vegas (more from LV Sun and Boulder City, Nev. Pilots are warned that GPS interference could be encountered out to 175 nm and from ground level to FL400 and above–both far greater than many had anticipated. 

- AIN Online

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 05:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Greg Sterling reports, but did not get official confirmation from either organization, Nokia tech will power the Bing Maps infrastructure. There have been many rumors regarding NAVTEQ in recent weeks from folks outside the industry, but Greg's on the inside, so I think this is worth sharing.

However my lunch companion argued unequivocally that Nokia Maps would effectively replace almost everything that Microsoft had developed over the past several years in terms of the Bing Maps infrastructure. This was shocking because Microsoft has invested hundreds of millions of dollars (if not billions) in creating a viable competitor to Google Maps. Most recently the company has been promoting its roll out of new hi-resolution aerial imagery on a global basis.

I said I couldn’t believe Microsoft would agree to swap in Navteq for the guts of its own system. Yet my lunch guest argued that Microsoft’s role would mostly center on the Bing Maps UI — ironically not unlike Yahoo’s relationship to Microsoft search results — everything else would be powered by Nokia.

And there was another very interesting remark. He asserted that Google’s unwillingness to agree to a co-mingling of Google Maps and Nokia Maps or substitution of Nokia Maps on the back end was one of the sticking points that prevented Nokia and Google from coming to terms.

Search Engine Land via @atanas

The gory details of how Nokia's mapping portfolio would work in the new Microsoft/Nokia deal announced earlier this year was not completely clear (APB coverage).

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 04:08 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Esri Rwanda opened in early May.  The Kigali based office will also serve Burundi and is a subsidiary of Esri Germany. 

- Busiweek

- All Africa

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 03:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

After some issues back in 2009 with its implementation (1, 2, 3) the new ArcGIS powered solution is up and running.

- LAPD press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 03:52 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) is a novel information technology that provides an unprecedented view of the green building landscape and reveals trends, patterns and processes in green building practice. GBIG allows for the investigation and analysis of data about LEED-certified projects, and will enable users to view green building in the context of other spatial and temporal factors.
 The GBIG DC Regional Pilot represents an initial phase of development and a subset of functionality under development for the full portal. This pilot allows users to explore and learn about green building projects in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. Users can dynamically view the growth of LEED Certified projects over time, and compare selected projects to state or national averages by credit achievement and Carbon Index values. A companion mobile app for the iPhone and iPad is available as a free download in the Apple Store (search for GBIG Analyst).

... The GBIG DC Regional Pilot has been developed by USGBC in collaboration with Esri, Inc. The application utilizes Esri’s Adobe Flex API and ArcGIS Server technologies as well as base map data from ArcGIS Online.

The first pilot focuses on DC.


by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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