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Friday, June 10, 2011

At the PBBI Insights Conference, the company launched a new product for enterprise location and business intelligence applications. A combination of technology from both MapInfo and Group 1, MapInfo Spatial Server is an platform with a broad set of capabilities including mapping, routing, and address cleansing that utilizes a standards-based, web services approach.

The objective of this product according to Tom Myers, the product manager, is to solidify PBBI's position in the enterprise LI/GIS space.

In addition, the product will support the larger Pitney Bowes (PB) client relationships in Customer Communications Management (CCM).  From a technological perspective, the product is an upgrade path for Envinsa, Routing J Server and MapXtreme Java.

The core components of Spatial Server originate from PB's Spectrum solution, a data quality platform for enterprise data management. The functionality of Spatial Server will include modules such as:

  • Spatial analysis and interactive
  • Geocoding
  • Geometry
  • Routing/drive time
  • Spatial query
  • Scheduler
  • Flow logic
  • Supporting Web services specifications as:
    • WSDL
    • WFS/WMS
    • CSW
  • Support for REST API

One of the key features will be a visual flow designer, similar to other model builders, that capture a sequence of commands, business processes or workflows and place them as a single, callable routine that are concatenated with other routines to solve a particular spatial query, for example.

Purchasing the product will be somewhat flexible. Users may choose a module, such as geocoding or spatial query, that helps them in a particular business process. It's up to the customer to pick and choose even a single module if that's what they are looking for.

The product roadmap and delivery schedule is as follows:

  • Version 1.1 (today) - Delivery of MapInfo Developer (former) to market via PBBI Professional Services
  • Version 1.2 (July '11) - delivery via Spectrum technology framework
  • Version 1.3 (end of 2011): Convergence with MapInfo Manager, Data publish utility, OGC services, WFS and Feature editing.

[Disclosure: Travel for this trip was supported by PBBI]

by Joe Francica on 06/10 at 09:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new Kentucky bill makes it fineable if you input data into your GPS while driving.

- WAVE 3

A new study actually suggests cell phone use may interfere with airplane safety. "Twenty-six incidents affected flight controls, while 17 affected navigation systems and 15 affected communication systems. Thirteen, says ABC, produced “engine indications” and other warnings." But the reports were anecdotal, best I understand, because it collected data from "commercial pilots and crewmembers and cited 75 incidents in which the respondents believed PEDs may have created electronic interference that impacted flight systems."

- MSNBC

The MAPPS Blog reports on the FGDC (corrected 6/13/11, was "NGAC") meeting this week:

Surprisingly and disappointingly, it was the first meeting of the group responsible for coordination of federal geospatial activities since President Obama took office 2½ years ago. The agenda was long on reports and short on votes, decisions, and actions.  In fact, no votes were taken or policy decisions made.  A lot of frustration was expressed and promises were made for action before the next meeting, the date of which was not established. 

- MAPPS Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/10 at 04:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Along with the nonprofit organization PING (Positive Innovation for the Next Generation), Hewlett-Packard has announced it will use its webOS mobile operating system to bolster surveillance of malaria outbreaks in Botswana. 

The CHAI (the Clinton Health Access Initiative) and mobile network provider MASCOM are also collaborating on the effort...

- eWeek

In this week's PLoS Medicine, Ricardo Soares Magalhães and Archie Clements, from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, describe how they used national cross-sectional household-based demographic health surveys to map the distribution of anaemia risk in preschool-age children in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mali. The use of such maps has significant practical implications for targeted control of anaemia in these countries,...

- Medical News Today

Digital mapping company MapIT in South Africa is offering technology to insure private, NGO and state organisations are involved in HIV education, prevention and treatment do not duplicate efforts in targeting the disease.

- IT Web

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/10 at 04:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The titles of news articles say it all: 

Uh oh, LightSquared's network is screwing with GPS

New LightSquared Setback

The news is not good. SaveOurGPS (the group fighting LightSquared) put out a press release where Jim Kirkland, Vice President and General Counsel of Trimble, reviewed results of testing and suggest the FCC work to find Lightsquared some new specturm to use. Kirkland a founding member of SaveOurGPS.ortg, spoke at the National Space-Based PNT Advisory Board.

"The test data discussed today makes clear that there is substantial interference to GPS if LightSquared turns on high-powered terrestrial facilities in the spectrum next door to GPS. The data confirm what the industry told the FCC before it granted the waiver, and also confirms that there is no viable technical fix.  It's time for the FCC to stop squandering resources trying to find a solution to an unfixable problem. Instead, it should focus its efforts on finding spectrum that LightSquared can operate in -- where LightSquared won't interfere with GPS."

The tests in question were overseen by the National PNT Engineering Forum, a federal advisory group of engineers. Deane Bunce, co-chair, reviewed the results onThursday, explaining some devices lost signal strength while others were knocked out completely.
 
These findings come a week before the official working group reported expected June 15. Safe to say, it does not look good for LightSquared.

- Wall Street Journal
by Adena Schutzberg on 06/10 at 04:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

EPA challenges you to find new ways to combine and deliver environmental data in a new app.  In the Apps for the Environment challenge, you have free reign to make an app that uses EPA data, addresses one of Administrator Lisa Jackson’s Seven Priorities, and is useful to communities or individuals.  EPA encourages you to use other environmental and health data too. The winners will be honored at a recognition event in Washington, D.C. this fall and the winning apps will be publicized on EPA’s website.

Apps are due in September.

- details

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/10 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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