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Thursday, June 30, 2011

I learned of this two page pdf, dated June 2011, not from NGAC's website/reports but from Esri's Pre-UC Q&A. I could only find a copy on Esri's website. I should think the federal government might want to share it, too.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/30 at 01:15 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Pictometry CEO Richard M. Hurwitz. who took the reigns a little less than a year ago, addresses the company plans in an interview with the local paper including discussion of last month's acquisition of Indiana-based GeoEstimater (press release).

Pictometry is spending a lot of time moving from a visualization tool where we can look at that unique data to a company providing solutions. (With the GeoEstimator acquisition), Pictometry is now delivering answers to a targeted customer base. The insurance industry is prepared to go 100 percent toward remote measurement of roofs. We're in all the Lowe's stores around the country. If you want to repair your roof, you can walk into Lowe's, order a report and there are all the metrics for you to buy all the right materials at the right price.

- (Rochester NY) Democrat and Chronicle

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/30 at 04:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

One of LightSquared customers, the first one, is speaking up on the GPS interference issue. Open Range Communications offer rural WiMAXand signed on with the carrier in March.

In an open letter [currently unavailable on website] released yesterday, Open Range CEO Bill Beans said the portrayal of the issue as a win-lose dilemma with a winner-take-all outcome “is unfortunate, shortsighted, and just plain wrong. It is not true that for one technology to exist, the other must not.”

- Wireless Week

The Save Our GPS Coalition continued its PR campaign with yet another press release highlighting a founder member addressing the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council.

Jim Kirkland, vice president and general counsel of Trimble quoting a National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) report said LightSquared’s planned deployment of 40,000 ground stations “could literally become a matter of life and death” when it affects communications and location technology used by first responders and other public safety officials.

- press release

In New Hampshire, there is love for the potential jobs and Internet access LightSquared could bring, but a reticence about interference with GPS.

U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, R-N.H., held a press conference at Concord’s Municipal Airport on June 29, to discuss the potential impact a new company trying to build a national broadband network may have to global positioning systems [GPS]. 

Bass is on the Communications and Technology House Subcommittee and is a pilot; he sent a letter to the FCC several weeks ago.

- Concord Patch

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/30 at 04:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The City of Toronto’s long-awaited Wellbeing Toronto map site launched today (in beta), giving users the ability to map 140 officially-defined neighbourhoods by dozens of different data points, from arson to breast cancer screening to sports facilities. It's a much more user-friendly approach to open data than we've seen in Toronto (and elsewhere) up till now.

- Global Regina

In Lansing, MI GIS is the bad guy; it's tech told the city two fire stations should close and which ones.

The decision to close two stations came after a GIS mapping study. The idea is if you have to close two stations, shutting down numbers five and seven would have the least impact on coverage.

- WILX

The Pottawattamie County Board (NE) amended its budget to put $200,000 the County Attorney’s Office and Geographic Information Systems and Information Technology. The funding is in support of response to the current flooding.

“Once the river crests, a pictometry flight will give us elevations of the flood,” Supervisor Melvyn Houser said.

- Omaha.com

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/30 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

India

India's national GIS is expected to be online within 3 years.

Called National GIS, this geographical information system powered service would be the first one-stop database of India's natural and physical assets, providing information and services about government schemes and businesses -- right from locating malls, hospitals or ATMs to lodging complaints. ,,,

 The government already has a sizeable resource of multi-resolution satellite images and topographical and thematic maps. There are also GIS initiatives of the Natural Resources Management System , National Spatial Data Infrastructure and National Urban Information Systems . 

However, none of these are integrated with each other, making it impossible for one government agency to use information of another while alienating private stakeholders altogether.

Economic Times

Romania

Romania's Green Register project is planning to use GIS to ensure Bucharest meets EU requirements for green space.

The Green Register project’s objectives include creating a digital map of protected trees and compact green spaces on public and private land, as well as trees planted near roads, public institutions, public schools, culture institutions, housing complexes, churches and in cemeteries. The map should also cover damaged land that can be converted into green space.

Another objective is developing a dedicated geographic information system (GIS) application, to keep the map up to date and allow a user to generate and print reports, and read about documents issued by City Hall’s Environment Department on cutting/planting authorization.

- Romania Insider

Mongolia

The results of Mongolia’s 2010 Population and Housing Census are in – at present, there are currently 2,754,685 individuals in Mongolia, up from 2,373, 493 people from ten years ago.

Following the recommendation of the United Nations that countries should conduct a census every 10 years, Mongolia was among the 53 countries to do so by conducting its population and housing census using a Geographic Information System (GIS) for the first time based on best practice case studies from other countries.

- FutureGov

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/30 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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