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Monday, December 12, 2011

Kearney Nebraska uses an assett management system from Beehive to serve its online maps (via Silveilght) in a product called Homebase. Now the city has added Smart Maps, thematic maps of garbage collection, capital improvements, traffic counts and the like. The page listing the maps is on a Google Sites page but the maps start ArcGIS Explorer (Silverlight).  I needed a newer version of Silverlight for the latter maps; the former ones worked fine with an old version.

- Kearney Hub

Did you ever wonder what happened to the folks from Thomas Brothers when that company was acquired by Rand McNally? Well in addition to helping out with mapping in Haiti Bernard Catalinotto and Glen Jansma started mymapbook website which covers several communities in nothern California. Is this the future of community mapping.

- Larkspur Cortre Madera Patch

The Florence County [SC] Library System recently received a grant of more than $37,000 from the Library Services and Technology Act for a Virtual Museum Project.

The first-of-its-kind project will see collaboration between the Florence Museum, Florence County Library System and Florence County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to expand services provided for learning, access to information and educational resources in any one of multiple formats.

The Virtual Museum Project’s goal is to catalog the entire collection of the museum and add it to the library’s online digital catalog, as well as create a virtual tour.

- SC Now

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 05:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

New government tests show wireless start-up LightSquared's network could knock out a "great majority" of GPS devices, according to a congressional aide who has seen a draft government report on the tests.

Preliminary data from recent government and industry tests of LightSquared's network suggest that the start-up hasn't solved concerns that its network would knock out a large number of personal or military GPS devices, the report said, according to the aide.

The results were to be announced on Dec 14, but got out early. The laboratory testing was performed for the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Systems Engineering Forum found that 69 of 92, or 75 percent, of receivers tested “experienced harmful interference” at the equivalent of 100 meters (109 yards) from a LightSquared base station.  Martin Harriman, executive vice president at LightSquared stated via e-mail that the company is  “outraged by the illegal leak of incomplete government data. This breach attempts to draw an inaccurate conclusion to negatively influence the future of LightSquared and narrowly serve the business interests of the GPS industry.”

- Wall Street Journal

- BusinessWeek

In other news, The Hill reports:

Federal regulators notified Harbinger Capital, the primary investor in wireless firm LightSquared, that they are considering suing the hedge fund over potential violations of securities laws.

- The Hill

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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