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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Back on May 7th, during Pitney Bowes' (PB) quarterly conference call with financial analysts, CEO Murray Martin revealed a deal with Facebook for geocoding service:

We're pleased to note that at the end of the quarter, we signed a multi-year agreement with Facebook to offer global geocoding, reverse geocoding and other location intelligence applications and data for integration into Facebook's applications and services. Our best-of-breed technology will provide Facebook developers and ultimately their users high-performance, high-precision location processing across desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile platforms. This is a great example of the kinds of solutions we are developing to help our customers deliver more personalized, relevant communications to their customers.

by Joe Francica on 06/14 at 04:59 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

At the Pitney Bowes Insights Conference (#InsightsCon)  this week in New Orleans, MSNBC commentator and "Futurist-in-Residence" at The New York Times, Mike Rogers, gave his thoughts on what the future of technology might hold for the average person.

He said that if you look back eight years ago to 2004, there was no iPhone, a 24" LCD TV cost about $3000 and Facebook existed only at Harvard. Now, iPhones are driving an explosion of mobile apps, 24" LCD TVs cost about $200, and Facebook has nearly 900 Million users.

Rogers said that two primary things will make progress faster in the next eight years. Moore's Law will continue to impact the speed of data processing and people will adopt technology faster than they used to. He also said that three things will become more pervasive:

  • Connectivity to the Internet through a variety of devices will be assumed and we'll be connected all the time.
  • There will be broadband for everyone.
  • There will be a rise of the "digital personality."

The last item is most interesting. Essentially, Rogers believes that we will all develop "digital personalities" that will "carry us as we move through the virtual world." Digital personalities, he said, are the derivatives of social networks. So, how we represent ourselves in the future may depend on a digital persona. While I'm not sure that differs tremendously from our online profiles on Facebook or LinkedIn, the social networks today seem to be more static. That is, your personal information doesn't change unless you change it. I believe he is suggesting that there will be more dynamic interaction with the virtual world.

Lastly, he believes that our mobile devices will become more intelligent and the they will be personal concierges ... a more advanced version of Apple's Siri. The devices will not only tell us when we have our next appointment but will capture the frequency with which we visit places and make recommendations based on past personal preferences. For example, let's say you arrive late to work three times in the past week. Your mobile device might suggest to you that you rise earlier or take a different route to work. To me, this sounds less like "big brother" and more like "nagging mom."

by Joe Francica on 06/14 at 04:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Not such a long time ago, however, we also used to browse atlases, follow roads with our fingers and stop to read the names of exotic cities we wanted to visit. Today we are bringing back that thirst for exploration on Just hover with your mouse on the map and you will see it coming alive and giving you more possibilities to interact: you now get a useful overview of what kind of additional information we have in a specific city to enrich the pure mapping experience.

I like the idea of highlighting what is available for different areas, but found getting the panel to activate quite difficult - but then I am not very familiar with the interface.

- Nokia Conversations Blog

In other Nokia news, location services is getting further investment.

Nokia's location-based platform is expected to be another principal area of investment as Nokia plans to differentiate its portfolio of Lumia smartphones with leading location-based services including navigation and visual search applications such as the recently announced Nokia City Lens. Additionally, the company plans to extend its mapping technology to multiple industries to strengthen the platform and generate new revenue.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/14 at 04:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

And, pricing is published. Organizations (one person per, please!) can get a 30 day trial and take any work done then into a paid subscription.

Here's a nice recap from Computerworld published today.

ArcGIS Online organizational subscriptions cost $500 per year per user for a minimum of five users, including credits for CPU use, data storage and bandwidth, Dangermond said. The credits are designed to be enough for "normal" use, although not necessarily for a public site receiving a million visits a day, or storage of, say, satellite imagery for the planet, Dangermond said.

The per-user price drops to $200/year for a thousand users. Customers who already have an ESRI Enterprise License Agreement will receive ArcGIS Online subscriptions for unlimited users and credits for each user.

There's also a Q&A with Jack Dangermond (but you need to be an Insider, free registration).

- Computerworld

There's also a "What's new in ArcGIS Online" from the ArcGIS Blog.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 06/14 at 04:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Brookline, MA Police Chief Daniel O’Leary will launch the Homesafe Program using tech from the LoJack SafetyNet Inc., a subsidiary of Westwood-based LoJack Corp, to help track down missing people who suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or other cognitive disorders.

The cost of the tracking system and bracelets will be $30 a month or $330 a year, but a $20,000 donation provided by the Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation will enable the town to provide financial assistance to families who can’t afford the program.

Police are partnering with the Brookline Community Mental Health Center and the Council on Aging for the program. O’Leary said Boston has a similar program up and running and Cambridge and Newton are looking into it.

I've seen companies offering such tracking on a client by client basis, but I suppose there is more money to be made if the local police are behind it. I wonder if the data goes through the local GIS or dispatch for mapping or if its all done at LoJack?


Franklin County, Alabama is crowdsouricing the locations of storm shelters for use by officials. Knowing their locations means responders can check these shelters after looking for trapped folks in the main house.

To have any shelter, including home basements, added to the GIS layer, contact...

- Franklin County Times

Dana Point's [California] new interactive mapping website, called Community View, is now live, offering public information on everything from beach locations to wedding sites to land-use zoning and more.

The geographical information system, or GIS, is provided under an $8,000-a-year contract the city approved last month with Digital Map Products. 

I could not full use the app since it seems Safari is not supported - only IE and Firefox. (The help is copyright 2007 - does that mean no new browser support has been added since then?) I also found the "turn layer off" menu choice at the bottom of the list of layers in the menu unfamiliar.

- OC Register

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/14 at 01:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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