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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bill Meehan Esri’s director of utility solutions responded to my query regarding more data about the sample used in the Esri study:

Q: What professionals/organizations were surveyed (were they all Esri users? Users of any GIS tech? Who?)

A Respondents were not necessarily Esri users. The study was open to any electric utility.

Q: How many of the respondents made the cut to be included (that is use GIS and know their ROI, per the report)

A: We had more than 250 responses, but some were incomplete. We had 85 utilities with complete responses, mostly from the US.

--- original post 10/2/12 ---

There seems to be lots of money available to do studies. Here are three studies related to geospatial that made the news this week.

In a recent Esri study of electric utility professionals, nearly half reported a more than 10 percent increase in productivity due to the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology. 

The study, really a series of slides, is available for download in PDF (after giving up name, e-mail and country) and was published in June. Most respondents are from the U.S. and it's not clear if they are necessarily Esri users, though I'd think so. I could not find the number of organizations that responded.

- press release

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/18 at 01:10 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Placecast, which offers retailers a way to offer discounts, has a new offering as of today. After signing up with credit card company, carrier, or retailer things start to roll.

...when the consumer gets close to a particular merchant, an offer will pop up on their mobile phone screen. A Card-Linked ShopAlerts offer might read “Get a $20 statement credit when you use your card and spend $100 or more at Big Box Retail, 1234 Main Street.”

Customers then simply make a purchase and automatically receive the discount on their bank statement. What Placecast says differentiates its card-linked offers, is that the incentives are location-based, and used real-time location, consumer preferences and spend history.

This is the next generation after the coffee/pizza coupon vision of five or so years ago.

- TechCrunch

Twitter has used it location-based blocking, for the first time, to "hide" offensive tweets in Germany.

The rest of the world can still see the account's 140-character ruminations, but anyone accessing Twitter from Germany will see a message saying "This tweet from @username has been withheld in: Germany."

- TechRadar

A new "more of the same" offering popped up this week.

BuzzMob is a location-based platform that brings social media communication to real-world places and events.

It just got $2M in funding (why?).

VentureBeat

Factual, the Los Angeles provider of a huge dataset of location information and other data available via API, said last night that the firm has just turned on real time updates on the service. The company--which serves up location-based information and other huge, common datasets to mobile and other software developers--said that it has extended its data sets to now include real-time updating and assimilation of information into its Factual Places data. 

- SocialTech

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/18 at 05:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
  • Google Maps Tracks API allows an organization to build applications that can store, display and analyze GPS data on a map. The API is built on top of Google’s reliable cloud infrastructure and offers specialized features such as geo-fencing.
  • Google Maps Geolocation API enables an application or device to determine its own location without the use of GPS by looking up the locations of nearby wifi access points and cell towers. By limiting GPS usage, a device can save battery life and work indoors or in remote areas.

Google is positioning the additions as aimed at businesses, though of course many others will find them useful. I want to point out that geofencing is one the main offerings of Geoloqi and my colleague Joe Francica argues asset tracking was one area of interest that prompted Esri's acquisition. Tune into next week's podcast to hear his argument.

- Google Enterprise Blog via ZDnet

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/18 at 04:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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