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Thursday, March 14, 2013

MapQuest recently added a new feature to their mobile app that now optimizes routing automatically based upon current traffic congestion. 

MapQuest has licensed traffic data from INRIX that includes both probe and historical traffic information. MapQuest is using these data for its dynamic rerouting function. The updated app includes voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions, pedestrian navigation and simplified searching for POIs.
According to Brian McMahon, general manager, MapQuest is investing heavily to integrate its line of travel products. For example, as people add information such as reviews of restaurants or hotels through MapQuest travel blogs, the company is optimizing its platform to expose this information in POI searches. "This will be deeply integrated into [our] products," said McMahon. The objective is to create a richer data archive for users of MapQuest's navigation and travel products.
MapQuest has been heavily investing in OpenStreetMap as its presentation engine. MapQuest is also continuing to support APIs for developers.
by Joe Francica on 03/14 at 11:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


Amber Case '08 has been added to the Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees, the youngest trustee in the college’s history. Case will play an influential role in decision-making as a full trustee—she is not filing a young alumni seat.
At just 26, Case is part of an elite 1% of private college trustees under the age of 30 (see summary here). Yet this is a growing trend for colleges and other businesses looking to recent graduates for fresh ideas and constructive criticism—Princeton, Pomona, Skidmore, Duke, and Cornell are all excellent examples. The Charity Commission has an excellent report on the under-representation of young people as trustees and the importance of engaging this next generation.
Case is the Director of Esri R&D Center, Portland, where she works on location-based technology with a focus on mobile software, non-visual augmented reality, the future of location, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. She has been featured in Forbes and WIRED, and in 2012 was named one of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers and one of Inc Magazine's 30 under 30. Case has spoken at TED on technology and humans and was featured in Fast Company 2010 as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology.
Source: Esri
by Joe Francica on 03/14 at 12:32 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Google is reducing the number of core product groups from five to seven. As part of this move, the mapping and commerce unit, led by Jeff Huber, will be split with the mapping unit moved under the search group, led by Alan Eustace. A Google spokesperson said that Huber is moving to Google X, a division that is exploring Google Glass. Google Earth, Google Maps and Google's online shopping-search units were being managed by Huber.

My Take

Google loves shuffling the deck of employees, never having them stay in one division any longer than about 18 months. Some employees have been with Google Maps and Earth for longer, especially those with geospatial expertise. When Marissa Mayer (See Directions' interview with Mayer) ran the mapping unit before her departure to Yahoo, it was thought that more emphasis would be placed on geospatial searching since she was one of the original Google search engineers. Now, perhaps we should expect to see better geospatial querying capabilities with a new home under the Google search team.

by Joe Francica on 03/14 at 11:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association has awarded Holliston, MA a $10,000 grant to implement a GIS. The Association provides the town with property and causuality insurance. PeopleGIS will do the implentation; I expect the company will use its open source-based SimpliCITY solution.

Johnson County, WY Commissioners update local resolutions; now the county can charge for GIS/Mapping Data information when requested from commercial entities. The other change: it can now charge for electronic versions of the data, not just printed pages. Fees start at $150.

The Colorado State Forest Service has just made available an online mapping tool that will help community leaders, professional planners and interested citizens determine wildfire risk and where forest management actions can achieve the greatest impact to reduce that risk.

The Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal - or CO-WRAP - is a web-mapping tool that provides access to statewide wildfire risk assessment information. Through CO-WRAP, fire mitigation professionals, prevention planners, natural resource professionals and interested citizens can generate maps and download data and reports that describe defined project areas, such as neighborhoods or watersheds. The information in the portal is based on geographic information system (GIS) data layers that allow users to view such themes as the likelihood of an acre burning, potential fire intensity, historic fire occurrence and values at risk from wildfire.

It looks like a DTS implementation build on Esri technology.
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/14 at 04:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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