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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Global GIS Engineering Applications market ( is driven by traditional GIS, one of the largest segments in this market. It also generates a large portion of its revenue from software products and data. The Global GIS Engineering Applications market is expected to post a CAGR of 9.26 percent during 2012-2016. The Global GIS Engineering Applications market is driven by many growth factors; one is the increasing demand of GIS from process industries. However, the lack of awareness about GIS technology in developing countries could affect the growth of the market during the forecast period.

This from a press release from one of several organizations that sell the report ($2500 single user, 71 pages). The boring PR from Technavio doesn't include any numbers. This report writing/selling gig is one strange business. Technavio is the market research arm of Infiniti Research.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 06:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

DKT Ethiopia is an affiliate of DKT International, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide couples with affordable and safe options for family planning and HIV prevention in 19 low- and middle-income countries. In Ethiopia, DKT uses social marketing to distribute three brands of condoms (and eight variants), three oral contraceptive pills, two IUDS, two injectables, one brand of emergency contraception and several other health products.

It was in 2007 that DKT Ethiopia started using GIS (Geographic Information System), a tool to display and analyze sales, finance and inventory information geographically and, particularly, to plot every one of its 30,000+ direct and indirect sales outlets. This has made an enormous difference in DKT's ability to know how its contraceptive sales are going in every corner of Ethiopia.

- HuffPo

The higher the percentage of people in a city, town or neighborhood with Facebook interests suggesting a healthy, active lifestyle, the lower that area's obesity rate. At the same time, areas with a large percentage of Facebook users with television-related interests tend to have higher rates of obesity. Such are the conclusions of a study by Boston Children's Hospital researchers comparing geotagged Facebook user data with data from national and New York City-focused health surveys.

- Children's Hospital

In order to reach the most at-risk children, the Gates Foundation has helped implement a satellite mapping technique, to ensure house-to-house vaccinators use aren't missing any villages or settlements. In some cases, they also equip the vaccination teams with cellphone GPS devices to record where they've gone.

"We take the GPS tracks from cellphones and overlay that onto the assignment, to make absolutely sure that they've gone where they were supposed to go, which helps get the coverage level up," Gates says. "The difference between 85% coverage and 90% coverage is the difference between not succeeding and succeeding."

The disease in question is polio. We did something like this when fighting malaria in South Africa in 1995. I'm curious how The Gates Foundation enhanced it beyond using cell phones vs. the hand held GPS units and bicycles the locals used.

- Mashable

Despite this long history [since Snow], however, efforts to plot the locations of infectious diseases still tend to be reactive rather than proactive. And while local outbreaks are regularly and thoroughly mapped, the broader landscape is far murkier. According to a team of scientists led by Simon Hay from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, only 4 percent of important infectious diseases have been comprehensively mapped at a global scale. The rest are plagued by patchy data.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 04:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Shorewood village (IL) board approved a $136,000 contract with Joliet-based Ruettiger, Tonelli & Associates for development of custom mobile and web GIS to enhance its current system. Of interest to me:

The playground inspection application, for example, will validate that such park inspections are taking place on a biweekly basis. Barrowman said by utilizing global positioning systems, the reports would only be made accessible to inspectors when they are physically at the park site. They also will be time-stamped electronically.

I supposed inspectors were inspecting the parks while they were at home...

The Colorado Forest Service allows residents of the state to determine the wildfire risk in their area.

The Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment, or CO-WRAP website lets people view different maps of the state and download information about neighborhoods and watersheds. Officials say the goal of the website is to inform residents so they can mitigate the fire danger on their property.

The app is from DTS based on Esri technology. There's a public and professional viewer. The latter requires a log-in.


California has released state Pollution Risk Scores and Patch has put them on a Google Map.

These figures come from a new state report issed by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that compiles health risks based on 11 types of pollution and factors in seven categories of population and demographic factors, including poverty and education levels.

- Cerritos Patch

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 03:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

IF Nearmap chief Simon Crowther was offered $1 every time someone asked the listed aerial mapping outfit why it was mad enough to take on Google Maps, he would be rich enough to buy the California-based giant.

As the patient Crowther explains, Nearmap's business plan -- based on business rather than individual users -- is far removed from Google's motive of generating maps to stimulate internet searches.

"Google makes very little from maps: it just provides context for searches and they do an amazing job at it," he says.

Nearmap has quietly emerged on investor radars after its bold move last November to abandon free content in favour of annual subscriptions to businesses based on five or more users.

- The Australian

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 03:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Advances in cellphone networks make a legal distinction between cellular location tracking through the network and through GPS increasingly obsolete, said cybersecurity researcher Matt Blaze during an April 25 congressional hearing.

Blaze, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Pennsylvania, testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee chaired by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) in the second in a series of hearings on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.

"Network-based geolocation can often be more revealing than GPS tracking," Blaze said in his written testimony (.pdf), noting the bandwidth demand-driven phenomenon of increasingly smaller cellphone tower service areas in highly populated places and the limited indoor reception of GPS signals.

- Fierce Government via @jeffharrison

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 03:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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