Frank Warmerdam announced July 30 via Google+ he's leaving Google after two years to join microsatellite firm Planet Labs. Among other things, those in geospatial have Warmerdam to thank for good stuff like GDAL and OGR. He was the first recipient of OSGeo's Sol Katz award.
Best of luck!
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 05:57 AM |
Qualcomm Atheros, is a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, offered up indoor positioning news today. Qualcomm Atheros will be using indoor map data from HERE (among other providers) to enable its Qualcomm IZat location technologies (includes sensors for GNSS, wi-fi, etc.) to be used for precise indoor positioning (within 3-5 meters) apps.
What I confirmed in my conversation with Leslie Presutti Director, Product Management at Qualcomm Atheros is that the company is looking to collect all three of the key bits for indoor locating:
a solution to sense location (IZat, which they have)
maps of indoor wi-fi access points (some of which they have via partners)
actual maps of venues (such as those from HERE)
The plan is to offer a solution across all three of these requirements such that developers of indoor solutions will turn to Qualcomm. As Presutti noted, the company is at the bottom of the food chain, so the revenues must trickle down from say app developers and phone buyers.
- press release
Image courtesy Nokia Conversations.
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 04:55 AM |
Middle Tennessee State University's Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology is the home of a team mapping historical sites to create a database of all the historical properties in the state. The lab received $50,000 grant to continue work through the Tennessee Historical Commission; it was one of 25 awarded in Tennessee under provisions of the Natural Historic Preservation Act. One full time and three part time grad students should be able to complete the work under the grant.
- Daily News Journal
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation MassRIDES Statewide Travel Options Program in collaboration with Bridgewater State College have made available all state transit authority routes and schedules – including MBTA and regional transit authorities – on Google Maps.
A nice addition to the MTBA Google Maps app. Oh, and kudos to Bridgewater! I used to teach geography there!
- Concord Patch
The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received a $790,000 grant from the Houston Endowment for a ground-breaking project to map and evaluate the effects of sea level rise on the Upper Texas Coast and develop tools to address this critical issue.
- Record Star
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 03:53 AM |
Foursquare switched over the OpenStreetMap last year (we discussed it on a podcast). Now comes word of a rollout of tools for Foursquare users to correct location information in OSM:
Now, Foursquare users will see an “edit map” link when editing places on Foursquare.com, which leads directly to OpenStreetMap’s web editor at the right location, where they can join OSM and make updates. Today, it’s rolling out to Foursquare Superusers in the UK, Australia, Germany, and Brazil. We’ll be expanding in the future to other places where location data can be improved.
I read that as only on the site, not in the app.
- Foursquare Blog via @seangorman
In other Foursquare news, there seems to be more selling of location data.
As part of its efforts to generate new sources of revenue, Foursquare is working with ad-tech company Turn to allow advertisers to use its treasure-trove of location data to retarget Foursquare users on other websites, according to executives familiar with the situation.
- Ad Age
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 03:13 AM |