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Friday, January 31, 2014

On Jan 30 Apple applied for a patent titled Vehicle Location System, 20140028477. Abstract:

Techniques are provided for locating a parked vehicle using a mobile device. In one embodiment, the mobile device may automatically detect when a moving vehicle is being parked and save its GPS location at that point at the location of the parked vehicle. The mobile device may later output the saved location of the parked vehicle when a user, such as the driver of the parked vehicle, requests the information. In some embodiments, the mobile device may communicate with the vehicle in order to determine when the vehicle is being parked.

via Patently Apple

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 07:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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My Way to Go, an innovative web-based trip planning tool launched this week at, offers area residents a convenient central resource to explore multiple commute options. The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Way to Go program debuts the one-stop shop that allows commuters to easily and comprehensively compare their trip options and make informed choices.

It uses Esri tech, and offers car sharing, bike and walking options. It taps OpenStreetMap; hopefully someone will note it's not Open Street Map as attributed. (Update 1/30/14, 3 pm: Already heard back from My Way to Go; they are on the OSM issue.)

- press release

A new online tool developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society will enable New Yorkers to develop and share sustainable visions of New York City’s future, making it possible for the public to virtually plan their city block by block. allows users to create and share visions comprised of ecosystems, lifestyles, and climate scenarios and measure their environmental performance in terms of water and carbon cycles, biodiversity and population for Manhattan. Users can tap a wide variety of datasets past and present to create their maps and then share them via social media. The other boroughs are on the way. And, Esri tech is in use. was supported by a 2011 NYC Cultural Innovation Fund grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, with additional support from The Summit Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Nimbo (, and Esri.
There's a new tool, MapIQ to help those interested in services in South Australia find them. 

Developed by DCSI, using cutting-edge Geographic Information System (GIS) technology from intelligent mapping company Esri Australia, the website provides an all-access pass to information on more than 7,000 services.

Most noteworthy to me: all the data is under a Creative Commons license (see graphic above). The list of data sources includes many public agencies and Google and Map Data Services.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 05:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The folks behind AEC Hackathon are specifically looking for some geospatial folks to join the event.

A first for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that creates on-the-spot teams of technologists and industry stakeholders to shape the future of our built environment. Formatted as a traditional "hack," the AEC Hackathon provides a playful, exploratory environment where disruption and creative ideas are the essential tools for innovation. The AEC community faces fresh new problems that urgently need brilliant minds to solve them. How are you changing the world?

It's March 14-16, Facebook HQ, Menlo Park, CA. There is a small fee for most participants. Perhaps some geodesign folks will want to participate?

- details

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 05:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Israel Fraier, who founded ScanTask in 2008 describes the just-out-of-stealth mode company as the Waze of agriculture. Waze, the crowdsourced traffic and mapping tool from Isreal was acquired by Google last year. ScanTask uses crowdsourced data from farmers along with weather data to guide planting, spraying and other field tasks.

Original self-funded ScanTask won a Galileo program grant from the EU and now seeks $4 million for further development and expansion beyond Israeli borders. A pilot program taps more than 1000 farmers cultivating 22,000 plots.

In addition to day to day guidance, the system may be able to serve as an early warning system to prevent damage from pests or severe weather. The government of Peru had to pay considerable compensation to its coffee growers which lost crops during a rust infestation.

The system is unlike Waze. First it's not free: a subscription to AgriTask is about $1 per month per hectare. Second, farmers who unlike drviers are in fact competitors, have an array of privacy features so that other farms cannot see detailed planting or treatment schedules.

The system, which is already multi-lingual can also be used to manage other plant and animal businesses. 

- Israel 21c

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 05:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Following a  French government commitment Jan. 17 at the Geneva meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) the French space agency, CNES announced free availability of Spot imagery for research. The Spot data, made available via partner Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium Services) includes imagery at least five years old. The imagery dates back to 1986 and CNES has already begun processing the 100,000 images which are expected to be available later this year. Other images may require a small fee for processing.

- Space News

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 06:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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