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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Local GIS (Town/City/State) Tidbits

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is working with eight states in a pilot program to map their safest roads. Says the CEO of the foundation: "You could get in a car, turn on the in-vehicle navigation and request not only the quickest way from point A to point B, but the safest way." 

- USA Today

To protect its IT infrastructure Altamonte Springs, Fla., moved equipment across the street to a renovated water tank. The structure had been used before to protect the computers and such during hurricanes, but they were innaccessible. Now, they have a permanent safe, home.

- GovTech

The Baltimore Sun is creating a crowdsourced map of tech businesses in the state. It uses Google Fusion tables. 

- Baltimore Sun Blog

The headline reads: "GPS to end mass copying in state" but so far as I can tell it's a problem GIS will actually solve.

To put a full stop to the malpractice of cheating, especially mass copying, in board exams in the state, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to identify centres where use of unfair means has become the norm. The idea is to pinpoint centres that show a high demand among schools even when there are other centres that are much closer....

"In order to stop this process of 'jumping' exam centres, we are going to use GPS technology. We will conduct mapping of all schools and the respective nearest exam centres in the state," she [chairperson of the state board] said. "We will compare the distance from the school to the centre selected with the distance to the nearest exam centre, and if we find that schools have selected an exam centre that is inexplicably far off, then we will cancel the school's request and instead allot the nearest centre."


by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 05:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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