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A TED Talk by Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it’s not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it “geo-medicine.”


 

HP’s Latest CADCentric Technology – an interview with Tom Salomone

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

I recently had an opportunity to interview Tom Salomone, MCAD & AEC Worldwide Segment Manager at HP at the Autodesk University, 2011 in Las Vegas. This is a transcript of the interview.

Sanjay: How has the show been going for you?

Tom: The show has been going awesome for us. We’ve got a lot of traffic going through out our booth. We’re showing out our workstations. So we have five desktop workstations and three mobile workstations that we are showing.

So we even have a small form factor work station that is sixty five percent smaller than our other work stations. This is for those in the auto-CAD space that are looking for something inexpensive and who are moving into the line. We have our higher end workstations for those people who are looking at 3dS Max. We have an ideal work station for Revit that we have here today as well. So we really have the full spectrum of work stations for auto-CAD.

With our mobile workstations, we have a fourteen inch, a fifteen inch, and a seventeen inch. So if you want light, you can get the fourteen inch. If you want power you can get the seventeen inch. If you want to compromise, you can get the fifteen inch. We have our tool-less chassis, not just with our desktops, but, also with our mobiles. So you can actually take apart the bottom of our mobile workstations and access the components the same as you can with our desktop workstations.

So, we really have a lot of cool products that we are showing. We also have some brand new technologies that we are showing at this year’s Autodesk. For the first time ever we are showing our new touch panels, our new touch monitor with Autodesk. So people can see that and see how they can really use the new technology. You can do ten fingers touch on the wall; you can do one hundred and fifty, one hundred and eighty finger touch. It’s very, very powerful.

The other thing that we are showing that is new since September is that we have our workstation cluster technology. You can actually cluster work stations together to maximize your power for things like analysis, things like rendering. So you can get a whole lot more power applied to those problems locally, just by leveraging unused cores that are available on your workstation.

So we have a lot of really cool things. We have our new printers. We are talking about E-print and share. It’s a free software where people can sign up for it, where you can print anywhere on the web. So you can be here in Los Vegas, and you can print back home if you wanted to. It’s really cool.

 

 

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eSpatial releases new video – “eSpatial OnDemand GIS™: Location intelligence transformed”

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Article source: eSpatial

eSpatial, leading provider of GIS  (Geographical Information Systems) and pioneer in GIS delivered via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), has released a new video, entitled “eSpatial OnDemand GIS™: Location intelligence transformed”.


The video aims to engage both GIS experts and newcomers to location intelligence, and promotes the benefits of the company’s SaaS-based flagship GIS software, eSpatial OnDemand GIS.

“Being innovative with cloud technology is never easy, particularly in a complex industry like GIS,” says Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Colm Mulcahy.

“However, the overwhelming volume of enquiries we’ve received about eSpatial OnDemand GIS have confirmed that not only is there a market for SaaS-based GIS – but that it’s far more substantial than we’d previously imagined.”

The video is brief, and primarily focuses on the benefits of location intelligence.

After introducing the concept of location intelligence, the video outlines its business benefits, then explains the crucial difference offered by eSpatial OnDemand GIS: full-function, enterprise-grade GIS software from industry experts, now available for both experts and newcomers, with low-cost SaaS delivery.

“We’re excited to continue to bring the benefits of enterprise-grade GIS software to both the geospatial industry, and the much broader business audience that we’ve begun to engage with,” says Mulcahy.

“SaaS will clearly play a large role in the future of the geospatial industry and the business community at large, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of this evolution.”

Interested in finding out more about eSpatial OnDemand GIS?
Request your free custom demo at: www.espatial.com/request-a-demo

About eSpatial OnDemand GIS
eSpatial OnDemand GIS transforms data with a geographic component into easily-understood maps, charts and graphs that can be interpreted to provide actionable business insights.

Combining the latest innovations in software delivery and usability with the full functionality of a Geographic Information System (GIS), eSpatial OnDemand GIS makes location intelligence available to any organisation.

eSpatial OnDemand GIS is an affordable, predictable, and scalable location intelligence tool, suitable for both GIS experts and newcomers to location intelligence alike. It also provides an ideal enterprise grade hosted services delivery platform for geospatial applications.

Interested in experiencing eSpatial OnDemand GIS for yourself? Request a free custom demonstration with a sample of your own data!

About eSpatial
eSpatial is a leading provider of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and a pioneer in the provision of location intelligence delivered via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Our flagship product, eSpatial OnDemand GIS (formerly known as iSMART), has pioneered the availability of a full-function GIS or location intelligence tool with SaaS delivery.

As an established presence in the GIS and location intelligence space, eSpatial has developed considerable expertise and intellectual property in spatial software use and development.

We are proud to work with leading technology partners such as Oracle, NAVTEQ and Digital Globe; and to count many leading organisations amongst our global customer base.

eSpatial is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

Email: info@espatial.com
Website: www.espatial.com

Further information
Laura Lilienthal, Corporate Marketing Manager, eSpatial, Block A1, EastPoint Business Park, Fairview, Dublin 3, Ireland.
Phone: +353 1 870 8800 Email: media@espatial.com

Panel Discussion from Intergeo – Aggregating Geospatial, Social media, and Authoritative Source Information

Friday, October 21st, 2011

GIS and Geospatial information is rapidly growing with the addition of social media and authoritative source information. The web, the cloud and the move towards making GIS ubiquitous so that more people can have access to information, has created more bandwidth to be able to view and interact with more different data types. But how do you get all those types of information into a usable format for the intended audience? What tools do we have at our disposal?


 

 

Here are some of the questions discussed in the panel.

  • What process is in place with various companies to create “authoritative source information?”
  • How is social media used to provide an accurate picture of an event or place, and integrated into a whole geospatial fabric? Give examples.
  • As data is growing in volume, what kinds of challenges do new data sources like crowdsourcing create for organizations?
  • New technologies include virtualize computing environments, the cloud and SaaS, social networks, more quantitative science and more integrative, analytic, predictive real time efforts. As GIS becomes more able to manage larger datasets, does it also become easier to use and allow more people to use it
  • How are multiple services integrated and shared so users can put data in a blog, with new web maps that support visualization, popups, and intelligence? Can this type of of technology used everywhere on any device, and integrated into social media and how is this accomplished?
  • Community Analyst, an easy application that was announced last year, allows “anyone” to create maps. Are there comparable products on the market that allow you to map data coming from various sources?

 

Panel Discussion from Intergeo – Integrating Geospatial and Architectural Design Data for Future Cities & Communities

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

It is important for engineering and facilities management data to be accessible in GIS databases. There are several possible reasons for this. Today, there is a greater need for accurate facilities management data, and for extending mapping to the indoor environment. The prevalence of BIM makes it possible to have detailed structural models of buildings, bridges and roads, which enhance the GIS database that may be used in 3D city planning. The availability of greater computing power, the cloud and ability to display 3D even down to a small mobile device open up extraordinary possibilities for design in a geo context. And finally, the need for sustainable design.

This is a panel discussion between Sanjay Gangal of GISCafe.Com & Andreas Ulmer of Esri Procedural.

Here are some of the questions discussed in the panel.

 

  • How important is it for engineering and facilities management data to be accessible in GIS databases?
  • How do the availability of greater computing power, the cloud and ability to display 3D even down to a small mobile device offer greater possibilities for the marriage of design and geospatial?
  • How can 3D visualization and satellite imagery data from geospatial be maximized in architectural and 3D cities design?
  • How should geography be changed, what are consequences of change, what are the alternatives scenarios?
  • How do we drive better performance out of faciities at all levels?
  • What can be pulled out of BIM to put in GIS and vice versa? Can you describe use cases?

 

Interview with Allan Place, Director of Sales, PCI Geomatics

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

In this interview, Allan Place talks about the new Geomatica 2012, the latest version of PCI Geomaics’ complete and integrated desktop image processing software featuring tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production, mosaicking and more. He says that Geomatica 2012 provides leading edge automation, performance and innovation, leveraging the power of multi-core, multi-processor desktop systems to complete image processing tasks in record time.

He also talks about the usability improvements such as on-the-fly image enhancements and drag-and-drop file handling capabilities and new functionalities such as Optical and Coherent Change Detection to make Geomatica 2012 the most advanced Geomatica software release to date.

Here is the interview:



Interview with Peter Taylor of Spheron-VR

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Spheron-VR AG is known globally as pioneers in HDR (High Dynamic Range) capture device technology and experts in visual content management software. In this interview Peter talks about the latest version of their HDR Camera system. This photogrammetric camera is able to automatically capture 360º spherical HDR imagery in a single scan operation. He also talks about Spheron’s SceneWorks technology which is designed for onsite scene documentation. The solution allows for the integration of these HDR spherical images into a comprehensive visual database

SceneWorks product has tailored solutions for areas such as crime scene documentation, Security, Critical Infrastructure and also other Industrial Industries such as Plant, Construction and other Facility Management applications. Such documentation allows for virtual access to a scene or site from anywhere at any time.



Interview with Joe Croser of Pointools

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Here is the second interview from Intergeo. Joe Croser talks about the Pointools products that help process massive volumes of Point Clouds. The Pointools products are being used by industrial designers to reverse engineer manufactured parts with a high level of accuracy, by the architects to reverse engineer buildings exteriors and interiors and by photogrammetry professionals to create detailed maps.



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Interview with Jim Van Rens, President of Riegl USA

Friday, October 7th, 2011

We are releasing a series of video interviews from Intergeo 2011. The first interview in the series is the interview with Jim Van Rens, President of Riegl USA.  Jim talks about the company and 4 new products announced at the Intergeo Conference (see the full press release below). Jim also announced the ‘RIEGL LiDAR 2012 International Airborne and Mobile User Conference‘ in March, 2012. Here is the video interview:




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The GISCafe Panels at the Intergeo 2011 and The Raining Acorns

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

It is raining acorns in Nuremberg

I arrived in Nuremberg last night for the Intergeo conference. After checking in at the hotel at 6 PM, had a dinner of sausages and sauerkraut, went to sleep at a respectable 8:30 PM — only to be wide awake at 4 AM due to jetlag. I decided to take a stroll along the adjacent lake. I was stunned by the continuous bullet-like cracking sounds. My taxi driver from the airport had assured me that Nuremberg was an extremely safe city with only 100 murders per year compared to 1,000+ in Cologne, the host of Intergeo 2010. On a closer inspection, to my relief, I discovered the sound was caused by the raining acorns from the oak trees around the lake.

The Raining Acorns

GISCafe is recording more than 20 video interviews at the Intergeo conference and also hosting two panels on the following topics:

  • Aggregating Geospatial, Social media, and Authoritative Source Information (Panel moderated by GISCafe) — Wednesday, Sep 28 – 3:20 – 3:40 PM
  • Integrating Geospatial and Architectural Design Data for Future Cities & Communities (Panel moderated by GISCafe) — Thursday, Sep 29 – 2:40 – 3:00 PM

The panels will be broadcast live on Intergeo TV and available on GISCafe a week after the show. Here are some of the companies interviewing with GISCafe :

  1. RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH
  2. PCI Geomatics
  3. Intergraph Z/I Deutschland GmbH
  4. Optech Incorporated
  5. Topcon EUROPE Positioning B.V.
  6. Safe Software Inc.
  7. ESRI Deutschland GmbH
  8. Juniper Systems, Inc.
  9. LizardTech
  10. Leica Geosystems GmbH
  11. PointTools
  12. Laser Technology, Inc.
  13. Trimble
  14. ITT
  15. Sivan Design
  16. Pitney Bowes Software GmbH

The interviews will be posted in the GISCafe -> Videos section after the event. Feel free to contact me if you want to participate in the panels or schedule an interview.

Sanjay Gangal
+1-408-850-9202

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