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Archive for May, 2012

Autopilot to Taiwan: ITRI is Offering Prototyping Prize for Connected Vehicles

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Having identified enormous developmental potential in the trending topic of connected vehicles, Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is looking for forward-thinking prototypes in the 2012 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). Eight finalists will be invited to the institute’s research campus in Taiwan to present their pilot projects. The winner and finalists will receive cash prizes ranging from EUR 1,000 to EUR 10,000.   

Intelligent cars made possible by modern navigation and communication technologies are a popular topic with automotive manufacturers and customers alike. Automated parking functions and systems that warn drivers of braking vehicles and sharp curves are just the beginning. Following its major success in 2011, ITRI is offering a prototyping prize in the field of connected vehicles for the second time in this year’s ESNC. The institute’s stated objective – “Connect Autos Tightly to ICT from V2X” – reflects its search for innovative solutions that combine modern satellite navigation and smart vehicle communication technologies.

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ArcGIS for Local Government, Defence, Transportation, and Water Utilities

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The following 4 presentations were given at the 2012 Esri Developer Summit. They cover the 4 main industries:

  • Local Government
  • Defence
  • Transportation
  • Water utilities

In the first presentation, Christian Carlson and Scott Oppmann present ArcGIS for Local Government and its set of downloadable maps and apps.

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The Power of Python

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Jason Pardy provides an overview of how Python is used within the ArcGIS system. This video was recorded at the 2012 Esri Developer Summit in March, 2012.

ArcGIS Runtime SDK within Windows 8 Metro Style Applications

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Morten Nielsen previews the efforts being made with ArcGIS Runtime SDK within Windows 8 Metro style applications.

Windows 8 essentially runs in two different modes — one is like the traditional windows environment in Windows 7.

The second mode is the Metro style. The Metro style apps are designed to be full screen, beautiful, connected to the people and content you care about, interactive and touch-first, and work in a variety of layouts and form factors. Metro style apps takes center stage, while the operating system remains in the background.

WorldMap by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: Worldmap

The WorldMap platform is being developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, collaborate with, and publish geospatial information.  WorldMap is Open Source software.

The system attempts to fill a growing niche between powerful desktop-bound mapping applications, and lightweight web map solutions with limited capacity.

If you find WorldMap data or technology useful in your research we would love to hear from you.  Understanding how the system is being used and where it needs improvement is critical as we evolve the system together.

WorldMap provides researchers with the ability to:

  • Upload large datasets and overlay them up with thousands of other layers
  • Create and edit maps and link map features to rich media content
  • Share edit or view access with small or large groups
  • Export data to standard formats
  • Make use of powerful online cartographic tools
  • Georeference paper maps online (http://warp.worldmap.harvard.edu)
  • Publish one’s data to the world or to just a few collaborators

Overview of WorldMap – a talk given to ABCD Harvard Technology group by Ben Lewis in November, 2011.

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ENVI | Imagery Becomes Knowledge

Monday, May 7th, 2012

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With a streamlined user interface, a modern high-speed display, new and advanced processing tools, and a flexible API for easy customization, ENVI 5 makes it easier for you to solve problems using geospatial imagery. And, since all ENVI tools are still conveniently accessible from the ArcGIS® toolbox, GIS users can easily add information to their GIS workflow for enhanced mapping applications.

GeoEye Proposes Acquisition Of DigitalGlobe but DigitalGlobe Rejects the Offer

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Since publication of the following article, DigitalGlobe has rejected GeoEYE’s offer. Read the story here.

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Article source: GeoEYE

May 5, 2012 — HERNDON, Va. —  GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY), a leading source of geospatial information and insight, today announced that it is proposing to acquire DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI).

The combined company would create the world’s largest fleet of high resolution commercial imagery satellites. The new company would be well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of the U.S. government and other customers in this fiscally constrained environment. We will also continue to invest in new information, analytic services and the most technologically advanced commercial satellites for government and commercial customers around the world.

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Google Maps API Office Hours – Places API

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Paul Saxman and Marcello Camello discuss the latest developments in the Google Places API and answer questions from the audience:

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Exelis Visual Information Solutions Announces ENVI 5

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Exelis Visual Information Solutions

Introducing the Next Generation of Image Analysis Software!

May 01, 2012 – Exelis Visual Information Solutions proudly announces the release of ENVI 5, the next generation of ENVI, the company’s industry-leading image analysis software which is used across industries by professionals who want to uncover hidden information in geospatial imagery in order to make better, more informed decisions.  ENVI 5 introduces imagery consumers to an innovative and streamlined user process for their image analysis workflow, making complex analysis tasks easier.  Designed to make image analysis accessible to users of virtually any experience level, ENVI 5 provides:

  • An intuitive, easy-to-navigate interface.
  • A highly-efficient display for large datasets.
  • New automated processes for several popular analysis tasks.
  • A flexible application programming interface for customizing the software to unique user needs.

Autodesk Labs: Project Basejump for AutoCAD Map 3D / AutoCAD Civil 3D Introduction

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Project Basejump for AutoCAD® Map 3D® 2013 and AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 software is a free* technoloy preview that provides functionality that enables users to access Microsoft® Bing® web mapping services (WMS) maps within AutoCAD Map 3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D.


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