On this first day of the Winter Solstice, it is a time of reflection and quiet, noticing how remarkable it is that the planets are all aligned with the sun. It is also a good time to look at what we might find important geospatial topics for 2013.
Archive for 2012
According to an article in the Guardian, the US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world – there are 89 guns for every 100 Americans, compared to 6 in England and Wales.
See gun crime statistics by state in this latest data map.
David Pogue reviews the new Google Maps app for the iPhone for The New York Times today. Readers of GISCafe Voice might remember Apple dropped their long time relationship with Google in order to provide their own Apple Maps, which some customers have not found as good as Google Maps.
Pictometry International Corp., inventor of measurable, aerial oblique imagery and analytics tools, launched Pictometry Integration for Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 and 2012 products at Autodesk University the last week of November. Now users’ high resolution geo-referenced aerial imagery can be accessed from directly within the AutoCAD Civil 3D workspace, enabling users to visualize and take measurements of real-world field environments, helping reduce the need for field visits. AutoCAD Civil 3D use has grown phenomenally over the past two-three years, and continues to climb, according to experts in the field. It will also certainly benefit Pictometry to gain access to Autodesk’s millions of users.
With 520 stores, 50 restaurants, and the nation’s largest indoor theme park, Mall of America touts itself as “one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.”
It is heartening to hear that “everything is geospatial” from Autodesk this year and I for one wanted to hear how that could be.
Research and Markets announced this week the addition of the “GeoFencing: Enabling Location-Based Reminders, Ads, Promotions, Proactive Apps, Security & More”report to their offering.
What is GeoFencing? It is an application that runs automatically on your smartphone so that when you get near a relevant location, that location or vendor can target their services to you the user and to the location.
If you use your smartphone calendar and to-do list, GeoFencing will let you know you are passing a store that sells the item on your to-do list that you need. If you’re a retailer then GeoFending will run your shop’s app while a user is passing the store in that location, signaling him/her with an appropriate product suggestion. It is also good for advertisers, parents, for social networking, for interoffice communication, always letting you know of what or who nearby might be appropriate for you to talk to.
There are a number of hurdles yet to be scaled for GeoFencing, such as the fact that running the phone GPS might drain the device’s battery. Also, timing and the range of the GPS are factors.
Remote sensing aficionados will be pleased to know that Astrium Services is launching their Pléiades 1B on Friday, 30 November 2012 at 11:02 pm Kourou local time (Saturday, 1 December 2:02 UTC). Pleiades 1B is the second satellite in the Pléiades constellation and will be orbited by a Soyuz launcher from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. Arianespace at www.arianespace.tv will be the official broadcasters of the launch.
Videos of keynotes from the Bentley Be Inspired 2012 Conference are available here with a login:
The California Department of Transportation (DOT) consulting to Caltrans, is using StreetMapper to survey more than 7,000 bridges in California. StreetMapper is a mobile mapping system that in this case is being used by survey technology company Terrametrix who was contracted by Caltrans to do the survey.