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Archive for July, 2012

GeoEye and DigitalGlobe plan to merge

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

In a move that the geospatial industry had been expecting, on Monday, GeoEye announced plans to combine with competitor DigitalGlobe in a deal worth $900 million. This move is in response to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency informing both companies that it plans to curtail funding for its $7.3 billion EnhancedView contract, pieces of which were awarded to both firms in 2010.

The two former competitors provide photos and satellite imagery from satellites that are contracted by the NGA, the products of which are generally sold to federal agencies, the military and other government institutions.

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Alliance between Esri and Microsoft announced

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

At the Esri International User Conference held in San Diego today, Esri announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft to assist public and private agencies and communities around the world during disasters. As part of this agreement, Microsoft will display Esri public information maps on its cloud-based Disaster Response Incident Portal, as well as point citizens to the maps via its online outlets, such as MSN and Bing.

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Japanese website maps post box locations

Friday, July 20th, 2012

While post offices in the U.S. are closing, in Japan a website called Post Map is mapping the locations of post boxes and addressing issues like post office closures and the privatisation of postal services.

Google Maps is used to provide a crowd-sourced map of post box locations. Citizens can find their nearest post boxes by submitting locations and photographs to the map. If you select a post box then the map sidebar shows you how far it is to the nearest alternative post boxes. This would be good for people new to a neighborhood and for getting up-to-date locations of post boxes as there become fewer of them available.

Marissa Mayer joins Yahoo as CEO

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Yahoo has had a bumpy ride during the past year as far as keeping executives at the helm and boosting revenues. Just last September former Autodesk CEO, Carol Bartz, was ousted from her position as CEO of Yahoo, followed by Scott Thompason who was forced out in May for padding his resume. The interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, was thought to be next in line for the job.

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ESA Galileo navigation satellites now interoperable with U.S. GPS

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The first two ESA Galileo navigation satellites in space can now transmit dummy signals in a modulation scheme designed to allow full interoperability with the US GPS once operational services start.

This is the European version of the Multiplexed Binary Offset Code signal standard which is the agreed upon standard with the United States for the interoperability of Galileo and GPS.

“This is an advanced modulation technique that offers robust protection against signal interference and the misleading signal reflections known as ‘multipath’,” said Marco Falcone, Head of Galileo System Services.

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GeoIQ joins Esri

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Today, GeoIQ announced that they have joined Esri. It is not clear whether this is an acquisition or a merger, or what the nature of this arrangement is, other than the press release says Esri approached GeoIQ about joining their team and “merging technologies.” GeoIQ is a company dedicated to providing “GIS for everyone,” a popular position today, but the company’s goal is to create new mapping interfaces and change the geospatial market by doing so. The relationship with Esri enables GeoIQ to work within the ArcGIS platform and to reach their millions of users.

GeoIQ will be a presence in Esri’s efforts to create the next generation of GeoWeb technologies. Part of that effort will include a new research and development center in the Washington DC area. GeoIQ’s task at the development will focus on engineering core technologies for Esri, clearly utilizing GeoIQ’s experience working with open data and technology communities and real time and large data analytics. An ongoing project is “Twitch” which handles dynamic aggregation and visualitons of millions of points from social media streams with in-browser HTML5 support.

 

Google Map Maker for South Africa and Egypt added to Google Maps

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Google Maps has made available Google Map Maker for South Africa and Egypt.

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Flood modeling data with Intermap Digital Elevation Models and Hydrology

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

In a webcast presented by Carahsoft, Intermap representatives talked about the fact that they have “the world’s largest 3D terrain database with the one meter LE 90 accuracy and consistency.” LE 90 is a linear air of 90 percent, and is commonly used for quoting and validating DEMs. LE 90 value represents the linear vertical distance of  90 percent of control points, and the respective twin matching counterparts acquired in an independent geodetic survey should be found from each other. For the U.S., which most on this call is interested in, Intermap has mapped the entire lower 48 plus some of Alaska.

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Geofeedia offers geo search of social media

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

 

The young company Geofeedia offers aggregating capabilities of a new kind – assembling data from various social media sources such as Instagram, Twitter, Picassa and others – representing that data on a nice visual map with pins. Each source has a specific pin so that users can see the source and location of the data.

Geofeedia aggregates data from various social media sources such as Instagram, Twitter, Picassa and others - representing that data on a nice visual map with pins. Each source has a specific pin so that users can see the source and location of the data.

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