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Archive for April, 2014

Explorer for ArcGIS released for iOS devices

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Esri released recently Explorer for ArcGIS, the GIS app for everyone to access and share maps on their smartphone and tablet. This app is characterized by being “for everyone”, with its  modern, easy-to-use interface that allows non-GIS professionals to use it right away. Right now the release is available on iOS but an Android version will be available in the future.

Explorer for ArcGIS may require some familiarity with Esri GIS tools. For example, users can access any of their organization’s maps authored in ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS. These users are able to search for information about their assets, find out where their assets are in relation to their current location, and share that information easily with whomever they want to know the information. Maps can be shared several ways including text message, email and AirDrop and other methods.

Pitney Bowes and INRIX enter into multi-year partnership

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Senior vice-president and general manager of Intelligent Location Solutions of Pitney Bowes Software, James Buckley, spoke recently about the company’s entrance into a multi-year limited partnership with INRIX, Inc., a leading provider of traffic information and driver services. The purpose of the partnership is to deliver advanced Location Intelligence solutions through the company’s traffic intelligence platform.

The two firms will integrate the location capabilities of Pitney Bowes with the traffic analysis of INRIX, ultimately improving the driving experience of those drivers who are connected by in-car navigation as well as mobile apps. INRIX has a mobile app, which will allow users to make better location-based decisions in a real time fashion. (more…)

Bentley Systems 2013 annual revenues announced

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

On April 16, Bentley Systems announced its 2013 annual results in a press call. Bentley is a private company and uses the opportunity to highlight its annual accomplishments such as its involvement in trends and new products. Bentley is a leader in the market in the areas of electric power generation, electric power transmission, distribution and communications; water and wastewater distribution, EPC and AEC, and mining and metals. Bentley’s geospatial offerings are integrated into many of the above market areas.

Bentley’s view of BIM Level 3, as the amount of available information increases, it is also pushed out for broader access by more stake holders. (Image courtesy: Bentley)

Bentley’s view of BIM Level 3, as the amount of available information increases, it is also pushed out for broader access by more stake holders. (Image courtesy: Bentley)


Push for indoor location technologies in 2014

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

In the latest edition of ABI Research’s quarterly Market Data “Location Technologies”, it looks like 2014 could be a breakout year for indoor location technologies in retail environments. Early adopters are shifting from trials to full-scale deployments of the technology, as they are entering the end of the three-year adoption cycle.

Low-cost BLE/iBeacons and Wi-Fi solutions are creating a wave of second generation start-ups to fuel new growth and use cases across all major verticals. This activity is estimated to result in over 30,000 indoor location installations in 2014.

Major grocery and pharmacy chains are really moving towards this technology, and adoption and resulting revenues for all indoor location technologies are available across 11 major verticals. In fast food, for example, a small percentage of improvement in queue lengths can translate to a savings of millions of dollars. Many chain stores are doing trials of the technology just to see if indoor location is right for them. (more…)

Crowd-sourcing search for Flight MH370

Friday, April 11th, 2014

According to an article in The Telegraph, an unprecendented crowd-sourcing effort was launched to scour the internet looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.


Pitney Bowes and IBM collaborate on new “Blue Mix” hybrid cloud location services

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

In an interview with James Fairweather, Vice President of Architecture, Technology and Experience for Pitney Bowes Inc., he answered the following questions about the new collaboration on IBM’s “BlueMix” platform-as-a-service. This collaboration is designed to develop new hybrid cloud location intelligence services that help businesses unearth deeper customer insights based on geography, enabling them to deliver more personalized services and contextually relevant experiences.

1) Can you tell me how hybrid cloud location services are different than other location based services?

“Applications that need to leverage big data-residing in both public and private clouds, especially real-time data and analytics, benefit from hybrid cloud location services. For developers, it’s a system that significantly reduces the time needed to create an application.  For businesses, it’s a system which allows line-of-business users to easily create applications without needing a high level of technical know-how.


DATA Inc. and Digital Footsteps make strides in mobile apps

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Designed by Julie Waldman, and developed and maintained by DATA Inc., Digital Footsteps is a mobile app and re-usable framework for the travel and hospitality industry. The mobile app is designed to act as a “digital concierge” to drive traffic to local businesses and tourist attractions in the area of a hotel or other facility.

DATA Inc.’s Ashis Bhisey accepts the award for ‘Best of the World’ app from NJTC’s Rich Napoli.


From Esri: world’s first “scratch-and-sniff” interactive story map

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Nice to see Esri has a sense of humor with it’s Happy April Fool’s Day offering – the world’s first “scratch-and-sniff” interactive story map. The map allows you to navigate through a list of scents from around the world. These Datastory ScentMaps are built on Esri’s ArcGIS Online technology.

Scents may be valuable in determining which apartment to rent, or where you might decide to put your next office. I don’t think we need a map to determine which restaurant to eat at, if we get close enough to the location.

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