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Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Harness the Power of Data in Politics, Health, Finance and Navigation

May 11th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Erek Dyskant, co-founder of BlueLabs, an analytics and technology company dedicated to harnessing the power of data to produce meaningful two-way engagement between people and organizations, aims to empower individuals to take steps that “make their political voice heard, improve their health, and strengthen their financial security.”

Sevenhugs Smart Remote

As lead of the BlueLabs healthcare & public sector practice, Dyskant has transformed government agencies and large healthcare organizations to take a data-driven evidence-based approach to engaging with their constituents, where the experience is streamlined and everyone receives the information that is proven to help them take the next step.

Before co-founding BlueLabs, Dyskant led the geospatial analytics team at Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, where he developed the geospatial algorithms necessary to make 25 million effective, relevant, voter contacts in 4 days.

As has been pointed out at other events, the success of self-driving vehicles is reliant on teaching the cars how to be drivers, which means they will need to be personalized and connected. Artificial intelligence and wireless communications that enable in-car, personal experiences were showcased, as well as how cars may be able to talk to other cars, and how cars monitor what’s going on in their surroundings for improved safety on the road.

On the topic of self-driving vehicles, Frits van der Schaff, Head of Automotive, Esri and staff spoke at CES earlier this year about mapping and spatial analytics that provides spatial geospatial context to foster safety and improve the overall driver experience. Microsoft staff showcased future scenarios where artificial intelligence bots can aid in improving driver safety, engagement, and integration with calendars and personal preferences.

Sevenhugs Smart Remote

Have you ever wished you could use a remote to operate more than just your television screen?

Indoor positioning offering Sevenhugs Smart Remote, connects to a proprietary indoor positioning system that uses sensors to triangulate its location and other connected devices it is aimed at. So, that it could be aimed at a TV and may bring up an app like streaming video. You could point it at your TV, and a Roku menu will appear. Embodied with contextual awareness, this Smart Remote could interface with over 25,000 connected devices in your home. You may aim it a a lamp and get an app interface with multiple options. The contextual awareness embodied in Smart Remote could simplify the concepts of smart home awareness with the push button gadget. The product won three Best of Show awards at CES 2017.

TomTom (TOM2) launched  the new TomTom GO 52, offering drivers connected navigation with Wi-Fi updates and smartphone notifications at an attractive price point.

Drivers can rest assured they no longer need to connect to a computer to get the latest maps and software updates, with the TomTom GO 52. All they have to do is connect their smartphones and the new TomTom GO 52 will read aloud smartphone notifications from SMS and iMessage, designed also for hands-free calls for drivers to stay connected. It also has voice activation capability with Siri and Google Now.

According to company materials: “We are excited to be bringing Wi-Fi to our mid-range products, making it easier for our customers to get the latest updates and keep them moving. The new TomTom GO 52 is packed full with innovative features. We are helping drivers to stay connected to their smartphone while limiting the distraction from it when in the car. We want to help make journeys safer,” says Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and managing director, TomTom Consumer.

Available in 5” touchscreen, the new TomTom GO 52 comes with Lifetime TomTom Traffic and Lifetime Map updates.

The new TomTom GO 52 will be available in stores in the U.S. at the end of May 2017 at $179.99.

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Categories: analytics, ArcGIS, Esri, geospatial, GIS, indoor location technology, indoor mapping, smartphones, spatial data

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