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Susan Smith
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 »

DigitalGlobe and CyberCity 3D Agreement and Orbit Logic’s Direct Access Facility Collection Planning System

 
November 25th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, recently entered into an Integrator License Agreement with CyberCity 3D, Inc., a geospatial 3D modeling and streaming services company headquartered in Los Angeles County, CA. DigitalGlobe owns and operates a highly sophisticated constellation of commercial earth imaging satellites.

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CyberCity 3D Modeling from DigitalGlobe Imagery of Abu Dhabi

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GIS Without Bounds from Boundless

 
November 17th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Amazingly, 80 percent of all business data contains a location component, yet most organizations are not using it or don’t know how. On Nov. 15, Boundless expanded its open GIS  solution into an ecosystem of geo-aware open source data, content and expertise that makes the latest GIS data easily available to developers and analysts in both public and private sectors.

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Bentley Media Day: Government and Utilities

 
November 10th, 2016 by Susan Smith

On Media Day at the Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2016 Conference held in London, the media was treated to Industry presentations for the various industry segments that Bentley Systems serves. The event is a vehicle for Bentley’s jurored Be Inspired Awards, which are bestowed on the selected finalists at a Wednesday evening gala event. Prior to the event, technology sessions highlight the work of the finalists and the company provides industry forums to showcase new technologies on the horizon.

Winner Innovation in Utilities and Communication - Hubei Electric, Engineering , 220kV Secondary Transformer Substation, China

Winner Innovation in Utilities and Communication – Hubei Electric, Engineering , 220kV Secondary Transformer Substation, China

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GISCafe Editorial Calendar 2017

 
November 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith

GISCafe Editorial Calendar 2017*

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Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2016 – Integrating GIS and BIM

 
November 3rd, 2016 by Susan Smith

It’s difficult not to be inspired when attending the Bentley Year In Infrastructure Conference, with so many talented professionals gathered to show off their infrastructure projects.

Innovation in Rail and Transit Winner: Bandedamark - New Line, Copenhagen-Ringsted, Copenhagen Capital Region, Denmark

Innovation in Rail and Transit Winner: Bandedamark – New Line, Copenhagen-Ringsted, Copenhagen Capital Region, Denmark. Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

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Maps for Voting Precincts Show Wait Times for Voting

 
November 1st, 2016 by Susan Smith

Maps are an integral part of the voting system in the U.S. As we approach this presidential election, sentiments are high and there is concern about such matters as voter fraud, voter suppression tactics that rarely have been critical issues in the past. As a result, the need to provide reassurance and accuracy to voters is paramount.

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SmartBetterCities Released New Version of CloudCities Virtual Reality Tool

 
October 26th, 2016 by Susan Smith

In its first version, SmartBetterCities’ released CloudCities virtual reality tool, that can be imported from CityEngine, SketchUp and GoogleEarth. CloudCities is an online platform for hosting, sharing and visualizing smart 3D city models. The models are based on OpenStreetMap, are lightweight and used mostly by mobile users, with an easy drag-and-drop workflow. It was used in a development review at Harvard University urban campus in Kindle Square, where building sensors and monitoring were integrated into visualization.
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 CloudCities’ newest release includes a massive 3D format support plus the marriage of BIM and GIS data in its 3D Mash-Up feature, plus support for numerous well-known GIS and BIM formats. CEO and co-founder Antje Kunze talked to GISCafe Voice about this exciting new release.
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Located-Based Technology and Real-Time Election Mapping

 
October 19th, 2016 by Susan Smith

While the election plods on, behind the scenes there is a lot of geospatial technology being used to come up with various polls, real-time election maps, and determine election polling places that are helping people get to the polls and assist in the results reporting. Candidates, local and state governments are all trying to leverage the latest geographic and mapping solutions to better inform and motivate citizens, thereby changing election outcomes.

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ACLU Criticizes Social Media for Allowing Access to Content

 
October 13th, 2016 by Susan Smith

An article this week in The New York Times Police Use Surveillance Tool to Scan Social Media about Chicago company Geofeedia’s use of text, photos and videos from social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to aid in law enforcement sparks controversy about law enforcement vs. civil liberties.

The use of location technology to solve crimes is nothing new. The use of social media content in a specific location is relatively new, and a potent resource for law enforcement.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing, or is it, like all new technologies, fraught with the potential for misuse as well as for the common good? It is sort of like the case of the hammer: you can use it to build a house, or to hit someone over the head with it.

We have covered Geofeedia quite extensively in GISCafe news, for use in retail, public safety, disaster response and law enforcement etc. Additional uses for Geofeedia services remain to be seen, but it may be extremely helpful for averting violence at certain events.

Geofeedia Ads Leverages Location Data

Within Seconds, Geofeedia Customers Can Take Action on Data

It is really a case of, we have the technology, so how do we use it to its best advantage without damaging civil liberties of the individual?
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Hexagon Acquisition of GISquadrat GmbH Enhances Reach of Geospatial for Governments and Utilities in Europe

 
October 6th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure acquired GISquadrat GmbH of Vienna, Austria. The acquisition is aimed at enhancing Hexagon’s geospatial, cloud and mobile solutions for governments and utility providers in Europe as well as bringing in more than 300 customers and thousands of users into the Hexagon fold.

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