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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 »

Knowing What’s Underground with GIS and BIM

 
February 20th, 2017 by Susan Smith

“Disruptive technology changes the face of industries, but we are also in an age of disruptive data.” – Anne Kemp

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Pokémon Go the Geospatial Gamechanger: Six Months Out

 
February 16th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Six months ago the location-based augmented reality game Pokémon Go was released. Developed in partnership by Niantic and Google, it is really a data mining type of game developed for iOS and Android devices, where players can nab the historic Pokémon in their own local environments. The marriage of geospatial and augmented reality is a gamechanger for the geospatial industry, evidenced by just how many people can be reached with over 100 million Android downloads in the first month of its entry onto the market.

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Pitney Bowes Brings Location-Based Technology to Big Data Environments with New Cloudera Partnership

 
February 9th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Pitney Bowes Inc., a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce that acquired the mapping company MapInfo some years ago, announced last week that it has entered a partnership with Cloudera to deploy geospatial processing and data quality solutions to end users on top of Cloudera Enterprise. Clients will now have access to powerful location-based technology to enrich their Big Data investments.

Pitney Bowes Network Analytics

According to company materials, Cloudera clients will now have the ability to not only tackle the volume, velocity and variety of big data, but they will also be able to manage the veracity of it. Currently Pitney Bowes is deploying four Cloudera Certified Technology products that will ensure clients are accessing the highest quality location data to make more accurate and successful business decisions, including Pitney Bowes Spectrum Geocoding for Big Data, Spectrum Location Intelligence for Big Data, Spectrum Data Quality for Big Data and the Spectrum Technology Platform.
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Geospatial Predictions for 2017 from Boundless CEO, Andy Dearing

 
February 2nd, 2017 by Susan Smith

As I wrote last year, 80 percent of all business data contains a location component, yet most organizations are not using it or don’t know how. Boundless’ open, cloud-based and highly scalable platform, allows developers to deploy an entire scalable GIS infrastructure with just one line of code, and analysts can visualize all of their geospatial data in real time without any licensing fees.

This development solution addresses the increasing demand for an alternative to proprietary geospatial solutions (Esri and Hexagon, for example). Boundless offers greater functionality than Esri’s ArcGIS at 10 percent of the cost.
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Following the Route of Climate Migrants

 
January 26th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Climate Migrants is an Esri Story Map that tells the story of people misplaced geographically by climate change and in some cases, other change factors. Allan Carroll of Esri and his team wanted to create a climate change map that was oriented toward people.

The primary goal of the team is to produce apps that enable other people to tell stories. An analysis report by the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. was an influence in the development of the Story Map, which charts what factors contribute to people becoming “climate migrants.” In some cases, such as Syria and Darfur, droughts have precipitated migrations and led to violence and war.

“Some like these, are caused by both climate change and political indicators, sometimes by shortsighted government policies, but climate is a factor in all of them,” said Carroll.
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what3words Adopted in Côte d’Ivoire to Improve National Infrastructure

 
January 19th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Chris Sheldrick, CEO and Co-Founder of what3words, spoke with GISCafe Voice recently about the multi-award winning addressing system’s recent adoption as an addressing standard for La Poste, the Côte d’Ivoire’s national postal system. Côte d’Ivoire is the first African nation – and second country in the world (Mongolia is the first) – to adopt 3 word addresses to improve its national infrastructure.

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2017: Geospatial Musings

 
January 10th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Happy New Year!

The recent presidential election in the U.S. has created so much uncertainty that it is hard to know what the future of any industry will be. For the first time, I feel there is no point in making predictions for the New Year for the geospatial industry, unless one is an insider with special knowledge of the winds of change.

Sevenhugs SmartRemote

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2016: Through the Lens of GIS

 
December 13th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Reviewing 2016 through the lens of GIS, there has definitely been a lot of growth in certain areas. While we have had the cloud on our list of important technologies for a few years now, it is gaining more traction as more organizations take advantage of its fluidity, ability to house big data and allow teams to work together, and also roll out product releases with more ease.

Facebook's Aquila

Facebook’s Aquila

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Mapping the Underground

 
December 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Utilities strikes are costing utilities about a trillion dollars per year, which equates to a hit a minute in the U.S. Many of these are taking place in underground utilities.

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Esri GeoConX, Smart Grid, Interoperability of Systems and DataCapable

 
December 1st, 2016 by Susan Smith

In mid-October, Esri held their new annual GeoConX conference in Phoenix, AZ, now a combination of their former EGUG electric utility conference, and the Telecommunications User Group (TelUG).

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