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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
DigitalGlobe and CyberCity 3D Agreement and Orbit Logic’s Direct Access Facility Collection Planning SystemFriday, November 25th, 2016
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.