Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
The Jaroso Fire in the Pecos Wilderness of New Mexico burned 3,000 acres in the past 24 hours. This fire has been burning since June 10th. Although so far it has burned only just over 9,000 acres and so far there are no structures or power lines in jeopardy yet, it is uncontained. It will remain uncontained until conditions change, because it is too dangerous to send ground crews in.
The Jaroso Fire at 11,000 feet elevation is burning in the rugged, steep, deep canyons of the Pecos Wilderness. It is burning in mixed-conifer, heavy dead and down, woody material with pockets of bug-killed trees, and has burnt through the 1300-acres of blowdown trees from a windstorm in 2007. The fire is seven miles from the nearest trailhead and there are no roads.
Almost all of the firefighting has taken place from the air but the few firefighters who have been rappelled in have had to be pulled out less than two hours later because of the altitude and the ruggedness of the terrain.
Friday, June 21st, 2013
In an effort to stem the tide of dengue cases by monitoring he Ministry of Health in Malaysia launched a GIS-based web portal called I-Dengue, which is designed to provide the public with the latest information on dengue hotspots and how to prevent contracting the disease. This will also help officials to respond to and monitor the disease, and hopefully will assist in its control.
Official reports cited the rising number of dengue cases from 10,352 with 19 deaths recorded from January to June, 2012 to 10,401 cases with 20 deaths in the same period, this year.
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Intermap announced the launch of their Orion Platform Software-Driven Spatial Data Platform, at the 12th Southeast Asian Survey Congress in Manila. The Orion Platform is designed to allow governmental entities to manage a country’s entire spatial data infrastructure program from one unified control point.
During 2013, Intermap has announced initial phase contracts involving Orion Platform installations in two countries, totaling approximately $16 million. Orion Platform has been in development for two years.
The cost and complexity of geospatial information and the infrastructure necessary to run it have been prohibitive for many countries. Orion Platform seeks to solve this problem to allowing customers to choose the products and services that they need based upon scope, budget and timeline. According to the press release, Intermap manages and delivers a multitude of fused geospatial datasets and their associated analytics in a simplified standard format.
Friday, June 14th, 2013
The Google Maps Engine API,<http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/#uds-search-results> was released this week, allowing developers to bring the power of Maps Engine into their own applications for the first time.
Maps Engine lets organizations use Google’s reliable cloud infrastructure to layer their data on top of a Google Map and share their custom-made Google Maps with employees, customers or the public-at-large. The API provides direct access to Maps Engine for reading and editing spatial data hosted in the cloud and now organizations can use the API to develop on any platform and build applications like store locators, crowdsourced maps or crisis-response maps.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Two articles in The New York Times point to the importance of maps and mobile services this week.
A screen shot of the Android version of Waze, a social mapping service used by millions of drivers around the world.
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Jim Phillips, director of Geospatial Enterprise Intelligence Solutions at Exelis, answered some questions about the recent release of ITT Exelis’ Jagwire Mobile which extends the supported client devices to iPhone and Android handhelds.
Mobile version of Jagwire
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
GIS is the backbone for U.S. national security and a key driver of technology growth in the government.
A recent forecast estimates a compound annual growth rate of 11 percent from 2011 to 2015, it’s a trend that offers significant career opportunities for professionals with a GIS master’s degree.
GIS technology can quickly render one to several layers of digital geospatial data – such as the movement of people, location of potential targets, identification of key natural resources – into map-like products for a wide range of relevant geospatial analyses.
The government relies on GIS systems to access and process digital geospatial data that takes the form of people activities, location of potential targets, the location of natural resources. Geospatial technology can be synthesized into mapping products that can be used for geospatial analyses. One of its primary uses is for geointelligence.
Here are five ways the government is using GIS technology:
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
CoreLogic senior hazard scientist, Dr. Thomas Jeffery, the primary author of this year’s CoreLogic Storm Surge Report, answered some questions about their research.
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
CitySourced, employing iCityHall technology, is a mobile engagement platform that lets citizens or municipal officials take photos or video and use their GPS to track a location. It contains a suite of APIs that can be integrated into the AMS, CRM or GIS Systems of municipalities.
This is not rocket science for users. These APIs can be used by municipal officials who don’t have time to learn new processes. The CitySourced App uses a mobile camera and GPS to track down the exact location of a problem, such as a power outage or utility equipment out of service. For citizens, the system pushes a status update back to the reporting person’s mobile phone.
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Esri aerial view comparisons of Moore, Oklahoma before and after the tornado hit. Plaza Towers Elementary School was one of two schools in the path of the tornado. Seven children died at Plaza Towers, which was flattened by the storm.
Story maps Moore Tornado