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Votes in to adopt OGC Open GeoSMS Standard as official OGC standard

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) membership has voted to adopt the candidate OGC Open GeoSMS Standard as an official OGC standard.

What the OGC Open GeoSMS Standard provides developers with is an extended Short Message Service (SMS) encoding and interface to facilitate communication of location content between different LBS (Location-Based Service) devices or applications. SMS is an open text communication service most commonly used in phone, web and mobile communication systems for the exchange of short text messages between fixed line or mobile phone devices. According to the press release issued today, the lightweight and easy to implement Open GeoSMS Standard facilitates interoperability between mobile applications and the rapidly expanding world of geospatial applications and services that implement OGC standard interfaces, encodings and best practices.

Controversial LightSquared goes before House subcommittee

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

In an article in the National Journal yesterday, it was reported that the company LightSquared had come before the  Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee because “Tests indicate that LightSquared’s proposals would interfere with global positioning systems. LightSquared says it has solved the interference problems, but representatives of nine federal agencies concluded on Jan. 13 that no practical measures can allow LightSquared to overcome interference with GPS.

The finding, a significant blow to LightSquared’s case, prompted a furious response from the beleaguered wireless startup, which accused the government panel of “a systematic disregard for fairness and transparency.”

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee said he has met with representatives from both GPS companies and LightSquared in hopes of figuring out if there is an “engineering answer here.” He said he got two different answers.

The FCC says it will not give LightSquared final approval until tests show that the network can be safely built, but the agency has come under fire for its handling of the process.” –

Walden Questions FCC handling of Lightsquared

Going where no GPS has gone before

[GISCafe Voice November 21, 2011]

Solar Radiation Storm reaches Earth

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

This morning, the National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center  based in Boulder, Colorado, published a map showing a solar radiation storm touching the upper atmosphere in the Earth’s poles. According to their report the Earth is being bombarded with the strongest blast of radiation from the sun since 2003. This event could cause problems for communications and air travel.

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Autodesk and Pitney Bowes pen new partnership

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

For about three years, I have been watching Autodesk do interesting things with their GIS division, finally rolling some great mapping products into their Infrastructure Division. The sense was that Autodesk was primarily a provider of software for the built environment, with its GIS products designed with the architect or engineer in mind.

Autodesk Map 3D

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Dell displays new mobile workstations

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Richard Runnells, Precision Workstations & IVS Mktg.for Dell Precision Workstations, spoke with AECCafe’s Sanjay Gangal at Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas in December. Between 9,000-10,000 attendees were reported at the conference.

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Top Geospatial Predictions for 2012

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

When compiling this group of predictions, I looked back on what I had tagged for 2011 as predictions going forward. Some of those are still on the list, others are new.

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Esri Election Year Primary Calendar

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

This timeline from Esri charts the sequence of primaries and caucuses that ends in Utah on June 6. State summaries include a political attitudes spectrum. Despite deepening partisan divisions, the mix of liberal and conservative viewpoints is surprisingly uniform across the nation.

 

 

NACIS invites submissions for the Atlas of Design

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) invites submissions for the Atlas of Design, a new publication “dedicated to furthering the art and craft of cartography through inspirational examples.” The Atlas features full-color maps showcasing the most beautiful, intriguing, innovative cartography and thoughtful commentary accompanying the entries. All mapmakers are encouraged to offer their work for consideration.

To submit your work, email atlas@nacis.org.

Oce focuses on quality output for design build

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Penny Holland, Business Development Manager for Oce North America met with GISCafe’s Sanjay Gangal at Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas in December. She noted a much more positive response from attendees and exhibitors this year than in past recent years.




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