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GIS companies embrace integration with Building Information Modeling workflows and field layout

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Since last year,  traditional GIS positioning companies such as TopCon, are getting into the act of providing integration of Building Information Modeling workflows and field layout with their recent collaboration with Autodesk.  This collaboration involves an Autodesk BIM 360 app for iPad to make it easier to locate BIM coordinates precisely on a construction site. Designed for general contractors and MEP professionals, the app controls a robotic total station and the LN-100 3D positioning system from Topcon. As-built data can be fed back into the design model via BIM 360 for quality assurance. Topcon was traditionally considered a geospatial company but they have extended their reach into many other industry segments now, including the area of BIM.


New partnership between Esri and UNISDR promises to build more resilient cities

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Esri and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have entered into a partnership to build more resilient communities with geospatial technology.

Announced at the Abu Dhabi Ascent conference on Sunday, May 4, the goal if for the two organizations to develop a cooperative program aimed at growing the global community of resilient cities through GIS science and capabilities. This is modeled after the support that Esri is giving to President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative and resilience in the U.S. The partnership with UNISDR will provide support, service and capabialities on a global scale for UNISDR’s existing Making Cities Resilient campaign by providing resources aimed at helping communities advance from planning to implementation.


PolicyMap Release is a One-Stop Shop for a Variety of Data

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Maggie McCullough, President of PolicyMap, talked about the latest release of their product. The company has been around since 2007, and today’s release is a significant update, as not much has changed in the product since its inception.

PolicyMap 3-Layer Map

PolicyMap is a one-stop-shop for a huge variety of public and commercial data (15,000 datasets), as well as the tools to map this data.

“PolicyMap is an online tool that allows anyone, particularly non-experts, the ability to easily make data rich maps on the web,” said McCullough. “Our customers are not GIS specialists or analysts. They tend to be public policy analysts and the end user who is really looking to understand data in a particular geography for specific purposes. So when we launched in 2007 we learned what people want to do with maps and the kinds of data they want access to. We have grown the business to include a lot of public users. We offer a lot for free, have a lot of government agencies, commercial organizations, a growing number of universities and non-profits.” (more…)

Esri’s Geotrigger Service now available

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Esri announced its cloud-based Geotrigger Service is now available, making it easier for developers to add location awareness and messaging to their iPhone and Android apps. With the Geotrigger Software Development Kit (SDK), mobile apps can send custom messages when a user enters or leaves locations specified by the application developer.


Google Goes to Antarctica

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

For those Antarctic enthusiasts, Google has been exploring Antarctica with its special Street View backpack carrying a special Trekker camera. It persuaded researchers at the Polar Geospatial Center to carry the trekker, a 42 pound backpack with 15 lenses. Starting with easy to obtain images using , Google has now added a range of hard to reach places.

Imagery courtesy of Google Street View Imagery


Smartphones will have location-based sensor fusion as standard

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Location-based sensor fusion will become a standard feature in as smartphones embrace constant, ubiquitous location, according to ABI Research’s report, “Location-based Sensor Fusion: Companies, Technologies, and Revenue Opportunities”. The report outlines how sensor fusion will evolve to support indoor location and the companies best placed to succeed in this space. Location-based sensor fusion will pave the way for the use of the “quantified self, ambient intelligence,” as well as provide huge potential around advertising and retail.


Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2013 Geospatial Directions

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2013 kicked off Monday, October 28th in London with a series of keynotes by Bentley executives as well as local luminaries. Antony Oliver, editor of New Civil Engineer in the UK, who is moving into the role of ACE consultant, remarked that “London is the home of infrastructure right now,” and there is a lot going on above and below ground, with Crossrail and Network Rail and other large transportation projects that the UK views as an exemplar of how public transportation will develop in the future. I learned in another conversation that the teams who worked on one were moving over to Crossrail after their stint was finished, bringing their incredible knowledge base with them.

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Pole Star indoor location solution wins award

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Pole Star, a leader in indoor location technology, has been selected by AlwaysOn as one of the OnMobile Top 50 Companies to Watch in 2013. The company was selected based on the following criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value and media buzz.

CEO of Pole Star, Christian Carle, said that “We made indoor location as simple as GPS…for our partners to create added value and generate new revenues.”

Pole Star launched NAO BlueSpot in 2012, the so-called “first” low-cost BLE 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy) beacons for the indoor location market. This type of technology has been slower to mature than some others, but the launch paved the way for functions such as proximity detection to identify that someone is inside a structure and send different notifications while entering or exiting the area. NAO Campus, another Pole Star product, provides accurate and metric indoor location for in-store navigation to physical products and advanced analytics to develop new insights around agreeable consumer behavior. This technology is particularly in shopping malls and other large retail venues. To date, more than 2,000 NAO BlueSpots which are compatible with iOS 6 and iOS 7 as well as Android have been deployed in various locations in Europe and the U.S.


New app for children to find families in disaster and war zones

Friday, September 6th, 2013

With the number of disasters that occur in the world today – both natural and unnatural – children get separated from their families with increasing frequency. Jorge Just, a student in a class called “Design for Unicef,” at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, wanted to make a an app for people who were under emotional stress. His idea went beyond the usual app for those with great Wi-Fi connections and cell service available in the inner cities.

Children in third-world countries certainly don’t have these advantages, and what Just found in his five visits to Uganda was that lost children were relegated to old systems where paper-based forms were manually entered into large databases, and the children themselves may not be that distant geographically from their parents.


Upgrade of ZEB1 mobile mapping system announced

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

ZEB1, a truly mobile handheld rapid laser mapping system from 3D Laser Mapping, has been used to explore Aboriginal cave markings in South Australia. The strange markings, called finger flutings, were thought to have been left in the Koonalda Cave between about 30,000 and 10,000 years ago.

These finger flutings are the creation of hands dragged along existing grooves in soft limestone cave walls. It’s amazing they have lasted this long as the limestone is very fragile and crumbles easily at a mere touch. With the help of the ZEB1 handheld mobile mapping system, researchers have been able to create a detailed 3D Survey of the cave system. Combining this 3D survey data with high resolution photographs and analysis of the flutings,  archaeologists from the SA Museum can analyze them.


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