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CoreLogic releases new 2013 CoreLogic Wildfire Hazard Risk Report

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Living in the American Southwest, where wildfires during the summer months are a constant threat, we are very grateful for the type of research that CoreLogic does with its risk reports. Not only does the company provide data, services and analytics on wildfires, they also provide information on flooding, which is the predictable aftermath of  wildfires in the Southwest, as there is nothing left to stop rainwater from roaring down mountainsides and filling arroyos.

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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.

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Spike smartphone IkeGPS laser based device features measurement with snapshots

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Spike (Smart Phone ike!) from IkeGPS is a laser based device that attaches to your phone to ensure that you can rapidly & accurately measure & model an object up to 200 yards (600 feet) away just by taking a snapshot of it.  For ten years, Ike has been designing measurement and modeling systems for industrial customers.Using the IkeGPS technology, Spike makes use of the smartphone’s technology and adds its own features. It incorporates a digital camera, 3D compass, a laser range finder and GPS that snaps onto the back of your phone and fits into your pocket.

Spike integrates your smartphone’s current technology with some specialized features of its own. It amalgamates a digital camera, a 3d compass, a laser range finder and GPS. It fits neatly into your pocket yet is robust enough to use every day.

According to Darrell Etherington of Techcrunch, “The benefits of the Spike and its powers are evident…telecom and utility companies, architects, city planners, builders and more would be better served with a simple portable accessory and the phone they already have in their pocket than by specialized equipment that’s heavy, bulky, requires instruction on proper use and lacks any kind of easy instant data portability like you’ll get from a smartphone app’s “Share” functions.” (more…)

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.

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Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro Debuts

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Paul McRoberts, vice president of Autodesk’s Infrastructure Business, talked this week about the company’s announcement today of Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro, that offers the latest 3D modeling, visualization and cloud-based collaboration technologies to address the estimated $30 trillion gap worldwide between desperately needed infrastructure and the funding required to deliver it.

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Documenting life in small towns project announced by The Atlantic and APM’s Marketplace

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

This week The Atlantic and APM’s Marketplace announce a new joint reporting project, “American Futures,” documenting life in small towns and cities across the country, spearheaded by James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and a pilot, and his wife, the linguist and author Deborah Fallows. The couple has traveled extensively both abroad and in the U.S. with particular interest in small towns and areas that are not necessarily tourist destinations. Fallows spoke about the project at the Esri User Conference 2013 in San Diego in July.

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic

For this project, they will travel from one small-town airport to the next in their propeller-driven Cirrus SR-22 airplane, spending time in towns and cities that are off the beaten path of most people. Kai Ryssdal, host and senior editor of Marketplace, and his team will report from various legs of the trip.

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Indoor location applications in place by 2016

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

According to a report by ABI Research entitled, “Indoor Location Smartphone Applications,” the ecosystem necessary to drive mass adoption of indoor location applications will be in place by 2016.

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The Growing Role of GIS

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

As public safety moves closer to a nationwide Next-Generation 9-1-1 system, Geographic Information Systems will play an ever-increasing part.

By guest writer, Anthony Haddad, Sales Engineer, Intrado

The use of geographic information systems (GIS) is not new to public safety. It first came on the scene as an important tool with the introduction of wireless 9-1-1 service when location information could not be derived from a fixed service address. In today’s legacy architecture, geocoding or plotting X,Y coordinates is often used in conjunction with mapping applications to help dispatch responders to the correct location, but that has been the extent of its application.

Public safety agencies have been collecting GIS information for decades in order to populate the information found in selective routing database (SRDB), automatic location information (ALI) and master street address guides (MSAG). When an emergency call comes into a legacy GIS-equipped PSAP, associated addresses or X,Y coordinates are delivered as well, though the coordinates are meaningless on their own. In order to be valuable, this data must be plotted on a map in either the call-processing or computer-aided dispatch (CAD) environment. Once plotted, the information can be applied to perform dispatch functions. In this way, GIS is a supplemental tool used to verify location alone.

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TomTom’s new App Center to grow apps

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Managing Director of Tomtom Business Solutions, Thomas Schmidt, Netherlands, answered some questions regarding the new TomTom App Center.

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Temporal Geocoder in the works from Azavea

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Robert Cheetham, CEO and president of Azavea, spoke about the Web-based Historical Geocoder called Temporal Geocoder, that the company is developing for address-level temporal geocoding.

GISCafe Voice: Do you think this is the first time-enabled geocoder to be developed?

Robert Cheetham: There have been previous efforts to create time-based place name gazetteers.  The China Historical GIS project<http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~chgis/>is a good example of a place name geocoder that has some similar ideas. There is a similar effort underway in New York City, led by the New York Public Library that is also aimed at place names.  But, to our knowledge, this is the first attempt to create an address-level temporal geocoder.  We hope to merge both address and place name geocoding into the same system.

GISCafe Voice: What types of technology will be employed in Temporal Geocoder’s making?

Robert Cheetham: We plan to use Leaflet, Python, Django and PostGIS.  There is also some parallel work being done by a sub-project of the OpenStreetMap project and we hope to collaborate with that effort as well.  We plan to release the Database Editor under an open source license in order to make it possible for other communities to build similar databases as well as to cultivate a community around this type of work.

GISCafe Voice: How will the information for the historical aspect be displayed?

Robert Cheetham: We plan to create two basic software tools, both of which will be web-based.  The first will be a database editing software tool that will enable people to indicate changes in the street network as well as street name changes and aliases.  This Historical Street Database Editor will be able to display, a) the current streets; b) the street grid for a specific historical reference period; and c) a historical reference map that has been scanned and georeferenced.

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