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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Aerial view comparison of Moore, Oklahoma before and after tornado

 
May 28th, 2013 by Susan Smith

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

Esri interactive map of Moore Oklahoma Tornado available

 
May 23rd, 2013 by Susan Smith

Esri’s interactive map is available for the media to embed or share as part of ongoing tornado and severe weather coverage. View the tornado’s path and damage radius, schools in the area, and where the general public can dropoff relief supplies. You can also explore geotagged social media from Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr overlaid on 2012 population density data.

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Esri Geodesign Summit 2013 YouTube videos

 
May 21st, 2013 by Susan Smith

For those who did not get a chance to attend the Esri Geodesign Summit 2013 in Redlands, Calif. or who didn’t get to all of the sessions they would’ve liked to attend, here are a number of videos taken at the Summit of various talks.

Esri Geodesign Summit 2013 videos

If you missed GISCafe Voice’s coverage of that conference it is available in these blogs:

Geodesign Summit 2013 – Day One

Geodesign Summit 2013 – Day Two

AAM Pty Ltd. and Vekta Pty Ltd. merge

 
May 15th, 2013 by Susan Smith

AAM Pty Ltd., a geospatial services and technology based in Australia, recently announced a merger with Vekta Pty Ltd., another industry leader in the geospatial industry. This merger takes Vekta out of the competition and positions AAM as one of the largest providers of geospatial services in Australasia and the Asia Pacific, as well as Africa.

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More than 10 billion wirelessly connected devices in today’s market

 
May 9th, 2013 by Susan Smith

According to ABI Research’s latest data on the Internet of Everything (IoE), there are more than 10 billion wirelessly connected devices in the market today; with over 30 billion devices expected by 2020.

“The emergence of standardized ultra-low power wireless technologies is one of the main enablers of the IoE, with semiconductor vendors and standards bodies at the forefront of the market push, helping to bring the IoE into reality,” said Peter Cooney, practice director. “The year 2013 is seen by many as the year of the Internet of Everything, but it will still be many years until it reaches its full potential. The next 5 years will be pivotal in its growth and establishment as a tangible concept to the consumer.”

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ITT Exelis instrument tracks global carbon dioxide

 
May 8th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Eric Webster, vice president of Exelis Weather Systems, talked recently about the company’s efforts along with NASA Langley Research Center to evaluate an Exelis instrument to determine its effectiveness for measuring CO2 from space.

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The Growing Role of GIS

 
May 2nd, 2013 by Susan Smith

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

 
April 30th, 2013 by Susan Smith

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

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GIS mapping website makes land use permit history available to citizens

 
April 25th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Crow Wing County Land Services of Minnesota announced that all land use permit history is now available for viewing through the GIS mapping website.

The permit search includes tems such as conditional use permits, variance applications, septic information, building permits, wetland permits and subdivision applications.

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OGC geospatial technology issues to date

 
April 17th, 2013 by Susan Smith

 Interesting to know what the Open Geospatial Consortium has been discussing lately in the way of geospatial technology trends:

“All predictions are wrong, some are useful. Predictions of geospatial technology trends have been the topic of recent discussions by the OGC Board of Directors and the OGC Planning Committee. One of my roles as OGC Chief Engineer is to offer a slate of “ripe issues” as a basis of these discussions. This blog provides an overview of the ripe issues developed in March 2013 and explains how they were developed. Future blogs will discuss each issue individually.

The ripe issues of geospatial technology identified in March 2013 are:

  • The Power of Location
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile Development
  • Indoor Frontier
  • Geographers of the future
  • Geospatial Processing
  • Smart Cities
  • Policy implementation

These issues were developed by reviewing over 200 recent articles from information technology journals from IEEE, ACM, etc. as well as from geospatial industry magazines and other publications. Geospatial World’s recent “Thought Leaders Edition” was particularly useful in identifying issues from a geospatial industry perspective.

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