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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 »

SmartBetterCities Released New Version of CloudCities Virtual Reality Tool

 
October 26th, 2016 by Susan Smith

In its first version, SmartBetterCities’ released CloudCities virtual reality tool, that can be imported from CityEngine, SketchUp and GoogleEarth. CloudCities is an online platform for hosting, sharing and visualizing smart 3D city models. The models are based on OpenStreetMap, are lightweight and used mostly by mobile users, with an easy drag-and-drop workflow. It was used in a development review at Harvard University urban campus in Kindle Square, where building sensors and monitoring were integrated into visualization.
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 CloudCities’ newest release includes a massive 3D format support plus the marriage of BIM and GIS data in its 3D Mash-Up feature, plus support for numerous well-known GIS and BIM formats. CEO and co-founder Antje Kunze talked to GISCafe Voice about this exciting new release.
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Located-Based Technology and Real-Time Election Mapping

 
October 19th, 2016 by Susan Smith

While the election plods on, behind the scenes there is a lot of geospatial technology being used to come up with various polls, real-time election maps, and determine election polling places that are helping people get to the polls and assist in the results reporting. Candidates, local and state governments are all trying to leverage the latest geographic and mapping solutions to better inform and motivate citizens, thereby changing election outcomes.

Electoral map 2016

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ACLU Criticizes Social Media for Allowing Access to Content

 
October 13th, 2016 by Susan Smith

An article this week in The New York Times Police Use Surveillance Tool to Scan Social Media about Chicago company Geofeedia’s use of text, photos and videos from social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to aid in law enforcement sparks controversy about law enforcement vs. civil liberties.

The use of location technology to solve crimes is nothing new. The use of social media content in a specific location is relatively new, and a potent resource for law enforcement.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing, or is it, like all new technologies, fraught with the potential for misuse as well as for the common good? It is sort of like the case of the hammer: you can use it to build a house, or to hit someone over the head with it.

We have covered Geofeedia quite extensively in GISCafe news, for use in retail, public safety, disaster response and law enforcement etc. Additional uses for Geofeedia services remain to be seen, but it may be extremely helpful for averting violence at certain events.

Geofeedia Ads Leverages Location Data

Within Seconds, Geofeedia Customers Can Take Action on Data

It is really a case of, we have the technology, so how do we use it to its best advantage without damaging civil liberties of the individual?
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Hexagon Acquisition of GISquadrat GmbH Enhances Reach of Geospatial for Governments and Utilities in Europe

 
October 6th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure acquired GISquadrat GmbH of Vienna, Austria. The acquisition is aimed at enhancing Hexagon’s geospatial, cloud and mobile solutions for governments and utility providers in Europe as well as bringing in more than 300 customers and thousands of users into the Hexagon fold.

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GoPro’s Karma Micro UAS to Launch in October

 
September 28th, 2016 by Susan Smith

The GoPro Karma quadcopter, a new micro UAS compatible with GoPro’s Hero4 Black+Silver, Hero5 Session and Hero5 Black camera offerings, is set to be released in October.

GoPro Karma

GoPro Karma

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Subaru and TomTom Collaborate on 2017 InCar Infotainment System

 
September 22nd, 2016 by Susan Smith

I have a new 2016 Subaru Forrester and just love it.

TomTom Maps and Navigation Software Power Subaru’s New Infotainment Platform (Photo: Business Wire)

TomTom Maps and Navigation Software Power Subaru’s New Infotainment Platform (Photo: Business Wire)

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The GRACE Project Offers Up the Keweenaw Time Traveler with GIS

 
September 13th, 2016 by Susan Smith

The GRACE Project for the Upper Peninsula (GRACE for UP) of Keweenaw County, Michigan is an amazing project-model for GIS-based education, with high school students using Esri GIS on two related real-world community projects in celebration of the  100th Anniversary of the National Parks Celebration.

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A Search Engine for Congress

 
September 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith

The computer can show you how one senator has co-sponsored more bills of a Senate Majority Leader than any other senator over a period of years.  It can also show you who has the best record of getting bills out of committee – information that took years in the making to obtain ten years ago. Today, with a dashboard platform called Quorum Analytics, a startup developed a year ago by two then-Harvard undergraduates, Alex Wirth and Jonathan Marks, customers can have this information at their fingertips for far less time and money.

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Esri Web Maps Provide Forecasting for NOAA’s National Water Model

 
August 30th, 2016 by Susan Smith

About two weeks ago, Esri launched a collection of web maps that display NOAA forecast streamflow data for the continental U.S. NOAA’s recently released National Water Model. Data from the Model combined with the National Hydrography Dataset and fed by NOAA’s National Weather Service data, forecasts the flow of water along the 2.7 million stream segments in the continental U.S. in ArcGIS Online.

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Earthquake Disaster Recovery Efforts for Italy

 
August 26th, 2016 by Susan Smith

A little hilltop town in Italy was putting the crowning preparations on their annual pasta festival, when the earthquake struck this week.

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