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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 »

Google Maps Engine API for developers

 
June 14th, 2013 by Susan Smith

The Google Maps Engine API,<http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/#uds-search-results> was released this week, allowing developers to bring the power of Maps Engine into their own applications for the first time.

Maps Engine lets organizations use Google’s reliable cloud infrastructure to layer their data on top of a Google Map and share their custom-made Google Maps with employees, customers or the public-at-large. The API provides direct access to Maps Engine for reading and editing spatial data hosted in the cloud and now organizations can use the API to develop on any platform and build applications like store locators, crowdsourced maps or crisis-response maps.

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Maps and mobile services are a winning combination

 
June 12th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Two articles in The New York Times point to the importance of maps and mobile services this week.

A screen shot of the Android version of Waze, a social mapping service used by millions of drivers around the world.

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Exelis Jagwire Mobile extends supported services to the iPhone and Android

 
June 11th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Jim Phillips, director of Geospatial Enterprise Intelligence Solutions at Exelis, answered some questions about the recent release of ITT Exelis’ Jagwire Mobile which extends the supported client devices to iPhone and Android handhelds.

Mobile version of Jagwire

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Need for GIS professionals grows in government sector

 
June 5th, 2013 by Susan Smith

GIS is the backbone for U.S. national security and a key driver of technology growth in the government.

A recent forecast estimates a compound annual growth rate of 11 percent from 2011 to 2015, it’s a trend that offers significant career opportunities for professionals with a GIS master’s degree.

GIS technology can quickly render one to several layers of digital geospatial data – such as the movement of people, location of potential targets, identification of key natural resources – into map-like products for a wide range of relevant geospatial analyses.

The government relies on GIS systems to access and process digital geospatial data that takes the form of people activities, location of potential targets, the location of natural resources. Geospatial technology can be synthesized into mapping products that can be used for geospatial analyses. One of its primary uses is for geointelligence.

Here are five ways the government is using GIS technology:

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CoreLogic Storm Surge Report 2013 released

 
June 5th, 2013 by Susan Smith

CoreLogic senior hazard scientist, Dr. Thomas Jeffery, the primary author of this year’s CoreLogic Storm Surge Report, answered some questions about their research.


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Connect citizens and government with CitySourced

 
May 30th, 2013 by Susan Smith

CitySourced, employing iCityHall technology, is a mobile engagement platform that lets citizens or municipal officials take photos or video and use their GPS to track a location. It contains a suite of APIs that can be integrated into the AMS, CRM or GIS Systems of municipalities.

This is not rocket science for users. These APIs can be used by municipal officials who don’t have time to learn new processes. The CitySourced App uses a mobile camera and GPS to track down the exact location of a problem, such as a power outage or utility equipment out of service. For citizens, the system pushes a status update back to the reporting person’s mobile phone.

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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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