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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 »

Controversial LightSquared goes before House subcommittee

 
January 26th, 2012 by Susan Smith

In an article in the National Journal yesterday, it was reported that the company LightSquared had come before the  Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee because “Tests indicate that LightSquared’s proposals would interfere with global positioning systems. LightSquared says it has solved the interference problems, but representatives of nine federal agencies concluded on Jan. 13 that no practical measures can allow LightSquared to overcome interference with GPS.

The finding, a significant blow to LightSquared’s case, prompted a furious response from the beleaguered wireless startup, which accused the government panel of “a systematic disregard for fairness and transparency.”

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee said he has met with representatives from both GPS companies and LightSquared in hopes of figuring out if there is an “engineering answer here.” He said he got two different answers.

The FCC says it will not give LightSquared final approval until tests show that the network can be safely built, but the agency has come under fire for its handling of the process.” –

Walden Questions FCC handling of Lightsquared

Going where no GPS has gone before

[GISCafe Voice November 21, 2011]

Solar Radiation Storm reaches Earth

 
January 24th, 2012 by Susan Smith

This morning, the National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center  based in Boulder, Colorado, published a map showing a solar radiation storm touching the upper atmosphere in the Earth’s poles. According to their report the Earth is being bombarded with the strongest blast of radiation from the sun since 2003. This event could cause problems for communications and air travel.

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Autodesk and Pitney Bowes pen new partnership

 
January 18th, 2012 by Susan Smith

For about three years, I have been watching Autodesk do interesting things with their GIS division, finally rolling some great mapping products into their Infrastructure Division. The sense was that Autodesk was primarily a provider of software for the built environment, with its GIS products designed with the architect or engineer in mind.

Autodesk Map 3D

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Dell displays new mobile workstations

 
January 16th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Richard Runnells, Precision Workstations & IVS Mktg.for Dell Precision Workstations, spoke with AECCafe’s Sanjay Gangal at Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas in December. Between 9,000-10,000 attendees were reported at the conference.

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Top Geospatial Predictions for 2012

 
January 12th, 2012 by Susan Smith

When compiling this group of predictions, I looked back on what I had tagged for 2011 as predictions going forward. Some of those are still on the list, others are new.

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Esri Election Year Primary Calendar

 
January 10th, 2012 by Susan Smith

This timeline from Esri charts the sequence of primaries and caucuses that ends in Utah on June 6. State summaries include a political attitudes spectrum. Despite deepening partisan divisions, the mix of liberal and conservative viewpoints is surprisingly uniform across the nation.

NACIS invites submissions for the Atlas of Design

 
January 9th, 2012 by Susan Smith

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) invites submissions for the Atlas of Design, a new publication “dedicated to furthering the art and craft of cartography through inspirational examples.” The Atlas features full-color maps showcasing the most beautiful, intriguing, innovative cartography and thoughtful commentary accompanying the entries. All mapmakers are encouraged to offer their work for consideration.

To submit your work, email atlas@nacis.org.

Oce focuses on quality output for design build

 
January 6th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Penny Holland, Business Development Manager for Oce North America met with GISCafe’s Sanjay Gangal at Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas in December. She noted a much more positive response from attendees and exhibitors this year than in past recent years.




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BOXX Technologies offers custom configured workstations

 
January 6th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Exciting new technologies from BOXX Technologies were presented at Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas in December 2011. GISCafe’s Sanjay Gangal met with  Shoaib Mohammad, VP Marketing for BOXX Technologies to talk about what the company offers.



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