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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 »

Comeback predicted for tech sector

 
January 13th, 2010 by Susan Smith

The technology sector is poised for a comeback in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday morning by Forrester Research, an industry analysis group. IT firms will benefit as companies and governments restart their spending on tech infrastructure and software, the firm predicts.
–Daily Finance

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/tech-spending-set-to-rebound-in-2010/19313261/

Spies and climate scientists collaborate

 
January 5th, 2010 by Susan Smith

The C.I.A. and climate scientists are collaborating to maximize the use of the federal government’s intelligence assets, which include spy satellites and other classified sensors, to gain knowledge into environmental change. Imagery of natural phenomena such as clouds and glaciers that have up until now been considered classified information have been declassified in order to aid in scientific analysis.

C.I.A. Is Sharing Data With Climate Scientists by William J. Broad, The New York Times, (registration required), January 4, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/science/earth/05satellite.html?th&emc=th

News bytes

 
January 5th, 2010 by Susan Smith

Mumbai’s civic body to map city’s underground Sandeep Ashar, DNA, January 4, 2010

Up Front: NGA Supports Samoan Island Recovery Efforts, by Susan Meisner, Doing Business with the Intelligence Community, January 2, 2010

Brentwood wants to register wireless numbers, by Bonnie Burch, The Tennessean.com, January 1, 2010

Google announces Nexus One

 
January 5th, 2010 by Susan Smith

Google is set to launch its first own-brand mobile phone today. It includes a five-megapixel camera and is lighter and thinner than Apple’s iPhone, according to press reports.

The Nexus One is the first smart phone designed by the company’s own engineers and is expected to be unveiled at a press conference at its headquarters in California.

Unlike other mobile phones, it will be available from Google itself, allowing customers to use the network of their choice.

The launch of the Nexus is seen as Google’s latest bid to promote the Android operating system which it designed in 2007 and which is already used on other phones, including Motorola’s Milestone.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/technology/internet/05google.html?th&emc=th

City Council contender aims for citywide GIS

 
January 5th, 2010 by Susan Smith

Arnie Fielkow seeks second term on New Orleans City Council: “I also believe a single, citywide GIS (Geographic Information System) database, with established protocols for sharing and updating of information — and completely accessible both within and outside government — needs to be established. The city and the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office should find a way to unify behind this need. This is an extraordinary tool for making sure that everything from transportation routes to new developments to health clinics are placed where they are most needed and can be used by the most people.  GIS will help us deal with blight, fight crime, and protect ourselves better from flooding. It will also keep the citizenry plugged in and informed on city land issues.”
-Bayou Buzz

<a href=”http://www.bayoubuzz.com/News/NewOrleans/Fielkow_Seeks_Second_Term_on_New_Orleans_Council__10055.asp

Location predicted to be big in 2010

 
January 4th, 2010 by Susan Smith

In The New York Times (Jan. 4, 2010) Five Tech Themes for 2010, by Jenna Wortham notes Location as one of the five big predictions for the new year:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/01/five-web-predictions-for-2010/?th&emc=th

Productivity gains with geospatial

 
January 4th, 2010 by Susan Smith

Reports that show productivity gains using geospatial around the world include:

The Socio-Economic Impact of the Spatial Data Infrastructure of Catalonia (April 2008)

http://www.epsiplatform.eu/psi_library/reports/the_socio_economic_impact_of_the_spatial_data_infrastructure_of_catalonia_april_2008

Spatial Information in the New Zealand Economy

http://www.geospatial.govt.nz/productivityreport/

360 view imagery comes to MapQuest

 
December 14th, 2009 by Susan Smith

MapQuest announced its new 360 View feature today, which provides easy-to-use, panoramic, street-level imagery to its customers. The images for this technology were created by Immersive Media, also responsible for creating the images for Google a couple of years ago.

Top 10 U.S. metros predicted to experience retail success

 
December 9th, 2009 by Susan Smith

In a press release issued by Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) today the company announced their research findings the predict what top 10 metro areas in the U.S. are most likely to be successful in their quarterly retail sales growth for the remainder of 2009 and into 2010.

 

From the press release….”Pitney Bowes Business Insight compiled the data using MarketPulse™, a market analysis tool that uses current macroeconomic variables to understand and predict store performance.

 

To predict which U.S. cities are most likely to experience the best relative retail health, Pitney Bowes Business Insight identified the highest-ranked markets for anticipated average quarterly comparative sales growth over the next six quarters in the drug store, high-end, mid-tier and value retail sectors. The following metros have the greatest potential for retail sales recovery and/or growth in 2010:

 

1. Austin, TX: Regarded as a cultural and economic center, Austin shows consistent healthy growth in gross metropolitan product, personal disposable income and consumer expenditures, ranking the city in the top five for all four retail sectors.

 

2. Baltimore, MD: This city’s higher than average projected growth in the mid-tier and high-end retail sectors are driven by the projected rebound in gross metro product and employment in 2010.

 

3. Houston, TX: The largest city in Texas, Houston shows strong comparative sales growth in the mid-tier and high-end retail sectors.

 

4. Dallas, TX: Buoyed by the growth of disposable income in 2010, increased housing construction and an increase in gross metro product by the second half of 2010, this economic center ranks in the top ten for comparable sales growth for the drug store and value retail categories.

 

5. San Antonio, TX: Sustained by higher than average growth in gross metro product heading into 2010, San Antonio is expected to be a top market in the drug store and value retail sectors.

 

6. Washington, DC: Like its neighbor Baltimore, this market is projected to experience an increase in employment in 2010 and continued modest gross metro product growth, leading the way in the value and drug store retail sectors.

 

7. Seattle, WA: With one of the highest projected increases in gross metro product in the nation, this market shows evidence of renewed growth in the value retail sector.

 

8. Kansas City, MO-KS: Predicted GDP growth and continued strength in disposable income puts this metro area in the top 10 for the drug, value and mid-tier retail sectors.

 

9. Providence, RI: This northeastern market is projected to have above average GDP growth for 2009 and favorable growth into 2010, ranking it in the top 10 for mid-tier and high-end retail.

 

10. Columbus, OH: Fueled by expected growth in the housing market and moderate gross metro product growth, this market is expected to experience growth in the mid-tier retail sector.

 

 

 

 

Meeting with Sivan Design

 
December 4th, 2009 by Susan Smith

At Autodesk University, I met with Shay Cheruty, VP sales and marketing of Sivan Design. Based in Israel, Sivan Design is a provider of civil engineering products, simulation and GIS software products. In the U.S., the company focuses on civil design although worldwide it offers more GIS products such as GeoERP, which integrates GIS and ERP for management of land, properties, roads and infrastructure.

Their UIGIS product is an Underground Infrastructure Geographic Information System that allows users to manage data of underground infrastructure such as water, gas, oil, electricity and cables.

The CivilCAD offering from Sivan is primarily a CAD product that incorporates mapping and land development, water engineering, surveying, road design. It works with AutoCAD and Bricscad.

Civil Simulate is a product that allows users to create 3D simulations quickly for large scale, complex civil engineering projects.

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