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.
Posts Tagged ‘geospatial’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good map depicted the Iowa Republican Caucuses and how each county voted in The New York Times. You can filter data by demographics, median income, other (such as college education), and who won in 2008.
On December 16, 2011, Soyuz launched the Pléiades 1a satellite from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), a new version of the satellite that flew in October. The Pléiades 1a was built by Astrium for the French space agency CNES.
GISCafe’s Sanjay Gangal conducted an interview with Dale Lutz, co-founder of Safe Software, at Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada recently.
Sanjay: Tell us about Safe Software.
Dale: We have been in existence since 1993. We make a product called FME that moves data from where it is to where we want it to be. It now supports around 275 different formats.
James Staten of Forrester Research spoke about the cloud at the recent Autodesk University in Las Vegas. He made a case for the cloud by saying that “clouds are more secure than you are.”
- Focus – clouds can concentrate their whole security team on securing the one app.
- Exposure – when cloud outages happens every customer gets upset and they end up in New York Times. When your email system goes down it doesn’t show up in the papers. Because of that risk those creating the cloud invest heavily in the best security minds out there. Every one of those was given a job offer by Amazon, Microsoft, etc. at very high salaries. “If anyone breaks into my account I want to know about it. The cloud is concerned with extreme audits, a security expert, who they hire, who gets into the data center, whether they are making sure malware is up to date,” said Staten.
- Multitenancy – there is far more encryption in the cloud model and it is far more difficult to see that another customer is there to alleviate concerns of privacy such as Pepsi and Coke using the same cloud service, for example.
Recently TomTom introduced the WEBFLEET Mobile Smartphone App, which gives an overarching view of a customer’s fleet to the PC in the office. This can be accessed on any device from anywhere drawing data from the cloud and is particularly useful to small business owners. In an interview with Michael Geffroy, Vice President of Sales, North America for TomTom Business Solutions, he outlined the exciting features of WEBFLEET:
Director of Professional Services at IMAGinIT Kevin Breslin said at Autodesk University 2011 this week that they are seeing an uptake of Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler in their work as consultants.
Customers are using it a lot in civil engineering for conceptual design. They can put in roads, move and change things around and tap into their geospatial data and combine that with data in Autodesk Map and Civil 3D. Breslin said the visualization/analysis tool can handle large amounts of data.