November 28th, 2013
Don Murray, Co-CEO of Canadian-based Safe Software, a leader in spatial data transformation, spoke with GISWeekly yesterday regarding their announcement of FME Cloud service public beta offering. FME Cloud expands its proven data integration technology into the iPaaS (integration platform as a service) market with its new cloud-based service.
Barrett Higman, GIS Officer of Alpine Shire Council shares his experience after designing his award-winning project BAL Plan using FME Cloud during the private beta program.
GIS was once a technology used only by those with the deepest pockets. Today things have begun to change. In this post we will discuss 3 reasons GIS is now more affordable, for big and small organization alike.
Low Cost Web and Mobile GIS Apps
November 26, 2013 by M. Lorraine Tighe, PhD
Precise positing – the ability to know your location from a latitude – longitude, or X-Y location, on the earth and how high above mean sea level your feet are firmly planted on the ground to within centimeters. Is this type of information becoming a wave of the future or am I just a geek about it? When I go to the gym in the morning, I am strapped with my fitbit and my Polar Heart Rate monitor which provide me with information about my speed, distance, x-y-z location, and heart rate while I train. Not to mention, providing me with an avenue to publish my activity via social media to participate in competitions with friends. J This type of information can be plotted on Google Earth to see where I have traversed, although, sadly enough when I workout at the gym my traverse is a “dot” as I barely change in x and y or z (height) for that matter, when on a treadmill. On the other hand, when I am outside, my walk changes in all three dimensions which can be displayed quite nicely in Google.
Fraud is related to location. Isn’t this something we know intuitively? Don’t we use extra caution when we are in certain parts of town? It is not surprising to learn that there are often geographic patterns to the crimes committed by all kinds of law-breaking citizens, from average street thieves to your more sophisticated fraud-artists.
Because fraud and location go together, it makes good sense to utilize tools that are built specifically to visualize, analyze, manage, and share location-based data related to fraud activities. These tools are part of a Geographic Information System (GIS).
Our development team really like the GeoEnrichment service from Esri. We’ve been working with this service for some time and see some key commercial areas of application. In a previous blog we mentioned a mobile app we were building as a demo. Our focus was using GIS on your mobile for location selection. The development effort was largely driven by requests we have received from a number of retail organizations looking to improve how they assess potential locations for new stores. Moving forward we see this as an important area in our commercial GIS development division.
As we have seen from the widespread damage from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, geospatial solutions are required to provide actionable insights to help save lives and aide in disaster management.
We need the right tools to help us sense the world around us, which includes intelligence from space, the air and the ground. Delivering the actionable information can help drive both humanitarian and national security efforts worldwide.
Yesterday, Esri launched the public beta version of its cloud-based Geotrigger Service for developers to create location-aware apps for iPhone and Android without using up their battery life. The beta Geotrigger Service is free and the official release will rely on feedback from developers.
Apps built on the Esri location platform will be able to gather business intelligence of the location of people and when the app is being used, adding location awareness and alerts to other services developers can take advantage of on the Esri location development platform. Developers will be able to design apps that send messages to users to signify when they arrive or leave an area defined by a geofence.
The possibilities presented by mobile technology and GIS is only just beginning to truly be realised. As a company we have been actively developing Android and Apple mobile GIS apps for over 2 years. We are ever more excited about how we can now apply GIS in the field. One new release from Esri which really caught our attention was the GeoEnrichment service. Below is an iPad demo of site selection analysis using ArcGIS Online, and this new service.
As remote sensing technologies become both more accurate and detailed, as well as more frequently collected and posted in public view, when will the geospatial world start to experience significant push back from civil rights groups? Just last week an image of a boy’s murder scene in California was brought to the attention of the boy’s parents causing them severe mental anguish.
The image was an aircraft-based, natural-color image taken from a low-altitude aircraft from 4 years ago, and Google has agreed to replace it as soon as possible. But, the idea that a mapping image has entered this family’s private life makes one wonder how many more situations like this will occur as the image resolution from spaceborne platforms, that can update regularly and goes beyond the 50 centimeter level, and image updates begin jumping to monthly and even daily intervals. Street view gives a good preview into the world of high resolution monitoring because the images are collected at street level so we can actually see, in detail, what is taking place.
The intent of remote sensing, and even street view, has never been to capture people and their activities, it is just an unfortunate byproduct of remotely-sensed map data. So, with the advent of even higher res remote sensing, captured to improve our understanding of the world, who knows what will actually be shown.
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