GISCafe Weekly Review May 1st, 2014

Explorer for ArcGIS released for iOS devices
April 30, 2014  by Susan Smith

Esri released recently Explorer for ArcGIS, the GIS app for everyone to access and share maps on their smartphone and tablet. This app is characterized by being “for everyone”, with its  modern, easy-to-use interface that allows non-GIS professionals to use it right away. Right now the release is available on iOS but an Android version will be available in the future.

Explorer for ArcGIS may require some familiarity with Esri GIS tools. For example, users can access any of their organization’s maps authored in ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS. These users are able to search for information about their assets, find out where their assets are in relation to their current location, and share that information easily with whomever they want to know the information. Maps can be shared several ways including text message, email and AirDrop and other methods.

Where does GIS fit into business intelligence?
April 29, 2014  by Matt Sheehan

 

We often hear that GIS is moving beyond its traditional user base. Business applications of the technology are a new and exciting area; integration with SAP and Cognos, location analytics and Esri Maps for Office …..

Increasingly more of my time is now spent discussing business location intelligence. These are not your standard GIS conversations. Firstly the term GIS is never used; location technology, location platform, location strategy are all preferred. Second, these are often discussions on what is missing in current business intelligence systems (BI). The short video below steps through a business case for location technology in the outdoor advertising space:

Stay focused on simple
April 28, 2014  by Matt Sheehan

I like the word simple. Easy is another favourite.

Why?

We live in an increasingly complex world. Its confusing. But think about it; complexity is really only simple pieces combined. Like a car engine; a combination of parts which together form a complex system. Working within complexity demands understanding or focusing on the individual pieces which make up the whole.

GIS is complex. Lots of pieces to the pie. With cloud GIS, more pieces have just been added.

How often do you have client conversations which make your head spin? Detailed descriptions of requirements.

HxGN Live 2014 Training Preview: Demystifying the Point Cloud with ERDAS IMAGINE
April 28, 2014  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Point cloud data has been around for years, but geospatial professionals are still challenged with how to best utilize it. This powerful surface model is highly accurate and costly – and many people are at a loss as to how to most effectively use it. While there is increasing adoption of point cloud data, many users struggle to fully integrate this new content in their workflows.

  • What is the difference between photogrammetrically-derived point clouds and point clouds collected by airborne LiDAR sensors?
  • How can I use this data to take accurate 3D measurements?
  • Point clouds are 3D data. How can I best visualize them? Do I need special software?
  • How is this different from traditional elevation sources?
  • What are RGB-encoded point clouds?

Senior vice-president and general manager of Intelligent Location Solutions of Pitney Bowes Software, James Buckley, spoke recently about the company’s entrance into a multi-year limited partnership with INRIX, Inc., a leading provider of traffic information and driver services. The purpose of the partnership is to deliver advanced Location Intelligence solutions through the company’s traffic intelligence platform.

The two firms will integrate the location capabilities of Pitney Bowes with the traffic analysis of INRIX, ultimately improving the driving experience of those drivers who are connected by in-car navigation as well as mobile apps. INRIX has a mobile app, which will allow users to make better location-based decisions in a real time fashion.

My wife asked me to put up a shelf over the weekend. To the garage i went to find my tools; drill, screwdriver, level ….. I’m no handyman, but when presented with this problem (new shelf), I had all the pieces (tools) ready to provide a solution.

How often do we grab our tools and wander around the house looking for problems to solve?

Problems require solutions. But without a clearly defined problem, proposing solutions is wasted effort. And yet we are all guilty of throwing around (GIS) solutions without first defining the problem.



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