GISCafe Weekly Review September 27th, 2012

Mobile mapping diverges with Apple and Google
September 25, 2012  by Susan Smith

Apple’s iPhone 5 maps aren’t anywhere near as good as Google’s Maps, according to an article in ZDNet, but it doesn’t seem to matter because the two companies needed to separate since they are competitors in the mobile mapping market. What may occur however, is that new options might be in the stars.

CanWeNetwork launches new mobile business app
September 25, 2012  by Susan Smith

Today CanWe Studios LLC, of Austin, TX, launched CanWeNetwork, a mobile app for business networking that uses geospatial technology and a powerful matching engine to recommend people nearby who you should meet for professional networking and business opportunities. This is an interesting development in the world of social business networking. Recommendations are based upon location, skillsets, shared interests and personality traits gleaned from LinkedIn profiles. If you are traveling, you might be able to visit people at organizations within close proximity to where you are staying. It would be easier to make those contacts than say, doing a Google search before you left on a trip. This geospatial technology encourages users to develop face-to-face connections that may lead to business connections.

Now you can monitor wildfires that are currently burning with Climate Central’s new interactive wildfires map. The flame icons represent wildfires currently active in the lower 48 states and Alaska. See link below:

Climate Central’s interactive wildfire map

Organizations Can Now Maximize the Power of Point Clouds
September 24, 2012  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Point clouds provide a wealth of geospatial information required for fast and effective decision-making.  Though the process of extracting the data can be cumbersome and time consuming, often resulting in the data being unused or irrelevant.

With data essentially overflowing, it is becoming more difficult for end-users to manage, distribute, exploit, and visualize their point data from the desktop through to the server and over to the world.

As such, organizations require the right tools for truly unlocking the power of their point clouds.  Fortunately, new point cloud analysis technology can help organizations leverage LiDAR and software-synthesized point clouds, which is ideal for forestry management, power corridor monitoring, and flood planning.


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