GISCafe Weekly Review February 6th, 2014

5 Cool Uses of Mobile Offline Maps
February 4, 2014  by Matt Sheehan

Mobile applications require networking. Not any more: here we discuss 5 breakthrough offline use cases available now!

How often do you find yourself without mobile Wi-Fi connectivity? More often than you would like. Maybe you are in a remote area; working, possibly hiking, boating or fishing. Maybe you do not want to exhaust your mobile data plan. Its quite possible your mobile device has no outdoor Internet connectivity. Lower cost tablets only provide direct home or office based network connectivity and have no 3G/4G providing mobile data capabilities. Even if you have a tablet with networking service built-in from the telephone carriers, the service is inconsistent at best and sometimes it doesn’t exist.

This is a huge disappointment because tablets and smart devices have a great deal to offer businesses and consumers of all types, especially those that marshal resources to the field with the dreaded pen and paper. But until we can solve how we collect data of all types, integrate it into our workflow seamlessly, and do that in an occasionally connected world, we are going to remain in the stone age with pen and paper use by field staff.

The wait is over

Since we are mobile map and GIS experts, in this post we will describe 5 cool uses of mobile offline maps.

George Demming, founding member of TerraGo Technology and CTO of TerraGo, talked in their recent webinar about the release of their Terrago v.6.0.4 geospatial collaboration software, including TerraGo Publisher, TerraGo Composer and TerraGo Toolbar.

TerraGo Publisher provides precise layer control and hyperlinking to documents, photos and files from within GeoPDF maps and imagery.

One Web GIS App for Desktop and Mobile: is it Possible?
February 3, 2014  by Matt Sheehan

Have you ever opened a Web page on your smartphone and found it to be unusable?

Text is too small, images too large, button clicks and navigation impossible. This is a problem we have all experienced. Indeed, we are often asked:

‘One Web GIS App for Desktop and Mobile: is it Possible?’

Apple Granted a GPS Patent to Locate Parked Vehicles
February 1, 2014  by Sanjay Gangal
United States Patent Application 20140028477
Kind Code A1
Michalske; Steven C. January 30, 2014


Techniques are provided for locating a parked vehicle using a mobile device. In one embodiment, the mobile device may automatically detect when a moving vehicle is being parked and save its GPS location at that point at the location of the parked vehicle. The mobile device may later output the saved location of the parked vehicle when a user, such as the driver of the parked vehicle, requests the information. In some embodiments, the mobile device may communicate with the vehicle in order to determine when the vehicle is being parked.

Inventors: Michalske; Steven C.(Sunnyvale, CA)
Name City State Country Type
Michalske; Steven C. Sunnyvale CA US
Assignee: APPLE INC.
Appl. No.: 13/556985
Filed: July 24, 2012

Current U.S. Class: 340/990 ; 340/989
Class at Publication: 340/990 ; 340/989
International Class: G08G 1/123 20060101 G08G001/123


Blue Marble release of Global Energy Mapper v15.1
January 31, 2014  by Susan Smith

Blue Marble Geographics released Global Energy Mapper version 15.1, a so called minor release that features the “Create Flattened Site Pad Plan” dialog box option and improved processing of IHS Well (297/298) files.

According to the press release, “Global Energy Mapper is not just a viewer capable of displaying the most popular raster, elevation, and vector datasets. It converts, edits, prints, tracks GPS, and allows users to utilize GIS functionality on a wide variety of datasets. With Global Energy Mapper users have access to the Blue Marble GeoCalc coordinate transformation, SpatialOnDemand subscription and custom industry tools like the pad site placement tool, seismic survey tools and built-in point types and symbols for the oil & gas industry.”

Additional features of the new release include added support for MS SQL Spatial databases, enabling Global Energy Mapper to support all available spatial database types and 3D support for displaying a path profile across separate terrain surfaces that allows users to easily compare the surface of multiple loaded terrain layers along a single path.


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