Article source: Christian Carle, CEO and founder of Pole Star
The future of mobile location-based services lies in its rapid adoption of indoor technologies
For more than 20 years, the use of global positioning system, or GPS, has been the gold standard for outdoor navigation. The satellite-based navigation system has become the indispensable tool for anyone to determine their location outside of a building, in a car, on motorways, in the street…
More recently, cell-phone manufacturers have added GPS capabilities to mobile devices which in turn, created new opportunities for existing location-based services (LBS) such as mapping and navigation. While the quick rise of smartphones, and the easy access to more context-aware information, has changed forever the way people live, travel and shop.
But as we rely even more on our smartphone for everyday life, the physical limitations of GPS, which doesn’t work in indoor environments or between tall buildings in dense urban areas, are becoming a real challenge for the next generation of LBS applications. Simply put, for GPS to work, it requires a clear view of the sky, where a receiver has an unobstructed line of sight to satellites, meaning that all the mobile location-based apps, like navigation for example, won’t work indoors, inside airports, malls, museums, subways, etc., which is where we actually need them the most, as we spend a majority of our time indoor. It also happens that 80% of smartphone usage is done inside buildings, making an even stronger case for bringing location technologies indoor.
1Spatial plc (AIM:SPA), the Spatial Big Data Company, announces today that the Company has conditionally raised £18 million (before expenses) through the Placing of 300,000,000 new Ordinary Shares at the Placing Price of 6p per share with certain institutional investors, in accordance with the terms set out in the Circular to be published by the Company and posted to shareholders today (the “Circular”).
The net proceeds of the Placing will be used to finance the aggregate consideration for the Acquisition of Star-Apic, provide additional working capital for the Enlarged Group, open a sales and support centre in the Middle East and provide funds for product development, marketing and further potential acquisition opportunities.
The Placing Shares when issued will rank pari passu with the Existing Ordinary Shares and will, following Admission, rank in full for any dividends and distributions paid or made thereafter in respect of the Ordinary Shares.
Impressions of the Hearing before the California Supreme Court On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 14 months after all the written briefs were filed, and 20 months since the California Supreme Court agreed to hear this case, lawyers for both sides summarized their arguments and answered questions before the seven presiding Supreme Court Justices. Attorney Sabrina Venskus represented the Sierra Club which is suing Orange County for access to its GIS-compatible digital parcel basemap database under terms of the California Public Records Act (CPRA) that include paying no more than the direct cost of duplication. Attorney Mark Servino represented Orange County which has been requiring users of its “OC Landbase” to pay $475,000, plus sign a license that restricts sharing or redistribution of its database.Although Orange County abruptly reduced its price late in December, 2011, the case stems from the Sierra Club’s public records act request for data made in March, 2009. Orange County won SC’s lawsuit in Superior Court in April, 2010, affirming its right to exempt its GIS-compatible database from the CPRA. Sierra Club appealed the decision, but Orange County again prevailed in the Court of Appeal in June, 2011. The California Supreme Court hearing is the final appeal; its decision will be the final judicial determination of this issue. At stake is whether the public has unfettered access to the GIS-compatible data that its government agencies use to conduct “the public’s business,” in the same geodatabase format that the agencies themselves use, or whether the government can license, restrict and charge high prices for such access. As more and more governmental decisions and actions are based on GIS analysis, the issue is central to governmental transparency and accountability to us, the citizens of our democracy.
DMTI Spatial Inc. (DMTI), Canada’s leading provider of Location Intelligence solutions, today announced its next Strategic Insight Session on Location Economics will take place at Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Museum on January 29, 2013. This exclusive roundtable event will bring together executives from Canada’s top finance and insurance companies to discuss the importance of location within their organizations. The event will be co-hosted by John Pickett, Principal and VP of The IT Media Group, Asif Khan, President of The Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA) and John Fisher, Chairman and CEO of DMTI.
Building on the success of the first event held in November, 2012, DMTI, The LBMA and The IT Media Group are expanding the event to provide more participants the opportunity to discuss the importance of Location Economics and how location-based information can help their organizations better identify risk and opportunity. The event held in November brought together executives from companies such as Canada Guaranty, Carson Dunlop, Centract and Equifax. Hare is a video of the first event showcasing discussions between some of the financial service industry’s top executives:
January 7th 2013 – Spheron-VR AG, known globally as pioneers in HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera technology and experts in visual content management software, announce its SceneWorks division is today launching the latest version of their SceneCenter Forensic and SceneCenter Framework visual content management software.
The technology offers the production for virtual onsite scene documentation. SceneWorks have tailored solutions for areas such as Police Crime Scene forensic documentation, Security, Critical Infrastructure and also Industrial Industries such as Plant, Construction and other Visual Asset Management applications.
This latest Version 1.5 of the SceneCenter software offers many enhanced features including – new support for SceneCenter running within a full 64-bit Windows OS environment. These now include SceneCenter’s Standalone, Server and Client application installations. Also 32-bit installations continue to be supported.
After decades—centuries, even—the question of whether or not life forms from other galaxies occasionally visit Earth remains unanswered. For the latest attempt to unravel this age-old mystery, the National Geographic Channel assembled a team of trained investigators to visit several sites where unidentified flying objects allegedly have been sighted. The network aired the investigations in its Chasing UFOs series in summer 2012.
Ben McGee (left), an investigator on the National Geographic Channel Chasing UFOs series, sets up a survey grid using the Topcon IS-3 imaging station while Scott Langbein, Topcon’s director of product marketing, provides technical assistance.
Whether or not the forensic investigations proved that some UFOs are actually spaceships transporting alien life forms is up to viewers to decide. As is the case with all programming on the network, viewers learn something about the planet in the process of being entertained. Among its own discoveries, the team learned something new about terrestrial positioning technology, too, having been equipped with an instrument that combines advanced imaging with high-accuracy surveying capabilities.
ESRI is one of the most well known names in geospatial intelligence and is certainly one of the largest forces for standards and systems unification in this area, and now they have their sights firmly set of making cloud technologies work for geospatial data.
Many industries and many users of geospatial data in their domestic lives are already utilising the cost reducing, de-localised, multi-platform benefits of using cloud-based systems, but when dealing with vast datasets that need to move at high speed and with the utmost security how can it outperform current data architecture models?
DGI spoke to John Day, Director of Defence Business Development for ESRI at DGI 2012 to find out.
With one of the most distinguished careers in the geospatial intelligence arena, including Director of NGA, Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director for Intelligence of the Joint Staff and now a professor at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism and on the faculty of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York, Bob Murrett is very much at the forefront of geo and multi-int.
Bob shared his thoughts at DGI 2012 on exactly what and how the geospatial intelligence landscape is changing and what developements we can expect to see over the next 12 months and beyond…
Normally, DGI would never condone torture under any circumstances, but when it comes to squeezing the maximum information out of your geospatial dataset, then they all for it!
Making the most of your pixels — gathering the most data you can from your imagery is one of the most important factors in multi-int today and Digital Globe are on the frontier of research and development of new technologies, but before marching forward, you need to know your past.
To explain more, DGI spoke to Jack Hild, VP of US Defence Strategy at Digital Globe.
Typically, geospatial intelligence is most commonly linked to defence and the military. While this may be true, more and more civilian organisations are utilising the power of geospatial information to radically improve their abilities. Unsurprisingly, the police force is one such area getting involved.
Associate Professor of Criminology, Law, Society & Planning, Policy & Design at the University of California Irvine speaks to DGI’s Online Editor Dan Mellins-Cohen about the innovative and highly successful implementation of geospatial intelligence by the LAPD to not only catch criminals, but proactively prevent crime.