Account executives who find themselves forever on the road can lose perspective on their true sales territory. With five succinct points, Bill McNeil, president of TexMobile, explains why customer relationship management (CRM) systems are now embedding location technology. He details specifically how those companies are realizing a competitive advantage with location intelligence.
According to IndoorAtlas, the next big thing in mapping the “great indoors” is using magnetic fields, much like some animals do. IndoorAtlas is using the technology already within smartphones to sense variations in the magnetic field in order to accomplish this new way of mapping. Editor in Chief Joe Francica interviewed the founder of IndoorAtlas, Janne Haverinen.
Attendees at September’s meeting of the Open Geospatial Consortium Technical Committee Meeting tackled geospatial standards issues related to all kinds of everyday concerns including air travel, health data, oil spill response, space and time searches and more. Carl Reed, OGC’s chief technology officer, reports.
Renewable energy will play a crucial role for the future society of the 21st century. The various energy sources need to be utilized in a balanced and well thought-out manner in order to ensure supply stability. Researchers from the University of Salzburg and iSPACE, also in Salzburg, examined whether a massive expansion in the use of biomass would allow the construction of future “energy landscape” scenarios.
The government of Nova Scotia announced an ambitious plan in early August to protect 245,000 hectares of forest and park land, establishing the Canadian province as a conservation leader in one of the world’s most heavily forested nations. Roughly 14 percent of all land in Nova Scotia will now be legally protected from development, making it the province with the second-highest percentage of land devoted to protected areas in Canada, after British Columbia. This news is significant for conservationists and for the vast number of Canadians who depend on these forests for clean air, water, and a bounty of other resources. It also illustrates a powerful truth: precise, science-based maps are an essential component of good forest management and planning.
The art and science of photogrammetry has been around for decades but it is only in recent years that this technology has found prominence in the geospatial industry. In this article, Fabrice Marr of AEROmetrex discusses the growing demand to provide complete 3D models and survey-grade 3D data for civil engineering and infrastructure projects.
Ben Balter argues that open data today is exactly where open source was some two decades ago, and wants to see if it's possible to fast forward the community a bit. Imagine if every time the government posted a dataset, rather than posting the data as a zip file or to a proprietary data portal, the agency treated the data as open source.
As early as April 2014, NOAA will discontinue printing its lithographic nautical charts in favor of its increasingly popular digital versions, saving the organization millions of dollars in printing and updating. Directions Magazine interviewed Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems, about the move to digital.