Wildfires burning for days merged into walls of flame stretching for miles across parts of Southern California on Sunday causing death and destruction.Air travel has been disrupted across the nation.Over the weekend, more than 7,000 firefighters fought ten major fires in southern California, one large cluster in the San Diego area and another about 100 miles north in mountainous areas north of Los Angeles.The satellite image, covering southern California show the fire hotspots and smoke plumes over the region.
The September unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1%.There were 18,000 new jobs created during the same period.Some new jobs created and other
jobs lost.GIS was one of the winners.IT, generally, remains unstable.Read more about the current job outlook.
MapInfo recently announced the introduction of their Insurance Decision Solution Suite (IDSS), a mapping and risk management solution for the insurance industry.
Directions Magazine Editor-in-Chief spoke with Simon De La Hoyde, Strategic Market Manager, Telecoms, Insurance and Retail for MapInfo from his office in the
UK, to determine the specifics of what the risks can be avoided in policy underwriting using spatial technology
Business Intelligence (BI) and Location Technology.Two solutions that need to get together and talk it over.Read how the world of CIOs will acknowledge that location-based information is adding to their BI world in a big way.
The use of remotely sensed imagery (digital aerial photography, satellite images) by businesses has come a long way in the last few years, but its widespread usage
and acceptance still has a way to go.Don Segal, president of Spatial Insights suggest some constructive advice for both users and image providers and what needs to happen to spur more interest in using remotely sensed data in business applications.
Directions Magazine covered the recent CoreNet Global Summit in Atlanta.This was not the typical GIS or related technology conference, but a symposium of Corporate Real Estate Executives.These are the people who shape geography, plan the nature of future development and condition the results of Business Geography.As these are the typical end users of BG and it is wise to understand the thinking, trends and the programs that are being created by this group of people.
Microsoft’s SQL Server database is being used to support many geospatial information products.What’s the future, as Microsoft sees it for this
product? Directions Magazine asked Mitch Gatchalian, product manager, SQL Server, several questions about the development of spatial functionality within this product.
The 41st Annual Urban and Regional Information Systems
Association (URISA) Conference opened
in Atlanta with a welcome by Martha Lombard, URISA president, and Tom Conroy,
Conference Chairman.Highlights included a keynote presentation on using Reshaping Mass Transit with Technology and new thoughts on enterprise deployment by ESRI president Jack Dangermond.
If you are not familiar with AGS, you should be.AGS won the contract to supply demographic data for Microsoft’s MapPoint 2004 desktop mapping product, beating out a highly competitive field of challengers.They are unique in that they steadfastly adhere to a business model in which they sell exclusively through a reseller channel.Editor-in-Chief Joe Francica, spoke to Gary Menger, president of AGS about the growth potential of the demographic data business and the work of the U.S.Census Bureau to provide accurate information.
Business, government and industry have all become addicted to information.Their reliance on information creates opportunities for terrorism.Imagine a day without the Internet.What would the impact be? Just what is considered to be cyber terrorism?