Those were the words uttered by an industry analyst with Kagan World Media in citing dissatisfaction with digital packages and rate increases in the 6% range as
reasons for the first decrease in national cable television subscribership since the inception of the industry.Satellite television providers have capitalized on this
opportunity to gain market share by offering consumers high quality, competitively priced service backed by superior customer service.This article will demonstrate the integration of customer and category information and the use of geographic analyses to prioritize acquisition and retention initiatives within the cable industry.
“Like spatial technology, spatial data has been slow to gain acceptance in the mainstream of information technology.While this appears to be finally changing, there is
still a long way to go.” This is the first of a series of articles on spatial data and data management issues.The articles will cover a broad range of topics and are intended to be provocative.
Your feedback is encouraged.It is through open dialogue on these issues that we will move forward as an industry.
In a soft economy, you look for companies that can rise above the malaise and strike a different message, produce exceptional products, and find value for their
customers.Companies that can not only adapt but also innovate during the downturn will be poised for exponential growth during the upswing.These are the “change
agents” in business.I believe there are a few that should be noted.
A major study of subsea mapping data conducted by the University of New Hampshire under a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) used GIS technology to provide the United States the information needed to decide how much new seafloor mapping is required before pursuing a claim
that could extend the U.S.jurisdiction over the seabed and subsoil on the continental margin beyond the current Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
While Great Britain’s Ordnance Survey (OS) doesn’t produce maps at a scale of 1:1 quite yet, its Landline series offers maps at a resolution of 1:1250, allowing the display of individual buildings, which is very useful to those requiring detailed mapping, such as architects, telecommunication engineers, and surveyors.In addition to Landline, the OS produces a wide variety of maps and services, including more than 25 mapping products at various scales for professional, business, and leisure use, as well as a number of services, such as consulting, database development, surveying, mapping, and printing.
The 26th Annual Geospatial Information and Technology Association Conference began with an appropriate theme, given our current economic situation: “Adding Value to Your Business.” Indeed, the conference, usually focused on applications oriented toward the electric, gas, water, and telecommunication utilities, was thematically recognizing the buying imperative of the utility information technology executives.Said a different way, “we’re not buying more technology unless we can save or make money with it—NOW.” Vendors with whom I spoke said that it was precisely for this reason they expected spending for spatial solutions to grow, even with the industry downturn.
Former Chief Strategist for Netscape and new contributing columnist for Directions Magazine, Kevin Coleman begins his regular column focused on Technology and Homeland Security.He will be contributing additional insights on emerging technologies and potential new weapons…only in Directions Magazine.
With the country bracing itself for a war with Iraq, Americans are concerned about their security.Local, state, and federal agencies realize they need a single
application to facilitate and coordinate the rapid movement of personnel and resources in response to emergency situations.
As part of the newly formed Department of Homeland Security, a team has been established to coordinate the dissemination of geospatial information.The Interagency Geospatial Preparedness Team (IGPT) within the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) was established “to improve the posture of state and local governments to better respond to disasters through greater geospatial preparedness; the IGPT works harmony with the Administration’s E-gov initiative, Geospatial One-Stop” according to the mission statement of the team.
Each day during the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, many athletes competed in different activities at the same time at separate venues, but in the public safety arena,
the playing field was the same for all the agencies monitoring the Olympic activities.For the people at the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command (UOPSC), GIS was
the tool that delivered the same accurate, relevant, and up-to-date data to all the people keeping an eye on the situation.And when fans and athletes packed up to go home after the Winter Olympics, the system remained in Utah as part of the state’s Office of Homeland Security.
Microsoft, IBM, Apple and SAP have been making huge investments in geospatial technology and in cases working together. Are there implications for a new era in enterprise spatial analytics? Is this the dawn of true big data geospatial analytics?