On August 27th, 1979, Lord Mountbatten was killed by an IRA bomb while sailing near his holiday home in County Sligo, Ireland.I was personally affected by this event, as I was vacationing only about 30 miles away from where the tragic event took place.My experience back in 1979 drew me to read, with special interest, the article by Matthew Spencer that chronicles Belfast City Council’s use of GIS in supporting revitalization efforts that have taken place since 1999.
From my perspective, few things are as important as having U.S.State and local health departments connect to Intranet and Internet
environments and share geospatial data holdings and metadata, standardized for interoperability.State and local health departments are the public health building blocks for
the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).Recently, several noteworthy developments of connecting local geospatial health databases to the public have occurred and this article will discuss some of those developments.
Over the past few years, we have reported on Location-based Services, the hype of the early days, the transition and subsequent shakeout among
companies vying for the market.There have been companies focused solely on position determination and those that can process the location of
people or objects that are sending their position from wireless devices.Companies in GIS have been in the category of processing location and
creating mapping software for different mobile device form factors.In this interview, Editor-in-Chief, Joe Francica speaks with Jonathan Spinney,
Industry Manager for Location-based Services at ESRI.Here is that interview:
Throughout the formative years of Location-Based Services (LBS) (circa 1997-2001), the carrier/operator approach to LBS was to implement a core node within the SS7 network that was
capable of extracting the location of mobile devices from the network.This article gives a brief history of approaches to LBS architecture and identifies where OpenLS fits into the new architectural model that most operators/carriers
are now embracing.
Take a bite out of crime®.This phrase, which was made famous by McGruff® the Crime Dog in 1980, started a revolution in the U.S.in which citizens began taking crime prevention into their own hands.That trend continues today in Lancaster, Pa., where the community has taken a more organized approach to preventing crime…read more in Directions Magazine
A recent U.S.Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration study reported the cost of congestion nationwide at $78 billion in 1999, representing the cost of 4.5 billion person hours of extra travel time and $6.8 billion gallons of fuel wasted while sitting in traffic.The increase in navigation usage is bringing about an increased demand for relevant travel information.JD Power and Associates 2002 Navigation Usage and
Satisfaction Study found that the overwhelming majority of navigation users surveyed definitely want real-time travel information.The article will explore the coming demand for fleet managers and commuters alike.
This article is a case study of current and projected land use in Madison County, Alabama.It was conducted on behalf of the Huntsville Land Trust to help them determine how best to protect land and open spaces from future development and assist them predicting how much they would need to acquire to meet their goals.
On May 21st of this years, PBS&J, SmartRoute Systems/Westwood One (SRS), Tele Atlas North American and Meteorlogix announced the formation of a
national alliance to provide 511 traveler information telephone services to state and local agencies.According to the press release issued that day, “the companies are
part of the 511 Deployment Coalition, a consortium of government agencies and private companies working to bring 511 services to U.S.markets.” What is 511?
511 is similar in approach to the existing emergency number, 911, except that its intended use is for nationwide traveler information.Directions Magazine queried the
various members to get a better understanding of how the system works, how it be deployed, and how it will be used.
Open source software promises an attractive range of benefits: it is free, vendor independent, and open to continual evolution and improvement by a global
For the Geographic and Location industries, the question is: does open source software work in practice? To offer some possible answers, this article provides a
practical case study of software development for the Geographic and Location industries using open source products and operating systems.It describes the
experiences by software developers at High Country Software Ltd.of Surry, UK, and provides some commentary on where other companies could benefit from the introduction of open source into their services or products.
The conventional use of demographics by market researchers involved with site selection is cumbersome, and typically involves the generation of maps and reports
based on proximity to a proposed location.Traditional demographic data provide individual counts and tabulations for each specific unit of geography.Read how a new technique, ProximityDemographics, provides a measure of cumulative demographic data within a specified radius or drive time of each geography…only in Directions Magazine
Graduates of higher education programs in geographic information systems and science who can code software and build apps are highly sought after by employers. David DiBiase, Esri’s director of education, explains how the Esri Development Center (EDC) program confers special status and benefits upon a select few leading university departments that challenge their students to develop innovative applications based upon the ArcGIS platform....