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Microsoft Adds More Features to Bing Spatial Data Services and Offers Sample Augmented Reality Windows App

Thursday, November 14th 2013

Apparently, Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS) have always supported points via uploads of text or XML-files with addresses or GPS-locations In June, Microsoft added a preview of a GeoData API , which allows the retrieval of boundaries for countries, administrative regions, postcodes, cities and...

Talking Tech with AvidGeo and LocationTech

Thursday, November 7th 2013

AvidGeo + LocationTech The 2013 AvidGeo Conference, held today, was also a stop on this fall’s LocationTech tour. AvidGeo is a Boston area meetup group organized by Guido Stein (@GuidoS). The day was divided into three parts. The morning session, which I attended, included several keynotes,...

Explore Directions Magazine Webinars on our Vimeo Channel

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Directions Magazine hosts several webinars each month on topics ranging from technical (petabyte scale applications) to industry-specific (community health care). Where can you find them and watch them on your schedule? At our Geospatial Webinars Vimeo Channel. There are currently 25 30-60...

What is the Google Maps Engine Public Data Program?

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013

The team at Directions got a very short briefing on Google's Google Maps Engine Pro announcement Monday. I've been digging around to find other bits that were apparently part of the announcement. I saw on TechCrunch that there was an announcement about a new "public data program." I guess it was...

Getting Market Transitions Right in Location and Geospatial Tech

Wednesday, October 9th 2013

In a recent interview in InformationWeek, Cisco CEO John Chambers was asked about the extreme pressure his network hardware company faces from Asian competitors like Huawei, which has designs on a U.S. market. Chambers was reminded by editor Rob Preston about a prognostication Chambers made a few...

Report: Location matters: Spatial Standards for the Internet of Things

Friday, October 4th 2013

In September International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) published Location matters: Spatial standards for the Internet of Things (pdf). It's a 3Mb, 28 page PDF. Precise and accurate location (spatial) information enhance our association with our natural...

Microsoft, Nokia Deal: Nothing’s Changed for HERE ... For Now

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

The deal announced today that brings Nokia's devices and services business (read: cell phones) to Microsoft for $7.17 Billion leaves Nokia's HERE location technology business unit untouched. Some are speculating that this may leave HERE open to an eventual sale by Nokia. (I'd suggest reading Marc...

Autodesk Gives Users SaaS Solution and Data Agnostic Approach for Infrastructure Design

Wednesday, August 7th 2013

Today, Autodesk announced the release of Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro. In branding other products as a cloud-based solutions, Autodesk assigns the "360" designation to InfraWorks, a software solution for civil engineering design and infrastructure project collaboration. Autodesk InfraWorks 360...

Round Up of Directions Magazine Esri UC Coverage

Monday, July 15th 2013

User Conference The Urban Observatory: Comparative Visualization of Urban Development? ArcGIS for Desktop Licenses to Gain Access to ArcGIS Online: The Details Real-Time Data is Really Here ... Kind of, Almost Wired Magazine Starts a Mapping Blog Two Sights Worth Noting at...

Apple, Google and Microsoft Tweak Mapping Offerings

Thursday, June 27th 2013

These are all smallish tweaks, but together illustrate how those little things are mattering more and more during this time of Map Wars! Microsoft The Maps app in Windows 8, powered by Bing, will get 3D imagery when it becomes available in the fall, Microsoft corporate vice president...

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