There's no question there's currently an abundance of location information out in the world. How do we "protect ourselves" from that very information and those technologies? How much can we rely on automated systems to protect us from the dangers? How much must we do on our own? What types of protection do we not have that should be invented?
The announcement of a geolocation add-on for Mozilla's Firefox last week prompted lots of discussion around its role in the browser, its support of standards, and its use of Skyhook's wi-fi solution for location determination. Our editors peel back the layers to take on these and other issues including, does such a broker belong in the browser?
This podcast introduces NAVTEQ's Mapping and Positioning Engine or MPE. The MPE, a subset of the NAVTEQ database that is coupled with a microprocessor assembly, including a GPS chipset, was designed to support a variety of applications that assist the driver of a car or other vehicle to, for example, reduce gas consumption. It is more or less an alternative to a navigation system that is cost effective enough to go into most all vehicles regardless of price. According to Bob Denaro, NAVTEQ's vice president of advanced driver assistance systems, it's "a heartbeat in the car."
Many media outlets offer interactive maps to explore current data on the upcoming U.S. elections, including the option to create your own scenarios by assigning states to candidates. How do the sites compare? What's missing? Our editors praise USA Today's implementation, along with Yahoo's, and find at least one laughable offering. Hear about their likes and dislikes and how these interactive sites reflect the state of technology in the media and the demand for social tools.
Last week Google announced it would use only Tele Atlas data for its mapping applications, effectively dropping NAVTEQ, now owned by Nokia. Is there a data war? Or perhaps a browser war? Also: Microsoft reveals its vision for a tagged real world even as a Japanese company shows off its implementation of that vision. Is it time for real world geotagging? Our editors tackle these questions in this week's discussion.
This week two different vendors, Netezza and Teradata, announced spatial extensions for their data warehouse appliances. Our editors explain the new offerings and explore what the questions these solutions prompt for geospatial practitioners as well as traditional database administrators. Is one of these solutions in your future?
Editor-in-Chief Joe Francica ran the LBS gauntlet last week by attending NAVTEQ Connections, CTIA and the SiRF Location 2.0 Summit. The big takeaway is the power of a single device to manage one business and personal life on a single location-enabled device. In the last year, Francica explains, LBS has become part of the enterprise. He and Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg explore the changes that have come with this growth.
With news of two satellite launches in as many weeks and many deals around imagery in the news, it's time to look at the new data that will be available and explore how they may be delivered and used. Among the soon to be available data: red edge, a part of the spectrum that can help evaluate stress on vegetation. Join our editors as they review the facts and speculate about the future.
Craig Rosa, interactive producer of KQED, San Francisco, presents the "cross-platform, cross-editorial program" KQED Quest. Craig explains how KQED Quest reinforces the message of global environmentalism by educating viewers about their local geography. Craig says Quest's mantra is: "geo-tag everything." This podcast comes to us from Back Five Productions and Endpoint Environmental LLC, the producers of the Web 2.0 Mapping and Social Networks Meetup Group, a group that meets monthly in Silicon Valley.
This podcast provides a look at a new GPS-enabled digital camera memory card that instantly uploads pictures to your online map of choice. Ziv Gillat, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Eye-Fi, discusses why the technology is useful for backpackers who want to capture their travels both on digital images and a map.
The University of Sothern California Spatial Sciences Institute this fall launched a Bachelor of Science degree in geodesign. The new major trains students in design, planning, geographic information science (GIS) and geospatial technologies. It also provides students with valuable skills that allow them to pursue professional careers and/or graduate study in one or more of these three fields and a variety of environmental areas....