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Tuesday, October 28th 2008
by Directions Staff

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Jim Clapper, former director of the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency (NGA) and now the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) gave a press briefing at the GEOINT conference in Nashville, Tennessee on October 28, 2008. He elaborated on the situation with BASIC, the challenge of hiring qualified professionals, and his recommendations to the next U.S. president.

Tuesday, October 28th 2008
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

deCarta announced its connected navigation platform last week. At the same time the expectations for portable navigation devices is looking dim as for-fee smartphone solutions for navigation appear to grow. What is the future for these devices and what about the connected car of the future? Our editors look at what the experts say and share their own predictions.

Tuesday, October 21st 2008
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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?

Tuesday, October 14th 2008
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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?

Wednesday, October 8th 2008
by Joe Francica

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."

Tuesday, October 7th 2008
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Friday, October 3rd 2008
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Tuesday, September 23rd 2008
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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?

Monday, September 15th 2008
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Tuesday, September 9th 2008
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

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