Actionable Location Data Takes Centre Stage at GEO Week 2017

In October 2017, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) held GEO Week in Washington, DC, USA. The conference is an annual gathering highlighting and promoting the role of, applications for, and opportunities to use Earth observations (EO) in delivering 'insight for a changing world'. At GEO Week 2017, it was made clear that location data is meant for action, not just observation. (By Allen Carroll, Esri Story Maps Team Leader) GEO's vision is a world whose future involves humanitarian action informed by EO. But what does that really mean? All kinds of geographic data and imagery are available from location... (read more)
2017-11-23 09:40:04

Microsoft Integrates Azure Location Based Services into the Cloud

Microsoft has announced the public preview of Azure Location Based Services, a new cloud offering to power the “Location of Things”. This will improve connectivity between geographical data, smart cities, infrastructure and IoT solutions; and empower a range of industrial transformations. Azure Location Based Services provides an enterprise-ready location service for customers to build mobility, asset tracking and other geospatial applications that provide useful insights through one dashboard and one subscription. The service allows enterprises to connect their assets to the cloud and give them significant insights into how their data can be utilised further when combined with location-based data. Examples... (read more)
2018-01-08 02:51:01

Pioneering Location with an Out-of-the-box Approach

Interview with Kurt Daradics, Manager of the Startup Programme, Esri (By Wim van Wegen, GIM International) Esri recently exhibited at The Next Web Europe, a conference focused on entrepreneurship, technology and startups in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. But why was Esri involved? Is it looking for new frontiers for spatial analysis? Is the developer market the group that will bring a fresh contribution to Esri’s startup and developer programme? GIM International spoke to Kurt Daradics, global leader of Esri’s Emerging Business Group, to find out. Kurt, we last met in April at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam. What were you... (read more)
2015-07-14 04:57:45

'Location' Forms Ubiquitous Part of Big Data Analytics

IBM Shows a Mainstream Direction for Spatial IT
Now that some of the core infrastructure challenges have been solved, the application layer of big data is rapidly building up. Therefore, the major GIS players have recently been focusing their attention on their added 'intelligence' value. The geomatics and GIS sector will benefit greatly from the innovation brought by big data companies like IBM, so how does IBM see its future in this regard? The combination of Big Data with artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud, security, Internet of Things, etc., has already brought IBM USD33 billion in revenue, and next year it will probably be USD40 billion. 'Spatial intelligence' in the context of Big Data... (read more)
2017-08-10 10:45:13

Telcontar Gets Personal with Next Generation Location Platform

Telcontar (CA, USA) has announced the availability of Drill Down Server (DDS) 4.0 platform and Traffic Manager 4.0, the latest version of its geospatial engine that powers Internet portal mapping services such as Google Local, Yahoo! Maps and Ask Jeeves. The new DDS 4.0 platform represents a breakthrough in real-time location services by enabling proactive notification of relevant, real time data to users for routes that they use everyday. The Traffic Manager 4.0 extension allows users to integrate the most accurate traffic feeds available with dynamic detour routing from DDS 4.0 to take drivers to their destination as fast as... (read more)
2005-11-17 12:00:00

OGC and TM Forum Address Location Information Issues

TM Forum and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) recently signed a liaison agreement to provide value for the members of each organisation by connecting the OGC’s location standards framework and industry consensus process to TM Forum’s core competency programmes, vertical industry initiatives and Frameworx standards and best practices, which have been adopted by four out of five global service providers. Mark Reichardt, president and CEO of the Open Geospatial Consortium, explained location and the communications infrastructure are linked in emergency management, cyber security, Building Information Models, transportation and many other domains. Given this reality, there are many areas in which... (read more)
2013-10-25 10:31:24

KCS Adds Location-based Positioning to GPS Track and Trace Module

KCS, based in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, has extended its TraceME product line with an advanced module targeted at worldwide mobility in the 'Internet of Things' era. The latest development of the TraceME GPS/GPRS track and trace module will combine the RF location-based positioning solution with the LoRa technology. This combination offers ‘smart objects’ being even smarter, since LoRa enables long-range, battery-friendly communication in a wide variety of (M2M) applications. Supporting GPRS/SMS and optional 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, ANT/ANT+ and iBeacon provides easy integration with existing wireless networks and mobile apps. For more information go here. (read more)
2015-03-24 09:30:56

Global 3D Mapping Platform to Visualise Location-based Services and Interiors

eeGeo, the UK-based 3D mapping company, has launched its geospatial meta-mapping platform which enables organisations to build interactive mobile applications to deliver content and location-based information. The eeGeo platform enables businesses across a range of sectors to easily visualise complex datasets on a geospatially accurate representation of the interior and exterior world. The platform is disrupting the industry through enabling customers to deliver engaging, compelling and differentiated 3D map experiences. The world is a three-dimensional space and the eeGeo platform accurately represents this as a global 3D map, transitioning seamlessly from outdoors with detail of all terrain, roads and landmarks,... (read more)
2015-10-29 03:36:49

Esri Adds 3-word Address and Location System to ArcGIS Marketplace

The company what3words will be providing its innovative 3-word address and location reference system to ArcGIS Marketplace. ArcGIS Marketplace is a destination that enables ArcGIS users to search, discover and get apps and content from qualified providers. what3words is an addressing and location reference system based on a global grid of 57 trillion squares of 3m x 3m; each square has a unique pre-assigned 3-word address. For example, recruiters.infusions.fastening is the location of a fire hydrant on Inverness Drive East highway in Denver, Colorado, USA. This what3words system is being used by Esri partner Metcom911 to manage 57,000 fire hydrants... (read more)
2016-02-29 10:22:25

Location of Things Market to Grow to US$128 Billion by 2027

The global Location of Things (LoT) market was valued at US$19.10 Billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.5% during the forecast period 2019 - 2027 and reach US$128.75 Billion in 2027. Development of internet infrastructure and IoT in recent years is primarily driven due to the need for energy efficient communications network infrastructure, and proliferation of IoT and connected devices. Such a prominent growth of IoT is projected to propel the LoT market in the coming years. Location Intelligence integrates geographical dimensions with the existing data from business intelligence applications. It allows an ability... (read more)
2019-04-23 02:26:23
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