ArcWeb Explorer Beta Overview

Directions Mag provides an overview of ArcWeb Explorer Beta. From the overview: "It is probably positioned to sell more access to ArcWeb Services as a custom app, but you can’t help but wonder if there aren’t more robust solutions such as the now discontinued BusinessMAP Web product that might be a better overall solution to accessing ArcWeb Services." We announced the availability of the beta two weeks ago.

GIS and Location Intelligence Market Size

Christopher Laflam writes "Would you have any idea how large the GIS market is? More specifically, how big do you think the Location Intelligence piece is of the GIS market? I have heard that GIS is now as big as a 50 billion dollar a year business.

What industries would you think would most benefit from Location Intelligence technology? I understand which industries (real estate, financial, insurance, etc) use them now, but what is your opinion of the industries that could see the greatest growth from location intelligence adoption?"

'Car-Chase Capital' Deploys New Weapon -- GPS Gum

Nate_Heard writes "It's great to see an application of GPS technology [CNN] that will contribute to public safety. Plus, it's so James Bond. Think of all the great things you could do with a gun that shoots sticky GPS receivers. On second thought..." Thanks Nate_Heard, Very Spatial also links to the interesting story about Los Angeles police propeling a GPS device onto a fleeing car. From the Information Week article: "Rather than engage in a high-speed chase that is dangerous for the public and police, an officer can trigger the GPS tracking device from their car. The officer also will have a remote unit, about the size of a device that unlocks a car, when they're outside the patrol car."

Build Your Own Web-Based GPS Tracking System

mdflynn writes "Having your own personal web-based mobile GPS tracking system
doesn't have to be a complicated and expensive ordeal. Now there's
an Open Source solution, called OpenDMTP, that allows you to
build
your own simple mobile GPS tracking system
from a laptop and have the
data delivered right to your own computer over your home broad-band
service. And with the addition of a webserver and Google Maps
client-side JavaScript, you'll be able to see the data over the web on
an interactive map!"

Interview with Jody Jeffrey of PCI Geomatics

GIS Monitor conducted a short interview with Jody Jeffrey of PCI Geomatics. From the interview: ""As Google, Microsoft, and others demonstrate some of the capabilities made possible by geospatial data," he argues, "more non-traditional users will evolve and will begin to use and store this data inside of the enterprise. This is why partnering with Oracle has made sense for us.""

More On The OSGF

More interesting reading on the new OSGF. Be sure to take a look at our previous coverage. There's Mapping Hacks, Hobu, Directions Mag, GeoTips and Spatially Adjusted whom all provide insightful overviews. No doubt there's more out there. Update: 02/08 19:28 GMT by S : The OSGF website is now online including mailing lists to keep you updated.

RFID Tags Made Significantly Smaller

Slashdot host a discussion regarding 7.5 micron thick RFID tags by Hitachi. From the EETimes article: "Hitachi has been pursuing such “embedded” applications for its “Mu-chip” for years. The company integrated an antenna on an earlier version of the chip in September 2003. In the latest version, the company has reduced the plan dimensions and the thickness of the chip."

Netherlands at 40cm Resolution

spatialguy writes "The whole of the Netherlands is viewable online with a resolution of 40cm.

In only 7 weeks time from September til Octobre 2005 Aerodata International Surveys photographed the Netherlands. The photos were made with fas airplanes that used a camera of 90 megapixels. In total 7000 photos were glued together to make one big 850 GB image. It is the most recent aerial photo of the Netherlands and is now viewable online."

Windows Live Local Review

All Points Blog discuss and links to a PC Mag Windows Live Local review. From the review: "Windows Live Local, in beta testing now, has to be one of the most addictive Web search tools out there. We're most excited about the 45-degree bird's-eye images of major U.S. cities including Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle (with others coming)."

GISCorps Learned Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

GeoPlace host an article about lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina by the GISCorps. From the article's conclusion: "As a volunteer organization, affiliation with GISCorps provided a neutral venue for efficient service delivery with transparency to inevitable politics. Of the many lessons learned by Katrina GISCorps volunteers, perhaps the most important is the need to establish geospatial technology resources as a core functional component in every local emergency operations plan in the United States."

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