Rosso World reports the first public build of ArcWeb Explorer. From the ArcWeb website: "ArcWeb Explorer is a Web-based map viewing application based on Macromedia Flash 8. The ArcWeb Explorer uses vector mapping technology to render maps quickly in the browser instead of having the server render them. The result is improved speed and performance, greater control over the map appearance, and desktop-like functionality over the Internet." Our previous coverage of ArcWeb.
All Points Blog has a interesting update regarding the new GPS signal. From RCR News: ""The new signal-known as 'L2C-was specifically designed with commercial needs in mind," said Deputy Commerce Secretary David Sampson in remarks prepared for delivery at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce press event this morning. "For example, it is transmitted with a higher effective power, so GPS receivers work better in urban areas and indoors. And it requires less energy to receive the signal, an important feature for battery-powered devices such as mobile phones.""
GeoPlace host a long article about quantifying wildland fire risk and decision support. From the article: "This article describes a scaleable wildland fire risk-assessment framework that incorporates spatial and temporal factors. [...] Because wildland fire risk assessment is a spatio-temporal phenomenon, it's important to have a process that's flexible and consistent over time and space. Also, it's critical to use proven analytical processes based on accepted science to adequately integrate the inputs to the intermediate and fine measures of potential effects."
Good news in space, Very Spatial tells us Landsat-5 will resume operations. From the USGS Press Release: "USGS and NASA engineers were able to make adjustments to operating procedures for the solar array drive mechanism that now allows the solar array to provide enough power for the mission to resume normal operations. Consequently, acquisition operations have begun over the conterminous U.S. and the international stations will be brought on line in the coming weeks." Our previous coverage of the problem.
dct writes "CNet has a article (the "print it" version) on the use of technology (identity, positionning and more) to customize the experience of the people who visit their branches. This vision positions indoor location systems as a very promissing field it seems. From the article: "Radio frequency identification technology, digital pens and motion-tracking cameras could all be added to the arsenal to help banks find out when their most important customers are visiting and how to sell them more financial products. Bank cards could be fitted with RFID chips that would allow banks to react faster when important customers visit the branch--for example, by sending someone to meet and greet them as in the scenario above. Alternatively, screens in the bank could display a message advertising products that customers might like to buy, based on their profile. If the bank knows Mr. Smith has two teenage kids, then when he comes into the branch the screens could advertise student loans.""
dct writes "Verctor One has an entry on the new vision at Ford. Innovation for the company seems to pass through LBS (from what I could read between the lines) and growing connectivity to the Internet while in mobility. From the entry : "Students tap into communications through wireless phones and devices and roads are becoming more electronic oriented. Routing and directions are monitored via satellite and other transportation networks, like air and rail, all impact and interface roads and meeting points.""
dct writes "All Points Blog is sharing its excitement about technews making mainstream news. The story is about LIDAR real-time monitoring of pipelines. Share the excitement here, read the Associated Press version here and read the original story (dating from July) here". From the article: "For a stratospheric panorama, the National Energy Technology Laboratory has considered lifting such airborne imaging up to 80,000 feet high on balloons or circling drones. "All of a sudden it takes very few of these sensors to cover the entire United States," said a government physicist who spoke on condition of anonymity under Energy Department rules."
dct writes "Mapz has compiled a list of recent geography-related theses that he likes best. If you are interested, follow this link." Feel free to use Google Scholar to find other geospatially-related theses and papers.
Here are some of the entries I found regarding the Canadian election. The GISuser weblog offers a lot of links. The Cartography blog generated its own maps. Of course, the official site is also a good starting point.
All Points Blog tells us about the Platial social mapping project and links to a Daily Vanguard article. From the article: "Similar to sites like Facebook, Friendster and MySpace, Platial allows users to create a profile and then add their favorite places, which are then displayed on custom maps. Platial users can form lists of favorite restaurants, bookstores, hiking spots or places to skate. Users can also utilize tags or keywords to describe an entry. Other users can then search for tags like “fair-trade” or “cheap” to find new places that cater to their specific interests."