The Google Earth Blog (via Ogle Earth) has an interesting entry about a serious business application of Google Earth targeting South-American trade. From the blog: "Now that GE is out of beta, we should begin seeing many more businesses taking note of the powerful combination of global visualization with a large and growing user base bolstered by the top brand in the world"
The Surveying, Mapping and GIS blog links to a TCS Daily article about the decreasing emphasis on Earth Observation at NASA. From the article: "Partly because of the Administration’s new emphasis on missions to the moon and Mars, and partly due to NASA’s (budget-limited) focus on simply demonstrating new technologies with single satellites, rather than providing an Earth monitoring capability from a series of satellites, the future of Earth science research in the United States currently looks pretty gloomy."
This press release tells us that most detailed maps ever produced of the vast snow-covered Antarctic continent has been created with the help of RADARSAT-1. Here's the Mosaic of Antarctica on NASA's website. From the PR: "The Mosaic removes the terrain distortion and produces a more accurate and natural-looking view of the continent and its very subtle surface features. "Using the Mosaic map together with the Canadian satellite, RADARSAT, is a real breakthrough," says Ted Scambos, one of the creators of the Mosaic at NSIDC. "The Mosaic shows the snow and rock surface almost perfectly, and RADARSAT reveals some of the features below the snow. It's very informative.""
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."