Vector One wondered and All Points Blog provide news of Intergraph financial status from the Huntsville Times and Birmingham News. From the Huntsville Times: "Intergraph cut 40 jobs in the fourth quarter and took $2.7 million in restructuring charges. Restructuring charges for the year are expected to total $9 million to $11 million and should be completed by the second quarter."
GeoPlace host an article about real-time GPS data transmission options. From the article's introduction: "There are many real-time differential Global Positioning System (GPS) options available today, and this column looks at four options and their benefits. To get a real-time accuracy of better then three meters with a civilian GPS receiver, some type of differential correction method is required, so it's important to use the appropriate source."
MDFlynn writes "With GPS popularity rising, a new Open Source mobile GPS tracking protocol is now available and includes a full-featured reference implementation. The project, OpenDMTP (Open Device Monitoring and Tracking Protocol), was designed as a highly configurable/extensible protocol for obtaining data from remote devices over high-latency/low-bandwidth networks. We take OpenDMTP on a field test using a Linux laptop, GPS receiver, and a GPRS modem, to showcase the capabilities of the protocol."
All Points Blog links to a short Deccan Herald article about GIS-trained manpower woefully short in India. From the article: "“Though the GIS technology was evolved over 40 years ago, its presence in India is still in a nascent stage,” Mr Gowda said during the inauguration of a two-day State level seminar on ‘GIS and its applications’ at Government Arts College here recently." Meanwhile, Very Spatial links to a The Times of India article about the use of GIS and GPS for police operations in India.
GIS Monitor host an article discussing a NOAA study of the remote sensing industry. From the article: "According to the report, "The most frequently mentioned technical advances centered around improvements on existing technology rather than the development of new technology." This included the integration of technologies that are currently independent or semi-independent, similarly to the way that GPS receivers, inertial measuring units (IMU), and aerial film and digital cameras have already been integrated."
Vector One has an interesting entry describing how web services could lead to more map printing. From the blog: "Yet, Web Services will make use of spatial data - cheaper. You will get more value for less cost than attempting to set up your own system and develop products from scratch. This is a paradigm shift, both in the business of making maps and purchasing data and services."
The Press Release says the Carbon Project, the world leader in Open-Geospatial .NET technology, announces that it has joined ESRI's Business Partner Program. From the PR: "The Carbon Project has developed an interoperability extension platform for ESRI's ArcGIS, CarbonArc, to enable seamless access and use of [OGC] services in ArcGIS. The first module of CarbonArc, CarbonArc Lite, will be an extension product complete with intuitive tools for accessing and using any OGC Web Map Service (WMS) or Web Feature Service (WFS) data source as an integral part of [GIS]" Very Spatial tells us CarbonArc Lite is already available.
Ogle Earth discuss Talk Maps, a site to map instant messaging contacts (Jabber network, including Google Talk) to Google Maps or even Google Earth. From the blog: "You add a bot to your friends list, so that it knows when you are available, and you also enter your coordinates on a special form once. Bingo, yet another way to meet new people from all over the world."
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."