Supergeo Technologies, the leading global provider of complete GIS software and solutions, introduces Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.1 for Android-powered devices in Taiwan.
Designed to perform cadastral position, field survey and measurement, Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.1 integrates with GIS, GPS, and e-compass technologies to help field surveyors quickly locate their current position and cadastral information to accomplish filed tasks efficiently.
Supporting Android 2.3+ devices, the newest Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.1 allows for easy cadastral data query with the enhanced query function, helping users to obtain and recognize perimeter and area information of the district simultaneously. Additionally, the query results of cadastral data can be saved and exported as text file (TXT) for further field application use.
Moreover, SuperSurv 3 is also available for Android users to complete data collection and edit features and attribute data during surveys. SuperSurv 3.1 will be launched later this month.
More product information about SuperGIS Mobile GIS software, please visit http://www.supergeotek.com/products_MobileGIS.aspx
The free trial is available at http://www.supergeotek.com/download_6.aspx
Quite a few interesting news in this batch mode edition.
From the open source front:
From the Google front:
In the miscellaneous category:
in the maps category:
Slashdot is discussing a story named Researchers Find Crippling Flaws In Global GPS, which is really about flaws in receivers, not the GNSS satellites themselves.
The Slashdot summary: "Researchers have developed attacks capable of crippling Global Positioning System infrastructure critical to the navigation of a host of military and civilian technologies including planes, ships and unamed drones. The novel remote attacks can be made against consumer and professional-grade receivers using $2500 worth of custom-built equipment. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Coherent Navigation detailed the attacks in a paper. (pdf)"
More from the article: "The researchers said their work differed from existing GPS jamming and spoofing attacks because it detailed a larger attack surface "by viewing GPS as a computer system". This included analysis of GPS protocol messages and operating systems, the GPS software stack and how errors affect dependent systems."
November 13th, 2012. Vismo GPS tracking installed on the JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart is ideal for organisations operating in harsh, inhospitable, high risk areas of the World. Aimed at the Oil and Exploration market and those organisations involved in construction in high risk areas, the Vismo/Pro-Smart combination is robust and ready for action in environments where other handsets would be unsuitable. The JCB handset has IP67 certification and is both water and dust proof with the bulky shell protecting delicate innards from unfortunate bumps and drops.
Installing Vismo on the JCB Toughphone enables your security team to track, protect and respond to employees as they travel to higher-risk areas of the world. Vismo provides regular GPS locations direct to a secure web platform as well as the ability to view current locations and historical trails. Each smart phone has a panic button which triggers E-mail and SMS alerts in real time to key contacts along with a 20 second covert audio recording from the device.
The ability to pin-point a member of the team on the ground and correlate their position, respective to high risk areas, is key to maintaining the safety and security of individuals. Additionally, if a member of staff finds themselves in a crisis situation, the ability to locate the exact position and give appropriate advice is vital and could save lives. Precise GPS location fixes and the availability of historical trails during crisis situations around the world has resulted in many organisations turning to Vismo as a method of ensuring their employees stay safe.
Full access demonstrations are available directly from Vismo.
Vismo is an innovative patent pending technology which has been developed in response to customer demand by Cellhire, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications with offices in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Russia and Japan. Vismo is available on multiple platforms including BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone and Thuraya and Iridium satellite phones.
Cellhire and Vismo are members of the BlackBerry SELECT Alliance Program.
Colin Dale – Business Development Director, Vismo Ltd
t: +44 (0)1904 616707
Distributed on behalf of Cellhire by NeonDrum news distribution service
Michael W. Dobson (Ph.D) runs the TeleMapics organization. TeleMapics provides independent advice on mapping, geospatial technology and solutions for applications that use geographic information. In this interview GPS Bites spoke to him about his views on the Apple partnership with TomTom, TeleAtlas, and his predictions for GPS and mapping over the next two years. You can read the interview in full on the GPS Bites website on the link below:
In another interesting project to come out of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis the language of tweets in London has been mapped. To obtain the data used in the project they "captured tweets sent using GPS-enabled devices and put them through Google’s Chromium Compact Language Detector, which identified the language used".
It makes for quite an interesting visualisation. Examine the map here.
I learned on Slashdot from this story named Galileo: Europe's Version of GPS Reaches Key Phase.
Their summary: "The third and fourth spacecraft in Europe's satellite navigation system have gone into orbit. The pair were launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket from French Guiana. It is an important milestone for the multi-billion-euro project to create a European version of the U.S. Global Positioning System. With four satellites now in orbit — the first and second spacecraft were launched in 2011 — it becomes possible to test Galileo end-to-end. That is because a minimum of four satellites are required in the sky for a smartphone or vehicle to use their signals to calculate a positional fix."
An addition from the ESA: “By late 2014, 18 satellites are scheduled to have been launched, by which time early services to Europeans can begin."
Of course, we regularly mentioned Galileo since 2005.
The Royal Mail are trialing the use of GPS units to collect more accurate location information as way to broaden their range of income generating services:
Something of interest relating to flood modeling. The link below contains an article describing JFlow, a tool that has been used to map the the flood risk for the UK:
The following link describes WFS/WFS-T in the context of the aftermath of the Christchurch, NZ, earthquake for the distribution and update of geospatial data between different agencies:
A story discussed recently over Slashdot is named NAVSOP Navigation System Rivals GPS.
Their summary: "BAE Systems has developed a positioning solution that it claims will work even when GPS is unavailable. Its strategy is to use the collection of radio frequency signals from TV, radio and cellphone masts, even WiFi routers, to deduce a position. BAE's answer is dubbed Navigation via Signals of Opportunity (NAVSOP). It interrogates the airwaves for the ID and signal strength of local digital TV and radio signals, plus air traffic control radars, with finer grained adjustments coming from cellphone masts and WiFi routers. In any given area, the TV, radio, cellphone and radar signals tend to be at constant frequencies and power levels as they are are heavily regulated — so positions could be calculated from them. "The real beauty of NAVSOP is that the infrastructure required to make it work is already in place," says a BAE spokesman — and "software defined radio" microchips that run NAVSOP routines can easily be integrated into existing satnavs. The firm believes the technology could also work in urban concrete canyons where GPS signals cannot currently reach."
I remembered 4 years ago we mentioned eLORAN as a possible backup system for the current satellite GNSS systems.
It was National Holiday yesterday where I live, so it explains sharing this weekend story on a Tuesday, discussed by Slashdot: How Satnav Maps Are Made.
Their summary: ""PC Pro has a feature revealing how the world's biggest satnav firms create their maps. Nokia's Navteq, for example, has a huge database of almost 24 million miles of road across the globe. For each mile of road there are multiple data points, and for each of those positions, more than 280 road attributes. The maps are generated from public data and driver feedback, not to mention its own fleet of cars with 360-degree cameras on the top.There's an IMU (inertial measurement unit) for monitoring the pitch of the road, and the very latest in 3D surface-scanning technology too. This light detection and ranging (LIDAR) detector captures 1.3 million three-dimensional data points every second, mapping the world around Navteq's field vehicles in true 3D. The feature also investigates whether commercial mapping firms will be replaced by open-source maps." That last line makes me think of the difference between conventionally published encyclopedias and Wikipedia; "replaced by" is an odd standard in a big marketplace of ideas."