This is my tentative to catch up the geonews since my mid-August holidays. Here they are!
On the open source / open data front:
On the Esri front:
On the Google front:
On the Microsoft front:
In the everything else category:
In the maps category:
Discussed over Slashdot, a story named Minneapolis Police Catalog License Plates and Location Data.
Their summary: "The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Minneapolis police used automated scanning technology to log location data for over 800,000 license plates in June alone, with 4.9 million scans having taken place this year. The data includes the date, time, and location where the plate was seen. Worse, it appears this data is compiled and stored for up to a year and is disclosed to anyone who asks for it."
Slashdot discusses a story about a find-my-car location service for malls that uses license plates reading. The linked article is named 'Find my car' app can also catch crooks.
Their summary: "Westfield Group, one of the largest shopping centre (mall) operators in the world, has launched a find-my-car iPhone app. The system uses a series of license plate reading cameras dotted throughout their multi-level car parks. Westfield said police could also use it to find stolen or unregistered vehicles. (Hello, slippery slope.) Initially launched in just one Sydney centre, it will be rolled-out to others if the trial is successful."
This is not the first time we discuss tracking license plates, here's some related previous stories: