A story discussed over Slashdot: Hackers Can Jam Traffic By Manipulating Real-Time Traffic Data.
Their summary: "Hackers can influence real-time traffic-flow-analysis systems to make people drive into traffic jams or to keep roads clear in areas where a lot of people use Google or Waze navigation systems, a German researcher demonstrated at BlackHat Europe. 'If, for example, an attacker drives a route and collects the data packets sent to Google, the hacker can replay them later with a modified cookie, platform key and time stamps, Jeske explained in his research paper (PDF). The attack can be intensified by sending several delayed transmissions with different cookies and platform keys, simulating multiple cars, Jeske added. An attacker does not have to drive a route to manipulate data, because Google also accepts data from phones without information from surrounding access points, thus enabling an attacker to influence traffic data worldwide, he added.' 'You don't need special equipment for this and you can manipulate traffic data worldwide,' Jeske said."
Google is clearly one of the most news-generating entity in the geospatial industry. Here's the recent Google-related geonews.
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The new version of AcidMaps has been released with a great change, it works as a Geoserver plugin.
That means you can use your own configured WMS layers to build Heatmaps, Isolines and other interpolated maps ON THE FLY!
For who doesn't know about AcidMaps:
You can see a full demo built using Flex/OpenScales where you can play with the parameters to see different results.
If you want to give it a try with you own data, take a look to the Quick Start instructions, it is really simple!
There's a reference doc where you can get more details.
Please, let us know your opinion because it's still in beta and your experience will be very helpful.
In addition to today's other news about Microsoft named Bing Panorama Builder And Streetside Video, here's some more details on the two announcements. The first one focused on new features: Interior Views, Enhanced OpenTable Integration, Real-Time Transit, and Streetside for Mobile:
The second official entry is all about Bing Maps new map style, version 1.1. Key changes are:
Of course, the entry offers several screenshots to show the differences.
I've been overly busy lately, the consequence is you're getting your geonews in batch mode a little later than usual. Here they are!
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Each year the USGIF presents awards to the most influential members of the geospatial intelligence community from academia, government, and industry. Recognized for outstanding achievements and innovations, winners are selected based on their contributions for advancing the intelligence tradecraft.
This year President Steve Panzer and Chief Technology Officer David Hemphill were presented the award on behalf of ObjectFX for developing SpatialRULES, a Complex Event Processor (CEP) for geospatial data. SpatialRULES fuses multiple streams of real-time data from sensors and services to form a more complete decision making picture. Read More [press release link].
Via the OSGeo-Discuss list, I learned about the first release of Acid Maps, an open source tool for real time heatmaps generation.
From the announcement: " Acid Maps is basically a web server that generates interpolated images from a set of valued points in real time. This means that you can use your existing datasets (e.g.: sales, temperature, etc...) to generate advanced visualizations: heatmaps, isolines and Voronoi diagrams.
In addition, custom "client" layers have been created for OpenLayers and OpenScales, thus allowing an easier way to communicate with the server."