Here's the recent Google-related geonews.
From official sources:
From other sources:
MacRumors report that Nokia will Launch a Free Maps App with Offline Mode and Transit Directions for iOS.
From MacRumors: "Nokia today announced an expansion of its mapping services, launching a new "HERE" brand for the products and announcing that it will be introducing a new iOS mapping app in the coming weeks. [...] Based on HTML5, it will include offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, and public transport directions. The application is scheduled to be available for free download from Apple's App Store in the coming weeks."
Still catching up my August holidays, here's the recent geospatial open source and open data geonews.
In general news:
In software news:
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
On the 2012 London Olympics:
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A few geostories discussed over Slashdot:
In the everything else category:
In the maps category:
Open Source Geospatial Software Provides Web Mapping Front End for Innovative Parking Project
New York, NY & San Francisco, CA, November 29, 2011 — Today OpenGeo, the leader in open source geospatial technology, completed Phase II development for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) SFpark project asset management system. SFpark uses geospatial and sensory technology to collect and distributes real-time parking availability information to drivers. It also uses this data to regularly update meter and garage pricing to ensure parking availability, providing for safer and clearer streets.
The OpenGeo Suite of open source technology supports SFpark by delivering assets to its robust web mapping application. The application integrates flexible asset management with business intelligence reports to deliver information-rich maps. These easy-to-use maps form the primary user interface, enabling the SFMTA to more easily select, group, and analyze parking management functions.
"OpenGeo’s geospatial and web mapping expertise was critical in helping SFMTA complete this project," said SFMTA Technology Innovations Lead Donovan Corliss. "We are very happy with the asset management tool’s ability to support our parking meter maintenance and pricing. OpenGeo has also created a new, more user-friendly map for SFpark.org, the public face of the project."
Ken Bossung, Senior Vice President of OpenGeo, added: "We are excited to be working with SFMTA on a nationally-recognized and innovative project. The success of SFpark is further proof of the strong feature functionality of open source software and the OpenGeo Suite. We’re continually contributing back to the open source projects we support and clients like the SFMTA make that possible."
OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, Google, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, Landgate, and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.
OpenGeo, a Division of OpenPlans
Established by voter proposition in 1999, the SFMTA, a department of the City and County of San Francisco, oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni), parking and traffic and taxis. Over 35,000 additional vehicles enter San Francisco every business day, and all rely on the SFMTA to keep the flow of cars, transit vehicles, taxis, delivery trucks, pedestrians and bicycles moving smoothly through the streets.
The SFpark pilot covers 7,000 of San Francisco’s 28,800 metered spaces and 12,250 spaces in 15 of 20 SFMTA-managed parking garages. These garages and spaces are located in the following neighborhoods: Civic Center, Hayes Valley, the Financial District, SoMa, the Mission, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Fillmore and the Marina. The SFpark pilot is 80 percent funded by the United States Department of Transportation’s Urban Partnership Program and will run until summer 2012.
Here's the recent Google-related geonews.
From the official sources:
From other sources:
With the Easter break at the door, here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
From the Google front:
From the open source/data front:
From the Microsoft front:
In the miscellaneous category:
Urban Mapping’s Industry-Leading Hosted Mapping Platform Incorporates Mass Transit Data; Expands On-Demand Geospatial Data Offerings
Urban Mapping, Inc (UMI), a leading provider of geospatial web services and on-demand data for interactive mapping applications, today announced availability of public transportation data through Mapfluence, its powerful, cloud-based mapping platform. Previously available as a stand-alone database, Urban Mapping has integrated core elements of mass transit data into its hosted mapping platform with on-demand data.
Critical for site selection, marketing, logistics and other activities, Urban Mapping's public transport data features highly detailed information about more than 150 public transportation systems in North America. UMI employs a globally-distributed field research network to collect information about bus, rail and ferry systems, including ridership data, station attributes, entrance locations, schedules, unplanned events and over 100 other data elements.
“We stand apart from the pack with unparalleled emphasis on data normalization, detail and ease of use. Through our extensive field research operation, we have detailed over 10,000 subway and train station entrances and exits, collecting information about handicap accessibility, ridership levels, and station amenities,” said Ian White, CEO Urban Mapping.
The Mapfluence on-demand data catalog is the industry’s most comprehensive, containing over 10,000 high-value data variables spanning dozens of categories, including demographics, consumer spending, education, crime, business analytics, natural hazards and many more. Leading customers such as CoStar Group and MapQuest have implemented Urban Mapping’s mass transit product.
This is a boon for vertical markets such as the commercial real estate industry, insurance and business intelligence, and for local search and navigation. Site selection specialists, for example, who are looking for greater granularity on the growing urban population can now evaluate potential retail store sites relative not only to demographics, business and consumer spending trends, but also to public transport.
About Urban Mapping
Urban Mapping, Inc (UMI) provides geospatial data and web services to simplify the development and deployment of online mapping and data visualization applications. With Mapfluence, UMI's hosted mapping platform, organizations can access an on-demand catalog of 10,000+ high-value variables to query, visualize and analyze data using maps, tables and charts. Since 2006, leading interactive publishers like Microsoft, MapQuest and Yahoo! as well as leading enterprises like CoStar Group, Tableau Software and CoreLogic have been utilizing Urban Mapping's geospatial data and technology. For more information, please visit us at www.urbanmapping.com.
Media Contact: Josie Mulberry 415-946-8170
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- February 10, 2011 -- Urban Mapping, Inc(UMI), a leading provider of web services and on-demand data for interactive mapping applications today announced that MapQuest has implemented Urban Mapping’s industry-leading database of public transportation for inclusion into www.mapquest.com, online mapping platform for directions.
Urban Mapping’s mass transit database features highly-detailed information about more than 150 public transportation systems in North America. UMI employs a globally-distributed research network of on-the ground employees who collect information about bus, rail and ferry systems, including station attributes, entrance locations, schedules, unplanned events and over 100 other data elements.
MapQuest supports 1 million inquiries for directions each day. The new pedestrian routing and rail transit options add layers of environmentally conscious features to MapQuest’s growing suite of world-class routing solutions. MapQuest’s transit product includes nationwide pedestrian routing and a transit option linking pedestrian routing with public rail transportation in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Boston. MapQuest has plans to expand additional city content from Urban Mapping in 2011.
UMI Mass Transit allows interactive publishers and other industries to access accurate and up to date spatial and attribute data for incorporation into multimodal trip planners that includes travel by car, foot or by bus, train, car or ferry. Customers can also monitor unplanned events, such as service interruptions or system-wide notifications and advisories through the Incident Manager.
About Urban Mapping
Urban Mapping, Inc (UMI) provides web-based mapping services and on-demand data tosimplify the development and deployment of online mapping and data visualization applications. With Mapfluence, UMI’s flagship product, organizations can access an on-demand catalog of 10,000+ high-value variables to query, visualize and analyze data using maps, tables and charts. Since 2006, leading interactive publishers like Microsoft, MapQuest and Yahoo! as well as leading enterprises like CoStar Group, Tableau Software and CoreLogic have been utilizing Urban Mapping's geospatial data and technology. For more information, please visit us at www.urbanmapping.com.
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.