Councils Across the Country Mark Location Day

Sixty-nine local authorities across England and Wales are taking part in ‘Gazetteers@GIS Day’, an initiative that highlights the importance of location and how location information is created by councils. Through a range of activities such as manning stands, running quizzes and competitions, holding presentations and even giving out sweets, pens and balloons, council Address and Street Custodians will demonstrate the importance of the information that they maintain on behalf of their council. Council produced Address and Street data is an essential part of two products available from Ordnance Survey; AddressBase and OS MasterMap Highways Network. Both products are widely used... (read more)
2017-01-15 03:15:29

Smart Speakers, Voice Assistants and Location

Do you speak to a voice assistant? Perhaps you ask Google Assistant via Google Home to check the local weather or have Alexa via an Amazon Echo tell you a “knock knock” joke. You might request more complex tasks like finding a local restaurant with open tables for tonight. For now, those are about the extent of current assistants’ spatial capabilities. I dug into the Amazon Echo’s “skills,” the name for the voice-activated apps it runs. The most utilitarian skills related to maps and location offer answers to questions like “How long will a known commuting route take today?” or... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:38:02

Esri Acquires ClearTerra Location Data Extraction Technology

Esri has announced it has acquired technology from ClearTerra, a creator of geospatial and activity-based intelligence tools. This acquisition will provide the ArcGIS platform users the ability to easily discover and extract geographic coordinates from unstructured textual data like emails, briefings and reports, instantly generating intelligent map-based information. This capability will make mapping this information easier across many industries. Defence, intelligence, and public safety organisations tend to have massive volumes of unstructured data, as do other fields such as petroleum, utilities, and maritime, where locating information on the earth is not as easy as searching for a street address. Esri’s acquisition... (read more)
2018-03-02 05:39:24

GeoSpock Launches Unique Location Intelligence Platform

GeoSpock, the extreme-scale data integration company that provides analytics, builds insight, and enables predictions across space and time, has announced the launch of its Location Intelligence as a Service (LlaaS) Product Showcase. Demonstrating a variety of real-world scenarios, the Product Showcase is used to explore the potential of smart city development, online advertising and mobility through Location Intelligence (LI) analytics functionality – including dynamic filtering, movement tracking, dataset comparisons, and geo-fencing. Understanding LI datasets is crucial for companies looking to derive meaningful insight from extreme amounts of geospatial and temporal data, which enables informed business decisions. The platform empowers businesses who have... (read more)
2018-05-04 10:53:19

Why Location Matters in Data Analytics

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) is holding its Annual Conference on 23 November 2016 called #GeoCom16 “Why location matters in data analytics” and it will take place at the Royal Geographical Society’s headquarters at 1 Kensington Gore in London. Taking on a new, streamlined one-day format, it will feature key guest presenters and lightning sessions by members. Rollo Home, Chairman of the AGI’s Action Working Group organising the event, said’ “The AGI is proud to bring our new-look Annual Conference #GeoCom16 to the RGS, considered to be the heart of geography and home to many professional geographers and explorers,... (read more)
2017-01-15 03:17:19

Using Location Intelligence to Drive Digital Engagement

Three ‘D’s’ Drive Government
Government organisations are using location intelligence to drive digital engagement, argues James Brayshaw, to drive down costs and engage with citizens. But there is still room for more transparency and raising public awareness through a multi-channel approach. As government organisations are facing wider and more complex pressures than ever before, the ‘three Ds’ are tasked with driving its transformation: Decentralisation, Digital, and Data. Decentralisation is pushing increasing power back into the hands of local government agencies, who need to ensure they have the capacity and capabilities to deliver. Digital By Default means providing a multi-channel service to citizens with limited... (read more)
2017-04-10 11:26:48

Mapbox Launches Global Augmented Reality Location Platform

Mapbox has launched Mapbox AR, a comprehensive toolkit combining AR rendering software with global location data built on the location platform used by over 1 million registered developers, including AR vanguards like FitnessAR and Keep. From projecting navigation routes in context on an automotive heads-up display, to mobile multi-player gaming, interacting with real-world buildings and points of interest, Mapbox AR enables a new level of AR applications and gameplay. Reality-grade location data includes a global navigable map that is constantly evolving with usage, and custom 3D building footprints optimised for dynamic interaction, international land use and terrain coverage — all... (read more)
2018-02-28 11:06:40

The Future of Location Intelligence – Interview with James Brayshaw

After more than ten years as a director of Ordnance Survey, James Brayshaw recently left to join Pitney Bowes Software based in Henley. Robin Waters caught up with James, who is now nearly two months into his new position as director and general manager for location intelligence, EMEA (MapInfo), to find out more about his reasons for moving and how he perceives the future of the location business and the MapInfo brand. GIS Professional: With your background and high profile role at Ordnance Survey, why have you moved? James Brayshaw: To be honest I was not looking to leave Ordnance... (read more)
2016-12-22 01:19:17

Big Data and Location – A Real or Imagined New Frontier?

Andy Coote reports on some of the insights gained from speaking and listening to some of the foremost experts in the field at the Strata 14 conference on Big Data in San Francisco and ponders the place of location in Big Data. So, Big Data and Location, why should you care? In their recent report on Big Data, McKinsey (1) suggest it is becoming a key battlefield of competitive advantage, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer behaviour. One of the key application areas they highlight is geocentric personal navigation data. They assess the application of such data... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:40:42

Airbus Launches VESTA Map Local to Improve 911 Location Accuracy

Airbus DS Communications, a pioneer in public safety communications, has announced the launch of a new solution within its VESTA 9-1-1 portfolio – VESTA Map Local which was developed with GeoComm. It is one of the first mapping systems to integrate both RapidSOS location technology and the Esri ArcGIS online maps. These capabilities help Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) improve location accuracy for indoor wireless calls and offer unprecedented user performance and map display speed. Plus, the VESTA Map Local solution integrates with the company’s VESTA 9-1-1 call handling system, saving PSAPs valuable seconds. 80% of 9-1-1 calls are made through... (read more)
2018-02-27 02:37:33
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