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Google, Apple, Nokia and the quest for the perfect map
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Everyone has at least one mapping fiasco story — "and then I turned right, right into a swamp!" — and Brian McClendon, VP of Google's mapping division, has heard them all. People can't resist sharing them, even though the misadventure is never as wacky as the storyteller thinks it is. When I tell him my tale of directional woe, he sighs. "We should have gotten your query right," he replies in a weary, apologetic tone. More

Car owners frustrated with onboard GPS
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Irritated by your car's built-in GPS? You're not alone. More car owners are less happy with their factory-installed navigation systems than in the past, says a report out from J.P. Power and Associates. A survey of drivers conducted late last year found satisfaction with their navigation systems down 13 points from the prior year. More

GPS pill bottles to be placed in NYC pharmacies
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Take two in the morning and we'll catch up with you. Pill bottles fitted with GPS trackers are going to be used by the New York Police Department to combat the theft of painkillers and other addictive prescription medicines, according to the Associated Press. Pharmacies will be asked to hide the GPS bottles amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves. More

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If mapping is never done, then how far done are we?
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One beauty of a geographical systems pursuit is the never-ending to-do list of items that need mapping. Where we once charted unknown lands, and added place names, today's tools allow us to catalog many more attributes, and monitor change through modeled and simulated captured reality. We've come so far in our mapping abilities in a short time, and we are on the verge of a profound change to mapping thanks to sensors that provide real-time insight. More

Predicting future behavior: It's the end results that matter, not the technology
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Since Ptolemy drafted his ancient discourse on cartography, Charles Picquet placed a rudimentary heat map across the 48 districts of Paris showing cholera severity or Fred Armisen taught the world a few things about political maps on Saturday Night Live, GIS and derivative capabilities have been about something other than pleasing maps, pretty pictures or the coolest technology. More

FBI launches bank robber Google map
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The FBI has launched a Google map of unidentified bank robbery suspects. The newly launched project makes geotagged security camera photos of bank robbery suspects publicly available; the FBI is also collecting tips on suspects' identities through the web page. According to a FBI statement, the page is also intended to protect local residents from gun violence. The map is searchable by geographic location, weapon used and the unidentified robber's nickname. More

Bentley Systems becomes authorized provider of IACET CEUs
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The International Association for Continuing Education and Training has awarded Bentley Systems, Incorporated the prestigious Authorized Provider accreditation. IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units. The accreditation period extends for five years and includes all programs offered or created during that time. More

LADWP's just-approved solar FIT program reportedly the nation's largest
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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power approved a $530 million program that will pay residential and commercial customers for solar power they generate. The 100 megawatt feed-in tariff initiative is being called the largest of its kind in the U.S. — and may get even bigger. If successful, the program could expand to 150 megawatts. More

Lockheed Martin receives GPS control sustainment contract
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The U.S. Air Force Space Command has awarded Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions–Defense a $100 million contract to support the GPS ground control segment. The contract's period of performance is from January 2013 through June 2019. The GPS ground infrastructure enables Air Force Space Command 2nd Space Operations Squadron, based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., to perform on-orbit operational control of the GPS satellite constellation. More


 



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