An interesting announcement from Mapping Solutions (Michigan) with the release of Mapper G Software. The Mapper G software that marries Google aerials and street level data together with MapInfo Professional (8.5+) for more effective market analysis. With Mapper G, analysts can seamlessly mix their own data with aerials from Google that encompass high resolution, street-level images… interesting! See more
Archives for October 7, 2008
Imagine an open source location-aware browser extension for Firefox from Mozilla and Skyhook Wireless… it upgrades the entire web to understand location, enabling enriched, personalized, and localized content. Geode is based upon the draft W3C Geolocation API specification and is being released as Open Source software under the MPL, GPL and LGPL tri-license. From the Geode project… “Geode provides an early implementation of the W3C Geolocation specification so that developers can begin experimenting with enabling location-aware experiences using Firefox 3 today, and users can tell us what they think of the experience it provides. It includes a single experimental geolocation service provider so that any computer with WiFi can get accurate positioning data.
With Geode when a web site requests your location a notification bar will ask how much information you want to give that site: your exact location, your neighborhood, your city, or nothing at all. See http://labs.mozilla.com/2008/10/introducing-geode/
An interesting Beta app from ESRI via the MapMPG web service. The application enables the user to select 2 makes of vehicles in order to compare the mileage that is expected. For example, I selected a 99 Dodge Van which is expected to get 14 mpg, then compared to a 2008 Chrysler 300 which gets 18 mpg. then the cool part, the service goes out, retrieves my location (approx) based on the ZipCode provided and returns a map showing a bounding area that you can drive on a gallon – the two polygons are color coded according to each vehicle… very cool! See it at www.mapmpg.com.