Google has been very busy mapping the world for the past decade, which is something that has become more apparent every time they add a new Google Maps feature. Chief among the latest advancements is their effort to map interiors as well as to facilitate indoor navigation once you’re inside. Informed Infrastructure editor Matt Ball spoke with Ed Parsons, geographer in residence at Google, about the technologies the company has deployed as well as the overall promise of the indoor location market.
Today, Esri announced the acquisition of Geoloqi, firmly enhancing their mobile development capabilities, and adding a new R&D center in Portland, Oregon. The move is one of a string of recent acquistions that Esri has made to take advantage of their new cloud platform strategy with ArcGIS Online.
The Eye on Earth (EOE) network has garnered a great deal of praise for providing European environmental data openly and transparently, including kudos around the Rio+20 event in Rio this Spring. EOE started out as a joint project of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and Microsoft. Two individuals formulated the idea: Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the EEA, and Ludo De Bock, Senior Director for the European Union and NATO for Microsoft Corporation. Special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Shoshanna Budzianowski, Partner Group Program Manager, Business Platform Group, Microsoft Corporation, about the ongoing development and the evolution to a cloud-based tool with the addition of Esri's ArcGIS Online.
The convergence of design tools with the analytics and data aggregation capabilities of GIS is an ongoing process. With Esri’s GeoDesign concept and conference, they have served to provide a springboard for accelerated innovation with dialogue that will frame a new more holistic design practice. Bill Miller, director of GeoDesign Services at Esri, has been one of the visionaries to frame the concept and the requirements for new tools. Matt Ball recently spoke to Miller about the goals and progress as well as the competitive marketplace.
DigitalGlobe has been hard at work setting up their Analysis Center to illustrate the utility of their imagery, as well as to sell their capability as a service. Matt Ball recently spoke with Stephen Wood, vice president of DigitalGlobe’s Analysis Center, and Chuck Herring, director, about their capabilities as well as the process of turning their information into a service.