Sensor Applications for a Smarter World and The Internet of Things = Opportunity

Sensors… indeed we are all sensors these days, all walking about the World, constantly connected, constantly gathering data and streaming. Interesting to read that reports show that there are now an estimated 50 billion devices that will be connected to the Internet by 2012… wow! Sensor network provider, Libelium, has churned out an interesting report on the state of sensors, enter 50 sensor apps for a smarter World, an awesome look at how industries are connected and gathering, analyzing data in many ways. Some of the interesting ways in which sensors are being used that you may not even be aware of:  smart parking, waste management, fire and hazard detection, flooding, radiation levels and more. Don’t these areas all sound like application areas with tremendous opportunity for the GIS / Geo tech community?

From the report… The list is grouped in 12 different verticals, showing how the Internet of Things is becoming the next technological revolution. It includes the most trendy scenarios, like Smart Cities where sensors can offer us services like Smart Parking – to find free parking spots in the streets – or managing the intensity of the luminosity in street lights to save energy. Climate change, environmental protection, water quality or CO2 emissions are also addressed by sensor networks and are just some of the examples included in the Smart Water and Smart Environment sections included in the document. Other sections such as Industrial Control, Logistics or Retail cover applications more focused in process efficiency like providing information for restocking the shelves and even product placement for marketing purposes. The list is completed with applications in the verticals of Smart Metering, Security and Emergencies, Smart Agriculture, Animal Farming, Domotic and Home Automation and eHealth

Full document is available for download at:


Safe Software #FMEWT Presentation Archive and a Coming Livestream April 27

This week I managed to free up a day to take in a local event that was hosted by Safe Software, this was part of their FME 2012 World Tour of events. 

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SANmap mapping San Diego Airport

Here’s an interesting, new WMS for those who fly in/out of San Diego airport – A clever ArcGIS Viewer for Flex from SanMap ( for San Diego Airport. The app enables users to easily and quickly pan, scroll, and zoom in and out around the San Diego Airport facilities.

Click on a terminal; icon and you’ll be presented with a detailed map of the facilities. Hover over any icon to reveal more information like locations of restrooms, checkin areas, the USO, or get hours of operation for restaurants and services – this is a great example of facility mapping as we converge towards more  detailed indoor mapping services (the next-gen!)

From the main navigation, users can also have immediate access to parking information and locations, current weather (although isn’t it always 72 and sunny??) , check flight status updates and even print maps.


USGS Spring Map Sale – Over 60,000 Items Just $1

The USGS is holding a massive, online sale on maps. Now you can select from more than 60,000 products for just $1. the sale runs through May 7 and is a great time to stock up on some topo maps for the office or garage!

Standard shipping cost estimations for $1 sale items:
      • 1-25 maps -> $5.00 • 26-50 maps -> $7.50 • 51 + maps -> $10.00


To locate the sale items go to the USGS Store at and click on the Mega Sale banner. Search on the left side of the sale screen by product group and state to generate listings of sale items 

Source: via Glenn on Pinterest

GeoDigital Recognizes LiDAR As Art Via Innovative Competition

I’m loving this one and couldn’t agree more that LiDAR and other imagery products indeed make wonderful pieces of art! Recently, at the ILMF event in Denver, CO, GeoDigital recognized this idea through a contest that they hosted – LiDAR as Art. Here’s the concept… The contestants who receive the top 3 vote totals in this “Art with a Purpose” contest have a donation made in their company’s name to the charity of their choice. The voting takes place on line and at a designated trade show.

This ongoing event will run throughout 2012 and will be staged around key LiDAR-related industry events. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2012 American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing – ASPRS Annual Conference which takes place March 19 – 23 in Sacramento, CA.

See details on this LiDAR as Art Contest Page from GeoDigital

First place in the inaugural ILMF 2012 LiDAR as Art contest goes to Sergio Aguayo from Merrick and Company for his image entitled, “Lighting up the Night”.



More details HERE in this official announcement


2012 Super Bowl Fan Map – Esri Mashup of Football Pick and Political Candidate

Another fun social news map from Esri. Cast your vote for the Super Bowl winner and select which political candidate you like! A cool mashup of sports and politics… 

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