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Melbourne hosts GITA Australia/New Zealand's 17th Annual Conference
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GITA-A/NZ has become the premier organization for geospatial technology education in Australia and New Zealand, and this year's conference in beautiful Melbourne, Victoria, will demonstrate why. Under the theme of From Fundamentals to the Future — Managing Assets Spatially, the program focuses on asset systems, smart metering/smart grid, SCADA and loss detection systems, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), integration of geospatial with major business systems, mobility devices and applications, and other current topics of importance to today's professionals.

Privacy at a cost? Recent smart meter litigation in Maine
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Interesting questions are arising in relation to how to implement an "opt out" for smart meters. In many states, customer unease about the privacy and safety concerns associated with smart meters has resulted in new legislation or regulations that give customers the ability to decline the installation of a smart meter. However, smart meters enable energy efficiency and cost savings, so should customers that opt out have to pay more? More

High court's GPS ruling may have minimal impact because cellphone tracking is legal
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The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in U.S. v. Jones that the warrantless use of a government-placed GPS tracking device on a defendant's vehicle constitutes a trespass, requiring suppression of all evidence generated there from. Some thought Jones could become a significant step in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence protecting defendants' rights. However, in 2010, Congress amended the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. 2701, severely curtailing Jones' importance. More

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GAO: 17-month gap in weather forecasting is 'best-case scenario'
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A projected 17-month-gap in some weather satellite forecasts later this decade could last even longer if a replacement satellite now being assembled can't meet its launch date, an official with the Government Accountability Office said. The satellite, known as the Joint Polar Satellite System, is crucial in tracking hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather phenomena. More

Centuries-old map of 'America' discovered at German university
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A centuries-old copy of a 500-year-old map that christened the New World as "America" has been discovered at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany — folded and wedged inside of an old book, according to a release on the university's website. The original map, created in 1507 by cartographer Martin Waldseemüller, according to the release, shows the continent of America isolated from Europe by a vast ocean and as a much smaller, banana-shaped landmass than what is mapped today. More

How utilities can increase customer satisfaction by spending less
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Every once in a while, technology makes it possible to spend less money while simultaneously increasing customer satisfaction. Consider ATMs when they first proliferated in the 1970s and 1980s. After an initial adjustment period, customers quickly claimed to prefer ATMs to human tellers for simple transactions. And to appreciate anywhere, anytime access. Yet an ATM transaction costs a bank far less than one involving a teller. More

Mapping Census 2010 illustrates major changes in US population
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"Mapping Census 2010: The Geography of American Change" from Esri Press depicts the extraordinary changes in the American population over the past decade. Extracted from the data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010, the new maps are displayed side by side with maps created after the 2000 census. Using choropleth maps that are shaded in proportion to the change in statistical variable, the atlas is divided into four sections. More

Paper maps: Amid GPS boom, nostalgia finds a place
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Used to be, Dad would stuff a half-dozen maps in the glove box before setting out with the family on a road trip to see the waterfalls at Yosemite or the granite faces of Mount Rushmore. Colorful maps bearing the logos of the oil companies that printed them — names like Texaco, Gulf, Esso — once brimmed from displays at filling stations, free for the taking. More

A phone that knows where you're going
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Beyond merely tracking where you've been and where you are, your smartphone might soon actually know where you are going — in part by recording what your friends do. Researchers in the U.K. have come up with an algorithm that follows your own mobility patterns and adjusts for anomalies by factoring in the patterns of people in your social group (defined as people who are mutual contacts on each other's smartphones). More

App uses Earth's magnetic field to guide you indoors
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The Earth's magnetic field once helped pioneering explorers discover exciting new lands and untold riches. Now, it could stop you getting lost at the shops, thanks to an upcoming smartphone app that uses magnetic fluctuations to map indoor locations, guiding you around places that GPS can't penetrate. More

BAE creates alternative to GPS
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Military platforms commonly use GPS to find their position and navigate. GPS rely upon a specific, and relatively weak, satellite signal that is vulnerable to disruption. BAE Systems has created a new system — known as Navigation via Signals of Opportunity — that is able to calculate its position by making use of the hundreds of different radio signals that exist around us — from WiFi to television transmitters to telecommunication towers and more. More


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