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İstanbul police use ‘crime maps’ to fight crime March 19, 2012

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The use for the last six months of a “crime mapping” system has enabled the İstanbul police to be more effective in dealing with the city’s crime.
Crime mapping is a system that is used to map, visualize and analyze crime incident patterns. Thanks to this new system, the İstanbul police can spot where and when crime incidents are concentrated in the city and devise strategies to deal with the crime more efficiently.

The İstanbul Crime Analysis Project (İSHAP) was launched in 2011 by the İstanbul Police Department’s Public Security Branch Office, and it is the first in Turkey. The crime analysts from the police department’s Crime Analysis Bureau place crime data from all 39 districts of İstanbul into crime maps with the help of advanced computer programs to identify crime hot spots, along with other trends and patterns.

In the last six months, 2,500 crime maps have been created by the analysts, leading to a decrease in İstanbul’s crime rates. Since the system launched, robbery has decreased by 1 percent, automobile theft incidents have decreased by 13 percent and pick-pocketing has decreased by 30 percent.

İstanbul Police Department’s Public Security Branch Office Deputy Manager Ahmet Sürel told Today’s Zaman that the crime analysts are able to very precisely analyze crime incidents and prepare these crime maps, which aids İstanbul police in dealing with and preventing crime.
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Mapping Dead Zones: FCC Charts Areas Lacking Cell Service February 15, 2012

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Rural America has its rewards — you might hear cows rather than cars — but try to get a decent cellphone signal and you’re often out of luck. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a map for that, to identify areas where wireless service is insufficient.

“As our new map demonstrates, millions of Americans still live, work and travel in areas where advanced mobile networks have not been built out,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.

The FCC coverage guide shows areas of the nation that are not served by so-called 3G or 4G high-speed service. These areas make do with older tech called 2G that, in addition to being slower, is often too weak to reach the nearest cell tower. An estimated 18 million Americans have no high-speed Internet service or mobile broadband coverage, according to the agency. On the map, gray indicates areas that are eligible for subsidies from the $300 million fund earmarked by the government under its Connect America program.
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Updated aerial maps will speed emergency response March 12, 2011

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Google Maps has nothing on the digital mapping systems used by the state’s emergency communications centers.

Counties across North Carolina have been implementing systems to better locate emergencies when a 911 call comes in, and thanks to a $12.3 million grant awarded to the city of Durham, all 100 counties will benefit from the same group of updated images this year.

The grant, funded by the N.C. 911 Board, allows counties with pre-existing mapping systems to update them with new digital images, and gives those counties without the systems the same technology the rest of the state is using for emergency calls. The grant was paid for by the added 60-cent emergency call surcharge to residents’ telephone bills.

The purpose of the digital mapping system is to piece together images of the state by county, and provide individual counties with images of their — and surrounding — counties. That way, when a 911 call is received, call centers are quickly able to pinpoint the site of the emergency and respond accordingly.

Dexter Brower, director of Alamance County Central Communications, said the grant came at the perfect time for Alamance County. Thanks to the funding, the county won’t have to take money out of its general budget to pay for the updates, which needed to be completed this year.
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Map to a big future? 4-H club explores technology based around geography February 25, 2011

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From inside a computer lab at Front Range Community College, members of Boulder County’s newest 4-H club explored wide swaths of the Front Range with a few mouse clicks.

“I have not ever seen anything like this, so it’s pretty cool,” Blue Mountain Elementary fifth-grader Orion Zona, 11, said as he scrolled around a satellite map of Longmont.

The nine members of the new Boulder County Community Mapping Team are learning about geographic information systems or GIS — a field that addresses gathering, analyzing and presenting geographic information, often by creating maps.

During the team’s second meeting Saturday afternoon, students marked grocery stores near their schools on a satellite map. Their findings will be entered into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food environment atlas, which provides data on a community’s ability to access healthy foods.

The new club is the latest initiative among local 4-H clubs to offer more STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — programming and provide youths with the skills to work in science and math fields. (more…)

Geographic Information Systems, Its Role And Purpose In Belize February 19, 2011

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You may not know what GIS is, but the Geographic Information Systems are critical planning tools that is used in everything from archaeology, to urban planning to utility management.
This week, ESRI, the leading Global software company dedicated to GIS is in Belize this week with a vision, it says, aimed at developing GIS technology in Belize. ESRI, has teamed up with the Land Information Center and Trimble Navigation to host the First Annual Belize GIS User Conference and Exhibition, and by all accounts, interest was high amongst Belizean companies and government departments, as was evident by the huge turnout at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza.

“Right, depending on the device that you have, you can get just the position of where that vehicle is but more importantly you can get information about say humidity of our cargo, the temperature of the cargo or whether someone actually tries to get in and all that is in real-time going through either your cell phone. Network or in remote areas though satellites.”
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Business goes spatial February 9, 2011

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A diverse range of organisations are turning to geographical information systems (GIS) to solve many business issues, says Aspire Solutions’ Mike Steyn – and the potential is set to explode as real-time spatial information becomes more widely available.

“Taking a spatial view brings a new dimension to planning and decision-making,” says Steyn. “A single map can provide rapid insight into data that would otherwise take up many pages of tables and charts, and be much more difficult to understand.”

The Airports Company of South Africa, one of Aspire Solutions’ largest clients, uses GIS to tie together aspects of its operation as diverse as retail property management, emergency services planning, wildlife control and regulatory compliance.

For example, Airports Company SA is responsible for co-ordinating emergency services whenever an aircraft-related incident takes place within a certain radius of one of its airports. “Geographical info is critical to Airports Company SA’s incident management,” says Steyn. “They need to know the exact locations of every road, clinic, hospital, fire station and police station within 20km of their airports.” (more…)

GIS students gain experiences, preserve national history, serve community December 2, 2010

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How can people take a virtual tour through an oil town that no longer exists or plan an event around amenities and park trails?

“Through Geographic Information Systems [GIS], which is like ‘Google Earth’ on Steroids,” said Margaret Teevens, Natrona County Parks.

According to CC GIS instructor Jeff Sun, clients using student-generated data on a project to help solve a problem or make a decision mean students gain real world experience.

Groups from the last three advanced GIS classes have contributed to a RMOTC Teapot Dome historic map project which covers the greater Salt Creek area. RMOTC (Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center) and Anadarko have helped the class find data about the historic communities centered on their oil fields dating back to the 1920s.

“There’s nothing left,” Eddie Hutton said of the houses, banks and general stores. Looking at an old picture of Lavoy, she noted the triangular corner restaurant resembled a miniature of New York City’s Flatiron building.
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Las Vegas organizes several events to celebrate mapping, GIS November 22, 2010

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The city of Las Vegas is celebrating the 12th annual global GIS Day on Wednesday with several events throughout the city.

GIS – which stands for geographic information systems – is a system that works with databases that are linked to locations. Cities such as Las Vegas use GIS technology to provide residents with more accurate and useful information about features on the earth, such as buildings, rivers and roads.

On Nov. 17, GIS experts from the city’s Public Works and Information Technologies departments will visit eighth-grade geography students at Hyde Middle School. Staff will make presentations about the role GIS plays in the city’s efforts with fire response, neighborhood health indicators, park inventory and pavement management.

City staffers from the Planning and Development department will visit the Desert Pines High School Academy of Information Technology on Wednesday to discuss how datasets can be use to generate helpful 3-D building models. (more…)

Indiana University celebrates GIS Day on November 17 November 7, 2010

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Indiana University will celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 17 with a host of informational booths and activities showcasing the work that IU, local businesses, and government agencies are doing with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). All sessions will take place in the Herman B Wells Library on the IU Bloomington campus.

This year marks the 12th anniversary of GIS Day, the worldwide, annual event celebrating GIS technology and its applications. GIS supports a geographic approach to problem solving, connecting people with the geo-intelligence needed to work more efficiently and to make better decisions. From Google Maps technology to systems that monitor the spread of disease, GIS technologies help people innovate, take action, and make a measureable difference.

The event will largely focus on the GIS job market, training and certification, and the many ways that GIS technologies are shaping the way we live, learn, and do business. GIS professionals will showcase topics including environmental, library science, and mapping applications. Representatives from the Indiana Geological Survey and the Indiana Geographic Information Council will demonstrate IndianaMap, a public source for map data in Indiana, and provide information about new local projects and emerging technologies.
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China’s ‘Map World’ Without Google October 31, 2010

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China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) announced that it will redistribute the market of Internet maps at the end of this year or early next year. Noticeably, Google Maps is not included.

On Oct. 21, China’s Map World, a national, public Internet service of geographic information, was officially up and running. The new Map World has almost the same functions as Google Maps. Information includes roads, water systems, administrative districts, residential areas, and geographic names. It has real-image mode and three-dimensional mode. It also provides information on business locations, such as shops and restaurants. According to the SBSM, Map World will be updated every six months. So far, this website cannot provide high-resolution images of areas outside China.

In March, Google withdrew its Internet search service from China and moved its servers to Hong Kong to avoid Chinese regime censorship. Since then Google’s Internet service market share has been dropping in China. However, mainland Internet users can still access Google, including its map service, through the Hong Kong server.

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