Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Uses of GPS Technology
We are compiling a list of the many uses of GPS technology. Visit our GPS page to learn how GPS is being used in law enforcement, auto sales and rentals, public transportation, emergency response, personal navigation, fleet management and sports.
Read more at USES OF GPS
Saturday, November 27, 2004
GPS use in Farming
A large number of farmers are now using GPS to guide their tractors. The tractors are programmed to follow a specific coordinate track for tilling, planting, spraying and harvesting - and a computer/GPS system keeps it on course with great precision. This precision saves fuel, time fertilizer and increases productivity.
Read more in an article on GPS in Farming
at The Mercury News.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Free Geologic Maps
The USGS has a website where you can download or view geologic maps without charge. Although full USA coverage is not available map of many areas are available.
Read more at Free Geologic Maps
Thursday, November 18, 2004
HeatMaps - Eye Activity on a Webpage
I normally report on "geographic" maps, however, I came across a very interesting type of map related to websites - a heatmap that shows the cumulative visitor eye activity on a homepage. Those who design websites that sell or produce advertising revenue can profit by the studies posted at poynter.org
Read more about HeatMaps
Monday, November 15, 2004
Tracking Suspected Criminals With GPS Challenged
Police in Germany hid a GPS transmitter in the car of a suspected criminal to track his movement. The defense protested that such tracking was in violation of his person rights but a conviction was obtained. The case will now be heard by Germany's Constitutional Court.
Read more about GPS Tracking of Suspected Criminals
at Deutsche Welle.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
GPS and Auto Loan Default
Cars sold to some buyers with poor credit records could be equipped with GPS tracking that monitors travel, maintenance visits and disables the car if the loan payments are late. Read more about GPS and Auto Loan Default
Friday, November 12, 2004
Tracking Rental Cars with GPS
A San Francisco rental car franchise is in hot water with the state because they installed GPS tracking on rental cars and poorly informed customers that they were being monitored. The company was slapping customers with hefty surcharges if their GPS log showed instances of speeding or driving the rental car across state lines.
Read more about Tracking Rental Cars with GPS
in the Kansas City Star.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
School Bus GPS System Makes Drivers Angry
School bus drivers in Boston are upset over a plan to install GPS tracking devices on the buses. The devices would track the buses, reduce speeding and route the buses more efficiently.
Read more at School Bus GPS
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
World Relief Map Jigsaw Puzzle
MapAbility also has a World Relief Map
jigsaw puzzle that you can solve online. I tried it and it is pretty challenging.
Try MapAbilitiy's World Relief Map
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Election Results Maps
Detailed maps showing the election results are posted on the CNN website. A US map show state-by-state results. Clicking on a state yields statistics and a county-by-county election results map. Clicking on a county yields statistics for that county. Nice website!
Read more at Election Results Map
Monday, November 08, 2004
Free Globe ClipArt
MapAbility.com is offering free globe clipart
at their website. Over 1000 different combinations of color scheme, size and latitude - longitude centering are available. These are royalty free and can be used on your website in exchange for a return credit link.
Visit MapAbility.com and get your Free Globe ClipArt
Friday, November 05, 2004
Europe Online Maps
The USA is blessed with a number of online mapping services such as MapQuest, Expedia, MapsOnUs and many others. If you need quick maps for Europe try MultiMap - the most popular European mapping site.
Read more at Europe Online Maps
Thursday, November 04, 2004
GPS Cell Phone Betrays Crank Caller
A fourteen year old student was making one crank call after another to a Tennessee 911 service. Unfortunately for him he was on a school bus and the dispatcher saw the moving location of the calls and heard the sound of children in the background. He was quickly apprehended.
Read more at GPS Cell Phone
article at Tennessean.com
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
GPS and City Buses
The city of Edinburgh, Scotland has installed a "Bustracker" system on their city buses. Previously plagued with assults and other crimes the buses are now equipped with "panic buttons" which can be pushed to summon police. GPS technology is incorporated into the system and the location of the bus is also related to police. An additional benefit of the system is that the GPS equipped bus now transmits a signal to bus stops on its route, giving an estimated time of arrival.
Read more at GPS and City Buses
Monday, November 01, 2004
Arizona Physical Map and More
The US Geological Survey has posted several outstanding relief maps of western US states at their Flagstaff Field Center Website. These have been made using digital elevation models.
View the Arizona Physical Map
and others in full detail.