Data & Analytics

Largest solar storm in 7 years could disrupt GPS signals, power grid

Storm also could bring Northern Lights to parts of the lower 48.

Data & Analytics

Supreme Court: Planting GPS tracker on a car is 'search,' requires warrant

The court rules unanimously that police installing a GPS device on a suspect's vehicle constitutes a search and requires a warrant to be constitutional.

Data & Analytics

Court ruling on GPS tracking: Is Big Brother in the driver's seat?

A federal judge rules that the FBI doesn't need a warrant to put a GPS tracker on a suspect's car; the Supreme Court is set to decide a similar case.

Data & Analytics

LightSquared: GPS interference is device-makers' fault

In a petition to the FCC, the company says GPS device-makers have no right to protection from signal interference because LightSquared, not GPS devices, has a license to use the spectrum.

Data & Analytics

Big data = smaller government

Government's increasing use of analytics software could help pull the nation out the current economic stall and make government programs smaller, smarter and cheaper.

Data & Analytics

Mobile users get the full 311 menu with city's new app

The nation's first municipal 311 non-emergency call center now lets citizens report problems and request services through a mobile app that supports images and GPS data.

Cloud & Infrastructure

GSA, agencies create common 'landing zone' for geospatial data

GSA recently entered into an agreement with the Agriculture and Interior Departments as well as the Environmental Protection Agency to move geospatial data from the geodata.gov portal into data.gov, said David McClure, associate administrator with GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Data & Analytics

State uses analytics to build roads faster, cheaper

North Carolina's Transportation and Water Quality departments use SAS Analytics to analyze huge volumes of geographic data to build roads faster, reduce costly land surveys and minimize environmental impact.

Data & Analytics

GPS-enabled shoes will give Alzheimer's caregivers peace of mind

Shoes with Global Positioning System technology could help track down people with dementia or other cognitive problems when they wander off.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Geospatial Platform puts data, maps and apps all in one place

A multiagency effort is developing a one-stop shop for accurate, interoperable geospatial data, maps and tools from across government.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Boston mobile app shrinks the distance between city and citizen

Boston's Citizen Connect program gives residents the power to report problems and to check on fixes -- all from an Android or iPhone smart phone.

Data & Analytics

Military mission: Avoiding geospatial overload

Improved tagging and better standards are making it simpler to merge an overwhelming amount of geospatial images, maps and related data.

Data & Analytics

NOAA app delivers aerial, satellite imagery to mobile devices

A new Web application allows first responders to access disaster images directly on their smart phones and tablets.

Data & Analytics

FCC to tighten local accuracy requirements for mobile phones

The Federal Communications Commission wants to improve locational accuracy as part of its efforts toward enhanced 911 services.

Cloud & Infrastructure

USGS to publish more than 250K historic maps on Web

The U.S. Geological Survey is scanning the topographic maps, some of which are more than 100 years old, and making the high-resolution electronic PDFs available to the public.

Data & Analytics

FEMA iPad tool helps rescuers visualize disaster scene

The tool enables linking modeling and simulation tools with the underlying event data, thereby improving the emergency planning, training, evaluation and response cycle.

Data & Analytics

Doomsayers strike out on comet curveball

Doomsayers will have to find another end-of-the world theory, now that NASA has allayed fears about Comet Elenin.

Data & Analytics

Should states take the lead on standards for emergency response data?

A national — rather than a federal — model for emergency response data sharing is a key to progress in standards making, geospatial planners say.

Data & Analytics

DHS preps next test for sharing emergency info

The Homeland Security Department is moving forward with plans for another emergency response test, this time in the Northeast.

Data & Analytics

Virtual USA: How geospatial tech is changing government

A geospatial framework emerges for emergency response coordination among federal, state and local governments.

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