GIS Tech News (#18)19 Jun, 2006 By: Kenneth Wong
Someone to Watch Over UsMicrogeomatics makes it easy to track movement
and action indoors
From a recent experiment conducted at a clothing store in a mall, Michel Berthiaume, an associate researcher at the GeoBusiness Group, Université de Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada), discovered something surprising about teenagers. For better or worse, about 80% of them are willing to surrender some of their privacy and allow someone to track their movements. On the good side, this made it easier for him to do his job, because he needed to observe and record their paths, by way of an RFID-enabled (radio frequency identification) tag attached to them. The data collected was subsequently analyzed, using temperature maps, pathway analysis, market segmentation, retail zones and geostatistics. As far-fetched as it may seem, what he and his colleagues learned from scrutinizing the footsteps of these young shoppers may one day lead to improved mobile workforce management in corporations. He and his colleagues are developing something called microgeomatics, a kind of indoor GIS, a hybrid system that combines CAD, GIS, RFID, GPS and WiFi technologies.
Are We Ready?
by James L. Sipes
Some things are difficult to understand, aren't they?
I have a basic idea of what a black hole is, but I don't understand exactly
how it works. Do you understand the details of quantum mechanics and
the theories of parallel universes? And just what is a quark, anyway?
Most of us have a tough time understanding complex scientific theories
and mathematical equations, and no amount of verbal explanation seems
to help. To help address such issues, scientists are using 3D graphic
techniques to create visual representations of the most abstract data.
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