Mapping goes mainstream
COMPUTING| May 27, 2011, 12:17 p.m.
Southern African mapping firm MapIT says mapping technology is starting to make business sense.
MapIT, which provides a range of digital mapping, cartography and navigation solutions, issued a statement ahead of its participation in the Conference of Southern African Surveyors (CONSAS) conference, AfricaGEO, in Cape Town next week.
On the final day of the conference, Etienne Louw, Managing Director of MapIT, will present his paper titled ‘ How Accurate, Current, Enriched Data is Needed to Fuel the New Interest in LBS Applications Across Africa’ at the speaker session ‘ Mapping, cartography & visualisation’ .
“ The concept of navigation and convenience is changing,” explains Louw. “ People now have access to live incoming data. The innovations of how this technology will change the life of an individual are growing every day. We are seeing that people are relying more on maps to solve their needs.”
Given these trends, MapIT is concentrating on supplying accurate, current, enriched data by adding Points of Interest (POI) to the data.
Louw says “ One of the ways we add value to our POIs is through an initiative called “ Put Your Business on the Map” . Imagine the Global Positioning System allocating your business an accurate real world position on a digital map. Then anyone wanting to do business with you could - at the touch of a screen - navigate to your doorstep.
“ Or, through new ‘ connected device technology’ , they could lure you into their business by sending you relevant ‘ specials’ when they sense that you are close by.” POI needs are thus endless, says Louw.
“ With the concept of location instead of mapping, the unique solutions for the future are advancing rapidly,” he adds. “ The future is simply a geo-connected society.”
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
VMware unveils vCloud for NFV with Integrated OpenStack to accelerate service innovationVMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, today debuted VMware vCloud for NFV, an integrated Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform that will combine VMware’s production-proven virtualised compute, networking, storage and management solutions with integrated OpenStack support. Read More
Continual service improvement: key to tackling top ITSM challengesA lack of understanding of ITSM and its impact on business hindered its effectiveness in 2014, says Marval Africa. Read More
Advanced analytics and telecoms – a power combinationTelecommunications and advanced analytics are a symbiotic duo that can help fast track African development and revolutionise business, says LGR Telecommunications. Read More
Cameroon college gets affordable, quality Keepod devicesTeaching and learning have since dramatically changed and improved at the College Socka Bongue in Cameroon thanks to the supply by Keepod of 650 computing devices and 26 laptops, with each device costing as little as US$7. Read More
Elephant census not ready for drone technologyElephants Without Borders, a Botswana conservation project which is bankrolled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has shelved the use of drone technology during future elephant census expeditions. Read More
Indigenous technical skills critical to growth, says Skysat chiefSkysat Technologies Limited CEO Izzat Debs says the conscious development of indigenous technical skills in Nigeria remains one of the ways of developing the ICT sector of the country to make it grow the nation’s GDP. Read More
Products and services to go on show at WATSE 2015Telecoms operators, smartphone companies, ICT service companies and other allied companies will showcase their products and services at this year’s West Africa Telecom Summit and Expo (WATSE 2015), to be held on 21 – 22 May at Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra. Read More
Silicon Congo project to boost ICT entrepreneurshipICT entrepreneurs in Congo Brazzaville have been given a platform to take off, grow and prosper by Silicon Congo, a new project launched early this week in the capital Brazzaville by the BantuHub Foundation. Read More
Cisco opens 5th academy in BotswanaCisco Systems has opened its 5th Cisco Academy in Botswana, with online curricula, virtual learning tools, instruction support as well as teacher training and professional development opportunities. Read More
According to VMware the future of the SAN is virtualCustomers looking to deploy SAN based environments that can scale quickly, support software-defined computing and deliver on increased performance need look no further than VMware’s new Virtual SAN 6. Read More
FEATURED STORYMalawi Govt denies clinging to ‘Cashgate’ software
The Malawi Government will not exclude the software brand that has been in use for the country’s Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS), but it has rejected reports implying that it is ‘clinging’ to the old system.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya’s digital TV battle hots up
Kenya’s journey to Digital TV broadcasting took a new turn this week, when the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) accused three local media firms of intent to disrupt the process.
COMPANY NEWSVMware unveils vCloud for NFV with Integrated OpenStack to accelerate service innovation
VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, today debuted VMware vCloud for NFV, an integrated Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform that will combine VMware’s production-proven ...