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Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    December 14, 2017    |    By Mark Ireland

Spatial Asset Tracking: The Return of the QR Code

Let’s pretend you’re a city maintenance department responsible for recycling bins; or a utilities company putting temporary equipment into the field. You would certainly want to know where those assets are, and you’d want a way to identify them. You might even like a way to update their status when they’re moved, or to get help finding missing equipment.

Well I think you can do all that and more with a combination of FME and QR codes. So if you thought QR codes were of no interest or use to your organization, read on and I promise to show you something special that will change your mind!

DATA
Author:
Tiana Warner
About Data    |    December 12, 2017    |    By Tiana Warner

Podcast: Automating Data for Smart Cities

A “smart city” is one that gathers data from digital sources, like sensors, cameras, energy meters, and other devices, and uses this to manage resources and make decisions. All of this real-time data then needs to be integrated, analyzed, and often shared in an online portal or app. In this week’s podcast (the final of the season), @mapgirll and I […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland

This post about creating an FME Hub transformer for spatial sorting was what you call a long-burner, given that I started on the project 18 months ago!

But I persevered and am writing about it here because I think it’s a good example for various FME capabilities: Python scripting, affine warping, custom transformers, the FME Hub, and – perhaps most of all – a solution to sorting data by spatial location.

FME
Author:
Raven Kopelman
About FME    |    December 5, 2017    |    By Raven Kopelman

JDBC: The Swiss Army Knife of Database Formats

Swiss Army Knives All the Way Down We like to say that “FME is the Swiss army knife for your data”, on account of FME’s ability to solve so many different kinds of problems.  Some of this power stems from FME embedding other tools with Swiss army knife qualities: GDAL, ODBC, and my favorite, JDBC. […]

DATA
Author:
Tiana Warner
About Data    |    December 4, 2017    |    By Tiana Warner

Podcast: Containerization (and why everyone loves Docker so much)

In this week’s podcast, @mapgirll and I talk about what containerization is, the appeal of it, and how people are using it to their advantage. Click to tweet | Download mp3 | Subscribe on iTunes What is containerization? A container is a bundle of everything an application needs to run. More than a zip file and less than a virtual […]

FME
Author:
Jen Luther Thomas
About FME    |    November 30, 2017    |    By Jen Luther Thomas

Holiday Hackathon: 12 Days of FME

I’ve been at Safe Software for over a year now, and wow that time has flown! Before I came to Safe, I’d seen through social media that they have internal events called ‘Garbage Daze’ and ‘Innovation Daze’, and now I’ve been here to see those events happen. However, what Garbage Daze and Innovation Daze have […]

DATA
Author:
Tiana Warner
About Data    |    November 28, 2017    |    By Tiana Warner

Podcast: Awesome Stories of 3D Printing

3D printing is permeating every industry from architecture to filmmaking. @mapgirll and I highlight some of the latest commercial uses of 3D printing, including: Rapid prototyping — e.g. scale models Customized objects — e.g. shoes, prosthetics Mass production — e.g. car parts Reconstruction — e.g. paleontology, forensics … and a few pretty weird examples. We discuss how the technology works and how you […]

FME
Author:
Dmitri Bagh
About FME    |    November 27, 2017    |    By Dmitri Bagh

Spatially Enabled Video Editing with FME

FME for video processing—is it even possible? By integrating a few tools, I was able to use FME to make videos and display them in a web browser. This project started as a timelapse video of the new Safe office, and evolved into georeferenced satellite movies, GPS tracks interacting with videos, and beyond. Here’s how […]

DATA
Author:
Tiana Warner
About Data    |    November 20, 2017    |    By Tiana Warner

Podcast: The State of Augmented Reality

What is Augmented Reality vs. Mixed Reality, and how are these technologies impacting different markets? @mapgirll and I discuss how the devices work, where this technology is today, and what’s currently being prototyped around the world. Learn how you can get started putting your data into an AR/MR device, and hear how Sweco uses FME to bring data types like CAD, BIM, […]

DATA
Author:
Tiana Warner
About Data    |    November 10, 2017    |    By Tiana Warner

Podcast: How Indoor Mapping Providers Work

Indoor mapping is being adopted by venues around the world, including airports, malls, universities, and museums. Not only does this help the public navigate large venues, but it also offers venue owners business intelligence by tracking foot traffic. Join @mapgirll and me in a chat about various indoor wayfinding solutions and how the technology works. Click to tweet | […]