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Is GPS Susceptible To Hackers?

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Global Positioning System (GPS) devices triangulate data from several global navigation satellites to determine a position on the earth. This information is provided instantaneously to the unit allowing a moving object to navigate a specified route. Both individuals and commercial entities use GPS units. A hacker is a person or persons who electronically maneuver around security systems to gather information. In some cases, the hacked data is used to disrupt networks to do harm or damage an individual, company or government.

In recent years, there has been a concern that GPS devices may be susceptible to hacking. What would hackers do with this information and how could it be disruptive?

One form of disruption would be misinformation. If a hacker can access the navigation satellite information stream to GPS devices, they may be able to manipulate, change or block that information. If information is blocked, the GPS device becomes useless, but if the information is changed, that will cause chaos. In that case, people or vehicles using that information would receive coordinates for one location when they are actually in a different place. When navigating this could cause accidents as ships to run aground, or airplanes are unable to locate an airport.

The issue of privacy comes into question. Could a hacker follow or locate a person without that person’s knowledge? Remember most phones are GPS devices. In this case, most likely the hacker has accessed the person’s device. There are already friendly uses of this in apps. Those apps allow you to see friends who are near your location, but those apps require permission from each person to enable that information to be shared. In the hands of the wrong person, this information can be a danger.

There is also the issue of spoofing. Spoofing is a relatively new idea that has been tested by researchers to see the possibilities. In this case, a small spoofing device is used to receive the satellite information and then alter it before sending it on to a GPS receiver. The human controllers of the spoofing device can send incorrect information to the GPS to guide a navigating vehicle to a location other than the driver’s intended destination. There is a sophisticated use of map manipulation that fools the driver about the route they are taking. Spoofing works exceptionally well when the driver is unfamiliar with the city or area. It can be detected if the driver pays close attention to street names and other landmarks.

Encryption of the satellite signals would solve these problems. But the task is monumental as there are over a billion GPS devices in use worldwide and all would require updates or replacement. As industries and governments focus on the massive problems a cyber attack on GPS could cause, solutions are being sought. When those solutions are forthcoming is not yet known.

For more information on GPS mapping platforms, contact HERE Mapping Resources at 888-848-4436.

What Is a Risk Assessment In Geography?

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A risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm to people while taking part in a project. It aims to identify whether enough precautions, or ‘control measures,’ are in place, or whether further action is required to minimize, or eliminate, the level of risk identified.

In the business world, risk assessment in a geographic context has to do with mitigating the risk for a company to conduct business in a specific geographic area. What events might prevent that business from succeeding? An example would be oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. There is a significant risk that a hurricane will come through from the Atlantic Ocean and disrupt business.

The owner of a retail location most likely has protocols in place to mitigate the risk to their store in a high-risk neighborhood such as security cameras, expensive items under lock and key and insurance policies.

How did the business owner decide on these safeguards? It all comes down to location intelligence and analytics. The business owner completed a risk assessment which consists of five types of risk: strategic, compliance, operational, financial, and reputational. Each business mitigates these risks differently. In our store example, the primary dangers this business owner is looking to reduce with the bulletproof glass and video cameras are the financial and operational risks.

If this store were opened in a less dangerous neighborhood, the business would look a lot different. Assessing the risk potential and the impact of each type of risk is a significant part of mitigating the risks that could exist for your business. You would expect the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to have hurricane insurance. But that oil rig might not plan for an earthquake or tsunami.

Risk assessment in a geographic sense is: making sure the business is protected from any negative externalities that could arise based on the location of the company. Each business, each site, will have different needs and different risks to mitigate.

For more information on location-based risk assessment contact HERE Mapping Resources at 888-848-4436.

Transform Supply Chain Visibility With Location Intelligence

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Many factories face a significant challenge of optimizing their supply chain. There are many different tasks involving multiple departments within an organization regarding the dynamics of all products without any real-time or accurate location data. Each department produces its data, and culling that data for actionable intel takes personnel and software. Most businesses have experience with incidents, challenges, misplacements, and delays.

With modern technology and innovative techniques, Here Mapping Resources takes advantage of tracking and location technologies enabling industries complete supply chain visibility. So what is location intelligence?

Local Intelligence

Location intelligence allows businesses to have insight using geospatial data to resolve problems. Different marketing and spatial analytical tools are used to gather knowledge of optimal locations to operate the business and transform the supply chain. It is merely the process of converting the location data to beneficial business outcomes.

How Local Intelligence Helps In Transforming The Supply Chain?

With location intelligence offered by Here Mapping Resources, businesses can track trends and patterns quickly. The use of graphics and detailed maps assists in making informed decisions regarding the products and capitalizing on business opportunities. By locating the customer transaction, and linking that with additional data including demographics enhances business insight. Businesses can make informed decisions at a reduced cost.

Real-time Updates

Getting updates regarding delayed deliveries helps businesses to pre-plan response actions. It allows them to use the tracking data to get the trucks, docks, and goods organized allowing an efficient flow of the assets from the industry to the warehouse and ultimately to the customers. It enables them to have complete knowledge of disturbances such as weather conditions, labor disruptions, shortage of supplies that might result in delayed shipments.

Real-time Reflectivity

It allows the factories to manage the supply of goods without any delays that help in cost reduction. It ensures greater security, transparency, and efficiency of the products. Make use of location intelligence to have complete chart transitions with outdoor and indoor locations.

Utilization Of Assets

Ensure the maximum filling of the vehicles to get the most out of it through real-time and accurate tracking of the assets. This information helps plot delivery routes creating effective use of company fleet.

Transform the supply chain visibility with location intelligence giving the businesses complete global coverage, cost-efficient tracking, real-time and accurate location of the goods, high-quality industrial maps, rich content and completely efficient monitoring of all assets.

For more information on business uses for location intelligence contact HERE Mapping Resources at 888-848-4436.

Data Scientists Role In Your Organization

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In today’s business world, data scientists are essential people working in any organization. They help companies by managing and interpreting the data and helping to solve complex problems which come under the data niche. The foundation of a data scientist includes analytics, statistics, modeling, computer science, and math. This background gives them practical knowledge, a strong sense of business and intelligence that makes them highly valuable in an organization.

With ever-evolving software and technologies, there is a higher demand for data scientists in an organization than there was just ten years ago. In past decades traditional organizations didn’t invest their budget in such positions but now due to the big data revolution data scientists are in demand.

Core Skills Of Data Scientists

Data scientists should have expertise in software like Java, Python, or Hadoop. They need to focus on analytics, modeling, data management as well as business analysis. The credentials of such people include professional skills like collaboration, communication, leadership, discipline, and creativity.

What Knowledge Should A Data Scientist Have?

A data scientist should be knowledgeable of the spatial auto-correlation for geographic patterns, the effects of longitude and latitude location data, and the dilemma regarding merging data across the unreliable spatial boundaries problem (i.e., MAUP or Modifiable Areal Unit). There is usually a significant gap between data science work and geospatial work in an organization. For data science work, data visualization is highly essential. Maps are the commonly used format that assists in data representations.

Role Of Data Scientists In An Organization

These professionals are a real game-changer for an organization. They are highly integrated in terms of creating paradigms as well as better products. They offer insights which help in illuminating the trajectory of an organization to achieve business goals.

Data scientists may require continuing training in new programs to remain knowledgeable in the latest technologies. Certain websites are also available which help in enhancing the expertise in this field. Data science is not considered a single profession; it plays a significant role in an organization. Today, the understanding of geospatial skills and intelligence are required to effectively decipher issues encountered daily including the privacy of cell phone data by location or gerrymandering.

The data scientists at HERE Mapping Resources are highly capable of managing geo-fencing, tracking, routing, mapping as well as functional needs regarding navigation. Choose Here Mapping Resources now for enhancing the efficiency of your organization.

HERE Maps: Cartography: Art or Science?

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Cartography is a practice that many people take for granted. Google has made maps a standard item in people’s lives. Cartography has been around for centuries. Maps were a way for people to make sense of their world and a tool to navigate through it. As maps evolved, they became a way for explorers to present newly discovered lands. Maps are also ways to present data to an audience – think population maps. Those who delve into the world of cartography often ask if it is an art or science. So what is it?

The word cartography comes from two pieces, “carta” and “graphie.” “Carta” is Latin in origin and means to a chart or card. “Graphie” is French for “to write, to draw.” So combined the word is the study of drawing maps.

Cartography is both an art and a science. While you can learn to draw maps, it takes art skills to craft a map perfectly. Research and knowledge of various geographical terms are critical. How should mountains, rock shelves, rivers, lakes be represented?

Map making is made easier by modern technology. Even though much mapping is completed on a computer nowadays, it still is an art form.

Cartography resources can be retrieved from many services. When help is needed there are plenty of services, tools, and companies explicitly dedicated to cartographic services.

Getting help is sometimes needed whether we are an artist, scientist, or both, sometimes another perspective is required on a project.

The world of cartography includes the making of a large variety of maps: navigation, topography, geographic or street. No matter what the map is used accuracy is essential. A map is a scaled-down version of the Earth, and as such, any small mistake is amplified immensely. But it isn’t just about that. Maps created by an artist aren’t only accurate; they show true craftsmanship.

If your business depends on using maps or needing demographic data for developing territories, contact HERE Mapping Resources for more information.

What is Geospatial?

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Geospatial refers to the geography of the earth. The earth itself is a big place. Geography relates to the earth’s surface – its character, arrangement, and the interrelation of the world’s elements (i.e., climate, soil, vegetation, etc.). But before we delve any deeper into that, let’s break down the word geospatial. It might help us understand the term a little more.

Geo is the first part of the word and refers to geography or geographic. The study of physical components of an area or planet. Everything from studying mountains to studying the layout of a town could constitute geography. That definition includes just about everything and is part of what makes narrowing it down so important.

Then, in the second part of the word, we have spatial. Spatial is defined as occupying a particular location. When we put the two pieces of a word together, we get geospatial – relating to a specific geographic place on this planet.

An emerging term is starting to gain traction, that term is geospatially smart. We all know that smart means possessing a significant amount of intelligence, but what does it mean to be geospatially smart?

Being geospatially smart means that you are aware of the geographic features of the earth and what it has to offer. You are also aware of how the rotation of the planet (i.e., time) affects the various geographic features.

In a world of internet, one might wonder why it would be so essential to be geospatially smart. There are many different reasons for which you might need to be geospatially smart. An excellent example of this would be city planning or architecture. You need to be aware of how to build something and where to place highways.

Solar panels, which are becoming commonplace, also require geospatially smart installers. You need to know where to place them and how to place them in the most effective position.

So many different aspects of our lives still revolve around the world around us from how we live, how we commute, how we power our fancy technology. No matter for what reason we need to be aware of geography and how to use it, it is a necessity in almost all industries. The best part about it? It doesn’t take much to start learning about geography.

For more information on geospatial and how to use it in your company contact HERE Mapping Resources at 888-848-4436.

Integrating GIS with Corporate Systems

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Geographic Information System (GIS) often refers to plotting out data onto a geographic map. But when explicitly discussing GIS data, we are usually talking about systems that are developed for higher level purposes such as navigation systems or corporate use. That being said, some companies don’t know the importance of integrating GIS with their corporate systems.

Customer Data

Mapping out customer data is often one of the first things that companies think of when integrating GIS. You can map out the location of every customer and where your services are being used. For example, if you are a utility company, you can plot out the site of each customer meter. Having your customer’s data mapped out can help you to analyze their information and make changes, if needed.

Work Order and Work Management Mapping

Any business that has off-site work can benefit significantly from GIS. You can have maps set up to show outstanding orders or where new work needs to be done. Any service calls can be plotted out on a map. If you have the coordinating software, you can use the GIS data to group work orders in the same area so that you can be as productive as possible.

Shipping Management

Distribution of products among customers and your job sites is essential. By adding GIS, you can adequately plan out all of your shipments in much the same way you could plan out work orders. Also, you can view how your products and resources need to be distributed between your company sites.

Company Vehicle And Asset Plotting

It’s important to know the location of your assets. One of the most significant assets is vehicles. Using GIS, you can do more than see a text printout of information. You can have it all plotted out on the map so that you can visually see where every asset is placed. Visualization of all of your company’s assets can improve your planning. It can also be used to locate necessary items in the event of an emergency.

For more information on the use of geolocation data in your business contact HERE Mapping Resources at 888-848-4436.

What Is Geolocation Data?

HERE Mapping Resources geolocation dataGeolocation is the process of identifying where in the world you are, where an object is, or where something was retrieved. This information is gathered using satellites and often enhanced by adding details from location networks. People and businesses use geolocation information for a lot of different purposes.

How Is Geolocation Data Presented?

Generally, geolocation data is presented with basic outputs, such as longitude and latitude. Depending on what tool you are using and why you are looking at the data it may be accessed differently.

Some data is bundled in folders on a device which is most common in GPS devices. Another place you can find it is in the properties of a file. For example, geolocation data on images or videos taken by your smartphone is stored in properties (or metadata).

The exact file for viewing the data is specific to your device and purpose. You may need to get a program to interpret the data or open the file in Notepad. Many data files that you open in Notepad view as raw data and will have to be sorted through to interpret.

Why Use Geolocation Data?

On the consumer side, this data is most commonly used to store information on where a picture was taken. You can then look up and see the exact location on a map. Another use is to create maps of your exercise routines (running, walking and bicycling routes). There might be times when you want to share your location with someone on your smartphone.

Businesses have even more purposes for geolocation data. They could use it for the same reasons that a consumer might. But more often than not, it is used to track employee locations. For example, a trucking company can use the data to find out where their trucks are and where they have been.

Mapping out routes and other information is another big reason that businesses might want to use geolocation data.

Although geolocation data is not new, it is still something that many people don’t understand. Once you have the data, you will need mapping software to interpret where exactly the location is. You can do it by hand with a map but will end up with a far less precise data point.

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Connectivity and Digitalization will Disrupt the Automotive Business Model by 2025

HERE Mapping Resources automotive business modelThe automotive industry has seen a lot of changes since the introduction of the internet. For example, used car sales are easier to conduct when you can advertise to a larger population over the internet. But that same connectivity that the internet provides is going to change much more.

Consumers in the automotive industry are increasingly seeking more futuristic versions of cars. And the next evolution we expect to see in vehicles is not just the electric car. What we hope to see are cars that start connecting with the world around them.

Technology helps us accomplish this goal. In the near future, digitizing your car and connecting it with the world will disrupt the automotive industry.

Only those who are willing to think forward will survive past 2025. It will take time for these services to start changing. It won’t happen immediately.

Experts have said that only one out of every three organizations are going to be equipped to meet the changes that are going to be set forth by industry leaders and then demanded by consumers. That means you need to work with other industries to start facing the changes. Three-quarters of industry executives back this statement.

One of the major components needed by the automotive industry is maps and mapping services. Cars will be driving by themselves, showing you where other vehicles are and continuing to deliver top-tier directions.

There are many services that you can choose from but HERE is one of the top in the industry. If your car company is going to succeed you need to embrace vendors such as Here Mapping Resources. Take a look at the company website and see what Here Mapping Resources can start doing for your company.

All of the changes in the automotive industry are similar to that of other sectors in the last few years. Take a look at the phone industry. Before the release of the first truly consumer-friendly smartphones, the landline business was booming. Only those companies that were willing to embrace the change were ready to move forward into the future where they offer cellular devices. Then those devices moved toward smartphones.

The world is continuously changing, and consumers are demanding innovation every day. How is your company going to drive innovation so that it doesn’t fall behind?

Mapping Tools Can Equip Policymakers

HERE Mapping Resources mapping toolsThe world is changing quickly. Populations are rising, the climate is changing, and people need to be prepared for whatever the road has in store for them. Cities need to be able to support more traffic and to plan for severe weather to mitigate the impact that these changes and events will have on the general population. Fortunately, HERE has an answer. By giving policymakers access to mapping tools, HERE is allowing these people to make an informed decision based on live data. City Planners will be able to use this data to decide where certain improvements, such as parks, are most needed and will be able to see how increasing traffic impacts cities. Having this knowledge will allow them to better serve their constituents by making the best decisions regarding urban planning.

Many cities already suffer from extreme traffic congestion, and this is only projected to get worse in some regions of the country. As more and more people move to cities, the traffic problems increase. Policymakers who have access to mapping tools can look at real-time data and propose public works projects designed to accommodate the increase in traffic, thereby helping to reduce the impact that the new residents will have on the already overcrowded roads.

Cities and towns that are at risk for severe weather can benefit from these mapping tools as well. Policymakers can look across their cities and see data broken down by many different categories and demographics. They can then use this information to decide what kinds of improvement projects to undertake, as well as see what areas of the city are underserved. For example, a city that gets a lot of rain will require many “green spaces” to help soak up all of the rainfall. Policymakers can use HERE’s mapping tools to determine the best strategic location for a park, both to soak up the rain and to improve the areas of the community which are already at a higher risk for damage during the storm.

Policymakers with these mapping tools will be able to prepare cities for the challenges of the future. Cities will be able to be equipped for an influx of new residents and new drivers on the roads. Cities that are routinely subjected to severe weather will be able to mitigate the damage that the infrastructure and their residents suffer.

If your city policymakers could benefit from HERE mapping tools and data, is your answer.