Category: Mobile

Use your mobile phone to find the best fishing hotspots near you

Use your mobile phone to find the best fishing hotspots near you

What’s the key to successful sport fishing?  Well the most important thing is location – knowing where to go to fish for the kind of fish you want. While Yelp may be great for finding the best restaurants near you, it doesn’t do so well in helping you find the best fishing spots. ReelSonar is a hardware and software company that specializes in helping anglers find fish more efficiently. Their...
eCatch geospatial fisheries management app moves from HTML5 to native iOS to take advantage of GPS

eCatch geospatial fisheries management app moves from HTML5 to native iOS to take advantage of GPS

eCatch is an iPad application developed by The Nature Conservancy with Farallon Geographics’ help that uses crowd-sourcing to collect, map and share the location of fish species for in-season adaptive fisheries management. Fisherman at sea use the app to report areas where they caught overfished species and learn from other fisherman the location of more abundant species. eCatch was originally developed as an HTML5 application for device portability.  This...
Smartphones, tablets, and GPS accuracy….

Smartphones, tablets, and GPS accuracy….

I am consistently amazed by the quality of the GPS chipsets present in average smartphones and tablets. Typically these devices give location readings with accuracies of 10 of meters, although under ideal conditions I have seen several Android phones report an accuracy of 2 meters! This is pretty impressive considering that these devices do so much beyond just GPS. Still it is a fair question to ask, “Can a...
Data drives everything GIS!  That’s how an iPhone app helps you avoid parking tickets

Data drives everything GIS! That’s how an iPhone app helps you avoid parking tickets

I watched a lot of movies as a kid but one that really stuck with me over the years was the Robert Redford & Ben Kingsley flick, Sneakers. A movie about espionage, government secrets, cryptography and, yes, data. In the climax of the movie, Kingsley calls to Redford’s character and declares that “the world isn’t run by weapons anymore, or energy or money. It’s run by ones and zeros,...