San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) September 21, 2009
GIS stands for geographic information systems which includes mapping software and its integration with remote sensing, land surveying, aerial photography, mathematics, geography, and other tools. For first 40 years of their existence, Geospatial Information systems and their existence was limited to scientists working in the areas of land use, agricultural, forestry and urban planning.
However, A confluence of forces is making GIS technology far more powerful, appealing, and pervasive--and San Diego's resident expertise in software development and related technologies is putting the city near the center of the GIS development map.
"Most people don't know that cell phones were around for 30 years before they became affordable, useful, and prevalent devices for ordinary consumers." says Y. P. Talreja, Chair of the SDSIC GIS Business Interest Group. "Now the same thing is happening with geographic information systems, or GIS. For decades, it was a very specialized area, used by the very few. But now, with advances in GPS and wireless communications technologies and easy availability of mapping services as part of the new Cloud Computing paradigm, location based services have reached everywhere."
The newly formed GIS/LBS Business Interest Group within San Diego Software Industry Council has announced its debut event - a panel discussion focused on the full spectrum of the GIS/LBS technologies. The panel discussion, titled "From Location Based Services to Cloud Computing: the Future of GIS" is scheduled on September 29th from 5:30 PM to 7 PM at the Intuit Campus off of Highway 56. To register for the event, go to SDSIC Events page at http://www.sdsic.org/events.aspx.
Attendees will learn from our panel of experts from industry, government and non-profits about where the GIS/LBS technology is headed in future and hear about how confluences in advances in various fields, including advent of Cloud Computing in the infrastructure arena, advances in GPS and microprocessor technologies in the hardware arena, faster and better collection, storage and retrieval of Geo-spatial data in the GIS arena and powerful 3G networks in wireless communications arena is influencing the future of GIS.
Panel discussion will be moderated by Bob Slapin, the Executive Director of the San Diego Software Industry Council. The Panelists include Sanjai Kohli, a serial entrepreneur, cofounder and former CTO of SiRF, a leader in the field of GPS semiconductor and software; Joe Purohit, the Founder & CEO of EcoLayers, Inc. a company which provides web-based software services for the land, water and ecology management; Clint Daniels, the manager of Regional Models at San Diego Association of Governments and. Andres Abeyta, the President of IGIS Technologies, Inc. which provides GIS related consulting.
"There is a massive amount of data lying around that is related to a spot on the map, (environmental, traffic, health)," says Bob Slapin, executive director of the San Diego Software industry council, "This data is often in different silos and in most cases making sense of it requires running around, finding it and mapping it somehow. The data is often structured and unstructured, meaning software with certain versatility is required to process it. Our goals is to encourage development of a whole ecosystem of software companies which is able to make optimal use of such data."
For additional information and to register for the event, go to SDSIC Events page at http://www.sdsic.org/events.aspx. The cost is $35.00 for employees of SDSIC's member companies and $45 for others. Refreshments will be provided. Parking is Free.
About San Diego Software Industry Council: Formed in 1994, the San Diego Software Industry Council is building a future for the region's high tech industry. SDSIC's members enjoy exceptional networking and educational opportunities, critical workforce development programs and valuable company benefits.