Mapping RFID & Santa

Posted by Sam Churchill on

A map of the world with RFID points of interest is available at the RFID Tribe website.

It uses a Google map, and pinpoints the locales of RFID associations, universities, end users and vendors. Being a Google Map, you can view it as a standard map or satellite view or as a combination of the two views.

You can add your own company or organization to the map. When you click on one of the organizations plotted on the map, it opens up a little window that displays the organization name, address, phone number, and if it is a premium version, it adds keywords and other information.

Check it out. Here are some other GoogleMap MashUps. Platial has one of the easiest to use.

In other mapping news, Flight Explorer (FE), which normally supplies real-time flight tracking information around the globe, has launched a free Santa Claus tracking service. It shows Santa’s likely flight route and features some practice runs around the North Pole.

You can also follow Santa’s fabled flight on Google Earth. Download the Santa Tracker/Toy Hunt file here. Google Earth will automatically refresh each day. On December 24th, Santa will load his sleigh, take the reins and soar into the skies, delivering presents to good children all over the world.

TacSat-2, launched on Dec. 16th from Wallops Island, includes a wideband sensor to gather radar, radio, and handheld communication signals and check for the automated identification transmission.

Norad claims to track Santa but their Space-based Infrared System (SBIRS) still has a few glitches. The Air Force awarded two contracts this month for a new system called the Alternative Infrared Satellite System (AIRSS) program as an alternative to the troubled $11 billion SBIRS program.

I’m not saying we’re out of jail yet, but we continue to make progress,” said Ken Miller, a special assistant to Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne. In 2001, SBIRS-Low was transferred to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and in 2002 was renamed the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS). Scheduled for launch in 2007, STSS will be capable of tracking Santa against the cold background of space.

A classified NROL-21 payload blasted off from Space Launch Complex 2-West at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., this Friday. It’s the first flight by United Launch Alliance, the merged Boeing/Lockheed unit that combines the manufacturing of redundant and wildly over budget Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles.

The United Launch Alliance probably hopes nobody will notice the $14 Billion in EELV cost overruns on the $17B program as reported by Florida Today.

It’s Christmas in Bethesda.

Perhaps the $14B in cost overruns — billed to U.S. taxpayers — should be distributed to every child on Earth rather than military contractors.

Now that would be some kind of Christmas.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Sunday, December 17th, 2006 at 1:59 pm .

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