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  • Blog Post: Get access to free live flood warning data with the FloodAlerts API

    Floods have exercised the attention of many people recently. Since December, the “FloodAlerts” warning map created by Microsoft partner Shoothill launched in 2014, has been used by the equivalent of more than 20% of the adult population of England and Wales – helping them stay up-to...
  • Blog Post: New FloodAlerts website goes live!

    We bring you quite a short blog posting today but one that is none the less important - a new FloodAlerts website . With all the very heavy rain expected over the coming hours and days (while the summer goes AWOL), a brand new FloodAlerts website has been launched by Microsoft partner Shoothill. Based...
  • Blog Post: Day two at ukgovcamp 2012

    We’ve been attending UK GovCamp , an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event lasts 2 days, read our day one wrap-up post to see what happened yesterday. As with yesterday and in the true ‘unconferencing’...
  • Blog Post: Weathering the storm with social media

    Despite not feeling much like it recently, Winter is upon us and, if the weather reports are to be believed, we are in for a bit of a battering over the next 48 hours. Every council around the UK will be battening down the hatches and preparing themselves for whatever the weather can throw at them and...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - Technology increases councils' productivity by £230m a year

    As a software company you could argue that Microsoft would say that technology saves money. On this occasion it is the Local Government Association saying it in their report on the value of geospatial information in the delivery of public services. Putting it more simply, the report clearly demonstrates...
  • Blog Post: The future of mapping – The world according to Bing

    “I’m waiting for my first pair of sunglasses with built-in GPS and a button for overlaying map data and providing navigation assistance right before my eyes. It will automatically check me into Foursquare and tweet my voice packets when I talk. It will then post it all to Facebook, which...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Leicestershire Constabulary applies mapping technology to improve community safety

    Leicestershire Constabulary provides a policing service to 925,000 people in Leicester and the surrounding area. The force aims to improve public confidence in the force by ensuring that all its officers are more keenly focused on the community safety issues that matter most to local people. More effective...
  • Blog Post: Access all areas at T-in-the-Park Music Festival – Part 2

    As part of my time back stage at T-in-the-Park ( see earlier Blog post ), I was also able to observe operations in the Joint Operations Control Centre by Tayside Police . I’ve attended a number of festivals with complete ignorance as to the emergency services operations that take place in the background...
  • Blog Post: Love Clean Streets – Tackling Environmental Crimes in 33 London Boroughs

    Live in London*? Got a Windows Phone or an iPhone? Want to report an environmental problem in your borough for prompt action? You need to download the app for Love Clean Streets . LoveCleanStreets is an award winning free online portal that helps people who live or work in any of London’s 33...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting (Webinar): Mapping Solutions with Bing Maps on February 26th

    The next Live Meeting in our regular series for our public sector customers is on Friday February 26 th 2010 from 12:00-13:00 . The topic for this Live Meeting is Mapping Solutions with Microsoft Bing Maps. In this Live Meeting Microsoft and partner ( CADline ) experts will examine GIS and mapping...
  • Blog Post: Event: Mapping for Local Government and the Public Sector

    Event: Mapping for Local Government and the Public Sector There has been an explosion in the number of companies using mapping to help reduce costs, increase productivity and enable interaction. Local governments and public sector organisations are no exception to the rule with police forces, councils...
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