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Interpreting Live Election Data Using Custom Election Maps

The United States is engaging in perhaps one of the most consequential elections of modern history, one which will mark the course of policy both nationally and internationally for years to come. Despite divisions within the nation and polarized views on a wide spectrum of issues, there is some consensus among the population on the importance of getting out the vote.  The complexities involved in interpreting polling data and presenting results in real-time have been compounded by the restrictions imposed by the ongoing pandemic. Election maps will be featured throughout most media outlets as an effective method to interpret live election data for general viewers as well as more custom solutions to dichotomize results by geographic regions and specific data groups. This comes into play in the interpretation of the early voting results across particular segments of the population, which can serve as harbingers of tendencies within the overall vote. In particular, the results of the rural vote in certain Midwest states were determinant in the sway of the 2016 election. Some of these principles may hold true in the 2020 election and custom election maps play a useful role in extrapolating these cases from the live data feeds.

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Using Dynamic Maps to Uncover Solutions for Schools During a Pandemic

Questions abound regarding the rationale behind opening schools in the United States and as with most high-level decisions in 2020, the topic has become profoundly politicized. Part of the challenge surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is the balance of prioritizing public safety while promoting economic prosperity. These two elements are often juxtaposed with one another and a medium ground is questioned by individual interests. It is hard for the economy to thrive if society is closed and it is hard to keep people safe if society is open. In this blog article, we will take a look at ways in which dynamic maps can be introduced in the discussion and what role technology can play in making informed policy decisions related to education in the US.

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Software and Interactive Maps to Monitor Climate Change

In this blog article, we will be looking at some ways that technology and big data can be integrated with maps to provide powerful systems able to help analyze the impact of climate change. Custom software tools offer insights on what measures are most effective to mitigate adverse effects on our planet. We have already seen how unusually pronounced droughts in one region contrast with devastating floods in others, supporting the common belief is that weather patterns are becoming more extreme. Scientists estimate that there is a tipping point beyond which it would be very difficult to reverse path, and we are quickly approaching this mark. Many estimates predict that in order to pull back from the precipice, global temperatures must not exceed 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. This requirement presents a difficult task to cut world emissions by 2030. As governments start to acknowledge the risks, we now see large scale studies drive new innovation and legislation. The data that is produced in these studies can work with interactive maps to give users and scientists different perspectives and options to interpret what is occurring on our planet. There are many ways to create such custom maps, and in the article below we propose ideas from past projects. 

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Using Custom Interior Maps to Manage Reopening Facilities During COVID-19

One of the unexpected byproducts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the realization that a substantial part of our professional output can be conducted from our own homes. This was once viewed as impossible for a myriad of reasons including fostering employee creativity, maintaining a professional image, and preserving productivity. In 2020 all industries were forced to adapt quickly to the new norms of remote work and for many employers, feedback on the overall experience is positive. This response leads us to question whether work will return to its previous structure post-COVID-19 or if remote work and virtual conferences are features to be continued into the future. There certainly are many advantages to promoting newer forms of employment, including flexibility for staff, removing the strains of commuting, and the multiple economic savings of not needing to maintain a large brick and mortar presence in expensive city centers. Of course, some businesses will not have the luxury of contemplating this scenario and many others will want to maintain some street presence, even if at a reduced scale. The challenge for these cases, both during and after the pandemic, is how to taper the transit of people if the traditional office has a reduced footprint. This coordination is enhanced by integrating custom interior maps to manage personnel within the office. Custom features built within the software, enable administrators to interact with the floor plans of any office building, optimizing the space, and ensuring a limited overlap of employees.

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IoT and Interactive Maps – Devices that can save lives

In the new reality that we have come to know in 2020, society is much more aware of our social behaviors and potential risks inherent with many of the activities that once formed integral parts of our daily lives. It has also come to the forefront that technology is a cornerstone of our modern society and a beacon of hope in our efforts to stay connected and maintain productivity. Within the larger role that technology plays in our quotidian routines, we also examine the interconnection of devices and how IoT can be deployed to save lives during pandemics. The interpretation of the information that new technology provides is equally important to making meaningful decisions and interactive maps play a big role in displaying data for easy interpretation. Many of the interconnected devices store data to servers and include GPS information to faithfully plot the movement of objects around a facility. This can be highly insightful when conducting contact tracing, facility maintenance, and patient diagnostics within any service facility.

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