Archives For Industry Happenings


Gradual shifts in the mobile operating system (OS) landscape over the past several years has been a growing concern, leaving many enterprise and vertical-market professionals wondering which avenue to take. Identifying the best operating system for your needs, while looking at its roadmap and plans for the future can be a difficult task. Understanding this issue, we’ve collected some useful information to help you understand the roadmap of each OS used at Juniper Systems and what you need to know to make the most informed decision. Like most major changes on the enterprise level, some type of investment will need to be made regardless of the path you choose.

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The future of UAVs (drones) in data collection

The Utah State University Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory’s DJI s1000 sUAS on landing approach near Logan, Utah, Feb. 2015.

In honor of Earth Day, today’s post is about earth observation technology—specifically, drones. You may have noticed that drones—or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—have been surging in popularity lately. They seem to be all the buzz at industry trade shows, and it’s easy to see why—they’re just plain cool.

The number of possible uses for drones is incredible, including everything from agriculture, to reforestation, to asset management, to assisting with insurance claims, and so much more. However, the technology faces strict legal regulations presently, which leaves the future of drone usage in question.

We thought we’d bring our product managers, Josh Egan and John Florio, in on the discussion to hear what they had to say about UAVs, and particularly, what part they think drones will play in the future of data collection. See what they thought below. Continue Reading…

section 179 tax deductions on business equipmentWith only days left in 2014, now is a good time to hurry and purchase needed business equipment if you want a hefty tax deduction. Here’s why: on December 19th, a new law was enacted that expanded Section 179 of the Tax Extenders Act to allow up to $500,000 in tax deductions on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. That’s a $475,000 increase from the previous amount!

Allegro 2 rugged handheldBut here’s the kicker: the equipment must be purchased and put into business use by midnight on December 31, 2014 to be eligible for the deduction.

To learn more about the new law, read more about it here. To order data collection equipment eligible for tax deductions from Juniper Systems, contact us online or by phone at 435.753.1881.

Resistive vs. Capacitive Touchscreens

You may have wondered before what the difference is between a resistive and a capacitive touchscreen. And you may have questioned which one is best for your situation. Chances are, you have experienced both resistive and capacitive technology, but you may not have known what they were called, or considered the technological implications behind them. Then again, you might know all about capacitive and resistive touchscreens and the advantages and disadvantages to each. If you do, perhaps you can chime in on the discussion. Continue Reading…

Father of GIS, Roger Tomlinson, Has Died

We are sorry to hear about the passing of Roger Tomlinson, considered the Father of GIS. Tomlinson was an English geographer and was the major innovator of modern computerized GIS. He will be greatly missed in the GIS community and elsewhere.


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General Manager of Juniper Systems Limited

Simon Bowe, General Manager at Juniper Systems Ltd.

Juniper Systems Ltd. General Manager Simon Bowe was recently interviewed by GeoConnexion about where mobile technology currently stands in the geomatics industry, and where it is going. Simon answers questions like: Continue Reading…

For those living in the U.S. of A., you’ve probably noticed in various ways how much the government shutdown affects us as citizens. It may even serve to educate some of us on how many programs are actually funded by the U.S. government. While a number of shut-down programs seem to have lesser impacts, there are many closed programs that will substantially affect considerably large numbers of people, and we hope that these programs will recommence quickly.

So, how does the government shutdown affect us at Juniper Systems, the data collection industry, and many of our customers? I’ll tell you a few of the ways. Continue Reading…