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A new import wizard in GeoTime helps users to import carrier-provided cell tower location information. This process positions the center of the tower at the correct map location, and draws the associated sector information based on information provided by the carrier. Users can also set a unique identifier for each sector in order to match up activities from a subscriber Call Detail Record (CDR).
When importing Call Detail Records (CDR), GeoTime automatically matches each event (call, SMS, GPRS, etc.) to the associated cell tower sector, based on identification provided by the provider. This can be performed with any number of CDR records and provides a method of validating the data set for duplicate or non-existent sector IDs.
Cell tower sectors can be used to create a heatmap of activities, based on the number of activities performed in each sector. The GeoCharts tool allows users to create a color coded heatmap using cell tower sectors, based on a CDR records.
The CDR import wizard is designed to simplify the process of working with activity records for a specific mobile device. The wizard allows the user to quickly identify the meaning of the data columns and automatically creates the links between the call originator and call receiver.
Users can now manually create events in GeoTime. Events can be created from any map feature that is present. Users can simply right click on the map feature and select “Create New Elementary Event” from the context menu.
This release allows users to add new properties to their data within GeoTime. Users can create new properties by adding new data columns within the Property Table editor. New properties propagated to all of the events currently visible in the table.
GeoTime 5.4 officially supports ESRI’s ArcGIS 10.1 release, with an updated extension for the Desktop version of ArcGIS. The GeoTime extension for ArcGIS creates a live link that connects GeoTime to the map imagery in ArcGIS. Users can also send features across to GeoTime and sync their selections between the two applications for a bidirectional workflow.
The CDR Import Wizard now supports call direction, allowing the user to select a column within a set of CDR records to specify the direction of a call. GeoTime will automatically create visual links between caller and called entities with this direction information.
The color assigned to events is now included in report snapshots. When the user captures a snapshot within a report, the colors of events are saved along with it. They can then be recalled by clicking on the snapshot link. Colors of entities, annotations, and map features are also saved in snapshots.
When importing Map Features from shape files, GeoTime now attempts to automatically detect the coordinate system used.
The trails that connect events together for each entity may now be projected onto the map. This projection shows the direct path between two events that are associated to an entity.
GeoTime support for WMS services has been updated to the most recent specification, version 1.3.
The OSX release of GeoTime now supports Apple OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion). This release is only available as a 64bit application.
Event Regions can now be used in the Meeting Finder tool for when an entity trail contains events that use a region.
Many of the pattern tools now have the option to run only on selected elements.
The Interesting Location Finder is a new analysis tool that locates locations where multiple entities have visited. This is useful for places that receive frequent visits. Users can also set a minimum number of entities to visit a location, as well as the number of times those entities must have visited for it to qualify. Duration at any location can also be set to avoid including locations with quick stops (stopping at street lights for example).
Added to the proximity finder is the ability to do precise measurement calculations when looking for events or regions that are in close proximity for a period of time. This is useful for locating entities in close proximity to regions or areas. Users can either import shapes or draw their own regions using map annotations.
The meeting finder has been enhanced to allow users to set meeting durations settings, as well as the ability to ignore small meetings with too few entities. This is helpful when a user needs to reduce the number of smaller meetings that only involve a small number of entities or that have a too short a duration. Users can also now run the meeting finder on only selected entities vs. all entities currently loaded.
Pattern finding tools can now be run on map graphics, allowing users to draw a region on the map and look for entities, events or polygons that are within close proximity.
The new CDR import wizard helps users import complex communication events that contain both source and destination entities but where location information is only provided for one of the entities. The wizard makes importing most communications data a simple process of choosing “calling” and “called” entities.
When importing CDR and other communication records, source and destination entities are not always placed in the same columns. These types of complex records can now be imported in GeoTime with a single pass, allowing users to specify which entities records are being imported, as well as ensuring that location information is correctly associated with them.
This new tool in GeoTime makes it possible to drive the look and feel of map graphics with your data. Any shape that a user imports or draws on the map can be colored dynamically by their data. Users can choose to use event count or any of the standard statistical functions (sum, average, etc.) to color map graphics. This is useful when users want to show concentrations or “hot spots” on the map.
The line graphic can now be used to measure a path on the map or the distance between two points. The line tool can be used to draw a path and then display the total distance that it covers. This is useful for calculating distances on road systems. The addition of point graphics allows users to create points on the map to display specific locations.
Any closed shape that a user adds to a tag can be used to aggregate event data in the 3D viewer. With this capability, users can now create a dedicated tag for map graphics that they wish to use for data aggregation. This is useful for aggregating data based on areas such as cities, districts, zones, etc.
Map graphics can now be imported from an external file, allowing users to merge them into an existing data set or re-use them across multiple data sets. This is useful when working with separate files that contain boundaries and borders. Supported file types include shape files, KML (points, lines and polygons), XLS (points only) and GeoRSS.
Users can now add annotations to tags, for easy management of annotation visibility and selection.
Annotations created by the user are now persistent, similar to event objects, until deleted by the user.
Users on Microsoft Windows 7 64bit Edition platform now have access to a native 64bit GeoTime application. This version of GeoTime allows for additional memory allocation, supporting large data sets and enhanced performance
Note: ESRI Table Of Contents map source is not available in the 64bit release of GeoTime.
GeoTime now monitors its memory consumption and will alert the users when available memory is running low. This is useful for situations where users are working with large data sets and need to segment their data into smaller sets.
The full contents of a live data feed can now be optionally re-read by GeoTime, instead of only loading new events since the last update.
When adding a new live data feed, GeoTime will now use the last used feed parameters, such as refresh rate, map fitting options, etc. This saves users time in having to manually set these parameters for each new live data feed.
Users can now pin informational windows to remain open while performing other tasks.
A new option has been added that works to keep labels in the 3D viewer from overlapping each other. The label deconfliction option works to keep event, entity and link labels spaced apart from each other to prevent overlapping.
Users now have the option to set min/max values for how color gradients are applied to events. Users can also set zero as the mid point for applying 3 color gradients. This is useful when working with values that range from negative to positive values.
Snapshots in reports now capture the visibility of all objects including annotations and map graphics.
Oculus is pleased to announce GeoTime 5.2, the latest release of the award winning visual analysis tool for movement and linked data. With an emphasis on visual presentations, GeoTime 5.2 introduces new ways to visualize events over time, including the ability to run statistical functions on numerical attributes within your data. These new capabilities are designed to support a variety workflows, including analysis of incident data sets, fraud related activities and communications analysis.
New GeoTime 5.2 features in action
New to this release is the ability to capture video of your activities within GeoTime. The new recording feature allows users to easily record animated movement, present visual statistics or walk through a report interactively. Users can record animated playback of the timeline as well as user interactions and operations. Captured video files can then be used to produce video content for presentation, reporting, and training purposes.
GeoTime 5.2 introduces an “event density” histogram linked to the timeline. This histogram provides a visual count of events over time, displayed as a bar chart next to the timeline. This interactive histogram is based on the timeline’s start and end time, and scales interactively to the time range displayed.
This release also adds the ability to run basic statistical functions on numerical attributes within a data set. Statistical tools now available include average, max, min, median, standard deviation, sum, and range functions. The results are displayed within the Charts panel and can be added to reports.
New Event Histogram in GeoTime 5.2
GeoTime users can now create new entities from a selection of events within GeoTime. Users can also select events from multiple selected entities and merge them into a single entity. Selected events can also be split from an existing entity to create a new entity from that selection.
Merging two entities into a single individual