Telematics - the marriage of cellular wireless technology and Global
Positioning System (GPS) satellite location - gave birth to a plethora of new
services that provide automobile drivers with added safety, security, and
convenience. Mercedes-Benz was an early proponent, and as it continues to
take a leading role, the company faces the many challenges of trying to keep
pace with rapidly changing technologies.
Mercedes-Benz was the first automobile manufacturer to offer an integrated
telematics system - called Tele Aid - in all its vehicles sold in the United
States. For 2003, Tele Aid is standard in eight Mercedes-Benz model lines and
optional in the C-Class.
Tele Aid can summon emergency response help automatically if a collision
deploys any airbag in the vehicle. The system transmits the precise location
of the vehicle (through GPS tracking) as well as the model of... (more)
Last month I promised to discuss the pros and cons of hosting a ColdFusion
site in-house versus out of house in this month's editorial. But in light of
some recent news and exciting additions to the world of CFDJ, that editorial
has been bumped to next month. I don't think anyone will miss it, though, as
I've got some better stuff to write about.
People send in article proposals and column ideas all the time. Most of them
are good, and some of them are really good. Every now and then one comes
along that really excites me because it's genuinely innovative. Just such a
proposal r... (more)
When Macromedia first announced last year that it would be joining the old
UCon and DevCon together, combining the best of the two events into
"Macromedia MAX 2003" - subsequently held in Salt Lake City in November -
there were the inevitable rumblings in the user/developer community.
By now, however, everyone has seen that not only did joining those two events
make good business sense, it also made sense in the context of the enormous
impetus that it gave to the MX product suite.
Last month's announcement of the "MX 2004" product line, with its new
versions of Dreamweaver, Flash... (more)
In last month's issue of CFDJ, Simon Horwith reported on MAX 2003 and all it
had to offer. Here, we follow CFDJ editor-in-chief Rob Diamond as he checked
out the floor of MAX 2003.
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Affinity Internet has been providing feature-rich services and solutions
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CFDJ: Tell us about PaperThin and what you do.
Peters: PaperThin markets and distributes a content management product based
completely on ColdFusion - the CommonSpot Content Server. It targets
organizations with intranets, Internets, and extranets that have distributed
content management needs. CommonSpot enables nontechnical users to publish
and manage the content within their site. Ideally, it's for managing the
unstructured data within an organization and letting business users create,
update, and manage content and its delivery, as well as managing those
involved in the publi... (more)