Crowdsourcing New York City’s High Speed Broadband Data While Building A Broadband Marketplace

Posted on October 29, 2015 in Thinking

When it’s time for your high tech business to move to a New York City address, one thing you’ll need is a high speed Internet connection. Looking at websites of available properties won’t help you learn which buildings have that service, but the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) New York City Broadband Map will.

The map-based application envisioned by NYCEDC is both an information portal and a marketplace for broadband services. The first version went live in December of 2013, and AppGeo and NYCEDC have been collaborating ever since to study and improve it, incorporating crowdsourcing and a new mapping platform along the way. This is the story of how vision became reality.

Step One: Gather Data From the State, City and Internet Service Providers

NYCEDC partnered with AppGeo in 2013 to build the application and the first order of business was data. NYCEDC and AppGeo tapped the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) and the City’s Open Data Portal for its building footprint data to provide information at that level of detail. NYCEDC was happy to use Google Maps for roads and other features as it provided a familiar, detailed view of the city as well as a well-known user interface. NYC programs WiredNYC and ConnectNYC, and the New York State Broadband Map also contributed data.

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Mike Wiley to be Director of Strategic Engagements in New York

Posted on January 14, 2015 in News

AppGeo has hired Mike Wiley as Director of Strategic Engagements to lead its consulting outreach in the New York City area.

“Mike is an exceptional talent that we are delighted to add to our team,” said Rich Grady, AppGeo President.  “He brings more than 20 years of consulting experience with nearly 15 years serving the New York City market. His experience and knowledge will enhance AppGeo’s capacity to serve the City and beyond.”

Mr. Wiley has spent the last 15 years working in New York City directing the planning and development of City government IT solutions. He helped the City conceive and develop a variety of geospatial solutions for diverse departments and agencies, such as environment, emergency management, 311 non-emergency city services, the Mayor’s office, housing, health, and IT.  He has a BS in Environmental Design and a MS in Regional Planning focusing on GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Massachusetts.

“I’m thrilled to join AppGeo” said Wiley. “I’ve admired AppGeo’s work and I’ve known its executives for greater than a decade. I share AppGeo’s company philosophy as a vendor-neutral consulting company doing what’s right for their clients. AppGeo’s technology independence is a distinguishing characteristic and, in my mind, an essential ingredient for success in today’s rapid diversification in the geospatial market. I look forward to working with all of the talent on the AppGeo Team to build a portfolio of projects for the City and surrounding areas.”