Explore history by location

With Location Intelligence, you can gain new insight into explorers both past and present

Tue Oct 24 12:54:00 EDT 2017
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Since the dawn of time, humans have been driven by curiosity. It fills every cell of our being, compelling us to move forward. It drives us to search, to see what is around the next bend, to simultaneously take one small step and one giant leap, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

2017 marks 105 years since Robert Falcon Scott's tragic demise in the Antarctic, the 120th birthday of Amelia Earhart and 500 years since Ferdinand Magellan permanently migrated from Portugal to Spain. Human zest for journeying and discovery has only grown over the years. Today, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is operating their Deep Search mission to enhance knowledge of the ocean floor and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is busily preparing to send humans to Mars in 2030.

Pitney Bowes Software have always been considered pioneers of desktop GIS. Our Spectrum Spatial Analyst (SSA) product is an out-of-the-box business analysis solution that uses powerful web mapping capabilities. It can be used with some of our data products such as World Boundaries and our Global Gazetteer.

In the office this week, we’ve been experimenting with Spectrum Spatial Analyst (including a sneak peek of the extensibility functions coming in 2018) and reading up on some of the first, the most famous and the most inspiring expeditions undertaken by humans from across the globe.

We've combined the history with our software to make PBXplore: History. It’s an app that recreates the journeys of some of the world’s most daring doers, extraordinary expeditioners, wonderful wayfarers and venturesome voyagers. For you literary travelers, we've even included the ever punctual Mr Fogg, plus his fictional colleagues Huck and Jim.

By selecting a name in PBXplore: History and using the ‘next’ and ‘previous’ waypoint buttons, you can follow in the footsteps of some of the most amazing explorers, including:

  • Major General Michael Collins: Without him, no one would have ever walked on the moon and come safely home. He’s the only human, alive or dead, not captured in NASA’s famous Earth Rise photograph.
  • Ada Lovelace: She’s the world’s first computer programmer and the first person to document her thoughts on human relationships with technology as a helpful tool.
  • Robert Ballard: He helped develop the Argo/Jason deep sea exploration system. This lead to new theories in wreckage location and the discovery of the Titanic.
  • The Curiosity Rover on Mars: Every year on August 5, it wakes up to sing the happy birthday song to itself.
  • August Piccard: He invented the Bathyscaphe (‘Deep Ship’ in ancient Greek), used to make some of the first explorations of the Marianas Trench.
  • Dian Fossey: Her exploration of the Rwandan jungles taught the world more than we could ever imagine about great apes. She ‘wrote the book’ on modern conservation.
  • Alexy Leonov: He completed the very first EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) or ‘Spacewalk’ when he moved outside his Voskhod 2 spacecraft on March 18, 1965 and stayed outside for 12 minutes.
  • Leif Erikson: This Viking was the first European to reach the Americas in approximately 999AD.
  • Mike Dunn, Sir Edmund Hillary, Neil Armstrong, Steve Fosset, Patrick morrow and Peter Hillary: They were all founders of the First Man’s Club, which conducted its first official meeting at the geographic North Pole on April 6, 1985

Click here to start your journey now.