One of the key design constraints in the deployment of a sensor network is the optimization of power consumption and energy efficiency. A problem familiar to those working with embedded devices is the need to eke out every possible capability while working within a set of hard and fast constraints.
For the past decade – especially in the wake of the devastating 9/11 attacks – the provision of real-time, actionable intelligence to the security services and to the warfighter has been a major goal for the intelligence community. The proliferation of geospatial data – whether from UAVs, LiDAR, remote sensing or commercial satellite imagery – has provided more sources of information than ever before and continues to move the community one step closer to its goal. But it is becoming increasingly more challenging to make this data truly ‘actionable.’ The reality is that the most valuable data can be overlooked or end up on the cutting room floor.
Good data, more data, more accurate data; these are not sufficient to solve our world's social and environmental problems. With these data, we can map the polygons of poverty like we map political preferences or climate change, but they are not sufficient to explain the social mechanisms that create and maintain poverty. Without understanding and changing the social mechanisms of reward and punishment that perpetuate poverty, we won't reduce or eliminate the vast disparity of wealth that thrusts pain and stress upon so very many people. We might "clean up" one or two areas mapped by poverty polygons, but really, we are simply moving more affluent people in and pushing the least powerful out.
“So, what do you do?”—it’s the dreaded question whenever I meet someone new. Dreaded because I can’t really sum up what I do to myself, let alone to someone else. How I answer often depends on my level of investment with the person.
The European LiDAR Mapping Forum (ELMF), which takes place in Salzburg from 4-5 December 2012, is all about innovation and step change in a market which benefits all sectors of the population. The Conference’s objectives are simply to spread the word about the latest advances in the laser scanning and mapping market, launching new technologies and improving techniques through hearing about real life projects and the lessons learned.