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Friday, August 8th, 2014

Hexagon Geospatial Re-packages to Hit Producers, Providers and those that Extend the Platform

The geospatial technologies of Intergraph are now part of Hexagon Geospatial, providing a unified approach that aims to meet industry needs. The recent HxGN Live conference was a touch point to display this strategy and customer success, as well as to unroll new packaging for the products. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Will there be backlash to free open location data when more for-profit providers pounce?

The justification behind free and open municipal data largely centers around improved transparency between government and citizens, and the means for the citizen to create apps to better serve their own and other people’s needs. While this ambition is being fulfilled, there are also those aggregating open information in larger datasets with the intent to

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Azavea Marks a Mission Toward Better Mapping for Municipalities

Azavea has been doing interesting municipal work for more than a decade, with visualization and modeling software solutions that drive better decision-making processes. In addition to the company’s innovative work on applications ranging from urban forestry to crime analysis, they develop data analytics, and do capacity building with their Summer of Maps program, hackathons, and

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Is mapmaking becoming as easy as PhotoShop for the planet?

At the rate that earth observation platforms are advancing, daily and even more frequent images of our world are becoming available. These regular updates are coupled with more automated processing tools as well as an increasing number of digital tools for cartography and artistic mapping. The continuum for more accuracy in our work has been

Monday, July 14th, 2014

What are the top ten promises of wearables for greater geospatial awareness?

The wearables are certainly coming. We’ve seen the future in Google Glass, and the Android wear watches that are extending our handheld devices to be more hands free. We know that there is great value in extending technology to be more in tune with our actions, and less intrusive to our navigation.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Esri Invests in the Long Term, Increasing the Value of GIS

Esri has made significant inroads in terms of GIS functionality and the provisioning of their cloud-based GIS, ArcGIS Online, with significant data investments. With just a week to go before the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke to Jack Dangermond, president, founder and CEO of the

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Going Beyond Global Forest Change Modeling Toward Big Earth-system Sustainability

One of the more impressive earth observation achievements in recent years was the collaboration between Google and the University of Maryland to create a global forest change assessment and visualization. This effort was unprecedented in terms of the raw computing power applied to the substantial Landsat archive, and yielding results that opened a lot of

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Can we afford to ignore the importance of Earth observation for carbon and climate accounting?

We’re on the eve of the launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2, a direct copy of a satellite that was lost in a rocket failure more than five years ago. This sensor’s promises to accurately account for the global measure of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere, both for CO2 emitted, and

Monday, June 16th, 2014

What’s the significance of Google’s purchase of Skybox, and the removal of imagery restrictions?

Last week was a remarkable one for earth observation announcements. First was the news that Google would purchase Skybox Imaging and their low Earth orbit satellites and planned constellation for more than $500 million. Then there was the news that the Commerce Department was lifting imagery resolution restriction on DigitalGlobe, opening up what the company

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Satellogic Joins the Commercialization Race for Low Earth Orbit Observation

This year appears to be the year for the widespread commercialization of low Earth orbit earth observation satellite constellations, with many notable announcements. Satellogic just recently announced plans for a constellation of their own satellites that they call CubeBugs, after the successful launch and testing of two satellites in 2013. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor

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