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Perspectives

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

How have we progressed on the accessibility of geospatial data?

There was a time when all data wanted to be free. That was followed by all data wanted to be open. Then we moved to all data made accessible via a cloud-based and software integrated marketplace. Each of these data trends still exist and we now seem to be moving toward a new paradigm where

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Is Google going dormant on map innovation or just biding its time?

This year marked the tenth anniversary of both Google Maps and Earth, putting emphasis on the technology maturity and ubiquity. The Earth offering is now a seamless click to view on Google Maps, and the continued emphasis on simplicity belies the data creation and innovation frenzy that created this map leader. In coincidence with these

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

What are the implications of the sale of Nokia’s HERE to a consortium of German carmakers?

News this week that Nokia’s HERE mapping division has settled on a suitor puts a multi-billion dollar mapping acquisition in the news again. The more than $3 billion price tag (converting from 2.8 Billion Euros) to a consortium of German carmakers (Audi, BMW and Daimler) is welcome news for those wishing that autonomous cars would

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Is the geospatial-intelligence sector at the heart of the geospatial revolution?

At last week’s GEOINT Symposium, organized by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, the keynotes and many of the sessions continued to express the theme that we are experiencing a geospatial revolution. The parallels between the geopolitical disruption in the world, the fuel for the geospatial intelligence mission, and the technological revolution, which is being spurred

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

How are 3D maps spurring innovation and economic activity?

Detailed 3D mapping is much more readily accessible thanks to a wide variety of new sensors, high-performance processing tools, automation and cloud storage. The large-scale three-dimensional model has been something that has been discussed and achieved to varying degrees of realism for decades. It’s now much easier and cheaper to capture and update a realistic

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Do you fear the takeover of artificial intelligence in the geospatial marketplace?

Artificial intelligence is present and growing in adoption in workflows that require the processing of large imagery datasets. Algorithms that are trained for pattern recognition are counting and classifying objects that are then processed for dashboards, reports and other insights. This kind of information extraction drives business and other critical decisions on a daily basis,

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

How has cloud computing added friction in the geospatial software space?

As cloud computing is increasingly becoming the platform for software delivery, accompanied by software subscriptions and software as a service models, users are finding their options forced. Instead of the prior model, where users could pick and choose the tools for the task, the increasingly capable platforms with their associated data and services make the

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Will high-altitude UAS rewrite the game for remote sensing?

The unmanned aircraft system (UAS) era of Earth observation has started, and the momentum is gaining. Even though regulations are not yet set, there are whole classes of UAS craft and application workflows that are achieving incredible productivity in trials and select applications. The insights that can be captured, and the new workflows required, have huge

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Where does BYOD fit in for field data collection?

The bring your own device (BYOD) movement for more personal control of our computing environment is taking hold. This is less about a mutiny against restrictive IT overlords, and more about comfort and convenience. The consumerization of the workplace where we can use our own phones, tablets and laptops has some positive impacts on productivity

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

What happens when drones get much more powerful processors?

Did you catch the recent news that Qualcomm has become a major investor in the unmanned aircraft system maker 3D Robotics? 3D Robotics raised $50 million on this round and has indicated that more money is flowing in. This could be a game-changing alliance, giving the chipmaker an interesting platform for robotics research and development,

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