In order to make use of multispectral remote sensing, fieldwork called ground truthing is required to calibrate the spectral returns and match them to a library of known profiles in order to understand and classify the materials. ASD Inc., recently acquired by PANalytical, is a Boulder-based company that has a line of field spectrometers and spectroradiometers that are used widely in research and natural resource settings. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke recently with George Greenwood, senior market manager at ASD, about the many practical applications of this technology, and some of the exciting user applications of the company’s tools, particularly tied to measurements of change.
Research scientists continue to add to our understanding of Earth systems, thanks to the global earth observation capacity. Waleed Abdalati, associate professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder, director of the Earth Science & Observation Center, a Fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and former NASA Chief Scientist, has a perspective that encompasses the capacity, coming capabilities, and ongoing challenges. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Abdalati about the inspiration that is provided through Earth observation, the need to balance satellite-based sensors with in-situ observations, as well as his research work studying ice and climate change.
exactEarth has successfully launched an earth observation satellite constellation to track Automated Identification System (AIS) data from the world's shipping traffic. There are a variety of applications for this technology, including safety, supply chain tracking, and military operations, as well as environmental monitoring. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Graham Stickler, senior director of Global Marketing at exactEarth, about the different markets for this data and services, the interesting applications, and the implications of this global insight.
TerraGo has long offered one of the more interesting portable means of capturing map data through their GeoPDF offering. The company continues to innovate and expand that technology with mobile and enterprise offerings that leverage an increasing amount of data sources. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke recently with Richard (Rick) Cobb, president and CEO of TerraGo, about the company’s recent rebranding and platform offering that came from their acquisition of Geosemble. The conversation spans the ability to deliver near real-time intelligence to the disaster and crisis response communities as well as the current market outlook, including the damaging impact of sequestration.
Exelis Visual Information Solutions (VIS) just launched the ENVI Services Engine (ESE), an offering that takes desktop functionality and extends that to either a cloud or enterprise framework. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke with Beau Legeer, VP of Product Marketing at Exelis VIS, about the background on the development, the functionality and flexibility, and the future of the tool.