A little more than three years ago, I wrote a column about geospatial technology frontiers. While acknowledging the expansion of GIS technology across more and more disciplines, the column aimed to summarize some of the main areas of research and development, where the vision has been clear for some time, but where technology limitations have hampered progress. The areas I outlined then all still seem to frame today's challenges, so what kind of progress have we made?
There has been a great deal of maturity in the tools and approaches to sustainability problems over the past four years since V1 Magazine was launched. At the global and regional scale, we’ve seen an increasing application of sensors and systems to monitor, analyze and adapt to global change. At the local and city scale, there are new ‘smart’ and ‘responsive’ approaches that inform infrastructure with real-time monitoring that are incorporated into design and management, taking into account the impacts of infrastructure.
This is my last Perspectives column at Vector1 Media and I thought I would share a few thoughts on lessons learned and observations made over the last five years while writing this column every other week. Geospatial media has changed remarkably over the years. Many of us in the media began writing on paper, but quickly followed along with digital changes, often led by technologies and approaches that were also digital. The expectations of media have changed over time as well. There is a difference between being a trade magazine, and other kinds of magazines. Readers interpret content in different ways, and, writers create content with different purposes mind. What Is The Purpose of Geospatial Media?
Wasn’t it just yesterday that the idea of unmanned aerial platforms seemed like science fiction? With the successful deployment of drones for recent military operations, the technology has come a long way in a short period of time. While the image of the bubble-headed armed aircraft-sized drone platform is etched in our minds, these sensing platforms come in all sizes and shapes, and include helicopter and quadcopter configurations that have exciting agility as well as the ability to hover in the same place for a long time.
A lot has been written about digital cartography over the years. Most of it relates to the advantages that digital cartography provides as compared to non-digital mapping including improved collaboration, less redundancy, greater efficiency in production etc. As mobility technologies develop, the need for ‘going digital’ increases. This is becoming the case as we begin to see tablets and other portable devices begin to out-sell laptops and desktops.