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Monday, November 5th, 2012

Earth Eye Makes Inroads in Sensor Fusion

Earth Eye is a relatively new company that has been focused on LiDAR data capture, and the fusion of LiDAR with other sensor information from both an aerial and mobile mapping platform. Their aircraft has three different sensors on it: a LiDAR, a color electro-optical (EO) imager, and a hyperspectral imager. Their vans have 360

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Microsoft Continues Investment in Eye on Earth Network

The Eye on Earth (EOE) network has garnered a great deal of praise for providing European environmental data openly and transparently, including kudos around the Rio+20 event in Rio this Spring. EOE started out as a joint project of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and Microsoft. Two individuals formulated the idea: Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Biosensors for Environmental Monitoring

The idea for biosensors — using some part of an organism to generate a signal to measure or monitor the presence of a substance — has been around for more than a century. The classic example is the use of canaries in coal mines to detect toxic gasses. Because these tiny birds are so sensitive

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Traffic Data Hits on Real-Time Needs

For decades, state and local departments of transportation have collected traffic data by means of a variety of methods — including sub-surface magnetic induction loops, pneumatic hoses laid across lanes, piezoelectric sensors placed alongside roadways, and vehicle counts by human observers. These traditional traffic data collection methods, however, are limited in coverage and expensive to

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Mapping Carbon in the Forests: Seeing Both the Forest and the Trees

A key component in the global effort to mitigate climate change is to measure and map the amount of carbon stored in forests. This is at the core of the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) and of similar “cap & trade” initiatives in developed

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