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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, July 2nd, 2012

Geospatial Advances Drive Big Data Problem, Solution

For thousands of years, humanity has sought to improve its ability to make decisions. Record keeping and information gathering has driven many of the innovations. Better information leads to competitive advantage on the battlefield and in the boardroom. But today, we have a truly 21st century problem: too much information. Or rather, too much data,

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

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Discovering the Next Dimension: How LiDAR Data is Changing the Geospatial Workflow

Today, geospatial data is used in critical decision making across industries and applications – from disaster response to defense and intelligence and natural resource management. When using geospatial data to make critical decisions, it is increasingly important to understand an area of interest from all angles in order to make the most informed decisions possible.

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

Monday, March 26th, 2012

First Civilian Photogrammetric UAV Flight Over Singapore

For the first time Singaporean authorities have given permission for a photogrammetric UAV mapping/modeling flight over an important area of the city. In the context of the SEC-FCL (Future Cities Laboratory) project a pilot study is conducted with the goal to generate a high quality 3D city model of the NUS campus from UAV images.

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Tuning the BALLADE Geospatial Infrastructure for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

In this article we look at the e-mobility initiative BALLADE and show how the success of such efforts will depend on many different Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) working together to “tune” the Smart Grid for efficient communication of location information.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

HABITATS – Towards the Interoperability through Social Validation

The INSPIRE Directive considers that spatial information is needed for the implementation of Community policies which must integrate environmental protection in accordance with Article 6 of the Treaty, and establishes the basis for an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe in order to support EU environmental policies and those activities which may have an impact

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Ten Predictions for 2012

Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. V1 editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball spent some time reflecting on emerging stories and growing trends to come up with the following predictions for 2012. On the list are technology advancements, policy initiatives and the continued evolution of model-based design. Read the full list

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

UK Politicians Realise the Importance of GIS

Senior politicians do not always appreciate the value of Geographic Information and Location Intelligence. With their minds now sharply focused on boundary changes for the UK Parliament, nothing brings home the importance of spatial analysis as clearly as the threat of losing some seats. In this article Jamie Justham, Chairman of Dotted Eyes, one of the UK’s

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