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Monday, January 21st, 2013

Precision Agriculture: Sensors Drive Agricultural Efficiency

If Old McDonald had a farm today, he could manage it from his laptop computer and map it with an application on his handheld device. When he was out in the field, his tractor’s guidance system could know its position to within less than an inch, turning his planters and sprayers on and off accordingly.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Making Sense of Geospatial Intelligence

For the past decade – especially in the wake of the devastating 9/11 attacks – the provision of real-time, actionable intelligence to the security services and to the warfighter has been a major goal for the intelligence community. The proliferation of geospatial data – whether from UAVs, LiDAR, remote sensing or commercial satellite imagery –

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Speaking to Mapmakers About Our Social Machines

Good data, more data, more accurate data; these are not sufficient to solve our world’s social and environmental problems. With these data, we can map the polygons of poverty like we map political preferences or climate change, but they are not sufficient to explain the social mechanisms that create and maintain poverty. Without understanding and

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

So What Do You Do? On the Need for a Professional Geo Identity

“So, what do you do?”—it’s the dreaded question whenever I meet someone new. Dreaded because I can’t really sum up what I do to myself, let alone to someone else. How I answer often depends on my level of investment with the person.

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Laser Scanning Provides a Uniquely Detailed Map

The European LiDAR Mapping Forum (ELMF), which takes place in Salzburg from 4-5 December 2012,  is all about innovation and step change in a market which benefits all sectors of the population. The Conference’s objectives are simply to spread the word about the latest advances in the laser scanning and mapping market, launching new technologies

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Trimble Addresses Radical Change at 6th International User Conference

Steve Berglund, president and CEO of Trimble, addressed the audience at Trimble Dimensions this week in Las Vegas. This is the sixth user conference, with more than 3,000 people from more than 80 countries. Berglund indicated that over the years, the message for the keynote has focused on the fact that technology is cool, technology

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

URISA Marks 50th Anniversary with Strong Showing in Portland

The 50th annual meeting of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) took place in Portland, Ore. from Oct. 1-4. The event drew a strong showing of more than 600 attendees, including representative from the co-located Northwest GIS Users Group. The conference placed emphasis on the growing needs for better urban systems given the

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Is All Crowdsourced Data Valid for the Geospatial Sector?

For many years, major governmental agencies, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), have been embracing new and innovative ways for accessing and sharing crowdsourced data through social networks. While this is a natural progression for organizations to access data for decision making, it begs the question: is all

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Location Intelligence and Emergency Management: Prevent, Prepare, Respond and Recover with Confidence

Traditional GIS applications have long been a trusted tool of the trade for professionals working in the field of emergency management. Recent advances have led to a greater capability to undertake a holistic approach to incident management utilising much more than the conventional knowledge derived from static maps and GIS silos.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Security Breaches Reveal Need to Integrate Sensor Systems into Intelligent Networks

Two well-publicized incursions at heavily protected U.S. facilities this summer illustrate the glaring weaknesses that still remain in high-tech perimeter security systems. Although the breaches were ultimately benign, the incidents at JFK Airport in New York and the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee serve as not-so-subtle reminders of the high stakes involved in safeguarding

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