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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

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Esri Takes GIS Online to Open Our World

The 2012 Esri International User Conference took place in San Diego, Calif., from July 23-27. The audience of more than 14,000 attendees came from 126 countries, with a full third from outside the United States, and a full third there for their first time. This year’s theme, “Opening Our World,” was meant to address the

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 25th, 2012

Sensor Sensibility: Sensors Transform the Information Ecosystem

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Sensor Sensibility. This column will focus on a number of topics related to sensors ranging from sensor platforms to sensor data, standards to architectures. Sensors are transforming the information ecosystem, providing an opportunity for real-time data acquisition of ambient conditions.

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Hexagon Sets a Path for Deep Spatial Technology Integration

The Hexagon 2012 conference took place last week in Las Vegas with 3,031 people from various industries, including utilities, communications, public service, automotive, plant, marine, government, security, and more. Attendees came from 76 countries, included 60 sponsors, with 400+ sessions that amounted to 29,000 hours of education. This second annual event provided an updated on

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 29th, 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

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most important anthropogenic greenhouse gas. As forests grow, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, in a process called sequestration, while deforestation and forest degradation release it back into the atmosphere. Therefore, the amount of carbon stored in forests is of great scientific, economic, and political interest.   The effects of

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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