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Monday, August 5th, 2013

The Abyss, Now Live on Your Desktop

  The advent of Earth-observation satellites transformed how we view our planet—from occasional snapshots to near continuous, comprehensive, and real-time coverage. Likewise, the advent of cabled sensor networks on the sea floor is beginning to provide scientists and the public with a continuous flow of data, including video streams, that will revolutionize our understanding of

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Rise of the [Geospatial] Machines Part 1: The Future with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

You order a pizza for delivery. Later your cell phone rings and the voice says “your pizza is at the door”. You reach out and remove the pizza from the unmanned aerial drone, it retrieves payment from your NFC-enabled device, gives you a receipt, and flies off.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Esri Provisions Web GIS to Provide a Living Atlas

The 2013 Esri International User Conference took place in San Diego, Calif., from July 8-12. The audience of more than 12,000 attendees came from 130 countries, with a full third from outside the United States. This year’s theme, “GIS – Transforming Our World,” was meant to address the rapid changes that are facing our world,

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Sensors for a Multi-Purpose World

A lot has changed in the geospatial industry since I started my career back in the early 1980s. GIS software today has a level of sophistication that we could have only dreamed of back then. Digital technology and the Internet have transformed how we do business and how customers utilize imagery. And the geospatial industry

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

TerraGo Displays their New Vision Platform

Rick Cobb, president and CEO of TerraGO, addressed a user group this morning in San Diego. The meeting covered the company’s announcement this morning of their Vision Platform. Cobb discussed the intensive investment in technology that the company has made over the past 12 months, with new products coming out. The company also has ramped

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The Exelis and Esri Relationship Expands on Imagery Everywhere

Exelis and Esri teamed for their annual press breakfast to highlight their “Imagery Everywhere” initiative this morning at the Esri International User Conference.

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Dangermond Discusses How GIS is Becoming a Living Atlas

Jack Dangermond, CEO and president of Esri, addressed the Esri International User Conference. He started by talking about the word transformation, and its definition of changing both physical reality and our perception of what we see. GIS is an enabling technology that effects transformation. Given today’s challenges, we need to leverage our best talent and

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Dangermond Speaks to a GIS Turning Point

Jack Dangermond gave the opening talk in today’s Senior Executive Seminar, an invite-only peer-to-peer discussion on the power of geographic information systems (GIS). He touched on the evolution of the technology and the impacts that it has had to change the world.

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Satellite Missions Improve Water Estimates

This feature originally appeared in the inaugural issue of Apogeo Spatial magazine (formerly Imaging Notes). According to a recent United Nations report, stresses on water supplies aggravated by climate change are likely to cause more conflicts, and water should be considered as vital to national security as defense. The report points out that 145 countries

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Hexagon Leads with Solutions that Integrate Sensors and Software

The HxGN LIVE event took place this week in Las Vegas, combining content across Hexagon’s main brands, Intergraph, Leica Geosystems, and metrology, as well as addressing markets of manufacturing, security, surveying and measurement, government, plant and power. The conference served more than 3,500 participants from across the globe, and 5,000 accessing the content online, with

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