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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

TerraGo Opens Things Up with OpenGeoPDF

For a decade now, TerraGo has worked with an understanding that as uses of geospatial data grow, the number of users grows along with them. That growth is enhanced when the ability to use the data is made easier, both for professionals on the collection and analysis end, and for the decision-maker who can more

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Surrey Satellite US is Poised to Start Manufacturing Satellites Amidst Growing Demand

The small satellite market has been heating up over the past few years, with many new companies looking to launch constellations of satellites. Surrey Satellite has been at the forefront of this movement, with a mission to change the economics of space, and a growing commitment to the market in the United States. Sensors &

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Hexagon Geospatial Re-packages to Hit Producers, Providers and those that Extend the Platform

The geospatial technologies of Intergraph are now part of Hexagon Geospatial, providing a unified approach that aims to meet industry needs. The recent HxGN Live conference was a touch point to display this strategy and customer success, as well as to unroll new packaging for the products. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Azavea Marks a Mission Toward Better Mapping for Municipalities

Azavea has been doing interesting municipal work for more than a decade, with visualization and modeling software solutions that drive better decision-making processes. In addition to the company’s innovative work on applications ranging from urban forestry to crime analysis, they develop data analytics, and do capacity building with their Summer of Maps program, hackathons, and

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Esri Invests in the Long Term, Increasing the Value of GIS

Esri has made significant inroads in terms of GIS functionality and the provisioning of their cloud-based GIS, ArcGIS Online, with significant data investments. With just a week to go before the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke to Jack Dangermond, president, founder and CEO of the

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Going Beyond Global Forest Change Modeling Toward Big Earth-system Sustainability

One of the more impressive earth observation achievements in recent years was the collaboration between Google and the University of Maryland to create a global forest change assessment and visualization. This effort was unprecedented in terms of the raw computing power applied to the substantial Landsat archive, and yielding results that opened a lot of

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Satellogic Joins the Commercialization Race for Low Earth Orbit Observation

This year appears to be the year for the widespread commercialization of low Earth orbit earth observation satellite constellations, with many notable announcements. Satellogic just recently announced plans for a constellation of their own satellites that they call CubeBugs, after the successful launch and testing of two satellites in 2013. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Google Earth Outreach Continues Collaboration with Nonprofits, Educators and Researchers for Earth Modeling and Monitoring

Google Earth is all about putting things in geographic context, aiding literacy and helping users in discovery. This capacity that started out with Keyhole technology has continuously evolved to include more data, and greater usability now with direct interface integration with Google Maps. From its early origins, the tool has also been applied to local

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

UNEP Takes Advantage of Today’s Technology for Better and Cheaper Monitoring

The United Nations Environment Program is responsible for assisting countries in the collection of environmental data for more informed development, improving their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Jacqueline McGlade, formerly the executive director of the European Environment Agency for ten years, recently joined this group as Chief Scientist, bringing her passion

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

BlackBridge Expands Niche in Broad Area Mapping and Change Detection

  The purchase of the five-satellite RapidEye constellation by BlackBridge has linked earth observation capacity to a cloud-based system. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball recently spoke with Scott Soenen, CTO of BlackBridge, about the integration process, and the company’s inroads in delivering cloud-based services that focus on the insights gleaned from commercial satellite

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