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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

How has the move to cloud-hosted geospatial services changed the geospatial landscape?

With so many geospatial cloud-hosted platforms and services, and many more on the way, it seems a good time to consider some of the implications. While cloud-hosted platforms and services have cut the barrier to entry for broader use of mapping, they also create many changes in the marketplace.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

What details become apparent when disasters hit close to home?

  The devastating Colorado floods are just recently behind us, and a frenzy of proactive rebuilding goes on despite a national government shutdown. It’s heartening to see resources rallied firsthand. The proximity to our operations, coupled with connections to climate and the destruction to infrastructure, make this a seemingly perfect case study for much of

Monday, October 14th, 2013

SkyTruth Hopes to Make Skytruthing Into a Verb

SkyTruth has a mission to use remote sensing and digital mapping to educate the public and policymakers about the environmental consequences of human activity. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio recently spoke with John Amos, president of SkyTruth, about the organization’s motive and mission. Included in the conversation are details on imagery sources,

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Thermopylae Provides Context Via Web, Cloud and Mobile

  Thermopylae Sciences and Technology provides a variety of geospatial products and solutions that build on DoD research and development as well as their Google Enterprise Partnership. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke recently with AJ Clark, president of TST, about the company’s work as a Google developer and reseller, and the move

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Why does today’s age of context and quantification center on location technology?

  There’s a gathering convergence of the data created by mobile devices and sensors, location technology, and systems to map and analyze the resulting information. This convergence has profound significance for how we interact with others. It is also creating a greater awareness of location for a more holistic understanding of place that will change

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

EagleView Technologies Focuses on Creating Solutions after Merger with Pictometry International

Pictometry successfully commercialized the collection and display of oblique aerial photography, finding a nice home in county governments where both emergency responders and tax assessors (among others) find great utility in the imagery. Pictometry recently merged with EagleView Technologies, a company focused on automated measurement, with products that are used widely in the roofing and

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Why is geospatial technology a passion first, and a business second?

The growing importance of geospatial technology in a wide range of applications is a testament to the business value and the overall importance of this visual and informative integrated technology suite. The core companies that make and sell geospatial technology and services are increasingly benefitting from this growing awareness of its power, with continued strong

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

TerraGo Retools to Take on Broader Opportunities

  TerraGo has provided one of the easier to use geospatial toolsets that has seen widespread adoption, particularly in the field and for the warfighter with their GeoPDF and mobile tools. Recently there have been some leadership changes, and a move of the company’s headquarters. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke with Chris

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Who are the players in the personalized map?

  The progression toward all maps as personal maps has been ongoing, but with Google’s vocal declaration of that goal, as well as their efforts to initiate a new wearable computing interface with Google Glass, the era of a personalized map experience is rapidly approaching. The foundation for provisioning a personal map is rather solid,

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Esri Achieves Traction with Web GIS, Extending Capabilities via the Cloud

  Esri has continued to expand their mapping and geospatial offerings, staying in tune with broader technology trends. Their latest extension of Web-based GIS functionality adds a great deal of data, and the ability to do many traditional geospatial analysis functions online without opening desktop software. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke recently

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