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Monday, September 9th, 2013

What are the top ten existing and emerging disruptions for geospatial business models?

  It’s a time of great disruption within the technology space, with a great deal of change taking place in how geospatial data is collected, stored, visualized, and analyzed. There are new technologies and new approaches that have allowed new companies to emerge, and that have empowered existing players. Much more disruption is on the

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Could the lunacy of Google’s Project Loon include earth observation?

  By now, surely you’ve heard of Google’s balloon-based Internet networking idea, where they are set to increase global Internet access with a network of low-orbit and low-cost airborne wireless stations. This ambitious effort has each balloon that flies at 20 km above Earth serving an area of roughly 25 miles in diameter, meaning there

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Will the move toward Web GIS provision an operational augmented reality?

Geospatial systems and data are a form of augmented reality already, providing insight into assets and operations in the context of the broader world. However, there’s a new level of augmented reality that is coming about that promises real-time insight, juxtaposing our models and asset information onto what we can see where we’re standing in

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Applying Spatial and Temporal Intelligence to Marine Spatial Planning

There’s an ongoing need to apply spatial and temporal intelligence to make sense of change. The Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association (PacMARA) is an organization that is applying decision support tools for ecosystem-based decision making for marine spatial planning. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Henry Kucera, director of the

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Why is reinforcing the GIS value proposition more important now than ever?

Lessons from the largest GIS event of the year (the Esri International User Conference) are still sinking in, and some of the takeaways from the ubiquitous platform approach of Web GIS give pause for the geospatial vendor community as a whole. The issue central to the need to defend and assert the value of a

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

How is satellite imagery sensor proliferation and ease of access transforming insight?

There is an ever-increasing number of satellite imaging companies and satellite constellations, with higher resolution sensors and/or broader global coverage. Satellite imagery is also more quickly and readily accessible within image processing, analysis and visualization platforms thanks to better streaming technologies and increasingly web-based workflows. These combined trends are spurring new business insight and analysis

Monday, July 1st, 2013

What are the top ten civilian uses of drones that don’t impinge privacy?

Geospatial vendors in the United States wait rather impatiently as the Federal Aviation Administration works on regulations that will allow the use of drones or unmanned aerial systems for commercial applications. While research and development is ongoing, other countries stand to make a leap ahead where there are fewer regulations, despite the fact that much

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Surrey Opens Manufacturing in the US as Small Satellite Market Expands

Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) has had operations in the United States for the past five years but just recently expanded their operations and ambitions, with plans to manufacture small satellites from their new office in Colorado, along with providing applications and services. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball toured the new facility and spoke

Friday, June 28th, 2013

ArcGIS Online Extends the Utility of GIS to More and New Users

While ArcGIS Online has been in development for some time, it has only been a year since the launch where it took center stage at the Esri International User Conference. At the coming out of this capacity for organizations, the cloud extension provides a meaningful change for how organizations extended the power of the tools

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

OpenGeo Breaks Out with Private Investment

OpenGeo has been at the forefront of open source web-based geospatial technology development for some time, first as part of OpenPlans, a non-profit technology advocacy group, and now they’ve launched as an independent organization. The company has both a suite of enabling open source technologies as well as solutions aimed at government, transit and commercial

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