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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

How does the vendor desire to own the ecosystem impact the geospatial industry?

The ongoing desire to own the whole ecosystem is an IT trend that spans across multiple scales and domains. At the top level, there are Google, Apple and Microsoft with their operating systems, software, hardware and mobile devices that aim to lock in the users with a full breadth of services, trying to fill all

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Should the geospatial industry improve their location privacy self-policing?

Our collective notion of privacy, whether via mobile or online interactions, took a giant hit a few weeks ago with the revelation of the lengths that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has gone to collect and analyze personal communications. The daily reports of user location that the NSA has collected from our telephone providers,

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Intergraph to Combine Sensors and Software for Solution Advantage

Intergraph has placed a greater importance on software platform development under the leadership of Hexagon, and this software from Intergraph with sensors from Leica Geosystems have successfully been combined and marketed as solutions under the Hexagon name. One such solution, the Hexagon Hydrology Overall (H2O) solution was on prominent display at the recent HxGN Live

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The Group on Earth Observations Transitions to Greater Outreach

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is working to build the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) by coordinating collaborative capacity across Member nations. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke with Barbara J. Ryan, GEO secretariat director, at the recent Geospatial World Forum in Rotterdam. The conversation covered the mission and outlook

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Must map monetization mean guiding rather than enabling exploration?

The latest reveal of Google Maps takes a more proactive approach to creating maps around customer queries for a ‘personalized’ view. This shift meets with the company’s goal to organize all of the world’s information, yet it also is a much tighter tie to the company’s core business of advertising. The custom maps are complete

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

What role does modeling and simulation play in disaster response?

GIS has proven itself time and again as an integral tool in planning and responding to disasters, and we’ve come a long way in our capabilities to communicate and incorporate up-to-date details about unfolding events. The trend is for more frequent and intense natural disasters worldwide due to increased populations in vulnerable areas, and heightened

Friday, May 10th, 2013

What does Google’s Timelapse effort say about the geospatial big data challenge?

Google gave the world a gift yesterday with the release of the global timelapse viewer that aggregates Landsat imagery from 1984 through 2012. While this effort isn’t unique, it is high-profile with its exclusive media alliance with TIME magazine, and it simultaneously illustrates the impact of humans while also showing the difficulty of aggregating our

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Spectral Calibration Unlocks Untold Knowledge

In order to make use of multispectral remote sensing, fieldwork called ground truthing is required to calibrate the spectral returns and match them to a library of known profiles in order to understand and classify the materials. ASD Inc., recently acquired by PANalytical, is a Boulder-based company that has a line of field spectrometers and

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

What are some of the disruptions of digital photogrammetry, and their implications?

The legacy of film imagery spans just 150 years, although it still continues to some degree today, from its start at the dawn of photography in the mid-1800s to its continued use on Russian reconnaissance satellites. With the advent of commercial large-format digital aerial cameras in the early 2000’s, in a very short time film

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

How does geospatial technology help lessen the footprint of humans on Earth?

Today is the 43rd Earth Day, providing an important touchpoint of our planet’s health. The widespread and non-partisan embrace of the very first fight against environmental pollution has been sustained and has become a yearly global gathering where individuals become educated to decrease their impact on the Earth, and where we all are called to

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