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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

What are some of the parallels between the brain mapping initiative and mapping in general?

Last week, the Obama administration announced a plan to invest $100 million to begin mapping the brain. While much of this work is ongoing in many disciplines, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies or BRAIN Initiative has been touted as an investment in basic scientific research for greater understanding and better public health with

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Spreading the Inspiration of Earth Observation

Research scientists continue to add to our understanding of Earth systems, thanks to the global earth observation capacity. Waleed Abdalati, associate professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder, director of the Earth Science & Observation Center, a Fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and former NASA Chief Scientist, has

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Are we ready for the oncoming capacity to see the unseen?

Remote sensing has its foundation in observations that provide unique viewpoints to enable greater insight. The data explosion that is taking place in earth observation, with new satellites launched around the world on a monthly basis, along with new unmanned aerial platforms, promise to usher in a whole new level of understanding of Earth and

Monday, March 25th, 2013

TerraGo Rebrands and Raises Funds with a Focus on Location Intelligence Innovation

TerraGo has long offered one of the more interesting portable means of capturing map data through their GeoPDF offering. The company continues to innovate and expand that technology with mobile and enterprise offerings that leverage an increasing amount of data sources. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke recently with Richard (Rick) Cobb, president

Monday, March 18th, 2013

How is the sequester likely to impact the geospatial industry?

Now that congress has failed to act, and the sequester has gone into affect, there is a good deal of belt tightening taking place in Washington, with little details yet on what the full scope of impacts might mean with across the board cuts of 8 percent or more for key agencies. Given that government

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

How will Google Glass transform field data collection?

There is growing momentum for the Google Glass wearable computing device, along with a bit of a backlash, and the device has yet to become commercially available. This device promises an interesting future of hands-free computing, with much of the interaction happening as geospatial wayfinding of our world. While enhanced navigation is one component, documentation

Monday, March 11th, 2013

exactEarth Provides Unique Insight Into Global Ocean Traffic

exactEarth has successfully launched an earth observation satellite constellation to track Automated Identification System (AIS) data from the world’s shipping traffic. There are a variety of applications for this technology, including safety, supply chain tracking, and military operations, as well as environmental monitoring. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Graham Stickler,

Monday, March 11th, 2013

The Exelis Cloud Offering Provides a Leap Forward for Imagery Exploitation

Exelis Visual Information Solutions (VIS) just launched the ENVI Services Engine (ESE), an offering that takes desktop functionality and extends that to either a cloud or enterprise framework. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke with Beau Legeer, VP of Product Marketing at Exelis VIS, about the background on the development, the functionality and

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Is GIS about to get as ubiquitous as word processing, and if so what are the implications?

With cloud computing and a wide number of developer-oriented tools for online mapmaking, GIS is certainly reaching broad new levels of application and adoption. The ubiquity of easy mapmaking tools, and the means to aggregate spatial data falls in the wake of a phenomenal increase in the amount of available geospatial data. This means that

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Smart Cities, Network Effects, and the Next Generation of Planning

Michael Batty, a professor of planning at the University College London, Fellow of the British Academy, and founder and chairman of the board of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), has had a distinguished career as a professor of geography and planning and as an author and researcher. Most recently, Batty has been exploring

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