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Monday, June 16th, 2014

What’s the significance of Google’s purchase of Skybox, and the removal of imagery restrictions?

Last week was a remarkable one for earth observation announcements. First was the news that Google would purchase Skybox Imaging and their low Earth orbit satellites and planned constellation for more than $500 million. Then there was the news that the Commerce Department was lifting imagery resolution restriction on DigitalGlobe, opening up what the company

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, June 3rd, 2014

How might NGA’s immersive mission impact mainstream geospatial technology?

At the recent International Space Symposium, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Letitia Long, set forth the mapping agency’s mission to move beyond integration and toward immersion through next-generation mapping and location technologies. This bold future direction is being made in an austere budget environment where programs that don’t meet this mission will lose

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

Monday, May 19th, 2014

From the cloud to the fog, how do localized nodes improve visibility and aid understanding?

There’s an evolution occurring that blends the move toward hosted services in data centers with our always-connected devices, morphing from ‘the Cloud’ to ‘the Fog’ as our devices start to interconnect rather than to route all interactions through networks to large data centers. This more distributed model is deja vu in terms of past network

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Where’s the whammy in WAMI and other motion imagery inputs?

  Wide Area Motion Imagery is a growing data source in the geospatial intelligence arena. There are a number of interesting platforms and programs from the Gorgon Stare that captured several square kilometers to the Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance (ARGUS) system with coverage of more than 100 square kilometers. The Air Force Distributed Common

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Is Nokia poised to be the location leader of the future?

Nokia was on the ropes before the Microsoft acquisition of its device and services business, and now that the deal has closed it’s focusing strongly on its future. The new organization is much leaner, with a focus on networks, location and aligned technologies. With this new birth comes a new strategy that could well make

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Why is mapping for climate action, resilience and adaptation a game changer for the geospatial industry?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released their latest report, warning that delaying action will raise risks and impact economies. This mission to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to ensure stability means that global participation will be necessary. The path to a cleaner and more sustainable world will require greater monitoring and

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Is innovation of geospatial technology destined to always be driven by military budgets?

  Many of the roots of innovation in the geospatial toolbox come from military initiatives, including the Global Positioning System (GPS), many earth observation satellites and sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, and a phenomenal push in the last decade away from paper-based maps and toward global map databases. Innovation follows investment, and the budget and market

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