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Dialogue

Monday, March 31st, 2014

How does open data spur the economic benefits from sensor and system investments?

  Sensors and systems configurations are proliferating whether for satellites with ground-based analysis and service delivery or with the components and central monitoring of the smart city. Regardless of the size of deployment, whether space-based constellations or networked ground configurations, there’s always an eye to the bottom line benefit of improved monitoring. Study after study

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

BlackBridge Expands Niche in Broad Area Mapping and Change Detection

  The purchase of the five-satellite RapidEye constellation by BlackBridge has linked earth observation capacity to a cloud-based system. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball recently spoke with Scott Soenen, CTO of BlackBridge, about the integration process, and the company’s inroads in delivering cloud-based services that focus on the insights gleaned from commercial satellite

Monday, March 24th, 2014

GameSim Finds Fusion Capabilities in Demand

GameSim is a Florida-based company that continues to grow rapidly as a provider of software products and services, with a specific interest in GIS visualization software. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke with Andrew Tosh, founder and president of GameSim, about the company’s strong growth, and unique positioning between the gaming world and

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

What can be gleaned about today’s technology from the growing mystery of MH370?

Geospatial technologies have been deployed at a grand scale to help track down the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 that continues to confound considerable search efforts more than a week after its disappearance. The tragic and sobering disappearance is compounded by the shrunken size of the world thanks to the proliferation of communications and observation

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Skybox Looks to Innovate on Ease of Access

Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke with Dirk Robinson, vice president of Image Systems  at Skybox, about the company’s progress, the focus on an online data platform, and some of the early responses to their new imagery and video from SkySat-1.    

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

How will the need for geospatial skills change when there’s a search engine for the planet?

  There is an explosion of readily accessible imagery and video for the globe that will soon be coming online, thanks to upstart micro satellite companies, new imaging platforms, and advances in mobile data collection from smartphones. This new flood of information will be enhanced by high-speed online platforms that integrate these inputs for faster

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Hexagon Geospatial Digs Into Integration

  There has been an ongoing evolution of Intergraph’s (now Hexagon Geospatial) geospatial software, with continued work to integrate across the suite, streamline workflows, and add functionality. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball recently spoke with Mladen Stojic, president, Hexagon Geospatial about the Geospatial 2014 portfolio release, the organizational changes that include the new

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

What impact will Google’s new mapping phone have on our digital realities?

  Google has just released details of an initiative dubbed Project Tango that provisions an Android smartphone with the ability to map and remember location. The phone builds on the company’s model of harnessing Android phone users in combination with phone sensors to inform applications, to date this capacity populates maps with traffic volume and

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

How have our tools to map, monitor and understand the Earth evolved and aided understanding?

The aligned technologies that image, model, map, and represent our world have continued to evolve, with great leaps forward in the past, but no greater technological leaps than we’re experiencing now. There’s a rich history of the pioneers that have invented the tools and techniques that continue to illuminate our measurement, monitoring, and understanding of

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

How has geodesign sparked geospatial technology innovation?

  Often, a really good problem to solve is needed in order to spur technology innovation. The evolution of geographic information systems from primarily recording conditions into an environment where it becomes the impetus for environmental or urban actions certainly has proven to be a challenge. This challenge comes at a time when CAD, BIM,

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