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Friday, July 9th, 2010

Hexagon, Trimble, Optech, Rolta, Canon… Acquisitions for the Future?

Over the course of 2010 to date one acquisition after another continues. If the recent past is any guide, the second half of the year is shap­ing up to be mighty interesting. Surveying companies acquiring image analysis, guidance system designers buying digital cameras and measurement groups moving into infrastructure — what is causing the change? Where is

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

When it comes to online mapping platforms, is there more than the monetary benefits of local search?

The brewing issue of China’s regulation of online mapping sites has me thinking about the benefits that these platforms provide beyond simply local search. If you haven’t heard already, China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping has started regulating online mapping sites in that country, and vows to shut down mapping sites if they aren’t

Friday, June 25th, 2010

What If Captain Cook Made an Atlas With Geomatics Technology Today?

Atlases can be considered as the original mashups, combining and integrating several pieces of geographic and spatial information. Globes enabled viewers to gain a better appreciation of the world, including land and oceans. But atlases combined the advantages of graphics with the printing press. Today, we look at the world through advanced digital technologies that

Friday, June 18th, 2010

How will the geospatial data market evolve over the next ten years?

The ability to collect, distribute and access geospatial data continues to improve in terms of speed and precision of collection, timeliness of delivery,  and affordability. In addition to these expected improvements, brought about by the rising importance of geospatial data and advancements in geotechnology, there are a number of profound changes that will greatly impact

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Do You Think the Design, Surveying, Remote Sensing and GIS Communities Are Aligned – or have Gaps?

On the technical side the design, GIS, remote sensing and surveying communities have never been more aligned than they are at the present time. Most geospatial technology works together, interoperability is high and many products even display advanced cross product functionality. However, on the conceptual side of the equation seems to remain on a dusty

Friday, June 4th, 2010

What are the implications of “Mobile First” for the geospatial industry?

Many companies are adopting a ‘mobile first’ approach to software application development, given the increasing computing capability of smart phones and the sheer number of application-capable handheld devices. The growth of the mobile market for platforms and applications has been huge, and the demand for solutions and services of a geospatial nature in the mobile

Friday, May 28th, 2010

GIS: Does Map, Monitor, Measure and Model Apply to Oil Spills?

Geographic information systems (GIS) bring wide ranging value when it comes to oil spills. This value is integral to the success of mit igating impacts and unparalleled in terms of providing the tools to generate levels of transparency needed  that will most surely appear from beginning to end for these events. Attempting to operate within

Friday, May 21st, 2010

How will the Internet operating system impact geospatial technology?

The concept of the Internet operating system is something that Tim O’Reilly has been promoting to describe the increasing importance of services and applications that are accessible via any web browser. The concept is directly related to the growing use of smart phones to access the same application experience regardless of the operating system or

Friday, May 14th, 2010

How Does Cartography Link With GIS and Spatial Analysis?

Mapping and cartography are integral to geographic information system (GIS) analysis. While many people experience maps for the navigation and location finding purposes, the significance of a map goes much deeper. In fact, one might argue that GIS analysis would be seriously hindered without cartography and graphics.

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Is GIS at the hub of sensor webs or will IT players co-opt the concept?

There is a growing interest to deploy networks of sensors to take the pulse of the planet. Sensors are being deployed to gauge changes in the environment, to add intelligence to infrastructure, and to inform human actions for more balanced interactions between the built and the natural world. Geographic visualization would seem a natural to

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