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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

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

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

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

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,

Monday, January 27th, 2014

What are the Top 10 existing and emerging disruptions brought on by advancing geospatial technology?

We are decidedly in a period of rapid technology disruption, as reinforced by a discussion this week at the World Economic Forum on “The New Digital Context”. World technology leaders are concerned by the economic repercussions of companies that don’t quickly embrace these new technologies to develop a more services-oriented approach to their customer base.

Monday, January 20th, 2014

What will the proliferation of earth observation mean for improved automation?

We are on the cusp of a massive proliferation of aerial and satellite earth observation inputs — from new commercial satellite constellations, to government sponsored satellites that offer their images free for use via online download, and unmanned aerial systems that are due to gain the air in the coming year. With all these inputs,

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

What sort of hyper-reactive reality are we heading into?

  This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) showcased a lot of sensors that combine to make smart home environments with sensing and alerts for energy, access, and safety of our homes. This vision has been coming for some time, it’s a reality now with some products, and will rapidly become ubiquitous as these products such

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