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Friday, December 20th, 2013

Top Ten of 2013

In our regular end-of-the-year reflection, Sensors & Systems looks back over the past 12 months to come up with the top developments of 2013 that will have strong implications for geospatial industry growth and diversity in the coming years. Making the list are technology disruptions, acquisitions, modeling frameworks, mapping efforts and global change. Read the

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Sensors & Systems Ten Predictions for 2014

Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. Sensors & Systems did some reflecting on emerging issues, innovative approaches and technology trends to come up with the following predictions for 2014. On the list are platform and services advancements, policy initiatives and the continued evolution of model-based design. Read the full list and

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

What does the launch of more than 60 microsatellites in one week mean for the future of Earth observation?

Last week, two rockets launched a combined 61 micro satellites, with many of them focused on Earth observation missions. This unprecedented explosion of low-Earth orbit satellites marks a wave of lower cost observation platforms that trade reduced longevity for nimble and flexible deployment and more tailored observations.

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

What’s the next evolution beyond the Map Wars and the Map Story Wars?

There’s a fascinating transformation underway in how map platforms are being marketed toward individuals and organizations. The consumer platforms (Google, Microsoft Bing Maps, Apple, etc.) have warred for some time over who has the better maps, navigation and developer tools. The battle to provide a mapping platform across all devices definitely became more interesting when

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Is the Solid Conference the next Where 2.0 for geospatial technologists?

Just last week O’Reilly announced a new conference called Solid that is about software and hardware everywhere. The event addresses the coming together of software and hardware to change our interactions with the physical world, blurring the line between the physical and the virtual. In the absence of O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference, could this be

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

How has the move to cloud-hosted geospatial services changed the geospatial landscape?

With so many geospatial cloud-hosted platforms and services, and many more on the way, it seems a good time to consider some of the implications. While cloud-hosted platforms and services have cut the barrier to entry for broader use of mapping, they also create many changes in the marketplace.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

What details become apparent when disasters hit close to home?

  The devastating Colorado floods are just recently behind us, and a frenzy of proactive rebuilding goes on despite a national government shutdown. It’s heartening to see resources rallied firsthand. The proximity to our operations, coupled with connections to climate and the destruction to infrastructure, make this a seemingly perfect case study for much of

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Why does today’s age of context and quantification center on location technology?

  There’s a gathering convergence of the data created by mobile devices and sensors, location technology, and systems to map and analyze the resulting information. This convergence has profound significance for how we interact with others. It is also creating a greater awareness of location for a more holistic understanding of place that will change

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Why is geospatial technology a passion first, and a business second?

The growing importance of geospatial technology in a wide range of applications is a testament to the business value and the overall importance of this visual and informative integrated technology suite. The core companies that make and sell geospatial technology and services are increasingly benefitting from this growing awareness of its power, with continued strong

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Who are the players in the personalized map?

  The progression toward all maps as personal maps has been ongoing, but with Google’s vocal declaration of that goal, as well as their efforts to initiate a new wearable computing interface with Google Glass, the era of a personalized map experience is rapidly approaching. The foundation for provisioning a personal map is rather solid,

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