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June 26, 2013

Going Mobile

Forward-thinking organizations are embracing next-generation mobile solutions to empower geospatial workflows. By Mladen Stojic, vice president, Geospatial, Intergraph (www.intergraph.com), Norcross, Ga. Mobility has reached near ubiquity. This year, Gartner Group estimates that more people will access the Internet through mobile devices than through traditional desktop systems. Today’s organizations require mobile solutions with flexibility and depth

June 26, 2013

Meet the New Remote Sensing Professionals

New job titles provide employment structure and related skills in this expanding sector of the geospatial industry. By John Johnson, GIS Workshop (www.gisws.com), Encinitas, Calif. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) formally recognized the remote sensing field. This came about with the department’s creation of two new standard occupational

June 26, 2013

Demystifying CLOUD COMPUTING for Remote Sensing Applications

Cloud computing is a powerful, unique value proposition that can transform massive Earth imagery datasets into useful information for users worldwide.  By Kumar Navulur, Dan Lester, Amanda Marchetti and Greg Hammann, DigitalGlobe (www.digitalglobe.com), Longmont, Colo. On-demand solutions for global geospatial challenges require fast access to Earth imagery and the ability to scale information extraction and

June 26, 2013

USGS UAS Program Does More with Less

By Michael E. Hutt, U.S. Geological Survey UAS Project Office (http://uas.usgs.gov), Denver. The Department of the Interior (DOI) manages more than 500 million acres of surface land, or about one-fifth of U.S. land. Within DOI, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides impartial information on ecosystems, natural hazards, water resources, energy, climate, land use change and

June 26, 2013

Image Intelligence Opportunities Plentiful for Commercial Providers

By Adam Keith, director, Space & Earth Observation, Euroconsult (www.euroconsult-na.com), Montreal. Ongoing global unrest continues to stimulate the defense and security communities’ appetite for satellite imagery. Geographically tense areas demand continuous monitoring by regional governments and/or independent observers. During the last decade, unrest in the Middle East, North Africa and the Korean Peninsula, among others

June 26, 2013

Driving Analysis Closer to Data through Information Partnerships

By Drew Esson, director, Information Partner Program, DigitalGlobe, Longmont, Colo., www.digitalglobe.com. Today’s imagery market largely comprises do-it-yourself users. Imagery providers capture an image that’s shipped to a user or reseller partner where it may be additionally processed. Finally, an end user integrates it into his or her workflow—a model that’s worked for years. But can

June 26, 2013

Civil Unmanned Aircraft Forecast: A Touch of Gray

“I feel about the airplane much as I do in regard to fire. That is, I regret all the terrible damage caused by fire. But I think it is good for the human race that someone discovered how to start fires and that it is possible to put fire to thousands of important uses.” —

May 31, 2013

There’s No Place Like Home…Relatively Speaking

According to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), the four decades between 1970 and the end of 2011 yielded more than 104,000 worldwide acts of terror. It’s no surprise that politically unstable areas in the Middle East, North Africa, South America and South Asia accounted for more than

May 31, 2013

Geocontextualizing Data Enhances Situational Awareness

By George Demmy, chief technology officer, TerraGo (www.terragotech.com), Atlanta. We live in an era where a continuous stream of information emerges in real time from myriad locations and sources, including online news stories, blogs and social media. The availability of such information on the Web through standard interfaces means we have access to a wealth

May 31, 2013

NGA Teams Support Homeland Disaster Relief

By Tim Little, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is known for its critical support of military and anti-terror initiatives. Often under the radar, however, are the agency’s ongoing efforts to expand its disaster relief capabilities. For instance, when Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. East Coast

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