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September 28, 2015

SENSOR SPOTLIGHT: TotalSight Flash LiDAR from Ball Aerospace

Ball Aerospace has been actively developing its TotalSight Flash LiDAR system for the last six years. Flash LiDAR works much like a traditional digital camera, with the sensor taking a range and intensity snapshot with each laser pulse.

September 28, 2015

Industry Overview: Moving from Measurement to Management

Ambitious statewide use of LiDAR is a natural progression for the technology, as the realism of such data dramatically improves human understanding.

September 28, 2015

Drones and New Applications for Precision Agriculture

Basic crop scouting from drones provides a major improvement over how field surveys previously were done, and it’s the primary driver for drone-technology adoption. Crop scouts traditionally were employed to walk farm fields to monitor crop condition. This is hot, time-consuming work, and crop scouts have difficulty visiting even a small percentage of a whole field, easily missing problem areas.

September 27, 2015

What Makes GEOINT, GEOINT?

Teaching in the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) field provides the opportunity for discussion and debate regarding the elements of this discipline. In the course of discussions with students, educators and those in the profession, the question as to how GEOINT is different from other geospatial analytic activities is occasionally raised. It’s an important question to answer,

July 16, 2015

Defense Watch: Assessing the Role of Geospatial Intelligence in a Period of Rapid Climate Change

By Chris Crosiar, Office of Basic and Applied Research, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va. In my experience as a research and development scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, I recall a time when the mention of climate change was so taboo, analysts could only reference “an environmental anomaly.” Times have changed. During the last

July 16, 2015

Industry Insights: New NASA Earth Science Missions Expand View of Our Home Planet

By Steve Cole, public affairs officer, Earth Science Division, NASA (www.nasa.gov), Washington, D.C. Four new NASA Earth-observing missions are collecting data from space—with a fifth newly in orbit—after the busiest year of NASA Earth science launches in more than a decade. On Feb. 27, 2014, NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the

July 16, 2015

Industry Overview: Are You Poised for Opportunity?

When looking at all the coming changes to the geospatial technology tools and inputs that are emerging and immediately over the horizon, there’s a mixed feeling of excitement and trepidation. How will all of these new data-collection platforms, workflows and analytics impact the world of today’s practitioners as well as the vendor community?

April 5, 2015

Industry Insights: Gaining True ROI on Geospatial Technology Investments

By George Demmy, chief technology officer, TerraGo Technologies (www.terragotech.com), Sterling, Va. Geospatial technology professionals built an industry on understanding the importance of data in a geographic context and facilitating decision-making by gathering and analyzing such data. The industry continues to grow because these professionals communicate results in ways that take some of the mystery out

February 21, 2015

Industry Overview: Coming to Terms with a Brave New Geospatial Industry

As observers of the geospatial industry for nearly 20 years, our team has seen many technological changes. We’ve witnessed the rise of the enterprise database, the evolution of mobile field mapping tools giving way to capable mobile consumer devices, central servers being augmented by cloud-distributed computing resources, and the evolution from Web mapping to a

September 15, 2014

Common, Affordable Products Lead to 
Analytic Innovation

By Dale Lehner, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va.   The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Advanced Visualization Branch, known as ASCSV, is taking imagery to new heights of usefulness with commonly used off-the-shelf software. The branch uses advanced geospatial and 3-D modeling tools to perform precise measurements, feature extraction and high-resolution

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