This image, captured by the Pléiades 1A satellite, shows the area of Colorado affected by forest fires, enhanced with additional information by Astrium Services’ geo-experts. The images from the Earth observation satellites operated by Astrium Services (Pléiades, SPOT, etc) are often used to support homeland security and emergency services personnel following a disaster.
Launched in December 2011, Pléiades 1A generates 50cm resolution imagery, following resampling, which is used for precision mapping and photo analysis.
Colorado Forest Fires, June 2012 - Copyright CNES 2012 - Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image
Having identified enormous developmental potential in the trending topic of connected vehicles, Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is looking for forward-thinking prototypes in the 2012 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). Eight finalists will be invited to the institute’s research campus in Taiwan to present their pilot projects. The winner and finalists will receive cash prizes ranging from EUR 1,000 to EUR 10,000.
Intelligent cars made possible by modern navigation and communication technologies are a popular topic with automotive manufacturers and customers alike. Automated parking functions and systems that warn drivers of braking vehicles and sharp curves are just the beginning. Following its major success in 2011, ITRI is offering a prototyping prize in the field of connected vehicles for the second time in this year’s ESNC. The institute’s stated objective – “Connect Autos Tightly to ICT from V2X” – reflects its search for innovative solutions that combine modern satellite navigation and smart vehicle communication technologies.
Morten Nielsen previews the efforts being made with ArcGIS Runtime SDK within Windows 8 Metro style applications.
Windows 8 essentially runs in two different modes — one is like the traditional windows environment in Windows 7.
The second mode is the Metro style. The Metro style apps are designed to be full screen, beautiful, connected to the people and content you care about, interactive and touch-first, and work in a variety of layouts and form factors. Metro style apps takes center stage, while the operating system remains in the background.
The WorldMap platform is being developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, collaborate with, and publish geospatial information. WorldMap is Open Source software.
The system attempts to fill a growing niche between powerful desktop-bound mapping applications, and lightweight web map solutions with limited capacity.
If you find WorldMap data or technology useful in your research we would love to hear from you. Understanding how the system is being used and where it needs improvement is critical as we evolve the system together.
WorldMap provides researchers with the ability to:
Upload large datasets and overlay them up with thousands of other layers
Create and edit maps and link map features to rich media content
Share edit or view access with small or large groups
With a streamlined user interface, a modern high-speed display, new and advanced processing tools, and a flexible API for easy customization, ENVI 5 makes it easier for you to solve problems using geospatial imagery. And, since all ENVI tools are still conveniently accessible from the ArcGIS® toolbox, GIS users can easily add information to their GIS workflow for enhanced mapping applications.
Since publication of the following article, DigitalGlobe has rejected GeoEYE’s offer. Read the story here.
Article source: GeoEYE
May 5, 2012 — HERNDON, Va. — GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY), a leading source of geospatial information and insight, today announced that it is proposing to acquire DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI).
The combined company would create the world’s largest fleet of high resolution commercial imagery satellites. The new company would be well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of the U.S. government and other customers in this fiscally constrained environment. We will also continue to invest in new information, analytic services and the most technologically advanced commercial satellites for government and commercial customers around the world.
Article source: Exelis Visual Information Solutions
Introducing the Next Generation of Image Analysis Software!
May 01, 2012 —Exelis Visual Information Solutions proudly announces the release of ENVI 5, the next generation of ENVI, the company’s industry-leading image analysis software which is used across industries by professionals who want to uncover hidden information in geospatial imagery in order to make better, more informed decisions. ENVI 5 introduces imagery consumers to an innovative and streamlined user process for their image analysis workflow, making complex analysis tasks easier. Designed to make image analysis accessible to users of virtually any experience level, ENVI 5 provides:
An intuitive, easy-to-navigate interface.
A highly-efficient display for large datasets.
New automated processes for several popular analysis tasks.
A flexible application programming interface for customizing the software to unique user needs.