It is no surprise that today’s geospatial enterprise has gone mobile. Based on rapid advances in mobile solutions for consumers, government and enterprise users, we imagine that the future of geospatial technologies will keep moving in this direction in a very aggressive fashion.
In addition, for geospatial solutions to be truly effective they need to fully support those in the field – from the warfighter to employees dispersed in disconnected environments, providing advanced collaboration for enhancing decision-making.
Late last year, TerraGo announced the release of its TerraGo Mobile for Android solution, which allows users of Android devices running version 3 or above to access and update intelligent, portable, interactive GeoPDF maps and imagery. This includes using georeferenced notes, audio, photo, video and Web services.
What is unique about this solution is that us enables anyone – even the novice GIS user – to collection data in the field using geoforms that can be easily updated and shared with pretty much anyone, anywhere.
Following is a video demonstration of TerraGo Mobile for Android.
ESRI is one of the most well known names in geospatial intelligence and is certainly one of the largest forces for standards and systems unification in this area, and now they have their sights firmly set of making cloud technologies work for geospatial data.
Many industries and many users of geospatial data in their domestic lives are already utilising the cost reducing, de-localised, multi-platform benefits of using cloud-based systems, but when dealing with vast datasets that need to move at high speed and with the utmost security how can it outperform current data architecture models?
DGI spoke to John Day, Director of Defence Business Development for ESRI at DGI 2012 to find out.
With one of the most distinguished careers in the geospatial intelligence arena, including Director of NGA, Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director for Intelligence of the Joint Staff and now a professor at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism and on the faculty of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York, Bob Murrett is very much at the forefront of geo and multi-int.
Bob shared his thoughts at DGI 2012 on exactly what and how the geospatial intelligence landscape is changing and what developements we can expect to see over the next 12 months and beyond…
Normally, DGI would never condone torture under any circumstances, but when it comes to squeezing the maximum information out of your geospatial dataset, then they all for it!
Making the most of your pixels — gathering the most data you can from your imagery is one of the most important factors in multi-int today and Digital Globe are on the frontier of research and development of new technologies, but before marching forward, you need to know your past.
To explain more, DGI spoke to Jack Hild, VP of US Defence Strategy at Digital Globe.
Typically, geospatial intelligence is most commonly linked to defence and the military. While this may be true, more and more civilian organisations are utilising the power of geospatial information to radically improve their abilities. Unsurprisingly, the police force is one such area getting involved.
Associate Professor of Criminology, Law, Society & Planning, Policy & Design at the University of California Irvine speaks to DGI’s Online Editor Dan Mellins-Cohen about the innovative and highly successful implementation of geospatial intelligence by the LAPD to not only catch criminals, but proactively prevent crime.
Chad St. Amand, GIS Manager of Tembec, Timmins, Forest Resource Management presents how using lidar can improve operational planning for forestry managers at the Esri Forestry GIS Conference in May, 2012. This was the most popular presentation at this conference.
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.
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.