Last month, Esri held its Geodesign Summit, which is an annual gathering of professionals interested in using geospatial technologies to arrive at the best and most sustainable design solutions.
The event’s keynote speaker was Bran Ferren, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds. His organization invents and prototypes high technology products and innovative business concepts for the aerospace, defense, intelligence, automotive, architecture, computing, and consumer products sectors.
Needless to say Ferren provided a very innovative perspective on where the future of geodesign is headed. In addition, he discussed how geodesign is becoming a new form of storytelling that will elevate the importance of key issues and global topics.
Farren also discussed how Geodesign plays a key role in “making things actionable in the course of human events.” And, he provided a list of the new big six things that you may want to focus on in terms of Geodesign.
According to Farren, design is a privilege and there are three types of design: reality-based design, fantasy-based design and bad design, which is the dominant form of design. Farren pointed out how bad design is very dominant because many forces make it difficult to truly innovative.
This is merely a snapshot of many of the topics covered in the keynote address. To hear a true innovator discuss the future of design, we highly recommend viewing this video below. Read the rest of this entry »
The first part of Goodchild’s keynote address focused on how far the geospatial sector has come since 1998. Specifically, he highlighted how we now have faster broadband connections and graphic accelerators, as well as massive amounts of data. All of these things are driving today’s geospatial solutions through we still have challenges ahead of us.
The second half of Goodchild’s keynote address highlighted the global social constructs behind mapping. Each culture has a different interpretation of mapping and what locations are worthy of monitoring – whether it is a sports complex, a Korean deli or a riverbed in Western Australia. Goodchild also discusses how we are creating global mapping standards, as well as localized crowdsourced capabilities.
He also discussed “place-based GIS,” which is focused on core locations and how most cities have adopted standard subways maps (i.e. New York City). This standard is ideal because “humans can use it.”
Be sure to check out part two of Goodchild’s keynote address at GIS-Pro 2012.
Although recently retired, Goodchild served as aProfessor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Chair of the Executive Committee, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA); Associate Director of the Alexandria Digital Library Project; and Director of NCGIA’s Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science.
In his keynote address, Goodchild discussed how far the geospatial sector has come since Al Gore laid his vision for geospatial technologies in 1998, which promoted a virtual reality world where children could go to a museum and enjoy interactive exhibits that zoom in on the earth down to scale and be able to add layers. This was a full seven years before Google Earth came to fruition.
In October 2012, Trimble announced that launch of its DSS 500, which is the company’s latest medium-format, directly georeferenced aerial imaging system.
Capable of producing full-resolution, ortho-rectified imagery in real time with In-FlightOrtho™ technology, the Trimble Digital Sensor System (DSS) is designed as a high-productivity, mapping-grade solution for color orthophoto and vertical mapping applications.
“The DSS 500 with In-FlightOrtho pushes the limits of efficiency like no other medium-format aerial mapping system,” said Joe Hutton, director of Airborne Products at Applanix, a Trimble Company, in the press release launching the new product. ”The DSS 500′s ability to produce full-resolution, orthorectified imagery as it is captured makes it an ideal solution for air-to-ground quality control and time-critical mapping. Watching the orthos produced in real time gives users extremely high levels of confidence in their data collection. And now with significantly smaller, lighter, lower power and less complex hardware—just three cables are required for most installations—aerial mapping has never been easier, faster or more efficient. It is the most advanced Digital Sensor System that we have ever produced.”
Be sure to check out this video all about the DSS 500.
Most organizations require access to the right geospatial solutions in near real-time to make critical decisions. As geospatial data is the foundation for driving all decision-making – especially for the defense and intelligence arenas – it is critical to use the right technologies that can aid in this speed of deployment.
Thermopylae Sciences and Technology (TST) is a next-generation organization that takes a “Silicon Valley”-like approach to developing web-based geospatial capabilities to help meet this critical industry and government need. The company’s forward-thinking approach to product development has allowed it to bring emerging technologies to its customers in ways that enhances organizational performance.
TST’s iSpatial solution is a Web-based geospatial framework that allows for rapid development/integration of applications on the Google Earth™ API. Designed to reduce both cost and time to deploy a custom geospatial solution, this solution integrates with and leverages existing data sources to promote powerful visualization and knowledge fusion opportunities.
iSpatial provides pre-built tools that can be quickly adopted to specific use cases and delivers the best that Google Earth has to offer combined with capabilities developed by trained geospatial engineers.
Be sure to check out this product demonstration of iSpatial:
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.
DMTI Spatial Inc. (DMTI), Canada’s leading provider of Location Intelligence solutions, today announced its next Strategic Insight Session on Location Economics will take place at Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Museum on January 29, 2013. This exclusive roundtable event will bring together executives from Canada’s top finance and insurance companies to discuss the importance of location within their organizations. The event will be co-hosted by John Pickett, Principal and VP of The IT Media Group, Asif Khan, President of The Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA) and John Fisher, Chairman and CEO of DMTI.
Building on the success of the first event held in November, 2012, DMTI, The LBMA and The IT Media Group are expanding the event to provide more participants the opportunity to discuss the importance of Location Economics and how location-based information can help their organizations better identify risk and opportunity. The event held in November brought together executives from companies such as Canada Guaranty, Carson Dunlop, Centract and Equifax. Hare is a video of the first event showcasing discussions between some of the financial service industry’s top executives:
January 7th 2013 - Spheron-VR AG, known globally as pioneers in HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera technology and experts in visual content management software, announce its SceneWorks division is today launching the latest version of their SceneCenter Forensic and SceneCenter Framework visual content management software.
The technology offers the production for virtual onsite scene documentation. SceneWorks have tailored solutions for areas such as Police Crime Scene forensic documentation, Security, Critical Infrastructure and also Industrial Industries such as Plant, Construction and other Visual Asset Management applications.
This latest Version 1.5 of the SceneCenter software offers many enhanced features including – new support for SceneCenter running within a full 64-bit Windows OS environment. These now include SceneCenter’s Standalone, Server and Client application installations. Also 32-bit installations continue to be supported.
After decades—centuries, even—the question of whether or not life forms from other galaxies occasionally visit Earth remains unanswered. For the latest attempt to unravel this age-old mystery, the National Geographic Channel assembled a team of trained investigators to visit several sites where unidentified flying objects allegedly have been sighted. The network aired the investigations in its Chasing UFOs series in summer 2012.
Ben McGee (left), an investigator on the National Geographic Channel Chasing UFOs series, sets up a survey grid using the Topcon IS-3 imaging station while Scott Langbein, Topcon’s director of product marketing, provides technical assistance.
Whether or not the forensic investigations proved that some UFOs are actually spaceships transporting alien life forms is up to viewers to decide. As is the case with all programming on the network, viewers learn something about the planet in the process of being entertained. Among its own discoveries, the team learned something new about terrestrial positioning technology, too, having been equipped with an instrument that combines advanced imaging with high-accuracy surveying capabilities.
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.