GIS is the backbone for U.S. national security and a key driver of technology growth in the government.
A recent forecast estimates a compound annual growth rate of 11 percent from 2011 to 2015, it’s a trend that offers significant career opportunities for professionals with a GIS master’s degree.
GIS technology can quickly render one to several layers of digital geospatial data – such as the movement of people, location of potential targets, identification of key natural resources – into map-like products for a wide range of relevant geospatial analyses.
The government relies on GIS systems to access and process digital geospatial data that takes the form of people activities, location of potential targets, the location of natural resources. Geospatial technology can be synthesized into mapping products that can be used for geospatial analyses. One of its primary uses is for geointelligence.
Here are five ways the government is using GIS technology:
CitySourced, employing iCityHall technology, is a mobile engagement platform that lets citizens or municipal officials take photos or video and use their GPS to track a location. It contains a suite of APIs that can be integrated into the AMS, CRM or GIS Systems of municipalities.
This is not rocket science for users. These APIs can be used by municipal officials who don’t have time to learn new processes. The CitySourced App uses a mobile camera and GPS to track down the exact location of a problem, such as a power outage or utility equipment out of service. For citizens, the system pushes a status update back to the reporting person’s mobile phone.
Esri aerial view comparisons of Moore, Oklahoma before and after the tornado hit. Plaza Towers Elementary School was one of two schools in the path of the tornado. Seven children died at Plaza Towers, which was flattened by the storm.
Esri’s interactive map is available for the media to embed or share as part of ongoing tornado and severe weather coverage. View the tornado’s path and damage radius, schools in the area, and where the general public can dropoff relief supplies. You can also explore geotagged social media from Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr overlaid on 2012 population density data.
For those who did not get a chance to attend the Esri Geodesign Summit 2013 in Redlands, Calif. or who didn’t get to all of the sessions they would’ve liked to attend, here are a number of videos taken at the Summit of various talks.
According to ABI Research’s latest data on the Internet of Everything (IoE), there are more than 10 billion wirelessly connected devices in the market today; with over 30 billion devices expected by 2020.
“The emergence of standardized ultra-low power wireless technologies is one of the main enablers of the IoE, with semiconductor vendors and standards bodies at the forefront of the market push, helping to bring the IoE into reality,” said Peter Cooney, practice director. “The year 2013 is seen by many as the year of the Internet of Everything, but it will still be many years until it reaches its full potential. The next 5 years will be pivotal in its growth and establishment as a tangible concept to the consumer.”
Eric Webster, vice president of Exelis Weather Systems, talked recently about the company’s efforts along with NASA Langley Research Center to evaluate an Exelis instrument to determine its effectiveness for measuring CO2 from space.
Interesting to know what the Open Geospatial Consortium has been discussing lately in the way of geospatial technology trends:
“All predictions are wrong, some are useful. Predictions of geospatial technology trends have been the topic of recent discussions by the OGC Board of Directors and the OGC Planning Committee. One of my roles as OGC Chief Engineer is to offer a slate of “ripe issues” as a basis of these discussions. This blog provides an overview of the ripe issues developed in March 2013 and explains how they were developed. Future blogs will discuss each issue individually.
The ripe issues of geospatial technology identified in March 2013 are:
The Power of Location
Internet of Things
Geographers of the future
These issues were developed by reviewing over 200 recent articles from information technology journals from IEEE, ACM, etc. as well as from geospatial industry magazines and other publications. Geospatial World’s recent “Thought Leaders Edition” was particularly useful in identifying issues from a geospatial industry perspective.