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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Need for GIS professionals grows in government sector

June 5th, 2013 by Susan Smith

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:

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CoreLogic Storm Surge Report 2013 released

June 5th, 2013 by Susan Smith

CoreLogic senior hazard scientist, Dr. Thomas Jeffery, the primary author of this year’s CoreLogic Storm Surge Report, answered some questions about their research.

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Connect citizens and government with CitySourced

May 30th, 2013 by Susan Smith

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.

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Aerial view comparison of Moore, Oklahoma before and after tornado

May 28th, 2013 by Susan Smith

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.

Story maps Moore Tornado

Esri interactive map of Moore Oklahoma Tornado available

May 23rd, 2013 by Susan Smith

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.

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Esri Geodesign Summit 2013 YouTube videos

May 21st, 2013 by Susan Smith

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.

Esri Geodesign Summit 2013 videos

If you missed GISCafe Voice’s coverage of that conference it is available in these blogs:

Geodesign Summit 2013 – Day One

Geodesign Summit 2013 – Day Two

AAM Pty Ltd. and Vekta Pty Ltd. merge

May 15th, 2013 by Susan Smith

AAM Pty Ltd., a geospatial services and technology based in Australia, recently announced a merger with Vekta Pty Ltd., another industry leader in the geospatial industry. This merger takes Vekta out of the competition and positions AAM as one of the largest providers of geospatial services in Australasia and the Asia Pacific, as well as Africa.

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More than 10 billion wirelessly connected devices in today’s market

May 9th, 2013 by Susan Smith

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.”

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ITT Exelis instrument tracks global carbon dioxide

May 8th, 2013 by Susan Smith

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.

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The Growing Role of GIS

May 2nd, 2013 by Susan Smith

As public safety moves closer to a nationwide Next-Generation 9-1-1 system, Geographic Information Systems will play an ever-increasing part.

By guest writer, Anthony Haddad, Sales Engineer, Intrado

The use of geographic information systems (GIS) is not new to public safety. It first came on the scene as an important tool with the introduction of wireless 9-1-1 service when location information could not be derived from a fixed service address. In today’s legacy architecture, geocoding or plotting X,Y coordinates is often used in conjunction with mapping applications to help dispatch responders to the correct location, but that has been the extent of its application.

Public safety agencies have been collecting GIS information for decades in order to populate the information found in selective routing database (SRDB), automatic location information (ALI) and master street address guides (MSAG). When an emergency call comes into a legacy GIS-equipped PSAP, associated addresses or X,Y coordinates are delivered as well, though the coordinates are meaningless on their own. In order to be valuable, this data must be plotted on a map in either the call-processing or computer-aided dispatch (CAD) environment. Once plotted, the information can be applied to perform dispatch functions. In this way, GIS is a supplemental tool used to verify location alone.

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