GIS Weekly Review May 9th, 2013

Leica Geosystems

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.

By Don Talend

When the public thinks about landscaping, high tech doesn’t immediately come to mind. After all, this is work involving dirt, manual labor and plants. Mechanical engineering is represented in the form of a backhoe loader, for example, but that’s about as “technological” as the industry gets. Right?

Actually, anyone inside the industry would tell a different story. This is a field characterized by large inventories and a wide range of variables affecting product and service quality, starting with weather and soil. The convergence of these variables creates the need for a great deal of monitoring of growth. As a result, any landscaping company that seeks to be profitable over the long haul without relying on data for botanic maintenance decision-making probably should.

By Don Talend

Anyone who has gone to college is probably familiar with the idea of a capstone course. A final hurdle to clear in receiving a degree, students take such a course to demonstrate their practical knowledge by pulling together all of the main concepts taught throughout the program of study.

Demystify the Point Cloud – So Much More Than a Surface Model
May 7, 2013  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

The annual Hexagon conference provides the unique opportunity to showcase our latest innovations to nearly 4,000 users.  While many of our sessions focus on product training, we also provide key insights into new innovations and unlock key secrets that allow our users to fully leverage geospatial data.

While there is increasing adoption of point cloud data, many users struggle to fully integrate this new content in their workflows. An important realization is that point clouds are much more than simple surface models – and should be treated as such. The difficulty lies in fully exploiting the depth of information that can be derived from point cloud content.

On Monday, June 3rd during HxGN LIVE 2013, we will be providing a unique training session that will offer more clarity around how to best leverage point clouds:

Demystifying the Point Cloud: So Much More Than a Surface Model (4 hrs)

For years, the adoption of point cloud data has grown tremendously. This course is designed to take you beyond the basics of point cloud data and teach you how to get the most out of this incredibly rich data source. Learn about the various types of point cloud data created and exploited by Hexagon products – from traditional airborne LiDAR, to the growing power of terrestrial laser scanners from Leica Geosystems, to the photogrammetric true ortho point clouds created by Semi-Global Matching in ImageStation®. We will demonstrate 3D and profile visualization and measurement of all these point cloud data types, as well as perform editing, classification, and exploitation of point cloud data in GIS and remote sensing software like GeoMedia® and ERDAS IMAGINE.

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