August 29th, 2013
Seeing a Better World™ in Africa
August 29, 2013 by Andre Kearns
Africa is a part of the world with unique opportunities and challenges; many regions are experiencing rapid economic growth, while others are limited by geopolitical instability. With this in mind, DigitalGlobe recently launched an Africa Microsite to showcase how our work across the continent is helping governments, companies and NGOs to see a better world in Africa.
Using our insight capabilities, geospatial analysis, geographic information surveys and Africa global basemap, our goal is to help decision-makers better understand change across the continent. We plan to accomplish this using three primary capabilities:
High resolution earth imagery: DigitalGlobe owns and operates the world’s largest high resolution satellite constellation. We collect 60 percent of the world’s land mass in imagery every 30 days. Our growing imagery archive recently surpassed 4 billion square kilometers,and we have collected more than 30 million square kilometers across the continent of Africa, primarily within the last 12 months.
Esri’s Rim Fire Perspectives Map is available for ongoing wildfire coverage. This story map contains three different views of the fire and shows which areas and infrastructure are threatened by the fire, how the fire has grown, and where fires have burned near Yosemite in the past.
Readers may remember “Herbie” the runaway “autonomous” car in the Fred MacMurray movie of many years ago that created entertaining havoc. According to ABI Research, in North America, the first driverless vehicles will appear in the beginning of the next decade, evolving to more than 10 million robotic vehicles shipping in 2032.
In the near future, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to provide both secure classified and protected unclassified capabilities to its 600,000 mobile device users.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is bringing this vision to life by developing a DoD-wide Mobile Device Management system and Mobile Application Store.
“We are building a secure 4G wireless network that will get iPads, iPhones and Android devices online by mid-2014,” said Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a recent Defense News story. “With tools like this, the smartphone generation joining our military will help us pioneer a new era of mobile command and control.”
It is believed that DISA’s commitment to commercial off-the-shelf mobile technology will be a key turning point for the entire mobile government sector.
One of WebMapSolutions areas of focus is building systems which help to improve the management of disasters. As the frequency and impact of disasters increases, due to phenomena such as global warming, the need for improved tools and systems becomes ever greater. New technologies now available are greatly helping software companies such as WebMapSolutions develop mobile, centralized systems which are improving both disaster relief efforts and disaster recovery. Let’s look at some of the new GIS solutions for disaster management.
This is a coordinated multi-agency response to reduce the impact of a disaster and its long-term results. Relief activities include rescue, relocation, service repair, providing temporary shelter and emergency health care. Time is of the essence in this phase. Disaster agencies are both trying to understand the situation on the ground, and provide immediate assistance and relief to those in the affected area.
Geospatial in the Mining Industry
August 23, 2013 by M. Lorraine Tighe, PhD
A sound understanding of geography is needed in every phase of a mining venture development. Starting with exploration and resource mapping, the extraction of regional and local fracture patterns and the identification of lithogical unites, to mineral analysis, to finding an ideal location for the mining facility, including disaster management and environmental impact assessment of all elements.
Earth observation information, from commercially available radar and optical remote sensing systems, is regarded as a powerful tool for all phases within the mining industry. Geospatial products, in particular, play an important role because of their unique ability to provide highly accurate and detailed 3D geospatial information and solutions that increase the efficiency of reconnaissance mapping, exploration, logistical planning, and production operations.
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