Message from the new GITA president
Why I Value Membership in GITA
By Dan Shannon, TELUS Communications, Edmonton, Alberta
GITA delivers unique value to me and other leaders in my firm because it provides unparalleled global networking opportunities which ultimately results in access to top minds in terms of leveraging geospatial information and technology. The contacts I have developed directly due to my participation in GITA conferences and educational events have greatly improved my decision making and have resulted in significant tangible savings to my company. As an infrastructure provider, there is no other professional organisation that understands and supports our requirement to integrate and maximise the benefits of geospatial technology the way that GITA does. I am well prepared to lay out a GIS strategy for our firm because GITA has not only enabled me the means to apprise myself of the latest technology and trends, but more importantly, they provide me access to a community of professionals and industry leaders who can speak firsthand to best practices and provide detailed case studies of innovative and successful business solutions.
Please visit our new website and also become acquainted with my colleagues on the GITA Board of Directors. If you're not yet a member, we'd love to have you join us!
And, keep watching the GITA News Hub for some exciting announcements in the coming weeks.
Are we at the smart grid inflection point?
Smart Grid News Share
Inflection Point: A moment of dramatic change, especially in the development of a company, industry, or market. Are we at the point of dramatic change in the burgeoning smart grid industry? The short answer is NO we have some work to do. To get over the hump, we must first show that smart grid is more than a fad, more than a next-generation utility rate base. More
GIS technology vehicle supports asset mapping and public-safety operations
In 2008, a suspected drug dealer fled into one of the many wooded wetland areas in Monroe County, N.Y. Winter snows covered the maze of frozen marshes and ponds, making it dangerous for law enforcement to follow in pursuit. The suspect's body was found in the marsh the next spring. Officials in the county's Department of Environmental Services believed the manhunt could have ended differently if their vast GIS and GNSS resources had been put into the hands of public-safety personnel onsite. More
Geospatial maps of India available to public soon
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Imagine the whole of India represented geospatially with detailed characters of natural and constructed features and boundaries that define our country. In six months, geospatial maps of India to the scale of 1:50,000 will be uploaded on public domain. "Also, in the next three years, a more detailed map in 1:10,000 scale will be uploaded on public domain," said S Subba Rao, surveyor general of India. More
US government looking to lower Landsat costs
Space News Share
U.S. government agencies are working together to look for ways to reduce the cost of future Landsat missions as a result of congressional direction included in the 2012 budget passed in December. "Although Congress has provided $2 million to the U.S. Geological Service for Landsat 9 program development, they have also requested that the Administration re-examine how to proceed with future Landsat missions," said Jon Campbell, spokesman for the Interior Department's U.S. Geological Survey. More
Tech lessons from the Seattle snowstorm
The Seattle area just went through a four day snow/ice storm event. The City of Seattle's emergency operations center was activated and coordinated the City government’s response. That response received high marks from the public and media for a variety of reasons , including the leadership of Mayor Michael McGinn. Information technology materially contributed to the improved response. More
Service-oriented visualization of virtual 3D city models
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Virtual 3D city models can effectively communicate complex 2D and 3D geospatial data. Myriad applications, from urban planning to solar potential of roof surfaces to noise pollution, can be modeled and visualized. However, massive amounts of data need to be processed. Authors Jan Klimke and Jürgen Dollner of the Hasso-Plattner-Institut, University of Potsdam, Germany, detail a new, service-oriented approach that may solve some of the challenges of visualizing 3D data. More
NavSAS group acquires, tracks second Galileo IOV satellite
GPS World Share
On Jan. 17, the E1 signal of the Galileo Flight Model 2 satellite was successfully acquired and tracked by the researchers of the Navigation, Signal Analysis and Simulation group for the first time. This signal has been received at the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella premises (located in Torino, Italy) with a non-directive GNSS antenna, a commercial narrowband E1 RF front-end and the N-GENE receiver, a fully software receiver developed by the NavSAS researchers. More
HABITATS: Toward the interoperability through social validation
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The INSPIRE Directive considers that spatial information is needed for the implementation of community policies which must integrate environmental protection in accordance with Article 6 of the treaty, and establishes the basis for an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe. More