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What's the significance of Google's purchase of Skybox, and the removal of imagery restrictions?
Sensors & Systems
Last week was a remarkable one for earth observation announcements. First was the news that Google would purchase Skybox Imaging and their low Earth orbit satellites and planned constellation for more than $500 million. Then there was the news that the Commerce Department was lifting imagery resolution restriction on DigitalGlobe, opening up what the company deems to be a $400 million market for higher resolution earth observation imagery.
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The 'consumerization' of GIS
A decade or so ago, most people would have balked at the idea of carrying around a device in their pocket that could transmit their current location to banks, insurance providers and other businesses. While we rarely think of smartphones in these terms, many of us have become increasingly reliant upon the convenience that geospatial technologies like mapping software and location-based applications offer us.
Proof that Google intends to take over the power grid
Smart Grid News
A recent job posting from Google seeks a controls systems engineer for the Energy Access team to be part of a team of "hardware, firmware and software engineers." "Google is seeking to develop technologies and products to address global opportunities for electricity delivery via new and improved infrastructure. As a controls systems engineer, you will develop control algorithms for electrical distribution networks that focus on electrical stability and optimal dispatch."
New tech drives DOD's geospatial spending
The Department of Defense is strategically tapping innovations in geospatial technologies to ensure commanders at every level have a deeper understanding of rapidly evolving operational environments, according to a recent report from industry analyst Frost & Sullivan. Among the newer technologies are an increasing number of geospatial products that fuse multiple data sources and formats that provide intelligence to military commanders and civilian emergency responders.
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FAA approves first commercial drone over land
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that permission for the first commercial drone to fly over U.S. land has gone to oil company BP and drone manufacturer AeroVironment to fly aerial surveys over Alaska's North Slope. AeroVironment flew a Puma AE drone on its first commercial flight to survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, the largest oil field in the USA, according to the FAA.
Why location intelligence is not part of everyone's business, and the pathetic state of dashboards
Few market reseachers have the insights about how businesses use technology than Mark Smith, chief research officer and founder of Ventana Research. And, for good measure, his experience in the applications of GIS in business are unmatched, which is why his opinions, provided by way of his keynote at the MapInfo Users Conference, held in Memphis, are so compelling.
Has Apple killed location tracking with iOS 8? Hint: No
Various news outlets are now reporting that Apple has effectively killed location tracking or offline analytics for iPhones with a change in iOS 8 that conceals the phone's correct MAC address. Tha'’s not exactly true, however. Ad networks, WiFi hotspots and other third parties will no longer be able to grab an iOS 8 iPhone's real MAC address.
Climate change will 'cost world far more than estimated'
Lord Stern, the world's most authoritative climate economist, has issued a stark warning that the financial damage caused by global warming will be considerably greater than current models predict. This makes it more important than ever to take urgent and drastic action to curb climate change by reducing carbon emissions, he argues.
Massive 'ocean' discovered towards Earth's core
A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth's surface. The finding could help explain where Earth's seas came from. The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometers underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth's surface and its core.
Russia launches single GLONASS satellite
A single GLONASS-M satellite was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Saturday, June 14. The satellite, GLONASS-M 55 (with designation 755 once operational and also known as Kosmos 2500), was inserted into the GLONASS constellation's Plane 3 and will occupy orbital slot 21, according to ISS Reshetnev, the manufacturer of the satellite.
Esri, RedSeal form geospatial cyber analytics team
Esri and cybersecurity firm RedSeal Networks have partnered to develop a geospatial cyber framework with the goal of helping defense, civilian and intelligence customers avoid network threats. The alliance seeks to combine Esri's geospatial technology with RedSeal's network architecture to help organizations analyze the potential impact of cyber and physical events on their operations, Esri said.
Businesses and social media — most fail to plan
By Glenn Letham: I'm pretty activity on social media — both for business and pleasure — and have been for a long time (about eight years now I'm guessing). I admit that one of my own personal observations is that I often have failed to plan out my social strategy; rather, just diving in and doing it! Well, it seems I'm hardly alone as some survey findings of business users on social media are also failing to plan out their strategies.
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