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Report: Global smart grid market to more than double by 2020
Business Green
The global market for smart grid technologies is poised to deliver stellar growth over the next seven years, according to a new report from analyst firm Navigant Research. The report argues that the global smart grid market, which includes the markets for smart meters and appliances as well as smart infrastructure technologies, is already well established and was worth more than $33 billion globally last year.
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National Infrastructure Protection Plan Review
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The Department of Homeland Security invites the public to give suggestions and comments for the rewrite of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection is currently reviewing the NIPP to conform to the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive 21, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.

Comments providing the most assistance will explain the reason for recommended changes; include data, information, or authority that supports such recommendations; or links to specific sections of the NIPP. There will be an opportunity to review the revised document sometime this summer. The original notice appearing in the Federal Register on June 6 provides instructions. Written comments are encouraged and will be accepted until July 8.

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Webinar: Use of Terrain Modelling — An Industry Perspective
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Gone are days when natural resource exploration team depended merely ontopographical sheets and analog data to get a comprehensive idea of the interest area. With advent of remote sensing and GIS technology, nothing short of a true to the earth 3-D representation is what miners and exploration geologists look forward towards. Satellite products are capable of producing very high resolution Digital Elevation Models.
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Geospatially aware analytics poised to help utilities optimize billions in assets
Electric Light & Power
For electricity and gas companies, this is the dawn of data-driven, geospatially aware utilities. Spatially aware applications are spreading throughout organizations, with benefits to include improved planning and management of utilities' billion-dollar fleets of assets.
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Report: Global smart grid market to more than double by 2020
Business Green
The global market for smart grid technologies is poised to deliver stellar growth over the next seven years, according to a new report from analyst firm Navigant Research. The report argues that the global smart grid market is already well established and was worth more than $33 billion globally last year.

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BAE Systems to provide DHS with geospatial imagery, analysis
Washington Business Journal
The Department of Homeland Security's Geospatial Management Office has awarded BAE Systems a task order to provide geospatial imagery and analysis for real-time intelligence products, the Arlington-based company announced.

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Google launches Maps Engine API
Tech Crunch
Google is adding more functionality to its Maps Engine platform by launching an API for Maps Engine that allows developers to take their custom data, import it into Maps Engine and then use it in their own applications.

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GIS licensing agreement improves New Zealand's resource management
Future Gov
To help them achieve their goals, most of the agencies involved in New Zealand's Natural Resource Sector have incorporated GIS technology into their day-to-day operations as well as strategic planning. And now, due to an initiative sponsored jointly by Eagle Technology and Esri, NRS agencies can standardise on Esri's ArcGIS software, reduce overall costs and enjoy the benefits that will accrue from closer collaboration.
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With Waze, Google gets access to social mapping data — and possible patent legal heat from Nokia
Tech Crunch
The Google deal to buy Waze — reportedly for $1.1 billion — is a strong move for both companies to enhance their respective mapping services, and to help monetize them better. But it could also serve as the tipping point for Nokia to turn the screws on getting Google to take licenses for certain mapping patents that it owns, or else face legal consequences.
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Senator: Fix roads and bridges or expect the worst
Land Line
Sen. Patty Murray says the U.S. can expect more disasters like the recent collapse of a bridge on Interstate 5 in her home state of Washington unless Congress takes bold steps to improve the nation’s infrastructure. "Unfortunately, this is the kind of disaster we can expect to happen more often when our roads and bridges fall into disrepair," said Murray, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development,
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Which GIS technology to use for disaster management?
Directions Magazine
For decades, governments and NGOs have relied on private sector solutions to gather and interpret emergency data for crisis response, but a growing number of them have warmed in recent years to much cheaper "open-source" technology. Proprietary software does everything from providing imagery and geographic information system data to centralizing government-generated data on a command centre "dashboard" during crises. It has been around decades but is costly.
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Why big buildings may be the salvation of energy storage
Smart Grid News
Energy storage is one of the most important, most exciting new technologies. But it needs a proving ground where new technologies can be tested and verified. Utilities are not the right place for such prototyping — they have too many constraints and too many other responsibilities.
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Singapore's OneMap is one-stop shop for public services, government agencies
Tech President
When government agency Singapore Land Authority launched OneMap — "Singapore's very own version of Google Maps, but with a difference" — in 2010, the platform was designed so that government agencies could share the locations of agencies and services with the public. Over time, the platform has been adapted for more diverse uses by NGOs and other government organizations.
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Researchers report on the use of GIS as public health research tool
University of South Florida via The Medical News
The current special issue of Technology and Innovation — Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors — isdevoted to public health research using Geographic Information Systems to help provide beneficial data for public health researchers focusing on health risks and food access in rural Alaska; racial disparities in health care and resources in Fort Worth, Texas; and pathways for health care development in remote areas of Nepal.
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