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GITA's Pacific Northwest Chapter event is just weeks away
Join your GIS colleagues at the the GITA Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference, Sept. 29-30, in Vancouver, B.C., at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre Campus. This event brings together GIS professionals and spatial data managers from diverse market verticals in the region to discuss innovation and technological advancement.
This year's conference, "Making $ense of Integration," operates under the auspices of the GITA Pacific Northwest Chapter and includes a phenomenal roster of industry leading speakers.
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GITA Pacific Northwest represents and supports the Geomatic industry throughout the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our inclusive association enables true collaboratio,; which comes with interacting with your peers from different industries including government, resource and energy.
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Early registration deadline extended for UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO
ASPRS via The American Surveyor
The first technical UAS symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is approaching (Oct. 21-22)! The deadline for early registration has been extended to allow attendees just learning about this exciting event to take advantage of low registration and exhibition fees. The current fee for ASPRS members to attend the event is $250.
FAA dithering forces Google, other drone innovators to take jobs and technology abroad
Google's announcement that they've been testing delivery drones caught the tech world by surprise. What wasn't surprising to experts familiar with the industry is that Google conducted all of their aerial tests outside the United States. That's because the FAA has utterly failed to create procedures for companies like Google to test their innovative new technology.
How big data reveals the secret life of cities
Suppose data scientists could track how people move through cities and towns as easily as e-commerce sites track them online? Don't answer that. It's already happening — thanks, at least in part, to a startup called StreetLight Data. StreetLight founder and CEO Laura Schewel was working on a doctorate in energy engineering at UC Berkeley when she had the "ah-ha" idea of using data from cell towers, traffic-data aggregators and GPS satellites to track people's movement patterns.
DoT plan for GPS adjacent band compatibility study to get airing
A Department of Transportation (DoT) plan that would establish limits on the power of transmissions from bands adjacent to GPS and other GNSS services will get its first hearing at a Sept. 18 meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A public workshop will examine the proposed methodology in the "GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility (ABC) Assessment Plan."
Is there any progress on location privacy protection?
Sensors & Systems
There has long been a call for some safeguards for location privacy, not only to put some checks on the surveillant state, but also to curb some of the bold uses that marketers are making with our data. There are many examples of corporate and government abuses of our location privacy, and they only seem to be mounting.
Space: Next big data frontier?
If you made a list of recent and future catalysts of massive data growth, you'd probably jot down things like mobility, social media, machine data, the Internet of Things, and ... outer space? What was once the purview of James Bond is increasingly accessible to private enterprises, which can now use satellite-generated information such as imaging and geospatial data for big data initiatives.
How are GIS companies being disrupted by other technologies?
There has been discussion about how GIS will impact industry applications for years. But what technologies might impact GIS users and vendors? How are GIS companies being "disrupted" by other technologies?
GIS will become the 'hero' of 911, says APCO panelist
Geographic Information Systems may serve a minor role in legacy 911 systems, but it will be an integral part of next-generation system. The sooner 911 professionals realize this and start preparing, the smoother their transition to next-generation 911 will be, according to panelists at the recent APCO conference.
GPS network shows drought in the US West
A network of GPS stations in the western United States is revealing the severity of the drought in that region.
Compared to the nine years before the drought, the GPS data shows that the western United States has lost 240 gigatons of water, which is enough to flood the entire region in 10 centimeters of water.
EU satellites fired into wrong orbit by 'software bug'
Two satellites commissioned by the European Union were accidentally sent into the wrong orbit at launch because of a simple software bug — potentially rendering the multi-million pound devices less capable than intended, or even entirely useless.
Galileo is a £4.4 billion European Union project to create an alternative to the United States' GPS and Russia's GLONASS satellite positioning systems in case foreign governments ever withdraw access during political disagreements.
California is rewriting the financial rules for utilities. Will your region be next?
Smart Grid News
Get ready. The financial foundations for the smart grid and distributed energy are being rewritten, now. The focus is shifting quickly from averaged (avoided) costs to marginal costs. Economics 101 holds that marginal costs (vs. average costs) enable market efficiencies. Regulators know this, and are moving rapidly to revise how cost-effectiveness is defined.
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