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The state of the geospatial industry
Directions Magazine
By Adena Schutzberg: Yesterday I hosted a conversation on that topic as part of the AvidGeo Conference 2014/LocationTech Tour Boston event. I was invited to "give a talk," but if you know me I'm the last person who wants to watch or give a PowerPoint presentation. So I didn't do that. Instead, I pushed the question of "what is the state of geospatial industry" out to the attendees.
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NGA to host Lockheed Martin's Map of the World application
Defense World
The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency became the first intelligence agency to host an operational capability within Amazon Web Services' Commercial Cloud Services environment after Lockheed Martin deployed the interactive map for NGA's Map of the World to the C2S environment. The Map of the World initiative acts as an interface for NGA's most comprehensive and accurate geospatial intelligence data.
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Amazon to FAA: Loosen laws or we'll move research abroad
GPS World
Amazon.com is warning the Federal Aviation Administration that it will move its drone research abroad if it doesn't get permission to test-fly in the U.S. soon, reports The Wall Street Journal. Amazon has already begun researching drone flights in the United Kingdom. Current laws restrict the commercial use of unmanned aircraft in the United States.
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Survey ranks California US advanced energy leader
Smart Grid News
In what it described as the first industry-wide survey of its kind, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute found that California is home to the country’s largest advanced energy industry, and that the industry is expected to continue growing. The survey of more than 2,000 businesses, conducted by BW Research Partnership, determined that of the 10 states that have done industry assessments California’s advanced energy industry is the largest.
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A look at the last 20 years of GIS
Directions Magazine
Over the past 20 years, the world has witnessed an evolution in technology that in the not-so-distant past would have been unfathomable. Just the invention of the Internet alone has changed the entire landscape of our industry. The constant connectivity brought by smartphones and tablets is now the norm not only in our personal lives, but also within the context of the architecture, engineering and construction industries.
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Galileo satellite recovered, transmitting navigation signals
GPS World
Europe's fifth Galileo satellite, one of two delivered into a wrong orbit by VS09 Soyuz-Fregat launcher in August, transmitted its first navigation signal in space on Saturday, Nov. 29. It has reached its new target orbit and its navigation payload has been successfully switched on. A detailed test campaign is under way now the satellite has reached a more suitable orbit for navigation purposes.
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Are drones more like Segways or smartphones?
Sensors & Systems
With holiday shopping underway, it seems odd that drones are being promoted on so many gift suggestion lists given a parallel backlash that includes a recent near miss at an airport in England. The reality is that these devices take some skill to fly, with even the autopilot option requiring training, particularly in the need to map routes that avoid poles and lines.
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