News and Views
May. 23, 2012

Powering cloud computing's data centers
ACSM Bulletin
To most people, the cloud is an abstract warehouse in the sky where we store our photos, documents and other key bits of information with a click of a button. But the technology that keeps the cloud running — data centers and mobile telecommunications networks, operating 24 hours a day — requires electricity, making it a target for environmentalists hoping to curb greenhouse gas emissions.More

Need to contact NSPS staff ? Note their new email addresses
The agreed-upon merger of the ACSM corporate identity into the NSPS corporate identity is well on track. Once the merger is completed, the official website for our national organization will be, and staff email addresses will be linked to this URL. Staff will begin using their new email addresses on Tuesday, May 29. They are as follows:

Curt Sumner:
Trish Milburn:
Ilse Genovese:
Bob Jupin:
Sara Maggi:

Are the lights out for good at LightSquared?
The Washington Post
Philip Falcone's street fighter instincts and penchant for ultra-risky investments helped catapult him into the gilded club of Wall Street's elite. But his winning streak ended in Washington, where the founder of Harbinger Capital Partners and former professional hockey player has been bodychecked by regulators. More

FCC considering 'all options' to save bankrupt tech company LightSquared
The Hill
The FCC seems to have expressed a desire to do all the agency can to help resolve the interference issues. In a letter last month to Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., FCC international bureau chief Mindel De La Torre said the agency is "considering all options for addressing this ... issue." LightSquared also asked the FCC last week to help it swap its L-band spectrum for other airwaves that don't have GPS interference issues. More

US could lose aging eyes in the sky

About every two weeks, Rick Allen gets a series of thermal snapshots from high above Earth that show how water gets used across the western United States, a perennial source of friction in the largely arid region. More

Space technology goes underwater to find oil and gas fields
Technology developed to measure the force of gravity in outer space has been adapted so that it can be used to prolong the life of the North Sea oil and gas industries. More

Dewberry to revise USACE Manual for Photogrammetry and LiDAR
Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, will be assisting with the revision of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Manual for Photogrammetry and LiDAR. More

DHS to begin a year-long operation of rapid recovery transformers
Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate will be joined by the Department of Energy and electric power industry partners to kick off a year-long operational evaluation of new, prototype recovery transformers that could provide enhanced recovery capabilities from transformer-related outages. More

Learn to work with lidar data in ArcGIS
On May 24, Esri will host live training seminars at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Pacific daylight time) to demonstrate how to use lidar data in GIS workflows. More

International LiDAR Mapping Forum call for papers
International LiDAR Mapping Forum
Scheduled to take place in Denver on Feb. 11-13, 2013, the Forum organizers are inviting interested parties to submit abstracts online at their website by Sept. 28. More

LightSquared bankrupt, but spectrum void still beckons
GPS World
LightSquared, the company that mounted a powerful threat to GPS signals, declared bankruptcy on May 14 after losing a lengthy struggle in the court of the Federal Communications Commission with the GPS industry, the U.S. military (behind the scenes), the FAA and many other GPS users. However, the vacuum into which Lightsquared sought to step remains a gaping hole that will likely attract other entrants.More

It's time for smarter geospatial solutions to support all business processes
Without a doubt, we live in a mobile world. From the average person engaging with geolocation data on their iPhones to providing warfighters with real-time GEOINT data on tablets and Android phones, mobile computing is ubiquitous. In the future, this growing phenomenon will become more powerful and integrated into more business processes. More

The GPS dot and its discontents
Inside GNSS
Over the last few years, several of us in the GNSS community have done our best to convince our colleagues, policymakers and the general public that unsavory characters with GNSS jammers or spoofers are a genuine threat to GNSS and an orderly society. "But who would want to use a jammer or spoofer?" people ask. More

Mortgage delinquencies fall as housing starts rise
In looking at the decrease in mortgage delinquencies, announced by the Mortgage Bankers Association, this stood out: "Newer delinquencies, loans one payment past due as of March 31, are down to the lowest level since the middle of 2007, indicating fewer new problems we will need to deal with in the future," said Michael Fratantoni, MBA's vice president of research and economics.More