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Apr. 9, 2015

EnerGIS 2015 registration now open!
Join your geospatial colleagues in suburban Pittsburgh at Range Resources' offices in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, this May 18-19 for two days of GIS presentations. This year's meetings will feature talks from Maurie Kelly of Penn State's Pennsylvania State Data Access portal; day two will feature Kristen Kurland of Carnegie Mellon University. More

FAA grants 30 more commercial UAS exemptions
GPS World
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved 30 more commercial unmanned aircraft systems exemptions, bringing the total number of approved operations to 99, reports AUVSI News. AUVSI is the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Among those receiving exemptions are the insurance companies USAA and AIG.More

New National Geospatial Program director announced by USGS
GIS User
The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Michael Tischler to the position of the Director, National Geospatial Program, starting Monday, April 6. Mike brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the USGS and NGP from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he served as the Associate Technical Director of the Engineering Research and Development Center. More

Microgrids for emergency management
Smart Grid News
SolarCity recently announced a new microgrid project, introducing their microgrid as an emergency management tool. The technology is already being used by companies, universities and even residents as a complement to their main energy source in areas all across the world — but emergency management is becoming an important reason for organizations to consider their own microgrid. More

Imagery collaboratives deliver big data at big savings to small groups
Directions Magazine
Let's face it: collecting and managing high resolution geospatial imagery is expensive and difficult. There are good reasons why only the largest, most monolithic organizations collect their own imagery. Smaller organizations have many of the same requirements as larger entities, but they often lack the budget necessary to implement solutions. Lower cost drone-acquired data is starting to lift the burden somewhat, but logistical and regulatory issues impede progress.More

The innovators: Build and launch your own satellite ... for $30,000
The Guardian
After Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 last year, one of the most vexing questions was: how can a modern aircraft with 239 people on board vanish without trace? Tom Walkinshaw believes a repeat could be avoided by tracking planes via a network of hundreds of tiny satellites that monitor oceans where there is limited radar coverage. More

Report: Law enforcement needs better tech chops
In a new report for the National Institute of Justice, Rand researchers collected and analyzed data on the use of law enforcement technology and found three challenges. The community needs to increase its knowledge of technology and practices, better share and use of law enforcement-related information and research and test a range of topics. More

Making big data work
Behind the "big data" cliché is an explosion in the volume of information collected by sensors, cameras, social media, e-commerce, science experiments, weather satellites, logistics and a host of other sources. But to extract valuable insights from the terabytes and petabytes of information, analysts have to know how to use datasets in their systems, and compare data from different sources. More

Maximizing the sun
Solar power is booming in the United States. "Every three weeks," President Obama said in his 2015 State of the Union address, "we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008." Geospatial technologies — especially remote sensing and surveying — play an important role in siting, designing and constructing solar arrays, from a few panels on the roof of a house to hundreds of thousands of panels in huge solar farms. More