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Oct. 29, 2013

How has the move to cloud-hosted geospatial services changed the geospatial landscape?
Sensors & Systems
With so many geospatial cloud-hosted platforms and services, and many more on the way, it seems a good time to consider some of the implications. While cloud-hosted platforms and services have cut the barrier to entry for broader use of mapping, they also create many changes in the marketplace. Where in the past the desktop and server environment forced you to purchase data, the cloud platform comes provisioned with data.More

Segmenting the location intelligence market
Directions Magazine
By Joe Francica: I find it somewhat interesting how terminology evolves when marketing is at play. Words such as analytics and data blending euphemistically enter the lexicon to accommodate the latest marketing campaign. I actually like the term analytics but find it somewhat amusing when someone puts a new spin on more common terms like data integration and now called "blending."More

Top 10 tips for socializing an event from @guykawasaki
GIS User
By Glenn Letham: I've been a pretty decent fan of Guy Kawasaki for some time now ... it likely goes back about 10 or 12 years when I met him at an event in Vancouver. I had a chat with him, exchanged contact info and we kept up periodic exchanges for a short time.More

The top 15 hottest careers for college grads
GIS User
Something of interest for you job seekers and recent grads… University of California San Diego Extension has assembled the fifth annual edition of "Hot Careers for College Graduates."More

What's next for GIS: The fourth dimension
What are the next big steps in GIS analysis? James Hipple, GIS adviser to USDA's Risk Management Agency, points to two. First, he said, is the ongoing effort to integrate data sets. The other major step, he said, will be the inclusion of temporal analysis.More

How to improve critical infrastructure security with geospatial analytics
Government Security News
America's critical infrastructure includes communications, electric power, information technology, commercial and government facilities criss-crossing the country. With thousands of sites scattered across federal, state and local jurisdictions, there are inherent and challenging security risks, such as theft, sabotage and terrorism. Given the geographic dispersion of the facilities, these risks are difficult to mitigate and even more difficult to predict accurately. More

Real-time GNSS activities at ESA
GPS World
The European Space Operations Centre has taken on the roles of real-time analysis center, data provider and analysis-center coordinator for the International GNSS Service's Real-Time Service, providing a number of products combining data streams from multiple sources. The Navigation Support Office of the European Space Agency's Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, has for the last decade been involved in activities related to the provision of real-time GNSS augmentation services. More

Cooperative GNSS authentication
Inside GNSS
Secure, reliable position and time information is indispensable for many civil GNSS applications such as guiding aircraft, tracking freight, synchronizing power grids and cellular networks and time-stamping financial transactions. This article introduces a cooperative signal authentication architecture in which civil GNSS signals, as well as the encrypted military signals on the same frequency, are sampled by a user receiver and several ad-hoc cross-check receivers at the same time.More

GE's most important contribution to the smart grid yet (and it's not technology)
Smart Grid News
Nearly one year ago, Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, leaving 72 dead, damaging 650,000 homes and knocking out power for 8.5 million Americans. This anniversary serves as a reminder of the challenges facing electric distribution companies as they plan for the future design and operation of the power grid. These utilities are expected to improve their resiliency during severe weather events, replace aging infrastructure, integrate greater quantities of renewable and distributed generation and secure their systems against cyber and physical attacks. More

China provides satellite imagery to assist Australia in fighting against bushfire
China Daily
China has provided satellite imagery to Australia to assist the country's fighting against the latest bushfires in New South Wales, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy said. Adam Lewis, Group Leader of National Earth Observation of Geoscience Australia, confirmed with Xinhua that GA has been getting two passes of satellite images from China every day. Those images are used to build up the mapping of the bushfires.More