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GITA participates in NAPSG event
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GITA cooperated with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS on a successful educational event held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3-4 at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington. The two-day event featured hands-on concurrent training sessions on essential geospatial skill and various public safety-related applications, as well as plenary sessions on best practices and tools for leveraging geospatial technology in response to emergency situations. A special panel, featuring representatives from the Department of Homeland Security's Geospatial Management Office, NGA, NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard, provided a thorough review and discussion of GeoCONOPS — a geospatial common operating picture. The audience received overviews of local and regional advancements in information sharing for emergency preparedness, response and recovery, including GITA's Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration initiative.

GITA and NAPSG have agreed to pursue additional collaborative opportunities and a partnership to provide geospatial education in public/private sector safety is also being discussed.

Photo: FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino speaks with GITA Treasurer Talbot Brooks following the NAPSG East Coast Public Safety GIS Summit Keynote speech.

Attention geospatial professionals: Support access to geographic information systems technology and training in local governments
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GITA members and all geospatial constituents are encouraged to support a petition that would provide increased funding for implementing and expanding GIS technology and training in local government agencies across the U.S. We all know what geospatial technology can do. Let's make sure those in national government leadership positions understand how important it is to keep funding available for GIS in local governments. Sign on to the "We the People" petition by November 25. More

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Congress to Defense: Focus on improving GPS receivers, not satellites
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The Congressional Budget Office wants the Defense Department to scale back its plans for next generation Global Positioning System satellites and instead invest in and quickly deploy upgraded jam-resistant GPS receivers, an approach CBO estimates could save as much as $3 billion over the next two decades. More

National Broadband Map sets standard for open map sharing
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The National Broadband Map was created by the Federal Communications Commission and contractors under guidance from the National Telecommunications Information Administration. With a seven-month timeline, this project posed many challenges. Not only did this project meet this tight deadline, it delivered an unprecedented product in terms of its performance and openness for other software developers to repurpose the tools to create their own data interface. More

Smart grid equals jobs ... at least for Silicon Valley
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Smart grid initiatives have created more than 12,560 jobs in San Francisco's Bay Area and could produce even more. That's according to a report by Collaborative Economics, a consulting firm commissioned by the Silicon Valley Smart Grid Task Force. As the San Francisco Chronicle points out, the report suggests it's not just the obvious smart grid companies like Silver Spring Networks and Echelon that are producing the jobs, but also IT giants like Cisco and Oracle who have emerged as players in the smart grid space. More

Galileo satellites handed over to control center in Germany
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Europe's first two Galileo satellites have reached their final operating orbits, opening the way for activating and testing their navigation payloads, reports the European Space Agency. Marking the formal end of their LEOP Launch and Early Operations Phase, control of the satellites was passed on Nov. 3 from the CNES French space agency center in Toulouse to the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany. More

GPS for troops: Operation Waypoint
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Getting lost can be a frustrating, time-consuming endeavor. In a war zone, it can mean life and death. Operation Waypoint, a Minnesota-based, nonprofit program administered by the St. Augusta American Legion Women's Auxiliary Post 621, works to address this scenario for military men and women deployed in the Middle East. During the last five years, the program has delivered more than 300 hand-held devices and cartography cards with Iraq and Afghanistan maps to soldiers scheduled for deployment to these counties. More

Making utilities data fit for purpose
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From legislative obligations and responsibilities to a highly competitive market, the pressure to deliver on many fronts has made the utilities one of the most receptive and willing adopters of recent technological developments in the data capture and mobile mapping industry. For utilities involved in collecting, managing and sharing the large quantities of positional and attribute data that many projects demand, the last two years have produced a number of advances of particular relevance. More

Feds release another road map to speed cloud migration
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The federal government recently released a draft roadmap aiming to accelerate federal agencies' cloud adoption. The draft aims to support the technology industry's cloud services development and defines standards, requirements and a plan of action to meet the specified standards. More

Esri and BI, 'big data'
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Esri is simply covering all bases with its acquisition of SpotOn Systems. SpotOn was a small BI company that leveraged Esri's platform. So many BI players are getting into geospatial analytics that this is a move to let customers know they have not forgotten about BI. If you look at all the major BI players, they are doing some kind of business intelligence that is integrated with geospatial information. More

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