GoPro-Equipped Drone Offers Bird’s-Eye-View of NYC




The best views in New York City aren’t accessible by subway.

Equipped with a DJI Phantom drone and a GoPro Hero 3 camera, New York photographer and director Randy Scott Slavin captured some stunning views of the city usually reserved for the birds.




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Esri Opens Its Storytelling with Maps Contest


Redlands, California  April 22, 2014—Anyone who has ever created a story map, or wanted to, is invited to enter Esri’s  Storytelling with Maps Contest.

“Everything is fair game, including Story Maps you’ve already created or brand-new Story Maps,” said Allen Carroll, leader of Esri’s Story Maps team. “Feel free to alter or customize our Esri Story Maps apps. Entries will be judged on how effectively you make the subject matter interesting, understandable, and engaging.”

Esri will provide first-, second-, and third-place prizes in these categories:

  • Best Conservation, Environment, and Sustainability Story Maps
  • Best Travel and Destinations Story Maps
  • Best Culture, History, and Events Story Maps
  • Best Science, Technology, and Health Story Map

Read more here.

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U.S. could lift commercial satellite imagery restrictions


U.S.-based commercial satellite imagery providers could get a break from the government soon if a bid to pull back federal controls on image resolution comes to fruition.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said April 15 that laws limiting the pixel resolution of satellite images have been reviewed, and that officials at intelligence agencies are endorsing reduced restrictions. Lifting the ban would allow U.S. companies to sell higher-resolution imagery than they currently are allowed – which would improve competition with overseas companies, according to some.

“We submitted our recommendation and reached a consensus in the intelligence community, which bodes well for industry,” Clapper said at the GEOINT conference in Tampa.

DigitalGlobe, currently the only American commercial satellite imagery provider, last May put in a formal request to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to have the restrictions lifted. NOAA is under the Commerce Department, the agency responsible for enacting the rules in 2000 amid national security concerns.

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Hunt for Airliner Shows Limits of Satellite Imagery

Needing Help: A navigational radar on Indonesia's national search-and-rescue boat shows details during a search in the Andaman Sea for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Malaysia has had to rely on other countries for satellite data and analysis. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP)

Needing Help: A navigational radar on Indonesia’s national search-and-rescue boat shows details during a search in the Andaman Sea for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Malaysia has had to rely on other countries for satellite data and analysis. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP)


KUALA LUMPUR — The big question on the minds of industry executives and others attending the Defense Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in the Malaysian capital last week was what effect would the crash of flight MH370 have on defense spending priorities here.

The disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in the southern Indian Ocean is posing questions about the country’s military capabilities to track and search for even civilian aircraft, let alone potentially hostile military targets.

Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddinis Hussein has already pointed to the need for surveillance improvements and a review of the ground-based air radar capabilities following the aircraft’s disappearance.

“I think not only Malaysia but the whole world should relook at their defense needs, capacity and capabilities in the context of MH370,” he told a press conference as the show opened April 14.


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Surrey Satellite US Introduces Next-Generation Color Video-Imaging Small Satellite

Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) today introduced the Surrey V1C color video-imaging satellite, a new compact design with high-quality imaging at sub-one-meter resolution. Priced at less than $20 million, the V1C design has significant space heritage and provides a 10-kilometer color video imaging swath.

The Surrey V1C satellite will collect high-definition, natural-color (red, green, blue) video with better than one-meter ground sample distance (GSD) resolution over a 10-kilometer-wide swath at up to 100 frames per second. In addition to video, the camera can operate in still scene imager mode. The Surrey V1C spacecraft is based on the new SSTL-X50 satellite bus derived from mission-proven Surrey spacecraft designs. The satellite has large onboard data storage capabilities for store and forward as well as real-time downlink technology.

SST-US announced plans for the Surrey V1C satellite in booth #2090 at the GEOINT 2013* Symposium being held this week in Tampa, Fla.

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Future big data analysts will know everything you did today



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Wikipedia Use Could Give Insights To The Flu Season

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Staff Writer Published: 04/17/2014 05:50 PM EDT on LiveScience

By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study. Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able to estimate flu levels in the United States up to two weeks sooner than the flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released. Looking at data spanning six flu seasons between December 2007 and August 2013, the new system estimated the peak flu week better than Google Flu Trends, another data-based system. The Wikipedia-based system accurately estimated the peak flu week in three out of six seasons, while the Google-based system got only two right, the researchers found. [10 Technologies That Will Transform Your Life]  Click here to read more. 

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Tomnod, Google Earth and MH370 change the world


Crowdsourcing and Google Earth have forever changed the way the world responds to disasters such as the loss of flight MH370 and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011, say participants at Locate14, a high-tech, spatial information conference in Canberra.

DigitalGlobe’s discovery late last month of the first evidence MH370 may have crashed in the Southern Ocean marks a tipping point in the application of crowdsourced search programs such as Tomnod, said Glenn Irvine, national practice manager-Google Enterprises for Dialog.

Tomnod lets members of the public examine uploaded satellite imagery and highlight objects of possible interest.

DigitalGlobe’s Takayuki Odawara expressed modest pride when asked about his company’s ability to do something none of the world’s biggest government agencies and military forces had been able to achieve up to that point. ”DigitalGlobe is very proud to be able to contribute,” he said. ”Seeing a better world is our corporate mission.”

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BAE Systems Unveils Geospatial Intelligence Mobile App for Google Glass


TAMPA, Fla. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 15, 2014BAE Systems today unveiled a new mobile app that can be used with Google Glass for hands-free geospatial intelligence data collection and photo reporting from anywhere in the field. The GXP Xplorer® Snap app can transform Google Glass devices, smartphones, and tablets into crowd-sourced information gathering tools capable of generating photo reports that can be shared across an organization. The app was showcased with Google Glass at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s annual GEOINT SymposiumClick to continue.

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Amazon and Google are in an epic battle to dominate the cloud—and Amazon may already have won


In technology, it’s sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market. Apple’s iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent.

Google is now trying to do something similar in cloud computing. The company last month announced price cuts that made its cloud services cheaper than Amazon’s, the leader in cloud services for businesses. At almost the same time, Google orchestrated a flurry of coverage of its cloud services.

But whereas music players were a fragmented industry when the iPod appeared, in cloud computing Google is playing catch-up with a single market leader, Amazon, that has a track record of destroying incumbents in every industry it gets into. What Google has in its favor, besides a sheer technical expertise, is that it already runs the biggest cloud-computing operation in the world—just that it puts most of it to a different use. The resulting battle is likely to be epic, and its outcome determines nothing less than who will control the internet Click here to read more.

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