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BAE Systems Unveils Geospatial Intelligence Mobile App for Google Glass

from: www10.giscafe.com

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

from: www.qz.com

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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With PiQ, PeerIndex wants to help marketers make sense of Twitter

from: thenextweb.com

PeerIndex-786x305 A lgorithmic social ranking service PeerIndex has been building an arsenal of tools over the past few years, designed to bring meaning to the social data malaise. Yes, PeerIndex wants to be a every digital marketer’s best friend.

We’ve written about the London-based startup on a number of occasions in the past, for example when it launched PeerIndex Groups back in 2011, before integrating with SocialBro and then rolling out a new topical influence API. Broadly speaking, PeerIndex’s technology tracks activity across the social realm, evaluating users’ online ‘social capital’ based on the activity of each individual.

Now, the company has quietly rolled out its new dashboard called PiQ, which it calls a “new way of making sense of Twitter”. The B2B tool helps users (e.g. marketers) identify an audience – those who are highly engaged around a specific topic such as startups, football, venture capital or whatever. The tool then establishes influencers within that audience alongside any related ‘trending’ content they’re sharing. That’s PiQ in a nutshell, at least.  Click to read more.

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The Commoditization of the Earth Observation Satellite Business

from: www.directionsmag.com, Monday, 14 April 2014

The GEOINT Symposium today kicked off with visionary sessions called “GEOINT Forward.”

In a session on “SmallSat Remote Sensing Innovations” two startup company executives, Anne Hale Miglarese president and CEO of PlanetiQ and Robbie Schingler co-founder of Planet Labs shared how satellite technology is changing business models for earth observation.

PlanetiQ is a company that is planning a constellation of 12 to 24 satellites for weather and climate modeling. The business opportunity is that NOAA weather satellites are aging and PlanetiQ is trying to fill the void. Planet Labs is planning a large constellation of earth imaging cubesats (~10 lbs or 5 kg) in low earth orbit (400 km) with 3-5 meter spatial resolution. Planet Labs wants to eventually  launch 28 cubsats from the International Space Station with the possibility of launching an additional 72 satellites.

Miglarese said that  the weather satellite data business is following a similar path of commercialization as that of earth observation imagery. That is, government over the course of many years, has funded and launched weather satellites but with declining budgets, there is a need to fill the demand with commercial satellites that can be built cheaper and faster. Click here to read more.

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What a Gas! Arctic’s Ozone Hole Looking Good

By Becky Oskin, Senior Writer   |   April 14, 2014 03:00pm ET    www.livescience.com

Arctic ozone levels in April 2014. The yellows and reds show where there is more ozone. Credit: NASA

Arctic ozone levels in April 2014. The yellows and reds show where there is more ozone.
Credit: NASA


With a boost from Mother Nature, the worldwide ban on ozone-depleting chemicals stopped Arctic ozone from disappearing and forming an “ozone hole” similar in size to Antarctica’s, a new study finds.

“It seems like we did just the right thing at the right time,” said Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at MIT and lead study author. “It’s quite a success story.”  Click to continue reading.


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How open data is being used to hack climate change

from: www.theguardian.com

Open data can help communities react to global warming and make better decisions

Flooding in Fordgate, Somerset, February 2014. One of the toughest challenges during the floods was providing people in affected areas with up-to-date information. Photograph: Ed Stone/REX

Flooding in Fordgate, Somerset, February 2014. One of the toughest challenges during the floods was providing people in affected areas with up-to-date information. Photograph: Ed Stone/REX

Code for Philly plan to collect local air pollution and temperature data using sensors attached to city buses so that they can quantify the effect of planting new trees in the city, as part of their Open Climate Tracker project. Trees have a cooling effect in cities due to water evaporating from their leaves, as well as providing shade to streets and roofs which absorb heat, but this can be hard to measure accurately.

Crucially, Code for Philly plan to release all the Open Climate Tracker data online so that people can develop useful applications with it.

By connecting GPS location data with temperature and particle sensors they plan to build an interactive climate map of the city that can provide real-time updates. “You could have an app that tells you when to bring your kids inside if there’s a high level of particulates in the air,” said Joshua Meyer, lead developer on the project. “Or if you go for a run in the city, avoid this area because there’s high pollution right now.”

In a few weeks they will launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund prototypes that will be strapped to bicycles to test the sensors. They plan to use the information they collect in combination with Open Tree Maps, a project that maps the location of trees in the city, to work out what effect a tree has on its surroundings.  Read more here.

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Airbus Defense and Space sets new accuracy and quality standards for global elevation models with WorldDEM launch

from www10.giscafe.news

April 16, 2014 – High accuracy and homogenous coverage of WorldDEM is set to boost effectiveness for military applications such as fighter aircraft, helicopters and UAVs. It will also deliver more precise customer applications in various sectors from commercial aviation to oil, gas and mining

Airbus Defense and Space has commercially launched WorldDEM, a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) that provides pole-to-pole coverage of unprecedented accuracy. It allows customers to improve the quality of DEM applications in a host of industries including defense and aviation, oil, gas and mining.

The new model is based on data acquired by the high-resolution radar satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X, whose mission is to produce a global DEM at HRTE3 level, representing a significant jump forward in accuracy. In terms of resolution, it is setting new standards by providing 12-metre grid spacing globally, compared to 90-metre grid spacing on the existing global dataset from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM).  Click to continue reading.

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Alternative to ESRI Community Analyst?

While ESRI is the dominant name in GIS, they are not the only provider by any means.  From the MapBusinessOnline.com site: “BusinessMAP, www.MapBusinessOnline.com has been providing sales & marketing professionals with affordable and intuitive solutions to geographic challenges since 2010. Create, edit, and share maps that reflect your business. Access optimized multi-stop routes to drive down travel costs. No other map software solves so much for so little.”  As a geospatial professional, you probably want to stay on top of a variety of providers.


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Location Intelligence Summit 2014 (Wash. D.C. Convention Center)

May 19-21 in Washington DC to hear, meet and network with thought leaders in the Location Intelligence Ecosystem.  Register for workshops and educational sessions today.  Government employees (U.S. Federal, state and local) are eligible for a nominal registration to all tracks.  

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ESRI GeoDev Meetup April 21st

What are you doing on April 21st? There will be an Esri GeoDev Meetup in Washington, DC, that night, and we’d love it if you would join us.

We’ve been having a great time at these GeoDev Meetups. There’ll be a key presentation; several Lightning Talks; lots of discussion about technology and development; plus food, drinks, and giveaways.

When: Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: The 201 Bar
Who: Developers of all experience levels (Feel free to invite a friend, too!)
Cost: Complimentary

Please RSVP here.

I hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions.

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