May 28, 2014 — The Virginia-based United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) recognized industry innovation and employment of OGC standards to nearly 4,000 international attendees at the 2014 GEOINT Symposium in Tampa, Florida.
Pixia Corp, a US commercial software company in Reston, Virginia was the sole USGIF industry award recipient at this year’s conference. They were recognized for developing what has now become the widely accepted international best practice specification for Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI), which provides unprecedented universal data access and dissemination. Pixia invented, developed, and donated its WAMI specification to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), who in turn adopted the specification as the OGC international WAMI Best Practice. This effort paves the way for a future user environment that leverages standard open architectures across all geospatial data types.
According to Rudi Ernst, Pixia Corp CEO, “OGC standards are crucial to making data relevant and useful. Users and data collectors must look to architectures that leverage open standards to enable them to collect, combine, analyze and share knowledge to make critical decisions when time matters.”
The OGC is an international consortium of more than 475 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. OGC’s open standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled.
Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.
GIS Professionals Sought to Help Schools Enrich Learning with ArcGIS Online
Redlands, California — May 28, 2014—One of the priorities identified in President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative is the support of teachers to advance digital learning. With Esri’s recently announced commitment to donate ArcGIS Online accounts to every public and private K–12 school in the United States, GIS professionals are needed to help local teachers learn the foundational science.
Esri has joined forces with the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) to recruit Certified GIS Professionals (GISPs) to serve as GeoMentors, who will work with local schools to help them set up and learn to use their ArcGIS Online accounts.
GISCI is the leading certification body for the GIS profession. Over 5,500 GISPs have demonstrated the requisite education, experience, contributions to the profession, and commitment to competent and ethical practice since the certification institute was founded in 2004.
GISCI is urging current and aspiring GISPs to volunteer as ConnectED GeoMentors. Through this volunteer project, they will earn points toward initial GISP certification or renewal. GISP GeoMentors will be required to help set up ArcGIS Online accounts at local schools and tutor teachers on ArcGIS Online use and administration. Esri will provide training and other educational resources to prepare GeoMentors for their work with local schools.
Esri established the GeoMentor program in collaboration with the National Geographic Society in 2009. For more information, visit www.geomentor.org.
apb.directionsmag.com May 24, 2014
According to a report by Reuters, DigitalGlobe finance chief Yancey Spruill sees a large untapped market for higher spatial resolution imagery. Nearly a year ago, DigitalGlobe appealed to NOAA to lift the 50cm spatial resolution restriction on its imagery so that it can produce images with a 25cm resolution. Currently, DigitalGlobe collects imagery with greater spatial resolution than 50cm but must resample the raw pixels to the allowable limit.
“There is a market opportunity with a roughly $400 million addressable market that we cannot participate in today because of the regulatory regime of our government,” Spruill said.
The pressure is on government regulators to let DigitalGlobe compete in a growing market of satellite imagery from both domestic startups to international providers, some supported with heavy government funding. Yesterday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the H-2A series earth observation system. According to The Asahi Shibum:
Using advanced radar technology, the Daichi-2 is expected to contribute significantly to Earth observation sciences, monitor disasters and explore for natural resources.
With Support from Amazon Web Services, Esri to Make Free ArcGIS Online Accounts Available to all Elementary and Secondary Schools in the U.S.
Redlands, California—May 27, 2014—Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to help strengthen STEM education through the ConnectED Initiative,Esri president Jack Dangermond announced today that Esri will provide a grant to make its advanced mapping software running on cloud infrastructure provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) available for free to the more than 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States.
ConnectED is a government education program developed to prepare K-12 students throughout the United States for digital learning opportunities and future employment. The Initiative sets four goals to establish digital learning in all K-12 schools in the United States during the next few years. These goals include: high-speed connectivity to the internet, access to affordable mobile devices to facilitate digital learning anytime, anywhere, high-quality software that provides multiple learning opportunities for students, and relevant teacher training to support this effort. Click here to read more.
This “boxcopter” is actually made from a Tupperware box for cake!! I am hoping that in the next video a cake (placed inside) will be flown across the water to a little kid’s birthday party. Until then here is an equally fun quadcopter video:
Commuting is often, no, regularly, hell. And now there’s a map to prove it. Enter a city into the Isoscope map, and it will show how far a two, four, six, eight and ten-minute drive will take you, specific to the day of the week — and to a prescribed hour of awful, awful rush-hour traffic. You can click multiple areas and adjust the hour, increasing or decreasing where you’re able to go. If you’ve only get a 30-minute lunch break, you can try to make that work. “We wanted our project to shed light on situations when urban mobility is compromised, when the pulse of the city falters, such as during traffic jams,” developer Sebastian Kaim told Fast Company. There’s also a pedestrian option for non-drivers, and after testing a few cities and times, we’re thinking next week could well be a work-at-home kind of a week.
www.mashable.com by Karissa Bell 2 days ago
A new iPhone app is using augmented reality and big data to create animated visualizations based on New York’s subway system.
Tunnel Vision enables users to see which stations are likely to be the most crowded and view where in the system their train theoretically is — simply by pointing their iPhone at a subway map.
The iOS app will recognize any map of the subway — whether it’s a wall map, a paper map or an onscreen map. Once it recognizes the map, it overlays animated visualizations that display transit and demographic data for different areas of New York City, based on where they are located in relation to the subway.
The app relies on MTA and U.S. Census data to provide its visualizations, which are based on six different datasets.
MTA information includes subway schedules and turnstile activity. Tap on Schedules and it displays an animated map of the estimated position of each train in the system; Turnstile activity shows estimates of whether stations have more people entering or leaving at any given time. Click to continue
www.huffingtonpost.com by Inae Oh posted 5/22/2014 11:16am EDT
New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton expressed his support Tuesday for the use of drones as a potentially reliable tool to help monitor and reduce crime in the city, calling the unmanned devices “extraordinarily effective.”
“Myself, I’m supportive of the concept of drones, not only for police but for public safety in general,” Bratton said at a City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting. “It’s something that we actively keep looking at and stay aware of.”
The city has embraced high-tech surveillance, with $500,000 allotted for a new pilot program to test gunshot detectors in neighborhoods with high crime rates. Triggered by the sound of shots, camera sensors then transmit the location of the sounds — and possibly a photograph of the alleged shooter — to police officials.
Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller, who also spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, said drones would not be deployed anytime soon.
“At this point, we have no drones, don’t use any drones, haven’t deployed any drones,” Miller said. “However, it’s something that we’ll continue to look at.”
Law enforcement agencies throughout the country have already begun using similar gunshot detectors and domestic drones. But civil rights groups have raised deep concerns over their potential violations of privacy, particularly as such surveillance equipment becomes cheaper to produce.
In 2013, Bratton’s predecessor, Ray Kelly, said the NYPD was looking into thepotential use of drones to size up large demonstrations.. But he acknowledged that there were specific hurdles unique to using drones in New York City, including heavy air traffic.
The budget of the new gunshot detectors program awaits approval from Mayor Bill de Blasio and city council.