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The Value of Time-Stamped and Real-time Geodata

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

Our look at the temporal aspects of spatial and location data raise some questions: How do we visualize them? Do we need quick turnaround high definition video from space or is it a solution in search of a problem? What is PlanetIQ's business model for its weather and climate data?

Source: FAA will require Commercial Drone Operators to Have a License, Fly in Daylight

Monday, November 24th 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FAA will require commercial drone operators to have a pilot's license and restrict flight times to daylight hours. The new rules will also limit flights to the pilot's line of sight and altitude to 400-feet. The really bad news is that these rules won't...

Image Intelligence for Business – AllSource Targets Energy, Financial Sectors for Growth

Thursday, November 20th 2014

AllSource Analysis, a company focused on the extraction and interpretation of information from satellite imagery, is concentrating on the commercial markets of energy and finance. But as CEO Stephen Wood points out, the volume of satellite information available is going to explode in the coming...

On Appeal Court Confirms FAA has Jurisdiction over UASs

Tuesday, November 18th 2014

Recall that back in 2011 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial photographer, $10,000 for operating his Ritewing Zephyr over the University of Virginia campus. An administrative law judge with the National Transportation Safety Board heard an appeal and sided...

GIS Education News Weekly: Startup Space at Community College, School Drone Downed, GeoTech E-mail

Thursday, November 13th 2014

Want to Host Your Startup on Campus? Cayuga Community College announced Wednesday that it is approved to accept applications from businesses participating in Start-Up NY. Available space in buildings on both of CCC's Auburn and Fulton campuses, in addition to...

NGA Director Cardillo Delivers Keynote Address at GEO-Energy Summit

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

At the GEO-Energy Summit today held in Huntsville, Alabama, the keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Robert Cardillo, newly appointed director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He chose the Summit to deliver his first public remarks since becoming director to an audience of...

GIS Government Weekly News: WI Erosion Tools, MN Snow Shoveling, NSGIC on Mortgage Tracking

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

Decrease WI Runoff and Erosion A new software tool [right] developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is being touted as an effective way to help reduce agricultural runoff and erosion. Developed to integrate satellite imaging and geographic information system or GIS...

Space agency Alliance joins the Struggle Against Ebola

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated on 9 October to tackle ebola. It was the first time the international collaboration of space agencies that provides free satellite imagery and data had been triggered in response to a disease outbreak.

A New Geospatial Framework: GIS, BIM 3D Come Together

Tuesday, November 11th 2014

GIS is part of a new geospatial framework where GIS, BIM, 3D modeling and other technologies and datasets are converging. What does this framework look like? How do we understand it? What is required for it to become a valuable part of the short- and long-term building projects across the planet?

GIS Health News Weekly: Satellites Help Track Ebola, Geospatial Medicine Tackles Autism, CDC RFI

Friday, November 7th 2014

UK Satellites Tapped to Fight Ebola For the first time UK satellites are now being used to help respond to the disease after they were activated by the International Charter for Space and Major Disaster. I appreciate this candor. Matt Goodman, head of communications at the UK Space...

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