The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) offered a report on big data and privacy last week. The authors wove geospatial technologies including LiDAR, satellite imagery, drones, and digital city models into their exploration and recommendations. But the challenge remains regarding data, including geodata: how should the government reconcile the benefits of big data and the challenges of ensuring privacy?
Mr. Agendra Kumar is the President of NIIT GIS Ltd (Esri India), a joint venture between ESRI Inc., USA and NIIT Technologies (NTL), India. He has over 25 years of experience in IT business management and has served as the country head of several multinational technology companies. Before joining NIIT GIS, Agendra was the Managing Director of SGI in India. He has been associated twice with SGI (earlier known as Silicon Graphics Inc) with a prior stint as Director, Sales during 1994-2000. In between he worked as Managing Director of Veritas India and upon its merger with Symantec Corporation took on global account management responsibilities for Asia Pacific and Japan region.
The conference keynote: should geospatial conference organizers spend time that might be more valuably used for a single speaker to address all of the attendees? If they choose to have one or more keynote speakers, who should they choose? What make a good keynote presenter and presentation? How do organizers find them?
On today's podcast editor in chief Joe Francica sat down with Rob Zitz, the vice president for Intelligence and Homeland Security for Leidos at the GEOINT symposium in Tampa. Many of our listeners may not have heard of Leidos but the company was formed after SAIC split into two distinct corporations. This discussion with Mr. Zitz focuses on small satellites and the commercialization of remote sensing. Mr. Zitz has had a distinguished career. He has worked as the technical executive at the NGA, the deputy undersecretary of preparedness and national protection at the Department of Homeland Security and the deputy associate director of the US Secret Service as well as a deputy director at the National Reconnaissance Office.
What will we do with all of the Apple sensors: NFC, HealthKit, HomeKit, LED Sensors, barometers. Will they portend the beginning of yet another big data assault that will impact geospatial professionals? Will they catapult the “connected home” or “quantified self” craze? How will we use these data? Will standards be part of the adoption and who will own them?