On March 3rd, the U. S. Geological Survey marked the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Landsat 5. The earth imaging satellite in a sun synchronous orbit with the Thematic Mapper payload offered both better spectral and spatial resolution than previous Landsat missions. Editor in Chief Joe Francica speaks with Dr. Tom Loveland, a USGS scientist at the EROS Data Center with over 30 years of experience with the Landsat mission.
Virtual Alabama is that state's tool to share data for public safety across jurisdictions. Built on Google Earth Enterprise, it's become a model of how to integrate local data for widespread use. Now, federal Homeland Security officials are floating the idea of a regional effort for southern states to share data to respond to natural hazards. Our editors take a look at the success of the state effort and ponder the challenges of scaling it up.
The economic recession is on everyone's mind. Last week's passage of the stimulus bill, aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was a bit vague on spending for specific projects involving geospatial technology... except one: mapping broadband. What exactly will that entail and what possible impact will it have on the expansion of communications in rural areas, LBS and wider dissemination of geospatial information?
This week Directions Media editors take a sober look at the obstacles that prevent geo startups from garnering expected success. We'll tap into the "lessons learned" from the brave entrepreneurs that launched businesses in recent years as well as what we've learned watching companies come and go.
Guest host David Smith of Synergist Technologies joins Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg to explore last week's National Geospatial Advisory Committee meeting and the discussions regarding a National Spatial Data Infrastructure and how these issues might play out in the federal stimulus bill.
Open source is in the news again. This past week the U.S. Department of Defense announced Forge.mil, an open source project repository akin to SourceForge. Last month President Obama tapped Sun Co-founder Scott McNealy to prepare a document on open source and its potential role in government. But what of open source GIS? How is that corner of geospatial being funded and groomed for growth? We'll look at three paths that have led to open source growth and their likelihood for success in the coming months and years.
Last week, The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced the release of Spatial Infrastructures, the second white paper to be published in the Geospatial Dimensions of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Response (CIP-ER) White paper series. In this interview, Directions Magazine Editor in Chief Joe Francica speaks with John Moeller of Northrop Grumman the paper's author and Bob Samborski, executive director of GITA. The discussion focuses on driving awareness of geospatial technology to a broader audience, especially Congress, as well as the initiatives by the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) and others to do the same. Listen now...
For this exclusive interview, Directions Media Editor in Chief Joe Francica spoke with Mike Hickey, president of Pitney Bowes Business Insight, about the recently announced business unit composed of Pitney Bowes MapInfo and Group 1 Software. After the acquisition of MapInfo in 2007, Hickey took charge of this unit. He was tasked with overseeing the synergy that existed between these two companies focused on business geographics and location intelligence. He would also need to determine where this unit fit within the parent company's primary business, mailstream technology.
The BBC's radio program Digital Planet explores the "Geographic web" in this week's episode. The 26 minute podcast covers three topics: (1) Google Maps in Brazil with a focus on Android and maps on mobile phones, (2) geocaching, and (3) the wonder of "travel bugs," trinkets that travel the world making pit stops in geocaches.
Hybrid positioning refers to handsets that use GPS and another technology to determine the device's location. Such solutions use Wi-Fi access points, cell towers, TV towers and their related signals, RFID and/or Bluetooth as a companion for when GPS is not enough. A recent report suggests growing use of hybrid solutions. What might your future and that of geospatial marketplace look like as these solutions proliferate? Our editors share some scenarios and point out gaps in the existing infrastructure, i.e., places to make money.