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Carbon Project Helps Connect Social Media to Satellites

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Thursday, January 9th 2014


The Carbon Project today announced it was selected to work with George Mason University (GMU) to develop cloud-based tools for guiding mapping satellites or small UAVs during natural disasters, based on information from social media posts.

"Hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes and blizzards can all cause massive disruption to transportation infrastructure. The ability of first responders and governments to direct needed resources to an area is often hampered by our ability to see what's happening," says Jeff Harrison, CEO of The Carbon Project. "In this crowdsourcing project, large groups of people provide small bits of information that can give us a better understanding of real-time events. This information is used to help guide satellites or small UAVs onto trouble spots."

The effort developed and deployed a cloud-based application called the Carbon Scanner to assess the impact of natural events on transportation infrastructure using social media, alert on trouble spots and help guide satellites or UAVs to collect imagery for rapid mapping. Project partners include George Mason University, The Carbon Project, commercial companies and community representatives from US state and local governments. The project is funded by a grant from the US Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).

"This project has already made good progress in designing, developing and deploying a functioning capability," says Harrison. "We look forward to the second year of the effort and developing new ways to push this valuable information to those who need it."

For more information on The Carbon Project please visit www.TheCarbonProject.com.

About The Carbon Project

The Carbon Project is a high-energy software and technology company pioneering cloud computing, Geosocial Networking, and peer-to-peer solutions to solve tomorrow's infrastructure, environmental and national security mapping challenges. We serve businesses, software developers and government agencies that need real-time mapping solutions, or simply use geospatial data. The Carbon Project is a privately owned company backed by individual investors. For more information please visit www.TheCarbonProject.com.

The Carbon Project, Geosocial Networking, CarbonCloud and Carbon Scanner are trademarks or registered trademarks of Carbon Project, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their owners.

DISCLAIMER: The views, opinions, findings and conclusions reflected in this press release are the responsibility of the authors only and do not represent the official policy or position of the US Department of Transportation/RITA, or any State or other entity.

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