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GeoIntelligence Insider

Why geospatial data needs artificial intelligence

January 27, 2021By
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By San Gunawardana, Guest Author Advances in geospatial technology have opened up many new possibilities in areas such as national security, urban planning and emergency preparedness. When I was embedded with the U.S. Army as a scientist in Afghanistan, I got to experience firsthand the exceptional value of 3D data. The military used nation-scale imagery and lidar to generate 3D... read more

NASA’s Artemis program will need lunar spatial reference system

January 13, 2021By
Figure 1. (Photo: NASA)

We leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.” —Astronaut Gene Cernan’s closing words, the twelfth and last person on the moon as he stepped back into the Apollo XVII Lunar Module on December 13, 1972. Apollo was about vision, courage and discovery. Apollo helped unravel the mysteries of the moon... read more

How public safety GIS saves us when disaster strikes

November 11, 2020By
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Tenacity of spirit is one of the great virtues. Supporters of geospatial technology have often had to endure steadfast resolve convincing others of the multi-dimensional value GIS provides. It is a battle best won by seeing and doing rather than by words. Jack Maple proved the value of GIS to public safety in the early 1990s by using it to... read more

How the Civil Air Patrol relies on GIS for civil defense

September 9, 2020By
Civil Air Patrol Cessna. (Photo: CAP)

As technology evolves, the Civil Air Patrol will continue to be a platform for implementing new technologies to secure the country in times of crisis. The strength of this country isn’t in buildings of brick and steel. It’s in the hearts of those who have sworn to fight for its freedom! —Captain America If you are someone who likes aviation,... read more

At-home crowdsourcing and citizen science for mapping enthusiasts

May 13, 2020By
Image: U.S. Geological Survey

The world so close has never seemed so far away. Locked up and adrift, somewhere between the comfort of the past and the anxiety of the future, the present slowly passes by in a procession of nameless days. The living room has become a sundial. Shadows pass from one wall in the morning to the far side by day’s end.... read more

Coronavirus: How mapping can stop a pandemic

March 11, 2020By
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Birth of an epidemic Men wearing white bio-suits entered the market from the main entrance. A panic ensued at the sight, and a commotion quickly spread through the crowd. Shop keepers, sensing the worst, hurriedly gathered their belongings. People rushed towards the exits. More armed soldiers in white bio-suits pressed in, sealing off escape. Screams and weeping filled the market... read more

A new era begins with geospatially based aviation

January 6, 2020By
The envisioned Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft. (Photo: PUCA)

At any given moment, more than 5,000 airplanes are flying over the United States. In a single year, nearly 778 million passengers will take to the skies — more than twice the population of the U.S., and the number increases each year. Aviation is the safest form of transportation. It is 100 times safer than driving. For every 100 traffic... read more

From the Great Pyramids to GIS/GPS

November 12, 2019By
Pyramids of Giza taken from the International Space Station. (Image: NASA)

Connection to the Stars The Great Pyramids still cast their long shadow upon history. It’s been said that even Time kneels before them. They are monuments to the state-of-the-art technology of the builders using their most advanced astronomy, engineering, mathematics and trigonometry as a testament to their understanding of the world. They are monuments to the builder’s state-of-the-art technology at... read more

NOAA and the search for deep-sea corals

September 11, 2019By
Control room of the Okeanos. (Photo: NOAA)

This article includes National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) undersea camera livestreams and an interview with an undersea expedition coordinator. In a case of fortuitous happenstance, I found myself in an operations support center for an undersea expedition with two, large, flat screens mounted on a wall peering into the deep through the remote viewer slowly gliding through a dark blue... read more

The story of GIS at DHS: An alphabet soup of progress

August 14, 2019By and
The HSE GeoCONOPS is a strategic roadmap to understand and improve the coordination of geospatial activities across the entire spectrum of the Nation. Updated on July 22, 2019, (Graphic: GeoPlatform.gov)

Read the first part of this series: The story of GIS at DHS: From Manhattan to Katrina. The Geospatial Management Office (GMO) is the designated coordinator of geospatial activities throughout the core of the Department of Homeland Security headquarters and its component agencies. Part I described how and why the GMO was formed and some of the early activities when resources... read more