GeoIntelligence Insider

GIS plays growing role in most counties

September 13, 2017By
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Report from the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference, July 21-24, Columbus, Ohio. After retiring from the Navy in 1993, my first GIS-related position was with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). I was tasked with building the agency’s GIS and promoting GIS within the 10 member counties. Some of our counties were excited about building their own GIS capability.... read more

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Communication matters with spatial data

July 17, 2017By
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International Cartographic Conference much more than just cartography I’ve always been a strong proponent of good cartography since my early days in geographic information systems (GIS) when I saw countless examples of very poor GIS map products. Regrettably, many early practitioners of GIS understood the software but lacked an appreciation and understanding of the good cartographic principals that are absolutely necessary... read more

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Drones, swarms, artificial intelligence and virtual reality now rule

May 17, 2017By
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This e-newsletter marks the sun setting on the career of GeoIntelligence Insider columnist and contributing editor Art Kalinski, long active in geospatial circles. Art is handing the journalistic reins to William Tewelow, a former intelligence specialist with the U.S. Navy. He also served a special assignment at the U.S. Department of Transportation and is currently  a manager with the U.S.... read more

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GeoHuntsville 2017: Huntsville and NGA partner to advance the tradecraft

March 8, 2017By
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Last year, Huntsville, Alabama, was the site of the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency’s (NGA’s) first HackAThon — just one outreach event to take advantage of talent and skills outside the agency that could enrich the efforts of NGA. The HackAThon was an initiative of both previous NGA Director Letitia Long and current Director Robert Cardillo. It was so successful that NGA had four other... read more

Geography Has Its Benefits and Liabilities

January 11, 2017By
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Welcome to the geointelligence side of the Defense PNT and Geointelligence e-newsletter, a publication combining the staff, readership and subject matter of both its parents. We’ll alternate the two topic areas in this Insights column, while continuing to bring you news stories in every issue relevant to defense hardware, GPS/GNSS and PNT, and to the software and mapping side of... read more

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What3words gets competition in Xaddress

December 1, 2016By
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We need reliable universal addressing for locations not adequately served by conventional street addresses. Yes, there's what3words. But xAddress offers some new wrinkles. read more

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Metric oblique image collection with UAVs

November 3, 2016By
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Combining the best of two technologies for rapid situational awareness Sometimes we get stuck looking in our own backyard for solutions, only to discover that those on the other side of the fence have been solving similar problems in a parallel effort. That was the case with metric oblique imagery when I joined Pictometry in 2007 and learned a little... read more

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A network in a box with GPS: Plum Case for challenging environments

October 6, 2016By
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If you are responding to a disaster that may have destroyed cell phone towers, and you have no power or otherwise limited connectivity, how will you work GIS data and imagery under these seemingly impossible conditions? Every map query, location shift, every zoom in/out requires a fresh query of the data from the server — precisely what you can no... read more

NGA hackathon creates new tools for disaster response

August 4, 2016By
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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), GEO Huntsville and AEgis Technologies hosted a two-day inaugural hackathon May 2-3 at Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama, dubbed #GEOHackHSV. Most of you are familiar with hackathons, but this one was focused on geospatial solutions for first responders with NGA’s GeoQ as a foundation. The goal was to hack unclassified geospatial datasets and open-source tools to build... read more

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Skyline PhotoMesh 3D: On-the-fly models while flying

July 7, 2016By
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During my tenure as the GIS manager for the Atlanta Regional Commission, I had the opportunity to work with many first responders, primarily police, fire and E911. I always promoted the capabilities of GIS to develop a common operational picture. However, most first responders were not interested in becoming GIS experts, especially with traditional GIS software and ortho imagery. They... read more