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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

GEOINT 2016: The growing GEOINT revolution

June 9, 2016By
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The GEOINT 2016 show reveals that the tradecraft has evolved exponentially to a broad and significantly more sophisticated collection of technologies, both on the expo floor and in presentations. read more

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Predictive analytics: A helping hand for first responders

May 5, 2016By
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From bioterrorism to natural disaster emergency management, predictive analytics used with geospatial tools and Big Data is proving to be a powerful new intelligence tool that may help counter global threats. read more

GIS and biological threats

April 7, 2016By
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Longing for the good old days when we mostly worried about nukes
Emerging warfare technologies are increasing, along with natural threats such as Zika and Ebola. Monitoring and analysis of such threats is a critically important activity for our geospatial community. read more

Highlights from the 2016 Esri Federal GIS Conference

March 3, 2016By
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As typical with these large conferences, I felt like I was drinking from a firehose so the following are highlights from one observer’s limited point of view. The conference drew about 4,000 attendees, with more than 200 sessions and nearly 100 exhibitors. The conference was opened by Esri President Jack Dangermond and his technical staff members, who demonstrated numerous products and... read more

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First responder UAS video: Affordable geolocation and spatial indexing

February 4, 2016By
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Many of us have been searching for fast, easy and cheap ways to collect oblique imagery and video, and build 3D models. Remote GeoSystems has developed a system that may address some of those needs at a reasonable price. read more

OpenSensorHub: Tackling a modern geospatial ‘Tower of Babel’

January 7, 2016By
Art Kalinski, GISP

The SWE standards, now in version 2.0, have been adopted worldwide supporting scientists, emergency responders and the military. Although SWE opened the door to geospatial integration, much work still remains to clear the path for use of geospatial-capable devices via the Internet. read more

what3words: The geospatial advancement of the year?

December 3, 2015By
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Early this year, I wrote a short column about what3words, one of the exhibitors at the Esri Federal GIS Conference. Since then, I’ve run into a fair number of geospatial professionals who hadn’t heard about what3words. This month,  I’m doing a deeper dive on it because I believe it will become part of our daily lives in just a few short years. What is what3words?... read more

GeoQ: Robust homeland security tools for first responders

November 5, 2015By
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When I was the GIS manager of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the most rewarding and important work we did was geospatial support for our first responders. The culmination of this effort was creation of a portable GIS that we could set up in the field on short notice anywhere in the region to provide situational awareness for first responders. The... read more