Opinions

GIS plays growing role in most counties

September 13, 2017By
Command-ctr-O

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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The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 — GIS-style

August 17, 2017By
Figure 1- 1979 total eclipse path through the US. Source: NASA

The media is buzzing about the Great American Solar Eclipse that takes place Monday, Aug. 21.  It’s a historic event that last occurred 99 years ago. To be clear, 99 years ago is when the last total solar eclipse traversed the entire continental United States (lower 48 states). To put that timeline in perspective, only one of the following inventions... read more

Communication matters with spatial data

July 17, 2017By
admin-ajax

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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UAVs, high-accuracy GNSS: Red-hot, right-now tech

June 22, 2017By
Figure 5- Site topo with projected UAV launch point

High-accuracy GNSS technology and UAV technology are hot trends — red hot. Geospatial Solutions Editor Eric Gakstatter offers a rundown on the latest GNSS, GIS and UAV technology. read more

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Drones, swarms, artificial intelligence and virtual reality now rule

May 17, 2017By
lockheed-concept-sun-O

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
Shuttle-W

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
This graphic was developed from  the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Emory University and The Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation, a public federal institution started by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture in 1930.

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
rural-mongolia

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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Going beyond GPS is the new order of the day

November 17, 2016By
Demonstration site facing north, illustrating the array of equipment.

Times have changed, and the technology landscape is much, much different today than it was as recently as ten years ago when GPS was the driving-force technology for geospatial users and geospatial equipment, and the exclusive concern of many companies in the industry. In that era, their challenges were to design the best performing receiver in terms of accuracy, size,... read more

Metric oblique image collection with UAVs

November 3, 2016By
idan-w

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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