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Drones, swarms, artificial intelligence and virtual reality now rule

May 17, 2017By

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

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

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

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

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

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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Utility GIS users meet at Esri GeoConx

October 20, 2016By

I spent time this week at the Esri GeoConx conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The GeoConX conference is a gathering of ~800 GIS users from gas, electric and telecom utility companies. I always enjoy listening to GIS professionals from utility companies because they are faced with the most interesting GIS and data management problems. High on the list is data integration.... read more

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ION GNSS+ a playground for high precision

September 22, 2016By

Every year, some of the brightest minds and most influential people in the GNSS industry that guide the direction of global GNSS system deployments (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou) and design the most advanced GNSS receivers in the world, gather at the ION GNSS+ conference. I almost always attend this conference, as it provides a look into what GNSS receiver researchers, designers... read more

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High-precision positioning to improve as next-gen GNSS begins

August 24, 2016By

In Geospatial Solutions’ sister publication, GPS World magazine, I’ve written quite a bit about how high-precision GNSS is going to significantly improve over the next few years. Most GNSS users have receivers capable of using GPS (31 satellites) and Glonass (about 24 satellites). That generally equates to between 13 and 20 satellites in view with a clear sky and average... read more

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NGA hackathon creates new tools for disaster response

August 4, 2016By

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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