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Utility GIS users meet at Esri GeoConx

October 20, 2016By
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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
A four-satellite dispenser for Galileo’s Ariane 5 is shown during shaker testing at Airbus Defence and Space near Bordeaux, France. The dispenser has had four Galileo engineering models attached to it for test purposes.
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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
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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

FAA just gave US commercial drone industry major shot in the arm

June 30, 2016By
3DR demonstrates its drone in the Esri UC drone cage.

Mark June 21, 2016, on your calendar. This will be known as the day in geospatial history that the floodgates were opened for small drones to be used for business. On that day, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially introduced new rules (so-called Part 107) that allow businesses to fly small (under 55 pounds) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the... read more

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Geospatial World Forum looks at Galileo, EGNOS for GIS

June 30, 2016By
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By Tim Reynolds Contributing Editor for Europe The eighth edition of the Geospatial World Forum took place May 23–26 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, attracting professionals from the surveying and geospatial information system (GIS) sectors. I attended the event on May 24 and took part in a workshop that looked at the benefits of Galileo and EGNOS in geospatial applications in the... 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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Esri introduces high-precision GNSS mobile GIS software

May 19, 2016By
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The title of this column may surprise you. Esri has never built a high-precision GNSS mobile GIS software in its 47-year history. Its ArcGIS Collector did not differentiate between low-precision GNSS data and RTK GNSS receivers — until now. read more

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