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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Leave it to an Israeli company to transfer its technology for locating downed Israel Air Force pilots to find stolen cares and most recently to tracking people and valuable assets. Ituran offers the Personal Alarm & Locator (PAL) a device about the size of a pager. The twist on this product? Instead of using GPS signals, or cell phone signals, it uses its own terrestrial network for the tracking. Currently in use in Israel (a very small country!), the company hopes to enter the European and US markets. First stop for the latter? Florida.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 05:26 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Access to data from NOAA’s observing systems is now available via a single portal,  the NOAA Observing System Architecture (NOSA) website. NOAAТs more than 30 years of data collection taps tens of thousands of sensors in more than 100 observing systems. The sensors include satellites, sonar and the naked eye. The website aims to provide access to and information about all the data available. The interface is Уpick a sensor, pick a geography.” The technology is ArcIMS and a bit of the legend (right) illustrates the need to know your acronyms!

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 08:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Just like its neighbor to the south, Canada is exploring regulation for it commercial remote sensing industry. The legislation, co-sponsored by four Canadian ministries will encourage the commercial remote sensing and allow for Уshutter control,Ф government oversight of what can be captured, how and to whom it can be sold. The bill, УC-25: An Act Governing the Operation of Remote Sensing Space Systems,Ф was introduced in the Canadian House of Commons last November and received its first hearing before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Feb. 1. Radarsat-2 will be the first commercially owned but federally funded satellite in Canada.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 08:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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