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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I received an email from DigitalGlobe regarding their ability to deliver imagery within 45 days of a tasking order up to 500 Km2 from their constellation of satellites. A tasking order is a request to capture imagery over a specific area with a specific sensor at a specific time. Usually, most buyers purchase off-the-shelf imagery that were previously obtained during satellite passes throughout the year or past several years. DigitalGlobe’s objective is to more quickly provide imagery, and in light of the recent events in Haiti, the demand for remotely-sensed data of recent vintage is growing. (See other information regarding DigitalGlobe’s tasking options [pdf])

DigitalGlobe is also promising that, once received, the company will offer a 10-day money-back guarantee. This is a smart move since, the company is offering data from their entire constellation, not any particular satellite. So, if the customer is not happy with the amount of cloud cover or resolution, they may return the imagery.

GeoEye’s standard, published delivery time for a new order requiring collection is 60 days. GeoEye offers the ability to shorten that time with a tasking fee.

So, it’s clear that both satellite data companies want to make it known just how quickly they can turn around imagery, if asked to to do. I think we’ll see that each company will seek to exploit this kind of competitive advantage over the coming years.

by Joe Francica on 01/26 at 02:55 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Netezza released Skimmer yesterday (press release). It’s an entry-level data warehouse appliance (ten-terabyte capacity) with $125,000 price tag. It’s positioned for, among other things, “partner-developed applications.”

Kalido will make appliances aimed at pharmaceutical and insurance industries are expected later this quarter. “Pitney Bowes may be next out of the gate with Skimmer-based appliances bundling location intelligence and related predictive analytics software, [Forrester analyst James] Kobielus speculates.”

- InformationWeek

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 08:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Following on efforts in the U.S., UK and elsewhere comes word that Indian policy which typically deems government information “restricted,” may be changing.

The policy currently in development, per two unnamed sources, “would compel departments and publicly funded bodies to scan their records, review the kind of data they maintain and release it for public consumption.” If they didn’t make data available, they’d have to explain why.

One the big beneficiaries, per Jacob P. Koshy: researchers and the geospatial industry.

The policy change is credited to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who hinted at change at the Indian Science Congress earlier this month.

- LiveMint

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 08:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“To alleviate range anxiety, a GIS-based mapping system will help drivers find charging stations, identify how many chargers are available at a particular location and whether or not an individual charger is in use.”

- a press release on ECOtality, Inc.‘s first generation internet-based software for advanced electric vehicle charging

The video looks like a Google Maps app (with no Google logo - interesting…). The app demoed didn’t use GPS to locate the car. (Also, interesting.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 07:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A national conference for directors of surveying and mapping bureaus hinted that the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) continues toward a goal of “100 merit-based digital cities nationwide,” an effort key to building “the digital China geo-spatial framework.”

The effort began in 2006 and so far includes 78 cities.

- People’s Daily Online

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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