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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has issued this information message for the GEOINT 2012 conference:

About 4,000 people from US and foreign intelligence agencies and representatives from the commercial industries that support them will engage in the GEOINT 2012 Symposium October 8-11 at the Gaylord Palms. This symposium theme is “Creating the Innovation Advantage.”

The focus of the event is geospatial-intelligence -- which is the exploitation of satellite or airborne images, fused with other intelligence and geospatial information like mapping, charting and geodesy, to help warfighters and national decision makers visualize what they need to know.  In English, this conference centers on the intelligence capabilities that form the eyes of the nation, e.g. finding Bin Laden.

All events and more than 250 exhibits are open to registered media at no cost.  The most modern imaging equipment and software capabilities will be on display along with technologies that help make sense of all the data.  Think electronic and visual displays straight from the future and lots of opportunities for interviews and great visuals.

Speakers include the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the incoming Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Director of the National Security Agency, the Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and others in a range of keynote addresses and panels.

Visit for more information about this event sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

by Joe Francica on 10/03 at 10:24 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The cuts will be in Roanoke which currently employs about 1000 people, per Jared Adams, director of communications for ITT Exelis’ Geospatial Systems division. More details are expected next week.

Due to anticipated U.S. defense government procurement reductions, we have experienced an impact on the size and frequency of night vision contracts, This impact has resulted in a need for the Exelis Roanoke facility to adjust production capacity and employee headcounts.

The geospatial division includes the sensors, software and night vision products areas.

ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., is a global supplier of innovative night vision, remote sensing and navigation solutions that provide sight and situational awareness at the space, airborne, ground and soldier levels.


by Adena Schutzberg on 10/03 at 05:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Pierce County Emergency Management and Information Technology (WA) won both a national and international awards competition for its new Damage Assessment Mobile Application.

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) announced on Tuesday [9/25] that Pierce County’s new application won the IAEM-USA Technology & Innovation Award, and then went on to win the IAEM-Global Award in the same category.

BLS Courier Herald

Augusta’s [GA] newest update to its online property application gives users access to a lot of new features, including the ability to travel back in time.

A reader asked for a tutorial - I guess he too could not find the Help button hidden at the bottom of the tools menu.

- Augusta Chronicle

The Singapore Land Authority has added new data layers to its OneMap.

MCYS [ Youth and Sports ] for example launched a directory which allows users to browse the availability of social services nearest to their location. Meanwhile“TrafficQuery” allows users to check on live traffic updates and other related information such as traffic speed, incidents, live traffic camera, Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) and Parking Lots Availability.

- FutureGov

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/03 at 05:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Many people use our data and have no idea where it came from, which frankly I think is good.” 

Joe Merrit, GIS manager in Clinton County, Ohio is pround of the data his office gathers and their wide use. He was quoted in the Wilmington News Journal

The issue is the continued funding of his position and perhaps the growth of the industry. To further both, I think it's very important people know where that data came from, both from a technical sense (is it from satellites, GPS on the ground, etc.?) and an administrative one (county data goes into satnav systems). 

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/03 at 03:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In the Free Software world, Marble is the name of “a small interactive globe and geographical atlas” for all platforms (including mobile ones) where the Qt libraries can run. At first sight, Marble may seem one of those pretty, but all-in-all unnecessary software applications we all meet from time to time: why Marble when we already have Google Maps and Google Earth? As it turns out, you may have a lot of reasons to use Marble, once you know it better.

Marco Fioretti goes on to talk about its open-ness, its speed and the abilty to add datasets to it (including one's own voice for naviation). I can't say I've heard of it or used it, but he suggests its a great fit for education.

- Tech Republic

University of Camrbidge (UK) has switched to OpenStreetMap for its basemap for the online campus map.  Note how it's fully atributed the map wiht a link to the new license. The map has its own APIs and uses open source code for serach and styling.

via @openstreetmap

Someone on Twitter asked about WorldWind the other day. It might have been @cageyjames. I saw two projects that use it just yesterday:

1) It's part of Snowflake Software's new free ATM Viewer for AIXM data.

- Air Traffic Management

2) It's part of "a web-based planning, prediction and training tool, which can be used to support decisions in long-term urban planning. This was developed by the SUDPLAN ('Sustainable urban development planner for climate change adaptation') project, which has received more than EUR 2.5 million under the 'ICT for environmental services and climate change adaptation' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)." 


by Adena Schutzberg on 10/03 at 02:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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