This week's most interesting news could be a significant step toward relaxing the FAA's ban on commercial drone use. The administration said Monday it is considering giving permission to seven movie and television filming companies to use unmanned aircraft for aerial photography. However, many films have already been putting drones to work despite the ban.
Benita Mehta 05 June 2014
Bob Dahn, president of NSPS in 2012, was a recent guest on NPR radio show "The Colin McEnroe Show," based in Connecticut. The show called "Navigating Our World: Maps to GPS" focused on the creation and use of maps throughout history and how GPS affects map usage. It also included guests Michael Blanding, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and Hiawatha Bray, a journalist for the Boston Globe.
Benita Mehta 29 May 2014
Hope everyone had a great long weekend. We'll start this week's roundup with a quirky one: Martha Stewart expounds on her love of UAVs in Vanity Fair this month. She says she owns a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition and uses it to survey her property. She recommends readers buy it! In other links, Autodesk partners with the National Park Service and other vendors to begin an incredible survey of the historic USS Arizona; and there's an interesting discussion from an Australian site about proving the benefits of BIM.
Benita Mehta 29 May 2014
Clearly, outsourcing all or part of your IT operations to off premises vendors is on the rise, but it’s also important to remember that outside hosting of your IT is not the best solution for every situation. If your business is surveying or other engineering-intensive work, the last thing you want to do is to sidetrack part of your staff with computer maintenance and trouble-shooting—yet many smaller firms must do this.
Mary Shacklett 22 May 2014
Since AUVSI's annual conference was just last week, this week's roundup is all about drones. A fascinating piece in The Atlantic profiles "drone art" with a Japanese dance troupe known for incorporating advanced technologies into their performances; a Wall Street Journal blogger writes about the benefits of investing in the "drone revolution;" and the Houston Chronicle discusses how energy companies are improving safety conditions using drones.
Benita Mehta 22 May 2014
There are many technology elements that make driverless cars go, but few are more important than the LiDAR devices that are mounted on the roofs of these vehicles. These LiDAR devices can scan more than 200 feet in all directions, generating a precise three-dimensional map of the car’s surroundings.