There's a lot happening this week: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is “unbolting its doors,” in the words of the Pentagon; BBC News talks to FARO about police capturing crimes scenes in 3D (there's a neat video!); AUVSI's president and CEO talks to MarketWatch about drone technology and what he hopes will sway lawmakers.
Benita Mehta 26 June 2014
GeoDataPoint is looking for bloggers of all types to contribute to our growing community. We're interested in thought leaders and experts in their field as well as those who have strong opinions on technology and current events in the geospatial realm.
Benita Mehta 26 June 2014
The past year has seen imaging technologies emerge as important tools for positioning and measurement. Once the realm of specialized photogrammetric technicians, instruments and software, visual data is becoming an increasingly common component of geospatial information. This rapid acceptance is not simply the result of early adopters latching onto a new technology. Much of the momentum is coming from fast payback and the potential for long-term savings. Whether it comes from terrestrial cameras or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), imaging is making a strong financial case.
Chris Gibson 26 June 2014
Paracosm, a start-up technology company based in Florida, envisions far-reaching potential for 3D models based on LiDAR scanning performed with an easy-to-use handheld tablet. By designing a low cost scanner and developing software to process and share 3D data, Paracosm is expanding access to indoor space information for applications such as facilities management, asset management, architecture, volumetric analysis and space optimization.
Linda Duffy 19 June 2014
This week, the Internet is abuzz over the FAA's approval of the first commercial drone use over land. The FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska—the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial UAS operation over land.
Benita Mehta 12 June 2014
By launching a constellation of commercial satellites equipped with GPS Radio Occultation (GPS-RO), a highly precise technique for collecting atmospheric soundings from space, PlanetiQ intends to bridge the gap in government-owned resources and ensure an uninterrupted stream of accurate weather and climate data. PlanetiQ President and Chief Executive Officer Anne Hale Miglarese has over 28 years of experience in the geospatial industry, in both the private sector and government agencies. GeoDataPoint asked Migliarese about the current situation and what to expect going forward.