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eNewsletter September 2012

Fall Issue Arrives

The Fall issue of Imaging Notes arrives in October, including features on Augmented Reality, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and how GIS is helping with tax collection in Kenya. This issue also includes Executive Interviews with Jack Dangermond about Esriís ArcGIS Online (now Software as a Service), Alex Philp of TerraEchos about predictive analytics, and Shoshanna Budzianowski of Microsoft about their leadership with Eye on Earth Network. download magazine

Clarification re: LBx Journal Invitation

Dear Imaging Notes Subscriber,

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LBx Journal, as some of you know, focuses on the business side of GIS, Earth imagery, location-based services, and geospatial solutions (location information, services and technology). More than 2,900 of your peers currently use this weekly resource to stay abreast of the people, policies and information affecting the business issues associated with location information, services and technology. Our editorial staff analyzes all of the latest news articles and summarizes only the most relevant and informative stories. In other words, we read everything and you get what matters.

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Introducing News & Views from

Following are the top ten news stories for the months of July-September as recorded via visitor views to the daily updates on Sensors & Systems (www.sensysmag.com). The stories at the top received the most views for the month.


International Landsat Cooperators to Confer in Sioux Falls

As Landsat continues to circle Earth, international partners of the Landsat program in almost a dozen locations downlink and process the data, sharing images with a global community of scientists, engineers, and land managers. These partners meet annually for the Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG) meeting, which was held this year in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sept. 24-28. LTWG serves as a venue to discuss operational and technical issues and explore expanded opportunities for collaboration


Arctic Loses a Quarter-Million Square Miles of Sea Ice After Record Low Announced in August

In just two weeks since the all-time record for lowest extent of Arctic summer sea ice was broken, the Arctic has lost an additional and astonishing 260,000 more square miles of sea ice, the area of France. On August 26, scientists from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced that Arctic sea ice extent had crashed through the previous record low set in 2007 by as much as 27,000 square miles, slightly more than the area of West Virginia. On September 16, as the melting season finally came to a close, more than quarter-million additional square miles of sea ice had melted away.


Astrium Services Launches SPOT 6

Astrium Services has posted the first images from the SPOT 6 satellite, just three days after its launch on September 9th. One of Java, Indonesia graces the front cover of the Fall 2012 issue of Imaging Notes.

SPOT 6 will assure continuity of data from the series of satellites operating since 1986, along with many technological innovations. Its unique responsiveness and acquisition capacity are set to benefit a broad spectrum of operational applications.


Astrium Services Opens up Pléiades Data for Project Evaluation

Astrium Services launched the Pléiades Users Group during the ISPRS Conference held last month in Melbourne. This group has been created to offer opportunities to assess the utility of Pléiades data for applications and to allow users to share feedback and experiences. It is open to all satellite data users across any area of activity.


Valtus Imagery Services Engages AltaLIS Ltd. as New Canadian Distribution Partner

Valtus Imagery Services, a division of North West Geomatics Ltd., and AltaLIS Ltd. announced today that they have entered into a partnership whereby AltaLIS Ltd. has become an authorized reseller of the full line of Valtus product and service offerings.


LizardTech Releases Express Server 8 Software

LizardTech, a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, today released version 8 of Express Server software for high-performance delivery and publication. This latest version comes equipped with a brand new graphical user interface (GUI), support for Geospatial PDFís and a free, 30-day trial.


How Sensor Networks Add to Context

Shel Israelís Tech Column on Forbes.com, Sept. 16, 2012

Iím writing a book with Robert Scoble. The working title is Age of Context: How it will change your work and life. Robert and I contend there are five rapidly converging forces: social media, mobile devices, sensor networks, Big Media and mapping that are forming a new contextual era.

In researching the book, Iím up to the section on sensors where we will cover several very promising apps that are currently under development, nearly all from start-ups that you probably donít know about today, but their apps may be changing your life in the next year or two.

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