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eNewsletter December 2012

These first 2 articles are from our partner, Sensors & Systems.

Top 10 News Stories of 2012

In our regular end-of-the-year reflection, Sensors & Systems looks back over the past 12 months share our view of the top developments of 2012 that will have strong implications for geospatial industry growth and diversity in the coming years. Making the list are technology disruptions, acquisitions, modeling frameworks, mapping efforts and global change. Read the full list and please add your own observations via comments.


10 Predictions for 2013

Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. Sensors & Systems spent some time reflecting on emerging stories and growing trends to come up with the following predictions for 2013. On the list are technology advancements, policy initiatives and the continued evolution of model-based design. And first on the list...

1. Privacy - Growing scrutiny on location privacy will be underway in the new year with Senator Al Franken's Location Privacy Protection Act mandating that companies obtain consent from users prior to collecting or sharing location data. This added scrutiny has been coming for some time, and this requirement of transparency doesn't seem onerous for businesses offering such services. The hope is that such regulations don't hamper business interests, but it will take broad location privacy vigilance among service providers for further and harsher measures not to be applied.


Astrium’s Pléiades 1B Satellite Successfully Launched

The Pléiades 1B optical satellite was orbited on Dec. 2, 2012, by a Soyuz launcher, joining its twin Pléiades 1A to form the first ever very-high-resolution Earth-imaging constellation of its kind.

The launch marks a new success for ESA, CNES and Arianespace, who jointly operate the launch base, less than a year after orbiting Pléiades 1A. Astrium Services will be the exclusive distributor of imagery from Pléiades 1A and 1B.


New Issue of LBx Journal Available

This is the Business Case issue, which focuses on the business cases for personal tracking, enterprise GIS in retail, indoor location, and web-based geospatial applications. This issue highlights 10 public and private sector Canadian projects that used geospatial applications to achieve a variety of business and organizational objectives. The issue also features a rare glimpse into the challenges of geospatial and business intelligence integration from the perspective of a third party systems integrator, and Executive Interviews with Jillian Elder of Walgreens, Chris Newton of Securus GPS, Vijay Kumar of Tata Consultancy Services, and more….


The Power of Presentation: Attracting a Retailer to a Site

David Beitz and George Daigh recently launched Beitz and Daigh Geographics, a geospatial consultancy focused on filling a gap in the retail real estate site selection and marketing process. Beitz and Daigh are veterans of using GIS to support shopping center developers with their expansion plans. They are in the business of researching and communicating location information. This is the story of two GIS professionals who have expanded beyond applying location intelligence for a single organization to solving a competitive challenge faced by many smaller developers.


European Earth Observation Programme GMES Renamed

Copernicus is the new name of the European Commission’s Earth Observation Programme, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). The new name was announced by Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani during the Competitiveness Council. In a world facing an increased risk of natural and other disasters, Copernicus aims to monitor the state of the environment on land, at sea and in the atmosphere and also to improve citizens' security.

At the same time, Copernicus is a driver for economic growth and employment, with the potential to create up to 85 000 new jobs over the period 2015-2030, according to a recent study (see IP/12/1304). European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said, "By changing the name from GMES to Copernicus we are paying homage to a great European scientist and observer: Nicolaus Copernicus. As he was the catalyst in the 16th century to better understand our world, so the European Earth Observation Programme gives us a thorough understanding of our changing planet, enabling concrete actions to improve the quality of life of the citizens. Copernicus has now reached maturity as a programme and all its services will enter soon into the operational phase. Thanks to greater data availability user take-up will increase, thus contributing to that growth that we so dearly need today.”


DigitalGlobe Secures Contract with the United States Air Force

Upgrades to multiple U.S. Air Force Eagle Vision mobile ground stations will enable the delivery of the DigitalGlobe imagery directly to war fighters and first responders in the fastest way possible.


Register by Jan. 15 for Early Bird Discount for Esri UC

Registration for the 2013 Esri International User Conference, July 8 - 12, in San Diego, CA is now open. More than 15,000 attendees are expected to meet in San Diego to preview the future of geospatial technology and discover solutions to their challenges. Esri is offering special early-bird pricing that allows anyone who registers by January 15 to save 25% off the conference rate.

Interior Releases Study of Carbon Storage and Sequestration in Western Ecosystems

Forests, grasslands and shrublands, and other ecosystems in the West sequester nearly 100 million tons (90.9 million metric tons) of carbon each year, according to a Department of the Interior report. Carbon that is absorbed or “sequestered” through natural processes reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The 100 million tons sequestered in western ecosystems is an amount equivalent to – and counterbalances the emissions of – more than 83 million passenger cars a year in the United States, or nearly 5 percent of EPA’s 2010 estimate of the nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions.


Optech announces release of new Pegasus HA500 ALTM for high-density, high-altitude mapping

Optech is pleased to announce the release of the Optech Pegasus HA500 ALTM, a purpose-built wide-area mapping sensor that is expressly focused on maximizing collection efficiency.

Capable of altitudes up to 5000 m AGL (16,500 ft), this powerful new sensor has the unique ability to collect multi-beam lidar data throughout its entire operating envelope, for industry-leading point cloud density and accuracy at any altitude. With two new high-performance lasers and an embedded 60-MP digital metric camera, the efficiency of the Pegasus HA500 eclipses all other commercial airborne lidar mapping sensors available to date.

"Our clients have been demanding an active sensor for day/night use that not only combines high altitude collection efficiency with high point density, but also provides the point precision, accuracy and tree canopy penetration that only a lidar sensor can provide,” commented Michael Sitar, Optech's Airborne Business and Product Manager.


Optech Announces Third Imaging and Lidar Solutions Conference, ILSC 2013

Optech will be holding its third Imaging and Lidar Solutions Conference, ILSC 2013, in Toronto, Canada on June 25-27, 2013. The broad acceptance of lidar data as an essential tool for 3D modeling, mapping and analysis is fostering expanded use into new application spaces, including airborne and mobile corridor mapping, railway asset management, transportation design and construction, long-range glacial modeling from static sensors, and ISR initiatives via UAV platforms.


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