A Vital Tool for Forest Management

Forests in the United States are under threat. Fire is changing the nation’s forest landscape, while forest health is succumbing to warmer weather patterns. Faced with challenges of such magnitude, James E. Hubbard, the deputy chief for state and private forestry for the US Forest Service (USFS), believes that GIS is the key to forest management. “Natural resource management in the United States, and particularly forest management, would not be possible today without GIS,” he said. Hubbard is responsible for […]

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Snow On Pluto’s Mountain Peaks – Spots of NASA

Images collected by the New Horizons spacecraft show “exotic snowcapped mountains” in the southeast corner of the Cthulhu Regio, a dark stretch of the dwarf planet approximately the size of Alaska, according to NASA. Scientists believe the snow is composed mostly of frozen methane that condensed from Pluto’s atmosphere. “That this material coats only the upper slopes of the peaks suggests methane ice may act like water in Earth’s atmosphere, condensing as frost at high altitude,” said John Stansberry, a New […]

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The Singapore government wants to track cars using satellites and people are mad

The Government has greenlit a system to track cars with satellites to calculate road tax, and a lot of people don’t trust it. On Thursday, the Land Transport Authority announced that it has approved a multi-million dollar project to replace the current gantries at busy roads, which deduct money from cars driving through during peak periods. The new S$556 million ($397 million) project will be readied for 2020. It will involve installing car units that will communicate with a satellite […]

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Mapping the National – Building Smart Government with GIS

Across the globe, governments use GIS to move communities toward healthier, more resilient, and safer outcomes. From actions as simple as optimizing routes for field workers, to visualizing policy impacts and developing intelligent transportation systems, GIS supports governments at all levels—local, state, and national. Mapping, charting, surveying, land administration, and statistical organizations supply the foundational GIS data such as census counts and imagery that is critical to national, state, and local governments. Today, government organizations increasingly use Web GIS portals […]

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Using the ArcGIS Platform to Visualize Facility Information

Fulton County, Georgia, needed an easy way to locate and inventory office assets, fulfill maintenance work orders, and improve security and communication. With 295 government facilities across 22 government sections, it was preferable to do this from one system, where facility managers could gain operational awareness for strategic planning. A 3D model of the interior of the Fulton County government center shows general locations in the buildings and includes two-way links to a very specific 2D floor plan map. The […]

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Researchers have made GPS accurate to within a centimetre

Most of us rely on global positioning systems (GPS) to figure out where we’re going on a daily basis, but current technology works on the scale of metres – and although it can usually pinpoint which road you’re on, it often can’t determine exactly where you are on that road. But that could be about to change, thanks to new research that makes GPS accurate right down to the centimetre level – so, less than half an inch. And the new technology won’t just […]

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How Earth Changed In 2015: The View From Far Above

Sometimes the best way to witness planetary happenings – and to gain perspective on them – is from high above. Below are satellite images and aerial photos from the NASA Earth Observatory that capture some of the more dramatic changes that shaped the earth over the past year. Large rivers run atop the Greenland ice sheet NASA This aerial photo captured in July shows large, fast-flowing rivers on top of the Greenland ice sheet abruptly dropping into a seemingly bottomless […]

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Google Maps update will automatically predict driving directions

Google Maps has a new trick up its sleeve: predicting your destination when you get on the road. The company will soon be updating its navigation app with a new “driving mode” that uses your location history and other factors to predict your destination. The update, which was first spotted by AndroidPolice, adds a new feature called “Driving Mode.” Here’s how it works: The update adds a new “Start Driving” tab to Google Maps. Selecting this option will automatically begin […]

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Esri Introduces New, Fast Global Geocoding as Service and Appliance

Location is becoming increasingly critical for many businesses. It can help find new customers and better support existing ones. Whether a business deals with patient records, utility bills, real estate properties, city services, or crime, most of its data contains location information. Leveraging this location information allows an organization to provide smarter access to health care, supply higher quality utility services, more aptly evaluate a property’s market potential, and more easily manage a city’s field operations and police patrolling. The […]

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Esri and Trimble Offer the R1 GNSS Receiver to Enhance Field GIS Workflows

Esri announced today the availability of the Trimble R1 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver for collecting professional-grade GPS data with Collector for ArcGIS. The GNSS receiver is rugged certified MIL-STD-810, IP65 rated, compact, and lightweight and provides professional-grade positioning information to iOS, Android, or Windows mobile handhelds, smartphones, and tablets using Bluetooth connectivity for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) capabilities. “We’re very pleased that Esri will distribute the R1 GNSS receiver to its customers,” said Ron Bisio, general manager […]

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