It’s a time of great disruption within the technology space, with a great deal of change taking place in how geospatial data is collected, stored, visualized, and analyzed. There are new technologies and new approaches that have allowed new companies to emerge, and that have empowered existing players. Much more disruption is on the horizon that individually or combined will make it hard for practitioners and vendors to plan.
A prototype autonomous vehicle, or rover, developed by CSIRO is helping scientists improve the accuracy of Earth observation satellites that provide valuable data to our mining and agricultural industries. Just as the Mars Rover Curiosity is gathering information about our neighbouring planet, CSIRO’s affectionately nicknamed ‘Outback Rover’ is helping to calibrate satellites that provide clues to Earth’s soil condition, mineralogy and vegetation.
The Suhou Industrial Park in eastern Chin has implemented a smart city concept that connected services, such as schools, hospitals, hotels, public transportation and administration buildings to a smart grid. The industrial park is a joint-venture between the Chinese and Singapore government, and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce ranks SIP as the most competitive industrial park in the country.
Occipital is a start-up company that has designed a 3D scanning add-on for an Apple iPad that captures detailed 3D scans of its surroundings. The device is open source, with the ability for developers to modify and change to their purpose, and to be made accessible for any mobile device. The company launched a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign earlier this week to highlight their new device, and they've already raised more than $500,000, far exceeding their initial goal of $100,000, and with more than a month to go prior to their funding deadline of Nov. 1.
Major GIS vendors are embracing cloud computing as a platform to extend functionality, to ease the use of these tools for greater reach into enterprises, and to penetrate new markets. The extension of GIS via the cloud was pioneered by the likes of Google Earth Enterprise and ArcGIS Online, and is also . While there are certainly other GIS players that have extended functionality via the Cloud, the focus of this short feature relates to the evolution of ArcGIS Online via the infinite computing capabilities of the cloud. Esri has fully embraced this model, spending millions to provision their cloud-GIS with data and to extend that through applications with access via any device. Jack Dangermond recenlty described the company as a software as a service (SaaS) provider, which is dramatically different description than just a year ago.