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Geospatial Highlights: FAA OKs Drones to Monitor Wildfires

This week, we begin with a return to drones and wildfires as the Federal Aviation Administration for the first time approves the use of drones to monitor Washington wildfires. Also of interest: the best drone photography of the year; MIT researchers create LiDAR system for photographers; 3D app for iPad; Obama unveils 3D mapping initiative; and more.

Benita Mehta 6 days ago

University researches driverless vehicles with sensor, mapping technology

The University of Michigan is becoming a leader in the development of automated and networked vehicles. The university in Ann Arbor, Michigan has launched multiple experiments incorporating sensors and mapping technology as part of their effort to advance driverless vehicle research.

Melanie Krouse 6 days ago

Geospatial Highlights: The Drone PR Problem; Fighting Wildfires with LiDAR

This week, national media outlets have been talking about everything from drones to LiDAR to cloud-based mapping to driverless cars. Time magazine has some polarizing commentary exploring the public perception of "good drones" vs. "bad drones."

Benita Mehta 10 July 2014

Weather Satellites: Private Data Poised to Improve the Forecast

A new commercial weather satellite industry is ready to step in and address expected gaps in weather data by augmenting government systems with data that is less expensive, collected more frequently, and delivered more quickly than currently available data.

Linda Duffy 10 July 2014

Commercial UAVs Just Around the Corner

We have only to look to our northern neighbor to see drones that are already being placed into commercial use. In Canada, commercial drones that are outfitted with high-definition cameras or infrared sensors are being used in agriculture to monitor crops.

Mary Shacklett 03 July 2014

Geospatial Highlights: China’s Supercaves, ‘Time Scanners’ on PBS

"National Geographic" has an amazing feature on a team of explorers who used 3D laser scanning technology to create a map of some of the world's largest caves in China. The images are stunning. The magazine's website has the scans and even offers a 3D tour of the caves.

Benita Mehta 03 July 2014

Geospatial Highlights: NGA Seeks New Ideas; AUVSI President Says Drones Extensions of Humans

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!

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

Indoor 3D Models for the Masses

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