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There has been a great deal of maturity in the tools and approaches to sustainability problems over the past four years since V1 Magazine was launched. At the global and regional scale, we’ve seen an increasing application of sensors and systems to monitor, analyze and adapt to global change. At the local and city scale, […]

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Is there a mapping drone in your future?

by Matt Ball on March 16, 2012

Wasn’t it just yesterday that the idea of unmanned aerial platforms seemed like science fiction? With the successful deployment of drones for recent military operations, the technology has come a long way in a short period of time. While the image of the bubble-headed armed aircraft-sized drone platform is etched in our minds, these sensing […]

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We’ve long used sensors to track performance of networks, but the smart city that is comprised of a network of networks that inform and report on infrastructure is a relatively new concept that is taking hold. We’re seeing whole cities built around the concept of constant monitoring and feedback, with central control for increased efficiency. […]

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This may be a perennial question, as certainly the rise and promise of universal 3D geovisualization keeps coming in waves that are similar to the promise of location-based services. With each wave, we all ride the crest, and perhaps a few move toward the ongoing capture and visualization of our geographies beyond just a project […]

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There was a good deal of discussion at the recent GeoDesign Summit about ways in which incorporated analytics will enhance the design process by allowing for performance feedback. This form-based design workflow allows for a more inclusive process, but it will face great resistance if it impedes the flow of ideas and creativity of the […]

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While this column title may sound a bit like buzzword bingo, perhaps only missing ‘in the cloud’ to declare a winner, all of these technology trends are linked strongly to the power of geospatial technology to synthesize, visualize and analyze global change. We live in a time of great technological, political, and social disruption, amid […]

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The standard line for dreams of upcoming technology that hasn’t yet materialized has become, “Where’s My Jetpack?” The fondness we have for projecting technology’s promise into tomorrow has left many dreams yet to be fulfilled. Where are our robotic assistants and hassle-free travel, not to mention our increased leisure time? This wishful thinking hasn’t escaped […]

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It’s now the eve of the State of the Map (SOTM) and Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) events, which take place back-to-back in Denver. The OpenStreetMap and FOSS4G communities will converge to cover open data and open source software, with a focus on development tools, applications, and shared objectives. The combined audience […]

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With the hurricane season quite visibly upon us here in the United States, coupled with a high-profile but incidental earthquake, disaster planning and response are top-of-mind with most GIS managers. This has also been a year of heavy flooding along both the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, and record droughts across Texas. With all these natural […]

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With increasing global change comes a need to return ecosystems to their strongest natural health, and to ensure that our built environment can adapt rather than crumble from natural forces. Stepped-up ecological change is forcing new levels of land and infrastructure management, and geospatial technology is well-poised to analyze impacts, improve designs, and monitor outcomes. […]

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