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The "Social Network" of Machines

December 6, 2012 - in Column

The past decade has clearly been the era of social networks, with revolutionary impact on nearly everything, from social behaviour to mapping and response to emergency events. Associated with the rise of Facebook, Twitter and the other dominant social network…

Examining the Concept of Informed Infrastructure

October 18, 2012 - in Column

While later columns will most often look at the details, I thought this first column should be devoted to the variety of concepts that might be attributed…

Game On – Why Your Tween is Poised to be the Next Geospatial Super User

October 9, 2012 - in Column

Much has been written about converging threads in the geospatial arena over the past several years (6 articles in Safe’s blog alone!), whether it’s…

Sensor Sensibility: Deployment Strategies and Design Tradeoffs

October 1, 2012 - in Column

Before we delve too far into the various applications of wireless sensor networks, it may be of some use to review the characteristics of such a system. While wireless sensor networks allow us to deploy and gather information in a variety of places that are…

Creating and Enabling a Smarter Enterprise with Location Intelligence

September 18, 2012 - in Column

The recent economic downturn has forced enterprises of all shapes and sizes to do more with less, yet they are still expected to return profitable results. This has led many businesses to shift their priorities and strategies for effectively managing customer…

Sensor Sensibility: Sensors Transform the Information Ecosystem

June 25, 2012 - in Column, Featured, Sensors

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Sensor Sensibility. This column will focus on a number of topics related to sensors ranging from sensor platforms to sensor data, standards to architectures. Sensors are transforming the information ecosystem, providing an…

Informing Design

May 16, 2012 - in Column, Design/Engineering, Featured

Geographic information systems (GIS) technology and design have long been intertwined, hard to separate, and competitive. Born from landscape architecture, GIS was seen as the place for mapping, planning, and analysis, while computer-aided design (CAD) was…

Point Clouds Emerge from the Shadows, No Longer ‘Always the Bridesmaid’

May 7, 2012 - in Column, Featured

How do you know when a new technology reaches maturity? When everyone knows what it is? When everyone uses it? When it is no longer the subject of special conversations, conferences, articles etc.? I am not sure, I don’t have the answer; this is not a rhetorical…

Point Clouds Emerge from the Shadows, No Longer 'Always the Bridesmaid'

May 7, 2012 - in Column, Featured

How do you know when a new technology reaches maturity? When everyone knows what it is? When everyone uses it? When it is no longer the subject of special conversations, conferences, articles etc.? I am not sure, I don’t have the answer; this is not a rhetorical…

Geospatial Technology in 5 to 10 years

May 7, 2012 - in Column, Featured

I was asked to write this forward-looking piece for the United Nations Programme on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM), which is an inter-governmental mechanism to consult on issues related to global geospatial information. Contributors were asked…