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Wearable Computing and the Internet of Things

September 11, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

It is hard to go anywhere now and not see individuals or whole crowds of people staring at their “device”. I was walking past an outdoor café the other day and noticed that every single person on the patio was engaged in texting, searching and scanning.…

Does the term GIS mean anything at all?

August 1, 2013 - in Column, Modeling

I have recently been reading a series of national and state GIS articles and user needs documents, all of which talk about the need for a National GIS…

Indoor Location: The Mobile Revolution Starts Now

June 6, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

The future of mobile location-based services lies in its rapid adoption of indoor technologies. For more than 20 years, the use of global positioning…

Hitting the Point: A Simple Guideline for Contracting 3D Mapping Professionals

May 24, 2013 - in Column, Modeling

Recently, a few technologically specific themes have surfaced in the contemporary business world that all of us can relate to. Whether you are a surveyor, engineer, analyst, or somewhere in gray the topics of “the cloud”, “big data”, and “data mining”…

Sensor Sensibility: Communications Design Considerations for Energy Efficiency

April 17, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

One of the key design constraints in the deployment of a sensor network is the optimization of power consumption and energy efficiency. A problem familiar to those working with embedded devices is the need to eke out every possible capability while working…

Open Data Means Registries

March 4, 2013 - in Column

The municipal world has been buzzing with the concepts of Open Data. Many regions and municipalities have declared their support for the idea, and a Global Open Data Day was declared on February 22, 2013. Organizations have formed and principles declared (see…

The Future of Urban Planning: Interactive 3-D Visualization

February 6, 2013 - in Column, Planning

In many cases, the software used by urban planners and architects is nearly as complex as urban planning itself—especially for owners and operators of the project, who may not have design backgrounds. However, unlike the old, manual method of sorting though…

Location-enabled Smart Planning and Community Development

January 23, 2013 - in Column, Modeling, Planning

The economic downturn impacted many nations around the world including the US. In particular, decreasing home values left many Americans underwater on their mortgages and many companies and organizations struggling to survive. Companies downsized or went out…

OGC Sensor Web Standards and the “Smart City”

January 16, 2013 - in Column, Sensors, Smart Cities

Sensors are everywhere. There are now thousands of sensors for every human on Earth. And there will be even more thousands in the future. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, applications that use sensors to monitor your home environment, track your…

Sensor Sensibility: Applications to Analytics, Modeling and Simulation

January 9, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

Deploying sensors in the environment provides opportunities that previously were impossible, or at least cost prohibitive. Twenty years ago, monitoring a wide field meant a deployed field crew visiting areas of interest frequently, or perhaps aerial surveys…