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New thinking, new possibilities
Globalisation and the need for businesses to look beyond proprietary systems and be able to quickly adapt to changing technologies is stimulating a new thinking to adopt the cloud. Evidently, it makes sound business sense in streamlining the processes by using only the services one needs and at a time one needs them and save money rather than investing in storage infrastructure. The scalability, flexibility and continuity offered in developing applications with improved coordination are added feathers in the cloud cap.

Experts predict a mass movement to the cloud as inevitable. And if surveys and projections are to be believed, the cloud is the next big destination for all IT related services. Fears of reliability and security not withstanding, some believe the only hurdle is understanding the potential of the cloud.

So, when IT is embracing the cloud, can geospatial be far behind? The cloud has opened up plethora of services in geospatial domain including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS. The availability of different cloud scenarios including public, private, community and hybrid clouds is enabling several end user applications and focussed computing services to match a client’s need and choice previously unthinkable. The cloud surely is opening up the floodgate of possibilities!!

Bhanu Rekha
Associate Editor, Geospatial World

Print Publications

Geospatial World (February 2011) (Formerly GIS Development)

Hyperspectral imaging: Beyond the niche

Hyperspectral imaging has occupied an important niche in the technology and applications of Remote Sensing for some time. Has it now reached a tipping point where it can become a viable commercial activity across the board of applications of earth observation and imaging science? Read on to know...

Construction permits: Speeding up development

The Kingdom of Bahrain aims to facilitate the booming construction business by speeding up the building permit process through GIS

Crossrail: On the g-track

Here's a look at how the largest civil engineering project in Europe is incorporating geospatial technologies in its processes

Food security: Crop monitoring from the sky

The Global Monitoring for Food Security project of European Space Agency aims to provide earth observation-based services for, and to encourage partnerships in, monitoring food security and related environmental processes

GEOINT: The complete intelligence picture

Today's geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) users are bombarded with information. Since GEOINT data is expansive, providing user the ability to focus on what they want without the arduous task of sifting through layers upon layers of information that does not apply in their situation, is crucial

Our data is a public good

Prashant Shukle, Director General, Mapping Information Branch, Earth Sciences Sector, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)


GeoIntelligence (March - April 2011)

S-AIS - Redefining maritime security

With the advent of Satellite based Automatic Identification System (S-AIS), monitoring maritime traffic once it’s out of range of land-based surveillance systems is no longer a challenge for authorities. Today, this technology forms the crux of effective Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).

GEOINT - The winning edge

Today’s geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) users are bombarded with information. Since GEOINT data is expansive, providing user the ability to focus on what they want without the arduous task of sifting through layers upon layers of information that does not apply in their situation, is crucial.

EW simulator - Way to smart warfare

Training soldiers in the actual electromagnetic environment is a challenge for armed forces. But with GIS based electronic warfare simulator, which brings the realistic warlike scenario to the classroom, soldiers can create different air situational scenarios and train.

Providing solutions to the US

Brig. Gen. Jack Pellicci (retd.), President and CEO, Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS)


GIM International (March 2011)

HIS: Golden Horn GIS

As part of an ongoing project to bring to city managers, citizens, tourists and others geo-data of the Golden Horn area of Istanbul, Turkey, the authors designed a geo-database...

Customary Tenure and Good Governance

Although customary tenure institutions come under considerable strain and their functions tend to be weakened by the existence of a statutory institutional framework...

SoftGIS Methodology

The Finnish innovation SoftGIS refers to a collection of internet-based surveys which allow the locality-based study of human experiences and everyday behaviour. SoftGIS enables the combination of ‘soft’ subjective...

Keeping an Eye on the World

Defence and security requirements will continue to drive the commercial Earth-observation data market for the next decade, but growing commercialisation of the industry and the data needs of emerging EO nations...


GPS World (March 2011)

Act Now to Protect GPS Signal

GPS has become a key component of the U.S. national infrastructure, the driver of a significant part of the civilian economies of the world, and the enabler of millions of professional precision uses and consumer benefits.The viability of the GPS signal is now...

Innovation: Realistic Randomization

GNSS receiver testing should not be left to chance. Or should it? There are two common approaches to testing GNSS receivers: synthetic and realistic. In synthetic testing, a signal simulator is programmed...

Demands of the Road

For use in billing drivers in road-user charging schemes, onboard units employing GNSS must meet stringent reliability and availability requirements, and at the same time...

On the Edge: Iraq on the Map

As a geodetic surveyor, I served in the U.S Army for 10 years. During that time, my team and I developed a nationwide GPS infrastructure system called the Iraqi Geospatial Reference System (IGRS). We installed...


Professional Surveyor (March 2011)

Scanning and Processing Partnerships

A common refrain I hear when talking with surveyors about 3D laser scanning is that the technology looks cool, but how do you make money doing it? The start-up costs...

Southern Illinois University's Land Surveying Specialization

The discussion concerning more stringent licensing and higher education requirements for surveyors throughout the United States is decades old. Some states are new-comers to the discussion, while others...

GNSS Matures

Historically those who have possessed the best technology have been at the forefront of any endeavor. The ancient Romans ruled half the known world because they had the best equipment and most...


Geo: International (March 2011)

Geospatial Standards in the Cloud

OGC’s CTO, Carl Reed, looks at the question of “What is Cloud Computing?” and the role that standards play in working ‘in the cloud”...

The Updraft of GIS Cloud Computing

European agencies that deploy geographic information system (GIS) cloud computing find that they have stepped onto an updraft that is carrying them to higher levels of community access, map service...

Demystifying the Cloud

Esri’s Victoria Kouyoumjian removes some of the mystery surrounding cloud computing and its application to the....

Creating Shelter in Earthquake-torn Haiti

The Salvation Army Brings GIS into the Streets to Plan Transitional Shelters for Victims of the 2010 Earthquake...


GeoConnexionUK (March/April 2011)

Finding Certainty in an Uncertain World

Over the past 20 years Britain’s national infrastructure has undergone a dramatic transformation, writes Dr. Marc Hobell...

Make Space for the Crowd

Developments in understanding and modelling the spatial awareness of crowds are valuable tools in planning for and adapting to emergency situations. Dr. G. Keith Still explains more...

Ordnance Survey: A Very British Story

GEO:connexion talks to Dr Rachel Hewitt, whose award-winning work, Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey, charts a story of cultural enlightenment and hard graft...

Better by Miles!

With road transport accounting for a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions, businesses are looking for innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint. More efficient routing is an obvious step, and one that saves...


Print Publications

Geospatial World
GIM International
Professional Surveyor
GPS World
Geo: International
Point of Beginning

Online Publications

Directions Magazine
(March 2011)

Design Architecture of the National Broadband Map

Computech Inc., a consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland, was the lead contractor for the design of the National Broadband Map, released by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the...

Australian Floods Expose Gaping Holes in DEM Data for the Nation - When is $200 million more than $6 billion?

One of the interesting outcomes of the Queensland, Australia floods was the sudden recognition by that nation’s government that the digital elevation data were not good enough to deal with the event....

Five Ways GPS Vehicle Tracking Can Reduce Fuel Costs

Global positioning system (GPS) vehicle tracking has rapidly gained popularity among fleet owners as the technology becomes more affordable and easier to access. In general, GPS vehicle tracking utilizes...

Vector1 Media
(March 2011)

Does the layering construct of GIS stand in the way of more holistic approaches?

A recent conversation with a marketing professional at a geospatial data provider sparked some thought about the construct of layers within GIS, and how layers have their limits. That conversation revolved around vendors and organizations that are...

Show me the Money! - Australia's Need for Spatial Data

The incentive for governments in Australia to respond to climate change has been heightened by the recent floods in Queensland and Victoria, the cyclone in Queensland and the bush fires in Western Australia. The Queensland floods have had an immediate effect...

Afghanistan Base Maps Provides a Foundation for Economic Development

As in much of the developing world, the quality, currency and resolution of maps for Afghanistan have been lacking. Spatial Networks, a company with offices in Florida and Dubai, assumed ownership of the project assets and...

How Do Agro-ecological Farming Practices Link With GIS?

Agro-Ecological farming practices are in the spotlight as food prices rise and new opportunities in agricultural production are evaluated. Sustainable agricultural production takes into consideration economic, environment and social factors...

Earth Magazine (March 2011)


Point of Beginning
(March 2011)

Gateway to Azerbaijan

Baku International Sea Trade Port, located in Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku, is the largest and most important port in the Caspian Sea. Founded 1902 as a couple of wooden jetties, the port has expanded over the past century to accommodate...

A Model of Efficiency

Laser scanning for a BIM requires close collaboration among team members and an in-depth understanding of the client’s needs. When the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) received $5.5 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009...

In Real Time: Conditions Influencing RT Positioning

To date, we’ve briefly discussed two of the “seven C’s” of best methods for real-time (RT) GNSS positioning from NOAA’s NGS in previous issues of POB. We’ll now move to...

The Big Picture: Capturing the Cloud

While many surveying and mapping professionals are trying to understand what the cloud is and how to best use it to their advantage, entrepreneurs at Aerial Services Inc. are creating their own. Their vision? To become an...

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