Data is data. Sure Google gives folks a great interface to view it, but aerial and sattelite images have been captured for decades. Archaeologists have found archaeological sites via aeiral photos since the 1960s, Roman Villas and all. Folks aware of remote sensing have been leaving things to be seen in images, for good and bad, for almost as long as RS has been around…ok rant complete. The start of Google Maps Messages?
IBM and Maersk (Danish shipping company) announced they are teaming up on a project to provide real-time wireless tracking for cargo ships, via a device attached to individual cargo containers. They’re actually going to start testing this fall.
Read the article here
I just saw this article on Geocommunity. Apparently , a private company called Mapflow is teaming up with the Dublin Transportation Office (Ireland) to do a feasibility study on the use of satellite technology to track cars in real-time, and then charge drivers for the distance they travelled on the toll road. The study is also being funded by the European Space Agency. Yeah……. I think I will leave it at that, and let you read the article
Geosoft has added Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data to its public server. Elevation data for basically the whole world is available at 90 meter resolution and the US at 30 meter resolution. I checked out the site, and the data is in the public domain and free to download.
Here is the link to their data server
Here is a cool UK website that details a project that “aims to collect a geographically representative photograph for every square kilometre of the British Isles” They bill it as a geography project for the people, since the photos are submitted, and apparently already have 30,000 grid squares covered.
Extraterrestrial mapping efforts continue
The future of Hubble may seem similar to that of Landsat 7, but it is still getting the job done. Archives are nice too…
First Australia, then Korea, now the Dutch. However, for the first time I see someone has mentioned the USGS’s National Map. While the National Map focuses on the US and does not have the smooth interface that AJAX offers yet…it does offer better overall imagery throughout the US.
This article from GeoCommunity’s Spatial News will tell you….
The NRCS’s Web Soil Survey has finally gone live. I have seen it since its alpha, and it is a good substitution to the hard copy soil reports. The WSS is built on ArcServer and ArcSDE technologies and will continue to grow. Take a look to see what they have implemented and I will try to remember to blog any big changes.