By On January 14, 2019

The Geospatial Trends of 2019

Let’s talk trends—geospatial trends, that is. I’d like to revisit some of my trend predictions for 2018 and discuss the changes that I believe we will witness during 2019 and the years to come. Big Data Needs Big Tools Location-based applications such as smart buildings, infrastructure and utilities; self-driving automobiles; and crowd sourcing collect valuable […]

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By On November 27, 2018

Getting Smart about Clean Water

Fresh, clean water. Life depends on it, and in its absence, calamity ensues. While intentional contamination of water sources is sometimes to blame, most often pollution comes about accidentally—and unknowingly. Smart cities strive not only to ensure citizens have access to quality water for consumption and recreation, but also to provide information about the condition […]

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By On October 29, 2018

Mapping the Way to a National Enterprise GIS

Like so many in the geospatial industry, I believe that the present time and environment are perfect for thinking outside the box about GIS and geospatial databases. With the advancement, affordability and accessibility of cloud data hosting, the possibility of creating a national GIS database is closer than ever before. This GIS database, which I […]

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By On September 20, 2018

A “Smart” Approach to Energy Savings

Let’s admit it—the average energy efficiency toolkit is a bit tired, ripe for innovation and “smart” technology. As they have for decades, utilities’ energy efficiency programs typically rely on rebates to catalyze action. Think of rebates as “carrots” for homeowners and businesses to weatherize or upgrade/replace equipment. The hope is that these rebate carrots will […]

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