Tuesday, October 18, 2011

German State Police In Hot Water for "Remote Sensing"

In an article published by the Washington Post over the weekend, the debate about appropriate use of electronic surveillance took a new twist - German State Police admitted they had been secretly using the video cameras of suspect's personal computers to remotely monitor their activities.  While on its face this approach may not seem like an issue aligned with traditional remote sensing, the reality is that much like highway traffic cameras, Google Street View, worldwide online overhead imagery now routinely approaching accuracy in inches, ground-based mobile LiDAR captures at one million data points per second, and many other elements of the Geospatial Revolution that essentially did not exist even ten years ago, the gap between various forms of visualization from afar is quickly closing.  With that compression, the distinction between segments of the geospatial community, end users, and various technologies is starting to blur. It's best that we start thinking about associated issues now, rather than later.

You can get a start on that one by reading the article: go here.

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