Matt Ball of Vector1Media recently offered his thoughts on trends in the geospatial community that will have impact on disaster response in the years ahead. In that review, Matt discusses three over-aching themes: simulation and modeling, verifying truth, and active collaborative maps. Bottom line - ongoing rapid advances in geospatial technologies mean they will become more important to the Emergency Services Sector with each passing day. More below:
(Sensors and Systems, May 28, 2013)
Comment: I note that Dr. Carl Reed of the OGC used the comments section of Matt's article to offer a few insights of his own about sensors. In addition to the written comments of these two gentlemen, I'll offer a factoid Carl hit me with last week during a side discussion at FOSS4G-NA. What does the future of data collection from sensors look like? Currently, the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland is capable of producing up to one petabyte of data per second. Think about that one next time you are fiddling with your "large" database of static geospatial data.
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