EchoSEC Live Social Media Map Search Application

Echosec Systems, developer of the EchoSEC social map search is pleased to announce that EchoSEC Live, the ehnanced, “Pro” offering of the service is now available (Live.EchoSec.net) – Search and Explore Public Data Like Never Before!

EchoSEC social map search

Used by local government, police, military, OPSEC, national and local security agencies all over the World, Echosec search provides real-time map-based access to publicly shared social media posts from popular media sharing services (more than 450 services and growing) like Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Youtube, and many more. Live.EchoSec.net goes beyond EchoSec public (free) search and includes additional data access and functionality like:EchoSEC social map search

  • Footprint, mapping a user’s Twitter timeline
  • FlyTo, zooming to an updates location
  • AIS (ship tracking)
  • Youtube, Twitter, FourSquare, Instagram, Picassa, Panaramio & Flickr

EchoSEC is the next generation of the Search that connects you with trillions of pictures and posts made by billions of people, which never normally make it to common search engines. It also connects you with other dynamic data like flight and ship information. EchoSec’s unique way of harvesting and displaying dynamic and user-generated content from sites like Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram, gives EchoSec a completely unfiltered and real-time view of the world. And, as you would expect, the results from EchoSec are spectacular.

EchoSEC social map search

It excels in the urban environment, but it is equally extraordinary in places where you would not expect to find shared data. Areas like military bases, government facilities, private facilities, disaster zones like Tacloban in the Philippines, and even in ‘impenetrable’ countries like North Korea. According to Karl Swannie, CEO of EchoSec.

“This engine is not only good for finding the best local restaurant, but will also help in catastrophes where, for instance, we can virtually recreate a space with immediate and historic data, which is critical for first responders.” Early adopters, like the police, call EchoSec, “The most advanced contemporary analytic tool for law enforcement and security intelligence professionals” – Dr Kelly Sundburg – Chair of the Department of Justice Studies Mount Royal University.

EchoSec has experienced significant uptake globally and attracted an international user base and is currently working with public and private organizations to maximize public safety and minimize security breaches, while more deeply exploring the opportunities presented by this new technology for the public. Recently written up in SteamFeed and featured on Fox news Montana, Steamfeed shared the following” “Traditional news media, alone, will need to take heed, because the news of what is happening in the world won’t be coming from them. It will be coming from the feeds on the EchoSec map.”

EchoSEC FAQ:

EchoSec is the proximity search tool for analysts and users who want direct and immediate connection with the information around them.

This next generation of search connects you with trillions of pictures and posts, made by billions of people. Many of these publications go unfound by common search engines.

EchoSec’s unique location based harvesting and displaying dynamic and user-generated content from sites like Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram, gives an unfiltered and real-time view of the world with spectacular results.

EchoSec excels in urban environments, but is extraordinary for results from places where one would not expect to find shared data. EchoSec consistently delivers results from areas like military bases, government facilities, secure private facilities, disaster zones like Tacloban in the Philippines, and even ‘impenetrable’ countries like North Korea.

About Echosec
EchoSEC is the next generation of the Search that connects you with trillions of pictures and posts made by billions of people, which never normally make it to common search engines. EchoSec is the first Search Engine of its kind to realize that ‘where’ matters as much as ‘what’, and brings it all together to clearly show the insufficiencies of current data monitoring techniques to control ‘secret’ and ‘classified’information. EchoSec’s unique way of harvesting and displaying dynamic and user-generated content from sites like Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram, gives EchoSec a completely unfiltered and real-time view of the world.

Echosec Systems was recently named a Top 25 Innovative tech company in B.C in the DigiBC NextBC Showcase of companies recognizing the top technology and innovation that will shape the future of tech in British Columbia.

For more information on EchoSEC, please visit: https://echosec.net

 

PCI Geomatics Delivers High-Speed and Automated Historical Airphoto Processing (HAP) System

PCI Geomatics has successfully delivered its high speed and automated Historical Airphoto Processing (HAP) system to Nationwide Environmental Title Research (NETR).

“The HAP system has really reduced our project turnaround time,” said Brett Perry, President of NETR. “Our operations have become more streamlined, while we increase productivity at a reduced expense.”

PCI GeomaticsFounded in 1993, NETR provides real estate research and information services nationwide and is the owner of the HistoricAerials.com website. HistoricAerials.com has acquired over 1000 terabytes of aerial photography and created a proprietary database of orthorectified imagery displaying historical aerial imagery of land and buildings throughout the United States.  The distinction of this website and its technology is to provide remote sensing capabilities to position a given location through time on orthophotography and orthorectified maps.  This allows for analysis, comparison, change detection, as well as identification, measurement, property layout, and obtaining geospatial coordinates of features that no longer exist.

The HAP workflow leverages multi-pass processing and automated ground control and tie point collection, producing an accurate math model that can be used to produce seamless ortho-mosaics from hundreds or thousands of airphotos; even without camera calibration files. The system is built with PCI’s proven Geomatica technology and can be scaled to meet all requirements for historical airphoto correction.

“It doesn’t matter if we are working with 10 or 10,000 images, our workflow remains consistent and the results are excellent,” said Jeff Teasley, Director of HistoricAerials.com. “Using the HAP system has allowed us to grow our online repository of historical imagery to stay ahead of demand and better serve our clients.”

Learn more about PCI’s Historical Airphoto Processing at www.pcigeomatics.com/HAP

 

About PCI Geomatics

PCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems for remote sensing, imagery processing, and photogrammetry.  With more than 30 years of experience in the geospatial industry, PCI is recognized globally for its excellence in providing software for accurately and rapidly processing satellite and aerial imagery.  There are more than 30,000 PCI licenses, in over 150 countries worldwide. Find out more about PCI Geomatics at www.pcigeomatics.com

Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table and the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy

This article about the Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table was originally written in March 2013, so may look familiar to many, however it has been updated with new information and links, such as details about the upcoming Ottawa workshop in June.

Jack Dangermond Unveils Climate Support at White House

Jack Dangermond Unveils Climate Support at White House

Jack Dangermond Unveils Climate Support at White HouseIn response to the White House Climate Data Initiative, Esri is launching a comprehensive effort to help communities work smarter and more efficiently, therefore becoming more livable and resilient. Esri  has launched a climate focused portal as a place where users can go to discover, contribute, and share geo resources critical to confronting the impacts of climate change.

Below is a video of Jack Dangermond, from Esri speaking at the Climate Data Initiative held recently in D.C (March 19, 2014) about how Esri can help support  the Climate Data Initiative.

 

Esri Canada Celebrates 30 Years of Geographic Innovation

Esri Canada marks 30 years of operations this year with a continued commitment to provide innovative enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions based on Esri’s ArcGIS platform. ArcGIS has evolved from a niche technology for mapping professionals into an open, pervasive Web GIS platform that everyone can use. It runs in the cloud, on enterprise servers or both computing environments, enabling users to easily mash up basemaps and data into intelligent Web maps that can be shared within and outside their organization.arcinfo

“Over the past 30 years, GIS has become far easier to use and can now be deployed in the cloud and accessed on mobile devices,” notes Alex Miller, president and founder, Esri Canada. “The technology has also advanced to incorporate real-time data collection and analysis, providing a common operational picture to entire organizations. These developments make it easier for people to use and share maps, data and analytical tools to make informed, collaborative decisions. While access to the technology has changed, one thing remains the same: GIS continues to enable users to solve problems in new ways.”

Esri Canada Celebrates 30 Years of Geographic Innovation

Alex Miller founded Esri Canada in 1984. From a small office in Toronto with six employees, the company has grown into a multi-million dollar business that employs more than 330 staff in 16 locations across Canada. Its customer base of more than 10,000 organizations has expanded from its initial wins in the forestry and agriculture sectors to all industries including government, business and education.  This significant growth is testament to the company’s unique ability in applying mapping and analysis to nearly every concern. In 2010, for advancing the use of GIS technology in numerous industries across Canada, the company received the Ontario Business Achievement Award for Innovation in 2010.

Increasing government efficiency and transparency Alex Miller - Esri CanadaEsri Canada began its foray into the municipal sector in 1985, when it developed the County of Oxford’s Land Related Information System to support land-use planning. The system integrates and provides access to information such as property and infrastructure data from various government systems. It received the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Exemplary Systems in Government Award in 1988 and became a model for Canadian municipalities. Today, Esri’s ArcGIS platform is the GIS standard in all levels of government.

To help local governments deploy GIS quickly, Esri Canada provides ArcGIS for Canadian Municipalities. This series of free app templates helps improve transparency, increase citizen engagement and reduce the costs of disseminating information such as election results and government services. In 2010, the company launched the Esri Canada Community Maps Program, which is succeeding in building a detailed, national Web basemap for Canada using authoritative data contributed by government organizations across the country. The basemap is free for governments and the public to use, and speeds up the creation of mapping apps.

The company also developed the Esri Canada Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) solution that enables real-time tracking of fleet vehicles. The hosted solution improves the safety and productivity of municipal field operations including snow removal, tree pruning, roadside mowing and road repairs. As well, Esri Canada recently introduced Assessment Analyst, which allows assessors to incorporate various data and 3D modeling into their analysis to increase the accuracy of property valuations. These pioneering solutions are helping to revolutionize government processes and create new opportunities for increasing efficiencies and revenues for customers.

Improving business productivity ESRI ArcGIS 10
J.D. Irving in New Brunswick was the first forestry company in North America to use Esri technology for the sustainable management of forests back in 1983. They consolidated numerous GIS apps and datasets across 10 regional offices into a single enterprise GIS in 2010. In addition to centrally managing their forestry operations for watercourse buffers, habitat and growing forests, the system now supports their other business areas including transportation, shipbuilding, retail and agriculture.

Today, Esri technology is used by banks, insurers, real estate developers, manufacturers, airports and hospitals to improve productivity, manage risk and effectively deliver products and services. Esri Canada offers the Esri Business Analyst (Canadian Edition), which enables organizations to use location analytics with demographic and business data to gain a deeper understanding of their customers, competition, market and trends. To make it even easier for business users to incorporate GIS into their daily workflows, the company also provides Esri Maps for Location Analytics. These solutions integrate mapping and analytical tools directly into popular systems for business intelligence (IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects and MicroStrategy), customer relationship management (Dynamics CRM and Salesforce), and productivity and collaboration (Microsoft Office and SharePoint).

Advancing geographic education
Esri CanadaSince 1997, Esri Canada has offered education programs that provide affordable access to GIS technology to publicly-funded Canadian schools from kindergarten to grade 12, as well as universities and colleges. It recently introduced a GIS in Education Grant Program, which awards software and training grants to five K-12 schools every year to expand the use of GIS in the classroom. The company also develops free teaching resources that help educators incorporate GIS courses into their curriculum and enhance students’ critical thinking skills.

To promote the pursuit of GIS careers, Esri Canada awards more than $2 million in cash, software and training grants annually to students in more than 50 Canadian universities and colleges through its GIS Scholarships Program. The company also provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate GIS students with an opportunity to jumpstart their career through the Associate GIS Professional Program. Students are given a 12-month, full-time paid position at Esri Canada where they gain cross-functional experience in areas including professional services, training and technical support.

Building up the community and the environment

“The innovative culture and entrepreneurial spirit we’ve fostered among our staff, as well as the partnerships we’ve built, have allowed us to grow our company and industry over the past 30 years,” continues Mr. Miller. “Whether it’s enabling open government, identifying the best site for a new facility or improving education through interactive learning, our goal is to continue providing solutions that make a positive impact on society.”

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the spring issue of ArcNorth News, Esri Canada’s customer magazine, will focus on the company’s three decades of success. Customers and partners are also invited to celebrate with the company at the 2014 Esri Canada User Conferences, which will be held in 16 Canadian cities throughout the year.

Esri Canada logo

About Esri Canada

Founded in 1984, Esri Canada provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower businesses, governments and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography.  The company distributes the world’s leading GIS software from Esri, Schneider Electric, Cityworks – Azteca Systems, Inc. and other technology partners.  Headquartered in Toronto, the company serves over 10,000 customers from 16 regional offices across Canada.  Esri Canada has joined the elite rank of Canada’s Best Managed companies and has been named to the Branham300.  Information about the company can be found at esri.ca.

 

Roger Tomlinson: The father of GIS and computerized cartography

Roger Tomlinson, also known as the Father of GIS has been featured in many publications since his recent passing last month, here is one from the Globe & Mail by Rick Boychuk.


Roger Tomlinson: The father of GIS and computerized cartography

Roger Tomlinson - the Father of GIS

What’s the smartest location for a new coffee shop? Where do you deliver food and water in a city hit by a catastrophic earthquake? How fast are glaciers melting?

Roger Tomlinson taught us how to solve such puzzles.

An Ottawa based geographer, Dr. Tomlinson has been called the “father” of the world’s first geographic information system (GIS), a method of computerized map-making that he pioneered in the 1960s. By combining in an interactive map not just topographic features, but other data that can be linked to specific locations (such as census findings, gas lines, nickel deposits or even beetle invasions), he revolutionized the storage and analysis of spatial information.

Today, governments, corporations, relief organizations and many others use GIS to analyze and plan development projects, mount retail promotion campaigns, track changes to landscapes and respond to emergencies. Although Dr. Tomlinson developed his GIS insights before the advent of satellite mapping and global positioning system (GPS) receivers that put users into maps, his work paved the way for the waves of cartographic innovations that followed, including Google Maps.

Dr. Tomlinson, 80, who died on Feb. 7 of a heart attack in San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico, once said that although he may have fathered GIS, many others were raising the child. Indeed, when he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada last year, the citation noted that his “landmark creation underpins virtually all spatial analysis and has enabled new questions to be asked in a wide variety of disciplines as diverse as telecommunications, epidemiology and resource management.”

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A Nova Scotian experiment in Technical Education

After several months of waiting, Bob Maher has finished writing the history of COGS and has made it available for free to read on the website that I created for the project: theStoryofCOGS.ca

the Story of COGS - A Nova Scotian experiment in Technical Education

the Story of COGS – A Nova Scotian experiment in Technical Education

In the mid-1980’s the survey school (Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute, NSLSI) was responding to the rapid changes in computing technology. It had introduced a number of computer application programs (e.g. Scientific Computer Programming, Business Computer Programming, Computer Graphics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)). There was pressure for a name change that more appropriately reflected the breadth of the technical training.

There was considerable debate about naming conventions, Geographic Science(s) versus Geomatics Engineering. One of the influences in this debate was Dr. Roger Tomlinson.

As we remember Roger’s contribution to both GIS and Geography, it is noteworthy that NSLSI became the College of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in 1986.

The story of COGS is an attempt to place the transition years between NSLSI and NSCC into its appropriate context. The first two chapters describe the early years and personalities at NSLSI.
Chapter 3 explains the transition to COGS, whereas Chapter 4 looks at the second transition into the NSCC. The last chapter reflects on the highlights of the COGS era.

The real story of COGS  will always be its graduates. The authors hope that this short contribution will encourage others add their recollections, and to remember fondly their time in Lawrencetown, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. In many ways, the strength of an institution lies the lives of the alumni.

We welcome any comments, corrections, and additions. This is just a personal view of a specific institution in rural Nova Scotia.

Bob Maher and Heather Stewart

[Dr. Roger Tomlinson died February 9th. 2014]

Esri Canada Announces GIS in Education Grant Program

Esri Canada Announces GIS in Education Grant Program

GIS in Education Grant Program

TORONTO, November 20, 2013 – The most recent national survey by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society revealed that one-third of adult Canadians are “geographically illiterate” and struggle to read a map. The situation is much worse for young Canadians. To help Canadian students develop spatial thinking skills, Esri Canada today announced the GIS in Education Grant program. The program will award up to five grants of Esri geographic information system (GIS) software and training every year to Canadian schools teaching kindergarten to grade 12.

“We live in a highly interconnected world, where geographic literacy has become as critical as reading and writing,” remarked Alex Miller, president, Esri Canada. “For Canada to be globally competitive, we need to train our future leaders to think geographically at an early age. With this GIS in Education Grant, we’re providing a solid foundation for developing spatial awareness and critical thinking among Canadian students from kindergarten to high school.”

GIS technology is used in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning of many subjects across numerous disciplines. It helps students describe the location of things and events, examine why things are where they are, and explore “what-if” scenarios to predict change. GIS is an engaging, interactive learning technology that enables students to ask deeper questions about global, regional and local issues. It helps them build valuable spatial problem-solving skills, which are in demand in post-secondary education, in the community and in the workplace.

The GIS in Education Grant program provides Esri’s ArcGIS software and training necessary to implement GIS in the classroom. The Grant provides:

  • desktop and online GIS software for up to 500 computers in a school
  • teachers with the opportunity to install and use the software on their home computer for curriculum development
  • software maintenance for  2 years
  • up to 3 free desk copies of any Esri Press book for every school term
  • access to Esri Canada’s education resources
  • mentoring and support from Esri Canada’s Education and Research group.

The program is open to Canadian schools that do not currently have a license of Esri’s ArcGIS software. The grant can be awarded to a school only once. To submit an application, visit: esri.ca/gisedgrant.  

About Esri Canada
Founded in 1984, Esri Canada provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower businesses, governments and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography.  The company distributes the world’s leading GIS software from Esri, Schneider Electric, Cityworks – Azteca Systems, Inc. and other technology partners.  Headquartered in Toronto, the company serves over 10,000 customers from 16 regional offices across Canada.  Esri Canada has joined the elite rank of Canada’s Best Managed companies and has been named to the Branham300. Information about the company can be found at esri.ca.

Closer Look at Location Hub Portal

DMTI Spatial’s location success lies in how well they leverage technology expertise, having a strong partner network and a reliable Canada-wide address database. Here we will take a closer look at the DMTI Location Hub® Portal to check out the simple, intuitive interface with lightning speed processing and see how well it performs at cleaning, standardizing, validating and geocoding address records. And in the end demonstrate how well it provides ‘the Power of Location’.

Jack Hild from Digital Globe at DGI 2013

Jack Hild, Interim Chief Information Officer for Digital Globe speaks to DGI’s Online Editor Dan Mellins-Cohen at DGI 2013 about the  use of imagery and their use of geospatial information. Context from the video included below … 

Jack Hild from Digital Globe at DGI 2013

Maybe you could tell us a bit more about your chosen topic this morning?

The presentation today really talked about the four areas of commercial imagery. It goes from looking at the advances in resolution and accuracy, which are pushing towards the limits right now. I talked a little bit about the speed, so the time it takes to take an image and then get it to a user, dramatic improvements in that over the last five years or so. Then I closed with talking about content, content is really what it’s all about these days. [Lancehead 00:00:56] started it 40 years ago, but we’re seeing more advances in sensors and more and more people are figuring out ways to manipulate all of those bands to discover new things.

So this is really, I think, one of the biggest things, this interoperability and collaboration. What are some of the biggest projects that you’re working on collaboratively and in that what some of the biggest challenges have been?

Obviously collaboration’s a huge theme here, I’ll do a real quick shout out for the NGCP, because I’ve heard so much about that over the last couple of days. Probably the best collaborative geospatial effort in the world.
From a Digitalglobe stand point, we’ve got one product that we’re really excited about, it’s called Global [Base Map 00:01:39]. If you think of individual country mosaics that are seamless, they’re gorgeous pictures of a country. Those are some of the things that we’re really focussing on.
What we’re expecting to do over the next year is move to a time where every day when images are collected, they’re merged into these country databases so that you truly get a constantly refreshing picture of the world. We think there’s a lot of opportunities both for government and commercial users for that.

I think one of the biggest changes that I’ve noticed certainly at DGI is this move that it’s become more than just defence. As you said, it’s governmental, it’s institutional, we’re suddenly seeing a lot more of the emergency services and similar getting involved. What kind of changes have you seen as one of the vendor companies?

Certainly I would agree with you, it’s been really interesting to watch the commercial. Governments are very mature in their use of imagery and their use of geospatial information. More and more we’re seeing commercial companies, who didn’t even realise that it was important, are finding that they can do their business better and more efficiently by using geospatial information.
Certainly the emergency [preparedness 00:02:49] and the emergency response [is key]. That’s one of the things that Digitalglobe can offer, is with our satellite constellation, we can get pictures quickly over emergency areas. We’ve developed some products that countries and companies have bought so that they can respond when there’s some emergency over their particular area of interest.