Changes in Geospatial Technology and Threats to the Private Geospatial Market to be Highlighted Duri
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
Reston, VA - Forces
affecting the private geospatial profession such as government insourcing,
sensor fusion, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), IVHS, consumer
"apps", ethics, and cloud computing will be discussed during the
MAPPS Summer Conference July 29 - August 2 in Lake Tahoe, NV.
future of the Global Geospatial Intelligence (GGI) data production and how the
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) is moving from a product based
system to a database maintenance system will be presented in the keynote by Ms.
Karen Thomas, Director, Source Assessment and Global Foundation at NGA. Thomas
will also highlight how this information will provide a new wave of the
National System for GeoINT (NSG).
technology and the market in which our member firms do business is ever
changing. As usual, our program committee has met this challenge by designing a
schedule of timely sessions," said Jeff Lovin, PS, CP, (Woolpert, Inc.,
Dayton, OH), MAPPS President. "Thanks to Eric Andelin (Bohannan Huston
Inc., Dallas, TX) and his committee, a lively program that will educate
business owners and senior executives on the changing technology and business
threats and opportunities will highlight the conference."
sessions will include topics on cloud computing; Intelligent Vehicle and
Highway Systems (IVHS); mobile device and web based applications in Location
Based Services (LBS) and the future technical and business opportunities
available; sensor fusion; bathy/hydro mapping, and Unmanned Aerial Systems
trends such as the threat of government insourcing, how the health care reform
legislation will affect both business and personal coverage, ethics in the
geospatial profession and market opportunities such as the development of smart
phone applications using geospatial data and technology will be discussed.
will present the results of its recently conducted survey of salary and
non-cash benefits programs in its member firms and the fourth semi-annual
economic survey of the membership. The conference will also include the annual
MAPPS business meeting and elections for Board of Directors.
conference program and matrix is available on the MAPPS website.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only
national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote
sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United
States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial
community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote
sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography,
bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data
collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms,
which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to
the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the
world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in
consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service
of interest to the geospatial profession.
MAPPS provides its 180+ member
firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business
relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market
growth, and professional development and image enhancement.
information on MAPPS, please visit www.MAPPS.org.