Analytics: Bringing Geospatial Data to Life

Posted by Intermap Technologies on Sep 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Geospatial data is leveraged as a layer in so many applications that its value is finally being realized by governments and private businesses. But it’s the analytics within those applications that really brings the data to life. In this article, we are going to discuss what analytics are and list several applications of analytics in real world situations.

What is an analytic? For our purposes, we will use the following definition: Analytics are the automated interpretation of multiple datasets to obtain insight, an answer or analysis.

With this definition, here are some examples of analytics in action:

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Topics: GIS, Analytics, DEM, Geospatial Audit, Spatial Data Infrastructure

Geospatial data and the Internet of Things

Posted by Intermap Technologies on Sep 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It’s hard to read any article on technology trends without the topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) coming up. The IoT links together products, devices, objects, networks, and data. Location-based data is a critical element to the IoT and your mobile device is the central component.

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Topics: GIS, Digital Elevation Models, Geospatial Audit, Spatial Data Infrastructure, IoT

US National Transit Map Geospatial Database

Posted by Intermap Technologies on Sep 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation released September 1, the open data platform U.S. National Transit Map. It leverages a geospatial database containing information from nearly 270 transit agencies. Anthony Foxx, the Secretary of Transportation, blogged - “Measuring connectivity starts with having good data about where America’s transit connects – where transit stops are, how frequent transit service is, and where transit routes go.”

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Topics: GIS, Geospatial Audit, transportation

Better Data Leads to Better Answers

Posted by Intermap Technologies on Sep 20, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Geospatial data’s recent popularity and growth is not in mapping as in the past, but in solving real-world business problems. The diversity of applications and usages has grown exponentially as government agencies as well as private businesses realize its value. Higher quality geospatial data leads to better answers.

Here are three reasons NEXTMap data is so well suited for so many geospatial applications:

#1: It is a contiguous dataset. NEXTMap was built using airborne radar technology (IFSAR), with a small fleet of aircraft (including Lear Jets and King Airs) flying over the United States and Europe. With uniform collection specifications throughout the entire coverage area, the dataset is not a patchwork of smaller datasets. The precision and accuracy specifications are consistent throughout the entire datasets.

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Topics: NEXTMap, GIS, Digital Elevation Models, DEM, Geospatial Audit, DSM, DTM

How Terrains Evolve

Posted by Intermap Technologies on Sep 15, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In the previous article on “When age matters”, I discuss how older GIS data is often sufficient for many uses because most terrain changes gradually over time. In this article, we will look at the major causes of those changes.

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Topics: GIS, Digital Elevation Models, Geospatial Audit

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