Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off. We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. This week kicks off with news about UAV growth in the U.S., another GeoEye announcement, some compelling videos, and a commentary on satellite navigation. So, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on!
UAVs in the U.S.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that as many as 30,000 UAVs could be flown over the U.S. within 10 years. What are the possibilities for improving law enforcement, and what are the privacy implications?
Spotting Disasters Through Social Data
At this year's PSFK Conference, a gathering dedicated to new ideas, Robert Kirkpatrick gave a talk on how the United Nations Global Pulse team is using social data to spot disasters. A video of the talk can be seen on vimeo.
GeoEye to Expand in Europe
GeoEye announced it is expanding its presence in Europe to meet increased demand for commercial imagery. This announcement comes on the heels of another announcement featured in last week's Monday Morning News Kick Off, in which the company revealed it will be expanding its Tampa office to reflect rising demand for predictive analytics.
Visualizing the Ocean's Surface Temperature
Data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory reveals how ocean currents are powered by changing temperatures throughout the year. A model tracing interconnected streams throughout the world ocean can be viewed here via The Atlantic.
Commentary: Satellite Navigation
In this analysis piece for PC Pro, Jonathan Bray takes an in-depth look at how satellite navigation maps are made, and ponders the future of the industry.