Monday News Kick Off: Industry News

March 28, 2016

Esri to Build Flood Forecasting Technology

Esri participated in the White House Water Summit and committed to building a new technology that maps the extent and depth of flood forecasts. Esri will collaborate with IT company Kisters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the academic community to build interactive web map applications anyone can assess to visualize when, where, and how deep a flood will be. This commitment builds and expands on work already in progress including the National Flood Interoperability Experiment and the National Water Model of the U.S.

Boundless Launches Open Source GIS Platform

Boundless announced the launch of its latest products designed to enable organizations to successfully transition to the open-source GIS platform. The expanded platform is designed for organizations needing secure enterprise geospatial IT capabilities. The Boundless platform includes Boundless Exchange, Desktop, and Suite. Additionally Boundless is launching Boundless Connect, a portal for customers to download software and plug-ins, share and collaborate on projects, and browse documentation and training.

Iron Bow Awarded Army ITES-3H Contract

The U.S. Army Contracting Command presented Iron Bow Technologies a $5 billion Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-3 Hardware (ITES-3H) contract. The contract enables purchases of commercial off-the-shelf hardware, aligning with the Army’s plans to modernize its IT network and services.

CCRI Introduces GeoMesa 1.2

Commonwealth Computer Research Inc. (CCRI) announced the release of GeoMesa Version 1.2, an open-source suite of geospatial analytics tools designed to run with Hadoop-scale volumes of data. This is the first version of GeoMesa to be released after review by the Eclipse Foundation's LocationTech Working Group. New features include robust support for geospatial persistence and querying in Accumulo, streaming geospatial filtering using Apache Kafka and other open-source streaming systems, prototype support for HBase and Google Bigtable, and more. The GeoMesa suite of tools enables large-scale geospatial analytics on cloud and distributed computing systems, allowing users to manage and analyze the spatio-temporal datasets that the Internet of Things, social media, tracking, and mobile phone applications seek to take advantage of today.

DoD to Spend $2 Billion in Space Control

As a way to counter emerging threats to national security satellites, the Department of Defense plans to spend $2 billion on space control measures this year. According to Space News, the FY 2016 budget includes $5 billion for new space investments. The $2 billion in space control would contribute to the department’s ability to counter space capabilities of adversaries targeting U.S. forces as well as funding for several space control programs for the U.S. Air Force for the next five years.

Peer Intel

Lockheed Martin Space Systems named veteran space industry executive Kay Sears as vice president of strategy and business development, effective April 4. Sears previously worked for Intelsat General, G2 Satellite Solutions, Verestar, and was appointed to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2009.


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