Spy-in-the-Sky as a Cloud Service

Recently, Joel Campbell, president of GIS vendor ERDAS, predicted, “Whether it’s from a constellation of small satellites or whether it’s from a blimp or some other type of airborne drone that’s capturing data on a continuous basis, I do think we will find a place where real time or near real time data is available from remote sensing technologies.”

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Jack Dangermond of ERSI agrees, “Spatial data in a digital form is exponentially growing because of sensor networks. I envision a world where virtually everything that changes or moves will be measured.”

If these two are right and real-time satellite imagery of virtually every point on earth becomes available as a cloud-based service sometime in the near future, it could have huge implications?not only for privacy, but also for the application development pros who design the apps that make use of that data.

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