In the early days of global exploration the most prized possession of a sea captain was not his ship, but something of much greater value: the map. Often “crowdsourced” from multiple observers and created by a very skilled and highly respected individual, that simple paper held data of tremendous value to the great explorers – something that those of us in the digital age often take for granted. The cartographer was able to deliver one of the most powerful assets to the earliest of generals and explorers alike. This simple, effective tool created with parchment and brush essentially directed the great Roman and Mongol armies.
Today’s warfighters and explorers continue to depend on this critical information in ways the early explorers could not have dreamed. This week at the GEOINT 2013* conference companies are showing off the latest in 3D mapping, satellite imagery and remote sensing, and drones to capture full-motion video. However, without the tools to capture rich data, process it, preserve it, and collaborate with it, we would not get the full value from these sophisticated geospatial technologies.
This week at GEOINT 2013* we’re having a lot of conversations about the proliferation of vital data, and Quantum’s role in a range of mission workflows to foster collaboration. The talk on the show floor at GEOINT 2013* revolves around how the geospatial community can share expertise to address a challenge that has plagued cartography from day one: How to get an accurate map in the hands of the users that have the critical need in a timely way.
Quantum is working with the government and private sector geospatial community to help build the collaborative shared environment that will enable and protect our warfighters and future explorers.
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