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  • Wednesday, Aug 27
    2:28 PM - 4:19 PM EDT
    Operating UAVs in U.S. Airspace - the Legal Implications



    Just the facts

    The introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or "drones,” into the U.S National Airspace System for commercial use raises a number of complex legal and policy issues. Understanding what is currently permitted is made more challenging by almost-daily reports of new court decisions, proposed regulations, possible executive orders and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals granted for certain restricted uses. This webinar will clarify the current status of UAVs in the United States and raise important future issues.

    In this webinar you will learn about:

    • The FAA's current policy directing the operation of UAVs for commercial purposes and the integration of UAVs within the National Airspace System
    • Privacy issues related to the commercial operation of UAVs
    • Proposed legislation that could impact commercial use of UAVs

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    NOTE:  This is the first in a series relating to UAVs.  In the coming months look for additional webinars on the opportunities, threats and responsibilities of UAVs in Higher Education and on student learning experiences in courses employing UAVs.


    • Kevin Pomfret, Director, Center for Spatial Law and Policy
    • Joe Francica, Editor in Chief, Directions Magazine

    Who should attend

    C-level executives of geospatial and aerial surveying companies, manufacturers and operators of UAVs, lawyers representing UAV manufacturers and operators, anyone interested in UAV policy

  • Thursday, Aug 28
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
    HERE Traffic: Learn how big data, analytics and a high-precision map deliver accurate, actionable traffic solutions

    Just the facts

    Formerly known as NAVTEQ, HERE has a 30-year history in the industry resulting in the largest, most comprehensive global footprint, with real-time traffic data in 42 countries and historical traffic data in 81 countries. 

    In this webinar you will learn about:

    • the HERE DLR (dynamic location referencing) solution, which enables traffic reporting on the entire map
    • the powerful, state of the art HERE traffic engine and flexible delivery channels
    • the HERE Live Traffic Incident Monitoring service, which adds a human element to traffic reporting, helping to ensure high accuracy

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    HERE, a Nokia company, is a global leader in the mapping and location intelligence business. Rooted in almost three decades of experience in cartography, their vision is simple: offer the world's best maps and location experiences across multiple screens and operating systems. HERE maps can be found in four out of five in-car navigation systems in North America and Europe, and they also power mobile, web and enterprise solutions. Customers include BMW, Garmin, Toyota, Yahoo and many more.


    • Hitesh Desai, Director, Product Management

    Who should attend

    All geospatial, LI, LBS and related professionals who utilize map/navigation/traffic data.

  • Wednesday, Sep 03
    2:50 PM - 3:56 PM EDT
    Making Location Work for Smart Cities - the Case for Location Standards

    Just the facts

    With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) population numbers are quickly being out-paced by the number of Internet-connected devices. This explosion in devices, many of them mobile, has resulted a corresponding explosion in location-based data.  And with over half the world’s population now living in cities, municipal services are strained.  More efficient use of city resources will require the use of location-based data in order to improve utilities management and emergency response, expand the capabilities of urban maps and help citizens and businesses achieve their goals.  Yet, without standards for communicating location information, apps and servers cannot exchange data about the locations of people, places and things. Join this webinar to learn how the smartest cities are facilitating interoperability.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    • What location information is vital in a Smart City, and why communicating location information is so problematic
    • What location standards are available, who implements them, and which standards have not yet been completed
    • What Smart Cities are doing to promote and benefit from open standards that make location information publishable, discoverable, assessable, accessible and usable

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    Smart Cities encourage and in some cases mandate standard ways of encoding points, lines, polygons, 3D urban models, routes, LiDAR point clouds, and aerial images through indoor and outdoor location standards, web access standards, and sensor standards.


    Dr. Steve Liang, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

    Carsten Roensdorf, Spatial Data Expert and Advisor, Ordnance Survey

    George Percivall, Chief Engineer, Open Geospatial Consortium

    Who should attend

    City planners and CIOs, companies that provide Smart City solutions, universities involved in Smart City activities

  • Thursday, Sep 04
    2:48 PM - 4:18 PM EDT
    Learning Open Web Mapping from Start to Finish

    Just the facts

    Many GIS software professionals are interested in putting their maps online using free and open source software, but don’t know where to start. The array of available open source products can be overwhelming and the documentation fragmented, making it a challenge to integrate data, servers and clients into an efficient Web mapping architecture. Penn State University has created an online course called Open Web Mapping which covers the theory and architecture of Web mapping. The course guides students through the process of taking their raw spatial data and turning it into an interactive Web map.

    In this webinar you will learn about

    • free, open source software available for Web mapping
    • transforming raw data into interactive Web maps
    • free online access to Penn State’s Open Web Mapping lesson materials and open source Web mapping software

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    Lessons in Penn State’s Open Web Mapping course offer detailed tutorials of popular open source GIS software such as QGIS, GDAL, GeoServer, TileMill, and OpenLayers. This course is intended as an open resource for the GIS community, therefore the lessons are freely visible online through a Creative Commons license.


    • Sterling Quinn, Instructor, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, The Pennsylvania State University
    • Current students from Penn State’s Open Web Mapping course

    Who should attend

    Anyone interested in learning Open Web Mapping or advancing GIS skills through online learning

  • Tuesday, Sep 16
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
    Developing an Aerial Image Workflow for UAVs

    Just the facts
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) promise better, cheaper and more frequent data collection. Whether you are already using a drone or are considering one, join LizardTech to learn what to do with your collected image data. We'll provide an overview of the image processing workflow and discuss options for image storage and delivery.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    • Basics of georeferencing, mosaicking and orthorectifying imagery
    • Possible image outputs from imagery, including orthomosaics, DEMs and point clouds
    • Options for compressing and distributing imagery

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    LizardTech is a leader in providing the fastest, easiest and most stable way to distribute compressed, high-resolution raster imagery via standard protocols, even in bandwidth-starved environments.

    This webinar is part of a broader ongoing webinar series on UAVs coordinated by Directions’ GeoSpatial Webinars. Episodes in this series cover legal and privacy aspects, UAV technology and applications, and more—look for additional UAV-related webinars throughout Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

    Jon Skiffington, Director of Product Management, and Robert Parker, Sales Engineer, both from LizardTech

    Who should attend
    Anyone who captures imagery with a UAV  

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