Behind the Curtain: GEOINT 2019

The GEOINT Symposium is the nation's largest gathering of geospatial intelligence stakeholders from across industry, academia, and government. Hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), the event has become the gathering place for 4,000+ members of the worldwide geospatial community.

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) was recognized as a discipline in the mid 1990s when the imagery and mapping disciplines were combined into a single DoD agency that was later re-named the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The combination proved that together, these two technologies provided an incredible opportunity for new intelligence and analysis. The term "GEOINT" was coined by the honorable James Clapper and a community of mapping and imagery intelligence analysts began to grow.

The first GEOINT Symposium was held in a hotel meeting room with the expectation of 100 attendees, but even that first event drew many more to the standing room-only sessions. Since then, the Symposium has grown year after year to become the flagship event for networking and professional development among the defense and intelligence communities and others who use geospatial technology including first responders, law enforcement, and beyond. Continue reading

Mapping out Geospatial Uses

Geospatial, as a strict term, means data that is related to a location. In the government space, Geospatial has been used interchangeably with GIS - or Geographic Information Systems - which refers to technology that uses geospatial data. GIS has long been a key technology for the military and intelligence communities to help map out and gain visibility into areas for combat or missions. But as the availability of geographic data grows through the use of GPS applications, drones, and IoT technologies, the use of GIS is expanding across government.

GIS is a key tool in disaster response helping overlay available resources and assets onto maps of areas impacted by floods or fires. It can also be used to map in real time the location of hazards such as downed power lines.

GIS is also being used by law enforcement. In one case, a boy had gone missing, suspected to be abducted. The boy posted a photo to Instagram and the image, taken from what seemed to be an apartment window, included a sign on a bank across the street. An analyst looked up branch locations and cross-referenced the addresses with online maps, but could not get a location that seemed to be a possible match. When they took that data and loaded it into a GIS system that took a top-down look at locations they were able to pinpoint the location of the child.

Urban sprawl and growth is also being managed with GIS. The city of Durham, NC uses aerial imagery to get a better look at changes being done to properties that impact land use, water runoff, and drainage.

There are several upcoming events focused on GIS as well as others that include discussion of the application of geospatial technology. Continue reading

MAPPS to Host Geospatial & Engineering International Conference in September

Is your engineering or geospatial firm looking for new business opportunities? Is exporting services to the international market in your growth plan? Discover How to Expand Global Business Opportunities and more at the Geospatial & Engineering International Conference, September 25-26 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA.

Hear from leading U.S. Federal agencies providing assistance and contracting for professional services in the global market. Learn about opportunities to partner with private sector firms and gain experience from geospatial and engineering professionals already exporting internationally. Small and large businesses that are new to exporting or seasoned veterans will gain valuable information by attending the conference.

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GEOINT 2013*: Operationalizing Intelligence for Global Missions

The GEOINT Symposium--the nation's largest intelligence event of the year--will take place April 14-17, 2014, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. The annual GEOINT Symposium, hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), attracts thousands of attendees from government, military, industry, and academia worldwide.

This year, the GEOINT Symposium promises another agenda packed with high-profile keynote speakers, insightful panel discussions, engaging training offerings, and a world-class exhibit hall.  In addition to the more than 250 exhibiting organizations offering 100,000 square feet of technologies, services and solutions, GEOINT 2013* will provide 30 hours of training and education sessions, four panel sessions on key community topics, and 11 keynote speakers including directors of intelligence agencies and combatant commanders.

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USGIF to Host 10th Annual GEOINT Symposium in Tampa

Largest Annual Intelligence Gathering Offers Exciting Opportunities

Herndon, VA--The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) will host its tenth annual GEOINT Symposium October 13-16 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL.

As the nation's largest intelligence event of the year, GEOINT 2013 promises an agenda packed with dynamic keynote speakers, insightful panel discussions, training and education sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest intelligence capabilities of more than 250 companies and organizations.

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