October 18, 2007 By News Report
Leveraging aerial imagery and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), MapIt! both automatically mosaics the collected images and generates a continuous and accurate large-area 3D site model. MapIt!'s rapid and automatic prototyping of sizable regions ensures users, such as military units and intelligence analysts, have critical data immediately, not in months. Current urban modeling can take upwards of 40 to 60 days. MapIt! can render an ortho-mosaic and 3D site model of an 800 square kilometer city in actionable time.
"The rise of military operations in urban terrain has emphasized the need for commanders, troops and intelligence analysts to have an unprecedented level of understanding of an area's surroundings," said Dr. Don Newsome, president and chief executive officer of Sarnoff Corporation. "MapIt!'s ability to rapidly build precise 3D models in days helps to increase the military's situational awareness of an urban environment before boots hit the ground."
In addition to its use by the military, MapIt!'s ability to combine the high-range resolution of LIDAR with the spatial resolution of aerial images makes it the perfect solution for users who need quick site models for activities including emergency response planning, wide area assessments and environmental and planning studies.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.