Welcome to another fun #5Things on Friday – In this fun, summer edition we share some interesting updates including details of places where you can legally fly your UAV, a clever London transit map, GIS in K12 schools in America, a look at GIS in the response to summer wildfires, and Pizza delivery by tech geeks down-under.
In late August the Clayton arson fire added yet another chapter to the long-running saga of devastating California blazes. The conflagration destroyed at least 299 structures, including 189 single-family homes, 40 businesses and a range of other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. More than 4,000 people were evacuated in the course of the fire, which raged for several days. It’s no surprise to GIS pros that GIS plays a huge role in the response and aftermath of these devastating fires. FireWhat of Bend, Ore. was called in by CalFire to help in the aftermath and asses the damage . Read on about the role that GIS and geotech helped crunch the data.
UAV and drone technology is exploding as are the various uses of the unmanned flying machines. Case in point, down-under some clever folks have decided that attaching a Pepperoni Pizza to a UAV and sending it to the customer would be a great idea. The idea was so good that Dominos Pizza is all over it and even secured initial approval from the New Zealand Government!
Domino’s gets the go ahead to test pizza delivery by drone (Credit: nzherald.co.nz)
In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content. In support of ConnectED, Esri offers to any US K12 school (public, private, or home schools) an ArcGIS Online Organization subscription. The map reveals Sites with GIS from Esri and ConnectED – see more about ConnectEd HERE. This story map was created with the Story Map Journal application in ArcGIS Online. Note, we’re pleased to be actively involved with ConnectEd to help educators be more efficient and have access to software and support with our Admin Tools, an ideal toolset to help them manage their student accounts and ArcGIS users within their institutions and orgs.
You may want to fly a drone or UAV in the USA, perhaps to deliver a pizza, map a utility corridor, or help emergency responders in some way. Before you take to the air or consider launching your own UAV data collection business, you better be aware of where and when you can fly your UAV legally and according to regulations. This story map shared by the Smithsonian reveals just that. Note, we’re pretty active with UAV data collection here at GEO Jobe. You can keep tabs on what we’re doing by following our Instagram account @geojobeuav where we have videos from flights and even recently shared images of a baseball field we flew and a clever infographic of the Top 5 drone-friendly cities in America!
We hope you found something of interest here. If you have a cool GIS, GeTech, Geo EDU, UAV or other story/tip of interest, please share with us via email (hit the Contact Us link to the right) or drop us a tweet @GEOjobeGIS
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