Geospatial Revolution – Using Geospatial Intelligence for Safety

Geospatial Revolution, a public service media and outreach initiative aimed at educating us all about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact is well underway. Episode three in a series of four-part project episodes, was released earlier this month and focuses on geospatial technology as it relates to public safety and the public sector.

Developed by Penn State Public Broadcasting, episode three, “Serving and Protecting”, discusses the imperatives of geospatial intelligence, groundbreaking mapping technologies used in war and peace  and other  examples of how this technology is being utilized at all levels of government.

To the war fighter, geospatial intelligence is critical. Episode three examines the importance of layering high resolution imagery over mapping allowing soldiers to gain a better idea of the terrain and their environment (such as the use of GIS technology to map and image the ethnic profiles of towns and villages during the Bosnian conflict). There are also several great testimonials from Letitia Long, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Gen. Wesley Clark, US ARMY (Ret.) and Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Mike Lee, USAF Brigadier General, and others.

On a state and local level, this latest episode also explores how geospatial technology and mapping are helping local law enforcement officers – both before and after crimes are committed. An understaffed law enforcement agency for example can use GIS to provide hot-spot mapping, allowing those agencies to use their resources more efficiently.

Click here to watch Geospatial Revolution, Episode Three.

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