NVIDIA Launches World’s First GPU-Accelerated Platform For Geospatial Intelligence Analysts

imagesThe world leader in Visual Computing and the inventor of Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) – NVIDIA, is a well-known brand among us the “computer generation” for GPUs that help us visualize and play amazing games on the PC and other platforms.

Now, NVIDIA will also be remembered for being “Geoawesome”. Just days ago, they had announced the launch of the world’s first GPU-accelerated platform for Geospatial Intelligence Analysis. The “NVIDIA GeoInt Accelerator” will offer tools that enable faster processing of high-resolution satellite imagery, facial recognition, combat mission planning  using Geographic Information System (GIS) and object recognition using data from drone surveillance.

The GeoInt Accelerator offers a complete solution consisting of an NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerated system, software applications for geospatial intelligence analysis, and advanced application development libraries.

Remember all the cool image analysis that we witnessed in “The Italian Job” , the facial and object recognition analysis that Russel Crowe utilizes from drone images in the movie “Body of Lies”. This GeoInt accelerator will be able to process such stuff at speeds that will only make the intelligence and defense departments wanting for more.

Really how fast is NVIDIA saying this accelerator is?

The NVIDIA GeoInt Accelerator is the first accelerated platform that enables defense and homeland security analysts to accurately generate actionable intelligence from petabytes of data, images and video gathered from satellites, surveillance cameras, drones, and sensors. By using GPU accelerators, the GeoInt Accelerator analyzes image and video data up to 10 times faster than systems with CPUs alone.

The key applications in the GeoInt platform include the likes of

  • Digital Globe – where the intelligence community can process over 3 million sq.km of high resolution satellite imagery for Points of Interest
  • GeoWeb 3D – It delivers 3D Fusion information from LIDAR, Remote Sensing and Videos. All this without the need for pre-processing.
  • Imagus – real time facial recognition from surveillance data.
  • IntuVision Panoptes – object detection and event-driven alerts from real time analsysis of video streams.
  • LuciadLightspeed – Overlays image, RADAR, Remote Sensing data for providing situational awareness for mission planning.
  • NerVve Technologies – automated object detection in images and videos.

All the information and analysis in the speed that this accelerator can offer! I can imagine sitting in the intelligence office of any technologically advanced country that uses videos from CCTV cameras across the globe to analyze the movement of one specific person or a group that indulge in violence, uses Satellite Images to locate your movement of arms and ammunition in real time.

These are really child’s play with the kind of visual computing power that we have these days and the GeoInt accelerator will help accelerate the widespread use of such technologies.

“Faster Insights for the Geospatial Intelligence Analyst” – for sure!

P.S: I wonder how much one of these GeoInt’s are going to cost… A lot of people would love to have one to speed up their GIS analysis 😉

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google-maps-ipadOver last several days Google was on fire rolling out a lot of new stuff at the same time. They’re preparing for a big change for a while already with totally changed architecture. Now desktop maps feature full-screen interface and built-in a Google Earth-esque planetary view and photo tours. The routing automatically shows public transport alternatives alongside driving options and comparison charts for public-transport options, graphing the difference in stops/overall time. In term of general architecture new maps uses vector data rather than graphical tiles for faster loading and handling.

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After the big update for Android a major change comes to iOS. The most important news for many of you is that the version 2.0 of Google Maps finally supports iPad! Google Maps 2.0 for iOS also adds better navigation with live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic re-routing. There’s also support for indoor maps. So finally iOS maps are getting closer to Android version which was much better with new explore feature and reviews that include Zagat.

New maps open

You’ve probably already heard about new Google Maps being available for beta tests launched in May. It truly looks and feels great, with just the only problem that it was terribly slow (as it was ‘beta’). In order to try the new maps you had to apply for email invitation. This week Google is making it easier to try it out just sign up and get access instantly: maps.google.com/preview .


Along with the iOS update Google Maps team is also giving new tools to iOS developers so that they could create better UX in their apps. New Software Developer Kit 1.4 for iOS  feature Street View, indoor floor plans, and an updated design of new Google Map tiles.

source: TechCrunch

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