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Esri Book Helps Students Put The Science of Where to Work to Make Spatial Decisions

Redlands, California—August 16, 2017Making Spatial Decisions Using ArcGIS Pro: A Workbook, newly published by Esri, teaches how to use geospatial analysis tools in Esri’s ArcGIS Pro software to solve real-world problems in fields such as emergency management, law enforcement, urban development, and renewable energy.

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The workbook, written by educators Kathryn Keranen and Robert Kolvoord, is project based and incorporates The Science of Where into the lessons. Readers will use the geospatial analysis tools in ArcGIS Pro—along with vector, remote-sensing, and lidar data—to perform analyses and make maps. The projects were designed for instructors or students of geospatial technologies to use in a college, university, or high school setting, although anyone who uses geographic information system (GIS) technology will find Making Spatial Decisions Using ArcGIS Pro educational and useful.

The workbook includes 18 projects that cover real-world scenarios. Readers will use ArcGIS Pro and the data provided to manage incidents such as hazardous materials spills, decide what areas were the hardest hit by a hurricane to properly allocate disaster aid, and analyze crime patterns to determine where to step up patrols. While ArcGIS Pro is the primary tool used to complete the lessons, readers will also use Esri ArcGIS Online to access data and publish and share their work.

The lessons included in this workbook were updated for use with ArcGIS Pro, having been adapted from the authors’ popular Making Spatial Decisions series of workbooks: Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS, Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS and Remote Sensing, and Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS and Lidar, all published by Esri. The authors use proven teaching methods so that students immediately apply what they learn as they progress through the lessons. The workbook comes with GIS data, access to ArcGIS Pro software, and other materials needed to complete the projects.

Making Spatial Decisions Using ArcGIS Pro: A Workbook is now available in print (IBSN 9781589484849, 290 pages, US$69.99). The print edition of the book can be obtained from online retailers worldwide or by calling 1-800-447-9778. The e-book edition is available for purchase from online retailers. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

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Dewberry To Lead Lidar Project Covering Six Areas in Northern California

Project encompasses 3,429 square miles in support of USGS 3DEP, Mendocino County, and FEMA’s Risk MAP program

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, has been selected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to facilitate, acquire, and process lidar data across northern California, within the areas of Keefer Slough, Upper Pit, Russian Mendocino, Alpine, and Cow Creek, as well as all of Mendocino County. The data will support the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) and the FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program.

The firm has been tasked under the USGS Geospatial Products and Services Contract (GPSC3) to collect and process 1,228 square miles of quality level 1 (QL1) lidar topographic data for Mendocino County to improve process efficiency, timber harvesting, ecological impact, and permit applications. This pilot project will determine how restoration needs can be met for fish and wildlife.

Currently, there is not enough lidar data in the public domain for timberlands. The new collection of data will be used to validate existing datasets and serve as a new information source for assessment, modeling, and stream density. This information will be added to the public domain to determine the impacts of timber harvesting.

Dewberry has also been tasked to acquire, process, and quality control the collection of 2,201 square miles of quality level 2 (QL2) lidar data across five additional areas in northern California for FEMA floodplain mapping. The data collection includes breaklines required to hydro-flatten inland ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers, as well as tidal and non-tidal boundary waters after extracting hydrographic feature geometry using point cloud information and intensity imagery. The firm will perform all data post-processing and classification steps to develop the requisite deliverables.

“This project is challenging since the coastal weather in northern California is generally cloudy and rainy, and there was a short window between leaf off and snow to be able to collect data. The acquisition proceeded well with the exception of two FEMA areas, which are delayed until this summer due to excessive snow this season in higher elevations that is expected to linger. We expect to complete the data acquisition this summer,” said Dewberry’s Elise MacPherson, who is managing the task order for the USGS GPSC3 contract.

About Dewberry

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit


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Intertrust Acquires Planet OS to Expand its Trusted Big Data Platform into Industrial IoT

Planet OS’ Geospatial Big Data Platform to Integrate with Intertrust’s Security, Governance, and Analytics Solutions to Support Applications in Energy, Transportation, and Healthcare

Sunnyvale and Tallinn – August 8, 2017, Intertrust Technologies announced today that it has acquired the assets of Planet OS, a geospatial big data service provider founded in 2012 by Estonian entrepreneurs. Planet OS has built a unique multi-party data platform that has broad application to the Internet of Things (IoT).

By acquiring Planet OS, Intertrust will add its patented data governance technology to the Planet OS platform to enable enterprises to manage highly sensitive data from different sources and protect their intellectual property and proprietary information. The combination of the Planet OS and Intertrust platforms will create a perfect risk management solution for enterprises in markets that simply cannot afford data breaches or misappropriation.

“Planet OS is a highly innovative geospatial big data platform,” said Talal G. Shamoon, Intertrust’s chief executive officer. “Combining Planet OS with Intertrust’s security, risk management and data rights management technologies will allow us to expand our trusted big data capabilities by creating a powerful, multi-party data platform for enterprise-scale, industrial IoT applications.”

Planet OS allows users to manage and visualize multi-format, large-scale data from numerous sources, enabling operators to see patterns and act on analyses that they may have previously overlooked. The platform can reformat data to meet user needs and provide powerful visualization capabilities, and let device makers and service providers go to market with innovative data-driven products in broad markets from self-driving cars and modern public transportation to food security value chain monitoring and healthcare.

“We built Planet OS to help enterprises, government organizations and researchers understand and act on vast amounts of data coming from Internet-connected sensors, so that they can make informed decisions,” said Rainer Sternfeld, founder and chief executive officer of Planet OS. “We are proud that we were able to achieve this goal through our pioneering solutions for geospatial data, and were able to apply these solutions to the energy market. We look forward to expanding our platform inside Intertrust to target all vertical markets.”

Planet OS is currently used by the European energy giant, innogy SE, to manage data coming from their wind assets. Planet OS’ Powerboard™ product is specifically designed to allow operators of renewable energy assets to prepare for future Artificial Intelligence-enabled applications such as predictive maintenance.

The entire Planet OS team will join Intertrust, and Intertrust will expand its engineering operations in Estonia.

“We are very enthusiastic about establishing technology operations in Estonia, which is a hot-bed of technology innovation, and a serious source of engineering talent,” Shamoon added. “We look forward to working with the Planet OS team, and to leveraging Estonia’s amazing talent pool in software and secure systems.”

About Intertrust Technologies Corporation

Intertrust provides trusted computing products and services to leading global corporations – from mobile and CE manufacturers and service providers to enterprise software platform com-panies. These products include the world’s leading digital rights management, software tamper resistance and privacy-driven data platforms for AdTech, DNA storage, and IoT.

Founded in 1990, Intertrust is based in Silicon Valley, with regional offices in London, Mumbai, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. The Company has a legacy of invention, and its fundamental contributions in the areas of computer security and digital trust are globally recognized. Intertrust holds hundreds of patents that are key to Internet security, trust, and privacy management components of operating systems, trusted mobile code and networked operating environments, web services, and cloud computing. Additional information is available at, or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Feature – States’ Rights: A Sure Bet on Location

This October, the Supreme Court will hear a landmark case on the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress in 1992. The act prohibits sports betting in all states except Nevada, Oregon, Montana, and Delaware. These states were grandfathered in, and therefore exempt to the law.

The case started in New Jersey, one of several states that wants to legalize sports betting. However, several other states support the New Jersey lawsuit for entirely different reasons: they believe the law oversteps the powers of Congress and violates the tenth amendment.

No matter what reason the states support the repeal of PASPA, the action will have a real effect almost immediately across the country, and right in the heart of the NFL season, the most gambled on sport in the world.

Here are what the maps look like, and what they mean:

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Only four states were grandfathered in under the PASPA law, and are the only states in the United States where sports betting is technically legal. This law covers at its strictest interpretation side bets with your co-workers, football pools, and of course full on sports betting.

There is some debate, however, over Daily Fantasy Sports and whether or not it constitutes betting. The map below shows where you can currently engage in Daily Fantasy Sports and where you can’t:

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Many groups are most concerned about daily fantasy sports like Fan Duel when it comes to student sports. While many leagues, including the NBA are in favor of eliminating PASPA because of the potential revenue they might gain, the NCAA is opposed to it, as the league feels there would be more incentive for players to cheat or throw games.

Several states have introduced legislation to block Daily Fantasy Sports related to student sports, but only two so far have passed that legislation.

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Of course, even former President Barack Obama said if he were caught betting on sports he would pardon himself, and most people take the letter of the law as somewhat of a joke. It does have a legitimate effect on casinos and online gambling sites, both of which must abide by the PASPA provisions or face stiff penalties from the Federal government.

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A few states around the country have signed on to support New Jersey in their fight against the law, but not because they necessarily support sports betting. These states believe PASPA is an overreach of the Federal government under the 10th amendment for a couple of reasons.

First, the Constitution grants all rights to the states not explicitly given to the Federal government by the Constitution. This includes not only sports betting, but things like the legalization of marijuana and other laws that Congress encourages states to make under a policy called cooperative federalism.

This policy is not mandatory though: it is something states voluntarily do. Essentially it means the states all agree to pass a law that Congress wants to be a national standard. However, Congress is then not politically responsible, the states are, and voters often disagree with the legislation. In the case of sports betting, some states have seen the potential income from the legalization of the practice, and so want the right to legalize it in their state.

The likely outcome of a repeal would be that nearly every state that has a lottery or casinos would legalize sports betting. It is easier to name states that do not have a lottery rather than those who do, since there are only seven:

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However, not every state that has a lottery will support sports betting even if they support the repeal of PASPA. This is what the map may look like post-repeal, should the court strike down the law in October.

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In the middle of a Trump presidency fraught with controversy around all kinds of subjects, sports gambling may be legalized during his first term. This could change the map of where and how bets can be placed on your favorite sports team.

It may mean more than that though. The ruling would affect how states make all kinds of different laws, and many state Governors and Attorney Generals will see this as a huge political victory.


Troy Lambert is a freelance writer, editor, and non-profit consultant by day, and a suspense thriller author by night. He learned about the power of GIS while working as a researcher at a museum, and is always looking for ways to apply this technology and big data in new and innovative ways. Troy is an avid cyclist, skier, and hiker. He lives, works, and plays in Boise, Idaho. His work can be found at, and you can connect with him on Twitter @tlambertwrites.

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5 Free Resources to Equip you for Social Marketing, Selling and Engagement

Some useful week-end or holiday reading

5 Free Resources to Equip you for Social Marketing and Selling

16 Social Media Marketing Solutions for Small Businesses – Social media marketing is an art form, and with the right social media marketing solution, business owners can master it.

The Essentials of Marketing Kit – Includes the Free Social Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest
The Essentials of Marketing Kit, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your marketing related decisions.

Social Marketing: How to Build an Employee Advocacy Program
This eBook will help employees use LinkedIn and Twitter to drive brand awareness, traffic, and leads.

Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing:
An Unofficial, Practical Guide to Selling & Developing B2B Business on LinkedIn
The content presented in this book excerpt will equip sales, marketing, and business development professionals with new and creative ways to develop and foster business through LinkedIn

Successful Social Selling Best Practices Guide
This best practices guide focuses on helping you organize, harness and capitalize on the information, buying signals and qualified prospects identifying themselves to you online every single day.

BONUS Tip – Successful Social Selling – Matt Heinz tells us how to find, manage and close more business from the social web.

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