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The Sensor is designed to bring you the latest developments about the geospatial technology industry. It is distributed to an audience of over 2,100 subscribers including academia, government, and private industry.

Highlights from this month’s Sensor:

Company Spotlight: The Sensor highlights latest news from Melhcorp;
Geospatial Image of the Month:  DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 50cm resolution satellite over the Biloxi, MS area.

What will be HOT in Geo in 2014 predictions from the GeoHipster crowd

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Small Business Export Boot Camp

 

March 13, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, 3rd Floor Conference
Register here! Email Patty at Patty@innovatems.com

The Innovation Center, in partnership with the U.S.
Commercial Service, MS Export Assistance Center, have
designed this program to assist Mississippi small businesses
in learning the fundamentals for exporting products and
services by developing skills in international marketing,
trade finance, and global logistics. The program is created
for first-time exporters or for those firms considering
expanding to a new global market.

Key trade sessions presented at the Port of Gulfport
and Gulfport-International Airport will facilitate an
optimal learning experience for firms to obtain firsthand
trade knowledge and applications by having
access to the trade, transportation, and logistics
resources available to them. For more information or
registration assistance:

Contact Jessica Gordon at (601) 373-0784;

email: Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov

or Stephen Whitt at (228) 392-9741;

email: Stephen@innovatems.com.

(30 full scholarships available on a first-come, first serve basis)

Space is limited! Cost $25.00, payable by check, includes morning
and afternoon business sessions, one-on-ones with presenters,
lunch at the Airport, and an Air Cargo Facility tour. Checks
should be mailed to: The Innovation Center, Export Boot Camp,
Suite 100, 1636 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532.
Small Business Export Boot Camp

Harvey: Failure not an option
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MDA’s International Trade Bureau is sponsoring a Multi Sector Business Development Mission to Western Europe from March 31 to April 4, 2014. The trip will include stops in the United Kingdom and France. Participating companies will also have the opportunity to make a third stop if they have business prospects in a neighboring market.

The preliminary market research is completely FREE. In addition, for STEP eligible companies, the grant will subsidize 75% of the business matchmaking service (4 to 6 meetings with prospective partners/buyers in each market) and reimburse up to 50% of their travel/airfare expenses, hotel accommodations, and meal per diem rates.

 

Click here for more information.

 

Mississippi Development Authority

Existing Industry & Business Division

P.O. Box 849

Jackson, MS 39205

 

 

We are seeing all sorts of posts and comments about this ‘Polar Vortex’ and decided to ask one of our EIGS experts… so we called Benjamin Jelley, Meteorologist with Worlwinds, Inc.,  for some insight.

Q: What is the ‘Polar Vortex’?

A: It’s a large-scale upper level cyclone that exists near one or both of the earth’s poles that spins off jet streams of cold, dry artic air in masses having a southern dip to it.

Q: How rare is it?

A: It’s not necessarily rare, it always exists at the poles, but weakens in the summer and strengthens in the winter. It’s happening all over, all of the time, however, it only affects the southern states in the winter every couple of years.

Q: What is the difference between a ‘Polar Vortex’ and the ‘Snowpocalypse’ or ‘Noreaster’?

A: Well the ‘Snowpocalypse’ or the ‘Noreaster’ affects at the mid-latitude bringing cooler weather with moisture and is on a much smaller scale. The ‘Polar Vortex’ exists at the poles forcing cold, dry air to the southern parts of the U.S. and is on a much larger scale.

 

Benjamin felt this photo summed up Polar Vortex very nicely:

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Benjamin Jelley, Staff Meteorologist

WorldWinds, Inc.,

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1010 Gause Blvd, Ste 48                     1103 Balch Blvd, Ste 202A

Slidell, LA 70458                       Stennis Space Center, MS 39529

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bjelley@worldwindsinc.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2014
Contact: Craig Harvey, 228.295.7117, charvey@magnolia-ba.biz

Stennis, Miss. – The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) announced today a recent survey named NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) the number two best place to work in the country. The Partnership for Public Service (PPS) surveyed over 2 million federal employees to rank Stennis as a favorite among the best places to work out of 379 federal organizations.

While the survey shows federal employees throughout the government are decreasingly satisfied with the jobs and workplaces for the third year in a row, SSC’s satisfaction ratings have been on the rise. SSC scored 84.3, up from 84.2 last year. Only the Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office scored better. And among large agencies NASA is No. 1 overall. It scored 74, up from last year’s 72.8 and bucking the government-wide downward trend.

EIGS is a US Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Innovative Cluster funded to support and develop geospatial businesses from Texas to Florida.  EIGS was founded at Stennis, known as an epicenter of geospatial research and commercialization, and is now headquartered near the federal city.  This ranking will assist cluster companies in recruiting talent to the area.  “We are honored to be named as a top place to work and live in the US,” said EIGS President Craig Harvey, “We have always known Stennis and the Gulf Coast region as a great place to do business and now everyone will know.”

The “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings offer the most comprehensive assessment of how federal employees view their jobs and workplaces. They provide insight into issues that range from leadership and pay to innovation and work–life balance. The rankings alert leaders to signs of trouble and provide a roadmap to help improve organizational performance.

PPS calculated the workplace environment scores by averaging the percentage of positive responses to questions in 10 categories, including effective leadershipemployee skills–mission matchpay and work–life balance. PPS then performed a regression analysis to determine the categories with the most influence on the “Best Places to Work” satisfaction and commitment score.

The EIGS geospatial industry cluster represents a variety of companies from small operations to companies with thousands of employees. There are start-ups and well-established companies — the majority of the companies have been in business for an average of 15 years. Some companies are headquartered in Mississippi while others are branch operations of larger national corporations. With business operations all over the country, the cluster also has a global reach. EIGS membership is open to companies in the geospatial technology and/or remote sensing industry. EIGS provides its members with business support, counseling, and classes for businesses that provide services using GIS and allied technologies.

For more information about EIGS, its business members, or how to join, please visit www.mseigs.com.

For more information on the survey visit: http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/overview/about/methodology.php

 

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About EIGS:

The EIGS cluster, whose geographic region currently encompasses the northern Gulf Coast from the Texas border to Pensacola, consists of similar and complementary organizations in the geospatial industry sector, including private companies, universities, associations, state agencies, and Federal agencies.  For more information, visit www.mseigs.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2014

Contact: Craig Harvey, 228.295.7117, charvey@magnolia-ba.biz

 

Stennis Space Center, MS –The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to Mississippi’s geospatial technology industry cluster.

 

Ambit Prime, LLC

Ambit Prime, LLC, headquartered in Jackson, MS, is an Information Technology (IT) company that provides data security services for enterprise use. Ambit Prime™ is a 100% minority- and woman-owned business providing IT services for the financial, legal, biopharmaceutical, healthcare, and government sectors. Ambit Prime™ is a proud Referral Agent for the WindTalker™ framework, and has several of its own proprietary data and network security products in development.

Great Minds Communication

Great Minds Communication, a Louisiana company, offers senior level experience with personalized service. Providing communication strategy, combined with tactical expertise, giving what is needed to produce desired results.

 

PhiLumina

PhiLumina, based in Gulfport, MS, provides turnkey hyperspectral imaging systems, software, and consulting solutions.

For over a decade, the State of Mississippi has nurtured the growth of a cluster of high tech companies in the geospatial technology industry. The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) is a program of the Magnolia Business Alliance, which is a non-profit, industry-independent organization formed by Cluster members with a passion to enhance the small business ecosystem in the region. Funding for the organization was awarded through a contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration meant to promote job growth through clusters of companies in “innovative economies.” Members have access to business support, counseling and classes that provide services using geographic information systems and allied technologies.

“These new members will add to the strength of the cluster and its core capabilities and continue to diversify our services,” said Craig Harvey, an MBA founder.  “We are pleased to welcome them to the EIGS family.”

The EIGS geospatial industry cluster represents a variety of companies from small operations to companies with thousands of employees. There are start-ups and well-established companies — the majority of the companies have been in business for an average of 15 years. Some companies are headquartered in Mississippi while others are branch operations of larger national corporations. With business operations all over the country, the cluster also has a global reach. EIGS membership is open to companies in the geospatial technology and/or remote sensing industry. EIGS provides its members with business support, counseling, and classes for businesses that provide services using GIS and allied technologies.

For more information about EIGS, its business members, or how to join, please visitwww.mseigs.com.

 

By Natalie Guess

EIGS company Melhcorp, LLC turns unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) into “smart drones” allowing the military to take the front line deep into enemy territory while keeping warfighters out of harm’s way.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Julio Melhado, President of Melhcorp for an interview. His company supplies the Army, Navy and other companies with specialized payloads for unmanned aerial vehicles. Melhcorp designs and integrates embedded systems, drop sondes, meteorological payloads and sensor modules for severe environments – mainly battlefields and environmental monitoring platforms.

The Army has been using MELHCORP payloads on the Hunter UAV since 2005 with great success. Julio considers the result of these missions his greatest accomplishment. As reported by the Multinational Force – Iraq in 2007, three terrorists on foot began covertly setting up explosives one night on a mountain road. They were also setting up high-resolution video cameras to record the attack on our troops for use as propaganda. A Hunter UAV team, with Julio’s payload on board, spotted the plot in progress. Meanwhile, a convoy of US troops were unknowingly moving towards the emplaced IED. A different payload that MELHCORP had recently integrated onto the Hunter UAV was used to communicate to our soldiers and stop them a hundred yards before the explosives site. Our soldiers were saved that night, and the Melhcorp-equipped Hunter UAV reached its full potential.

“As I said many times before, in the UAV field, when we do our jobs right our soldiers get to come home,” said Melhado.

Melhcorp works with Northrop Grumman to design, manufacture, maintain, and support three different types of payload interface components for the Hunter unmanned aircraft. UAVs, commonly known as “drones”, fly without a human pilot on board. Flight is controlled either autonomously by computers in the vehicle or under remote control by a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. The Hunter UAV is the military’s longest-serving drone design first launched in 1996.  Four of the original seven Hunter aircraft built are still in use today. Julio equips these Hunter drones with  sensors and custom electronic payloads  In fact, Julio’s company helped integrate the first ARMY weaponized UAV.  “Our greatest strength is the ability to integrate any payload onto a UAV or other platforms. We are currently integrating new technologies onto UAVs.”, said Melhado.

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