A New Earth Reference

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Current Situation:

The planet Earth is a dynamic sphere containing interrelationships of environmental systems: an arrangement of geophysical, meteorological and biological activity. Within these natural systems, we create divisions of human-interest, artificial boundaries of geopolitical, functional or demographic areas, and natural boundaries such as watersheds or resource delineations. Human assets or infrastructure, like roads and buildings, serve as detailed areas of interest within human biological habitat.

  • There is a rapid, and potentially unlimited, growth of global information characterizing these environmental systems as space, airborne and ground-based sensors increase in number and sophistication. Added to this, the emerging potential for generating vast new sources of data as capability is driven to the general internet user.
  • There is a corresponding demand for an effective and practical way of managing these diverse and increasingly large, spatial datasets.
  • There are substantial communities that painfully accept the requirement for expensive and complicated methods of spatial content integration. Merging geospatial information of disparate sources, accuracies, precisions, and formats is complex. Unlike textual, non-spatial imagery, and fielded data, spatial temporal data requires a common spatial reference and significant background or metadata to facilitate cut and paste, overlay and mosaic operations.
  • There is a general unmet expectation emerging that all information can be easily accessed and used on-demand through simple net-centric visual data discovery.

Without a solution to these needs, lack of accessibility, profuse duplication, delay and underutilization of spatial data will continue to be the industry norm. These needs necessitate a digital standard to access the best features of computing systems – storage, processing, integration, data discovery, visualization, aggregation, and transformations like analysis and modeling.

A Future Full of Data:

"...the major technical challenge lies within the data integration component to merge and streamline data from different types (point, polygon, grid, narrative, anecdotal) and present the results for widely varying audiences.” United Nations Environmental Programme – WCMC

“Just as defining GEOINT served as our beacon over the past decade, “integration” must become our rallying cry for the future. Internally, we must press for innovation in fusing all sources and types of GEOINT. Externally, we must create interface points for fusing GEOINT with the capabilities and products of our partner agencies across the Intelligence Community to handle and analyze the future volume, velocity and variety of information at our disposal. Our national security demands it.” May 2006, James R. Clapper Jr., Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

  • Geospatial mapping is the tip of the iceberg. Humans link physical information to three basic frames of reference – What, Where, and When. We have seen the tremendous value of the Web when information about anything (What) can be discovered instantaneously through Google, et. al. Billions of dollars have been spent on standardizing and regulating time alone. The tremendous value of a standard “where” is not just geospatial mapping. For the first time ever we will be able to concept map the query {What, When, Where}. Even better, by adding the “Me” parameter, we make the system adaptive, a requirement of a viable perpetual system, Q = {Me, What, When, Where}. This is core to capable input (knowledge) and output (control). This is cyberspace.

Effective mapping of the Physical Domain to the Information Domain requires Digital Models of What (IP ADDRESS), When (NPT TIME STAMP), and Where.

Our Response:

We must consider, as we have a Digital standard for music, we also need a Digital standard to encode information about the Earth. At the PYXIS innovation we define Digital Earth as “the medium for presenting all spatial data as coherent, accurate and timely information to the care of the one who is posing a question.”

The PYXIS innovation solves complexities of Spatial Data Integration. The PYXIS innovation is a unique, powerful, new Digital Earth Reference Model that presents a simple and inexpensive standard for organizing, combining and transforming spatial data. Deployment of the PYXIS Digital Earth Reference Model provides an optimized solution for markets that can exist when multiple sources of all spatial data are integrated into a single medium.

Meteriological Data Analysis on PYXIS Digital Earth Reference Model
PYXIS Digital Earth Reference Model

Don’t we have a digital spatial reference now? Geographic coordinates of latitude and longitude are an “analog” standard (i.e.reference or addressing the Earth on a continuum not discrete model) which fails to meet the optimal requirements of today's large, distributed, and disparate spatial data sets. This lack of accessibility, profuse duplication, delay and underutilization of spatial-data resources is the direct result of analog Earth reference. The growing expectation for general on-demand access to rich and diverse spatial knowledge can not be met with an analog reference designed primarily for navigation.

Like so many highly valuable technologies we use, PYXIS Digital Earth Reference Model was actively tested and deployed within the strict user requirements of military operations. Its design optimizes on the critical requirements of a digital reference – it is discrete, it includes a multiple-resolution index that is also a coordinate address, it includes an extensible algebra and a strategy for quantizing analog values. These capabilities will enable everyone to participate and support evidence-based decisions within Digital Earth.

Evidence-based decisions, responsibility, and action are a valued product of knowledgeable choices. Knowledgeable choices are made when one is provided coherent, accurate and timely information. The power of knowledgeable choices is best in the care of one who is posing the question. Your participatation in this new value proposition will provide a valuable next generation capability to those at the edge of an organization - a pull model for knowledge discovery, assembly, visualizationand analysis - Integrated Geospatial-Intelligence On-demand.

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