FOSS4G and the Open Sourcing of Google Earth Enterprise (GEE)

Posted on August 16, 2018

Posted by Michael Terner (@TernerGeo)

I was privileged to Chair the FOSS4G 2017 Conference that convened almost exactly one year ago in my hometown of Boston. This milestone provides an interesting lens to reflect on the past year which has been full of change and evolution. Indeed, one of the larger changes in 2018 is that I am not the Chair of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation’s (OSGeo) annual, flagship global conference, known as the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference. Instead, I look forward to simply attending and presenting (and taking on a small volunteer role) at what will be a far different FOSS4G 2018 event held in in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania beginning on August 27th.

The topic of my FOSS4G presentation will be Google’s open sourcing of the Google Earth Enterprise (GEE) code base and my new company’s role helping to guide and curate the Open GEE initiative. While my level of  involvement with FOSS4G is a large change, the biggest change over the past year is switching jobs and organizations after 27 years. And it’s not random nor coincidental that I would land at a company that is active, knowledgeable and committed to the geospatial open source ecosystem. In the run-up to the Dar es Salaam event I’m looking forward to working with the T-Sciences GEE team to incorporate the latest GEE developments and use cases into the presentation. If you’re coming to FOSS4G 2018 and are interested in Open GEE, please come to the presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 15:00.

I’m also looking forward to attending a FOSS4G event in a vibrant, developing country like Tanzania. This conference will be different and diverse in a uniquely African way.  From the color and economic means of people in attendance, to the program and use cases that are presented, to the co-location of this event with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team's annual conference, the Dar es Salaam event will be distinct from the Boston conference. Indeed, open source technologies and communities provide important opportunities in places where there is less technological infrastructure and where money is tighter. A lot can happen over the course of a year, but core beliefs like working with good people and having the ability to pursue and advocate for open technologies have a way of persisting.

Thermopylae Sciences & Technology’s Achieves Location-Based Services Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program

Posted on August 3, 2018


Thermopylae Sciences & Technology (T-Sciences) today announced that it has achieved the Location-Based Services Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program. By earning the Partner Specialization, T-Sciences has proven their expertise and success in building customer solutions in the Location-Based Services field using Google Cloud Platform technology.

The Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program is designed to provide Google Cloud customers with qualified partners that have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in specialized solution and service areas. Partners that have achieved the Location-Based Services Specialization have demonstrated success in building and managing applications using the best of Google Maps Platform and Google Cloud Platform in both web and mobile environments.

Through over 10 years of collaboration with Google, T-Sciences has built momentum to become one of Google’s top globally performing Google Maps Platform partners. This success, combined a deep bench of engineering talent and experience with complex geospatial and cloud problem sets, positions T-Sciences to provide customers with unparalleled support and recommendations for optimization and implementation.

“We’ve had the opportunity to build and grow this partnership with Google for a decade, and it is an honor to have that hard work recognized with this specialization,” said Harris Eisenberg, Executive Vice President of T-Sciences. “We believe that in addition to our award-winning support, combining the capabilities of Google Cloud Platform and Google Maps Platform will allow us to facilitate some really cutting-edge solutions to classic business problems.”

AJ Clark, T-Sciences Founder and CEO added, “Our partnership with Google has allowed us a unique approach to delivering solutions tied to Location. Google consistently takes novel approaches with Maps and Cloud that have had a tremendously positive impact for our customers. Seeing customers start with a map and end up with capabilities that combine data and services they never dreamed of is extremely satisfying.”

About Thermopylae
Thermopylae Sciences & Technology is one of Google’s top globally performing Google Cloud Premier Partners, with a decade of close collaboration with Google sales and engineering, offering strong technical solutions for implementing Google Maps Platform for Government, Defense, and the private sector. We are a multiple Google award-winning firm including the NORTHAM Business Impact Award for Maps 2015, Global Partner of the Year for Maps 2013, North American Deployment Partner of the Year for Maps 2013, and North American Innovation Partner of the Year for Maps 2012. T-Sciences is a longtime supporter of the Defense and Intelligence community as well as our private sector customer base that ranges from startups to Fortune 50 companies.

Texas Department of Information Resources – Google Cloud Products – DIR-TSO-4183

Posted on July 11, 2018


Thermopylae Sciences & Technology (TST) is proud to announce our participation in the State of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) contract for Google Cloud products under contract DIR-TSO-4183. TST is a Google Cloud Premier Partner and is authorized to resell and service both Google Maps Platform and Google Cloud Platform. We are available to support all offices of the State of Texas that are able to utilize this contract with technical support, resale of Google products, and consultation on their use.

Under this contract, TST is authorized to sell:

A price list for the products above is available here. A standard discount of 4.25% for Google Maps Platform and 1.25% for Google Cloud Platform, respectively, is available for all DIR customers utilizing this contract.

To Obtain a Quote or to Place an Order, Please Contact:

Michael Rosen, Senior Google Maps Solutions Manager
Phone: (703) 587-6802

TST works closely with interested parties to consult, understand technical requirements, and recommend Google technologies in the correct quantities to meet your business requirements. We provide Google-certified account management and Google-certified engineering support from the onset to ensure that the service you receive is of the highest caliber. We never charge for initial consultation and strive to deliver top-notch account management as a best practice to make sure you are always optimized and achieving the best return on your Google investment.

Purchase orders from DIR customers are accepted with a reference to our contract (DIR-TSO-4183) at which point TST will coordinate order fulfillment with Google and ensure a complete handoff, inclusive of implementation guidance and troubleshooting.

Warranty and Return Policies

All warranty and return policies for the above products are governed by their respective license agreements. If you are interested in learning more or would like to review a specific license agreement, please contact Michael Rosen for details.

Additional Information

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Posted on June 13, 2018

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Read the full article here google-vr-satellite-imagery-environmental-oceans/

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Posted on May 17, 2018

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Drones and Google Earth; Investigation explores uncharted territory using cutting-edge technology

Posted on April 24, 2018

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Forbes Article: How Google Earth And Google Maps Taught Us To See The World From Above

Posted on April 10, 2018

Forbes online magazine offers a look into the early uses of Google Earth and Google Maps to view high-resolution aerial imagery of a college campus.  The article discusses how security concerns were managed, and offers a way forward to address similar concerns for evolving technology landscapes.

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Slate Article: Google Invented a Cool New System for Mapping the World

Posted on March 19, 2018

FutureTense, a subsidiary of Slate, explores emerging technologies and examines Google Plus codes' ability to re-imagine mapping solutions. The article considers the use of Google Plus codes with drone-delivery technologies and how they would improve the user experience of "interfacing with otherwise-alienating algorithmic calculations."

Read the full article here

Street View navigation added to Google Earth’s VR

Posted on February 2, 2018

Google has updated virtual reality Google Earth to allow for in-Street View navigation. Now VR machines can be used to easily view from 360 sphere to 360 sphere just like on the flat screen version of Google Maps.
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