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  • The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to make headlines, with enormous numbers of devices poised to go online in the coming years. Huge predictions dominate, for example with Cisco forecasting that by 2020, there will be an estimated 50 billion Internet connected devices worldwide, including computers, smart phones, tablets, as well as the traditional corporate M2M/IoT and SCADA units.  This is massive growth from the estimated 12 billion devices in 2013; but, can satellites grab a…

  • SAR Satellite Imagery Surges

    Feb 12th, 2015 by Claude Rousseau   More from this Analyst | Profile

    The recent launch of a Japanese radar satellite (IGS-5) on an H-2A rocket is the latest indication that seeing through clouds at any time of the day is a continuing trend.

    Initially devised to counter the testing by North Korea of missiles flying over its territory in 1998, the IGS-5 was the 9th military reconnaissance satellite that Japan has launched to date and the third synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite launched in the past 4 years.  The satellites, coupled with other optical…

  • Geopolitical tension and instability are the ever-present reality of today’s connected world: a smoldering insurgency in Nigeria and Somalia, coordinated international strikes against ISIS, conflicts in eastern Ukraine, the Ebola response in West Africa, drug and human trafficking interdiction in Central and South America, heightened hostility in the South China Sea… and as evidenced by the January attacks in Paris, even terrorism in regions long considered stable and remote from…