Thermal Data Will Help UK Council Address Fuel Poverty – Directions Magazine

Ciould this be adapted in ireland to improve the wider economy, a way of making the “green economy” more proactive?

Grants are available from SEI for increasing fuel efficincy and promote insulation but perhaps by an aerial survey, for e.g dulbin, with a thermal imaging system you could direct marketing, grants etc toward households with an identified problem.

This would of course provide jobs in our lcoal survey/geo economy as well as the green economy.

It would also encourage some of the savings that people have to be released and stimulate local economys as people avail of grants to have insulation fitted.

The SEI/Dublin co co/DOELG arange for a irsh survey company to fly the city, tying in observed hotspots with addresses.

Data put on line and the SEI also designs a personlaised/trageted mailshot (you get a letter through door with a airphot of your roof glowing bright red!) with details of how to avail of grants.

Bluesky Thermal Data Will Help UK Council Address Fuel Poverty – Directions Magazine

via Bluesky Thermal Data Will Help UK Council Address Fuel Poverty – Directions Magazine.

PhotoMaps by NearMap

An online map viewer with a differnce. Its designed to show changes over time.

Move the timeline along and the relevant satellite image is displayed.

Unfortunately they only have images for 2004 over Ireland but they do nicely show the seasonal changes- elsewhere the coverage is more update showing some big changes (click off the steetmap for quicker loading)

via PhotoMaps by NearMap.

Irish paper watch

The future is now and its scary

Towards autonomous robot swarms for multi-target localisation and monitoring with applications to counter IED operations
Robert J. Mullen A1, Sarah Barman A2, Paolo Remagnino A3, Dorothy Monekosso A4
A4 School of Computing and Mathematics, Ulster University, Shore Road, Newtonabby, County Antrim, BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems
  Issue:  Volume 4, Number 1 / 2011
  Pages:  87 – 107
  URL:  Linking Options


A swarm robotics approach is adopted in designing a fully autonomous multi-robot-based solution to the problem of locating generic targets within a given search space. A proof of concept system is developed and tested within a 3D simulation environment. A series of laboratory experiments are carried out to assess the performance of the system with respect to the given task of localising and monitoring generic targets, with reference to a counter IED scenario. Further experiments are carried out to evaluate the robustness to robot failure and scalability of the system

via Inderscience Publishers – Article.

2011 Call for International Teams in Space Science

Might be of interest to some…

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland,
invites proposals for establishing International Teams to conduct on its
premises research activities in Space Sciences, based on the
interdisciplinary analysis and evaluation of data from spacecraft and
possible integration with ground data and theoretical models. For the purpose
of this Call, Space Sciences include the Solar and Heliospheric Physics,
Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics,
Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Fundamental
Physics in Space, and Earth Sciences using Space data.

Letter of Intent: February 15, 2011

Deadline for proposals: March 31, 2011

The Call for International Teams proposal is available on the ISSI web site:

Click to access annualcall2011.pdf

European Centre Of Excellence In Earth Observation Research Training | Environment and Energy Management News

European Centre Of Excellence In Earth Observation Research Training | Environment and Energy Management News

via European Centre Of Excellence In Earth Observation Research Training | Environment and Energy Management News.

Irelands Space Strategy

Enterprise Ireland has published a “space strategy” for Ireland, looking to exploit Irelands mebership of the ESA.

The principal aim of Ireland’s space research strategy is to create a vibrant and dynamic space research community contributing to the goals and objectives of ESA’s scientific programmes, while also playing a role in supporting the development of Ireland’s ‘Knowledge Economy’.

Probably for cultural reasons EI puts the graeter emphasis on Industry – making widgets for space. Personally, beyond research, I think Ireland needs to focus on services. Either services to the space indusrty (cal/val etc) but also promoting services that use (as the document does suggets at the end) information deerived from space (eo and GPS etc).