US: The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Commerce brought together business and government leaders from around the globe for the 2010 International Commercial Remote Sensing Symposium (ICRSS). 2010 ICRSS provided three days of discussions and exhibits on key issues affecting the community.
Mary Glackin, deputy under secretary of NOAA, Dennis Hightower, deputy secretary of Commerce and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., all gave keynote addresses. In parallel of its mission to promote educational success within the tradecraft, USGIF provided academia the opportunity to attend by discounting their admission rate.
The symposium attracted attendees from 17 different countries including: Austria, Canada, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Roughly 33 percent of attendees were from government and military organisations such as the European Space Agency, NGA, U.S. Navy, OSD, U.S. Air Force, ODNI, NRO, Los Alamos National Lab, DHS, CIA, State Department and the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Capitol Hill was also well represented with staffers from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as well as attendees from the offices of Sen. Udall, Rep. Ruppersberger, Rep. Tiahrt, Sen. Webb and Sen. Roberts.
GeoEye, DigitalGlobe, ERDAS, Infoterra, Riverside Research Institute, Compusult, Spot Image, Applied Imagery, Fugro EarthData, GIS Development, Pictometry, Geospatial Intelligence Forum, DMC International Imaging and NGA exhibited their latest remote sensing capabilities and solutions for the community.