in

Maryland Teen Wins MIT Prize for Geolocation Software

Maryland Teen Wins MIT Prize for Geolocation Software - top government contractors - best government contracting eventA 17-year old Maryland resident has won top honors for his geolocation project at a Siemens-sponsored competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Frederick News-Post reports.

Sam Pritt won $3,000 in the math, science and technology competition for a software application that can pinpoint a photograph's location by mapping the horizon.

Pritt told the newspaper his father said geolocation is a big problem for the military.

Pritt took pictures of the mountains near his house and compared them with images of the same area on Google Earth to create an algorithm that could compare photographs to terrain elevation data.

He won the regional competition and has been invited to present at the national finals in Washington in December, where two winners will be awarded $100,000 each.

A Lockheed Martin engineer working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked to use Pritt's software to map the area damaged by hurricane Sandy.

Pritt said the engineer had pictures of damage from Hurricane Sandy but GPS data from the pictures was lost.

Other potential applications of his program include counterterrorism and robot navigation, he added.

ExecutiveBiz Logo

Sign Up Now! ExecutiveBiz provides you with Daily Updates and News Briefings about C4ISR News

mm

Written by Ross Wilkers

DOT IG Finds Lower Incident Rates at Contractor Towers
Rockwell Automation to Deliver Shipboard Controllers to Navy, Coast Guard; Joe Moffa Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Rockwell Automation to Deliver Shipboard Controllers to Navy, Coast Guard; Joe Moffa Comments