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What Biden’s American Jobs Plan Means for Mobile Mapping

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How Biden’s new American Jobs Plan can benefit from one mobile mapping tool

In case you haven’t heard – American President Joe Biden just proposed a nearly $2 trillion dollar infrastructure and jobs bill, which he is claiming is, “most resilient, innovative economy in the world.” The plan has been coined the American Jobs Plan, as many of the items in the extensive list would simultaneously create more jobs while also confronting the infrastructure issue in question.

Some of the goals set forth in the proposal include fixing 20,000 miles of roads and 10,000 bridges (including 10 of the most economically significant in the country), eliminating lead pipes, upgrading airports and rail infrastructure, and modernizing federal buildings. The bill also aims to fight climate change, introduce cleaner energy sources, and improve racial equality.

Mosaic is quite confident that our 360-degree mobile mapping camera with 3D capabilities, the Mosaic 51, can assist the federal government, state governments, and private corporations in many of these issues (although certainly not all).

The main sectors within Biden's infrastructure bill: transportation infrastructure; quality of life at home; research, development and manufacturing, help for caregivers.

There are many more areas detailed in the report that address such topics as electric vehicles, climate-related disasters, inland waterways, public housing projects, VA hospitals and clinics, caregivers (a HUGE part of the overall budget distribution), and preventing future pandemics. And while we’ve left out several which would not directly benefit from the use of the Mosaic 51, there are still others which would.

But for now, we’re going to focus on the following 10, to highlight the versatility and depth to which the Mosaic 51 is able to tackle many issues singled out in the American Jobs Plan.

10 Points of Biden’s American Jobs Plan Which Need the Mosaic 51

Here is a quick rundown of some of the top areas Biden’s infrastructure plan hopes to focus on and which would all benefit greatly from the use of the Mosaic 51:

A breakdown of the Biden infrastructure and jobs plan, where the money is going.

1. $10 billion to be spent for federal buildings modernization

2. $20 billion to be spent to improve road safety

3. $25 billion to be spent to upgrade airports

4. $40 billion to be spent upgrading research infrastructure in laboratories

5. $80 billion to be spent for Amtrak’s repair backlog, improvements to existing routes and expansion

6. $85 billion to be spent to modernize public transit, doubling federal funding for public transit

7. $100 billion to be spent to improve the electric grid

8. $100 billion to be spent to expand high-speed broadband

9. $111 billion to be spent for water infrastructure, including $4 billion to eliminate all lead pipes and $56 billion to modernize America’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems.

10. $115 billion to be spent to modernize bridges, highways, roads, and main streets that are in most critical need of repair

How can a 360-degree camera solve the infrastructure bill?

While the bill is not yet finalized and will need Republican support to pass through the Senate or force Biden to pass it through a means of reconciliation, a process which would only require Democratic support, we can still speculate. And in the meantime, we can start to picture the world in which the bill has passed and hundreds of private and public groups are knocking on our door, begging for a Mosaic 51.

Gather information more effectively and efficiently

Many of the areas within the bill will require that significant data is gathered concerning the current conditions of highways, roads, bridges, utilities, and railways. This means having to collect data covering a wide expanse of land, hundreds of thousands of miles in total. And of course all of this will take untold hours of manpower to gather the data necessary to move forward to the following steps.

The Mosaic 51 was designed and built to solve all of these issues. As a 360-degree mobile mapping camera, it is inherently capable of covering vast swaths of land in short periods of time, cutting down on the manpower typically used in more traditional mapping techniques or for smaller scale projects.

The fact that there are two GPUs built into the camera means that all of the computing is done within the camera and there is no need for any other computer, power station or work station within the vehicle. This cuts down on additional manpower as well as energy consumption.

Check out more about how the Mosaic 51 stacks up against other mobile mapping cameras here.

Guaranteed dependable, hassle-free operations

The United States covers a wide array of environments and climates, from hot and arid to cold and wet. Many of the roads, bridges, dams and waterways which must be surveyed are not found on nicely paved streets within city limits, but on rugged mountain roads and narrow country lanes pitted with potholes.

With its industrial-grade construction and durability, it is able to withstand extreme temperatures on both ends – hot and cold, as well as be resistant to water and dust with an IP67 rating. This is one of the most durable cameras on the market and is ready to take on any challenges that come its way.

Like the USPS motto says, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Maybe we’ll modify this for our next Mosaic motto.

To learn more about our ‘made-to-get-dirty’ camera, request information here.

Provide unsurpassed HD images

An example of the Mosaic 51 360 camera, as seen on Mapillary, perfect to help with the American Jobs Plan.

For many years those in the design and creation of mobile mapping cameras were only focused on getting the most accurate geospatial data, which meant that they often ignored the original function of a camera – to present real-life images of the subject of the photograph or video. While the image quality has been increasing in recent years, it still lacks some of the finesse that is necessary to bring true HD quality to the final outputs. With 6 noise-free lenses combining for 12K resolution, it beats out every other camera on the market.

It preserves nearly all of the dynamic range even in harsh lighting and eliminates artifacts from different image sensors exposing the scene differently, thereby offering a single unified and consistent image.

This will assist a great deal for those conducting real estate assessments or utilities assessments so that they can see every last crack, chipped paint, and telephone pole in danger of neighboring trees.

To learn more about how real estate asset inspectors and utility inspections will benefit with the use of the Mosaic 51, check out these articles here and here.

Provide better insight for decision makers

A man is only as good as his tools

Emmert Wolf

Even with the best workers, if companies do not possess the best tools to help them better understand the situation they are in and to create solutions to get themselves out, their intentions are useless.

Possessing the proper tools (aka the Mosaic 51) will prepare and arm decision makers with all of the latest, most accurate data to tell them the current conditions of the roads, how many road signs are in need of repair, or what issues logistics companies are facing.

By staying up-to-date with optimally gathered data, these decision makers can make better predictions about the work and budgets needed and can forecast for the future as they see the developing trends from comparative analysis.

To check out how the Mosaic 51 can increase efficiency for road inspection and maintenance crews, as well as for logistics companies, have a wander over to one of these articles here or here.

Definitely the best 360-degree camera on the market -  the Mosaic 51.

Reduce costs along the way

Two trillion dollars is nothing to sneer at and it can be assumed that the companies who are finally selected to implement Biden’s ideas will need to have a lot of solid information in order to stay within budget while still offering the best services possible.

Due to its compact setup, there is only the need for one personnel within the vehicle, compared to 2 to 3 with a normal mobile mapping camera. The built-in GPU has all of the necessary computing power and the data storage comes in the form of an on-board hot-swappable USB 3.0 storage unit. The camera can run all day, capturing data on one storage unit.

To learn about all of the other exciting ways that the Mosaic 51 is helping industries and communities around the world, head over to our solutions page.

Where will the American Jobs Plan plan go from here?

It is of course too early to tell how this will all come to a close, but for certain some of the bill will pass and a great many new infrastructure projects will get underway in the United States. For many sectors, this will mean going out and gathering data about the present-day conditions of many infrastructures and determining how to best enhance them.

We at Mosaic know that when the time comes, our camera will be up for any challenge presented to it.

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