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In order to bring more clarity to the crowd estimation process, Hotsheet asked Curt Westergard, the president of airphotoslive.com, to discuss his methods. Westergard’s company has done aerial imaging for the U.S. border patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, companies building skyscrapers and cell phone companies trying to decide where to build their towers, among others.
“People hire us to get a really detailed view of what’s on the ground,” he said.
The company sometimes uses these images for crowd estimates, both generating its own estimates and partnering with Dr. Steven Doig of the University of Arizona, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and crowd estimate expert, to come up with figures. For President Obama’s inauguration last year, the company worked with Doig and GeoEye satellite data to generate a crowd estimate on behalf of CNN that was cited by the Associated Press and other news outlets.