OGC Seeks Comment on Draft Charter for Geospatial AI

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is seeking public comment on the draft Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI) Domain Working Group (DWG) Charter. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning technologies have started to be coupled with geoinformatics and are bringing geospatial intelligence to various domains, including autonomous transportation, predictable healthcare, sustainable urban planning/design/development, among others. For example, AI-assisted volunteered geographic information (such as OpenStreetMap data) accelerates the development of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) from satellite imagery. Also, deep learning techniques provide micro-level prediction of human mobility and environmental exposure across different geographic areas in epidemiology. Further, autonomous vehicles gather, manage, and analyse... (read more)
2018-09-05 11:01:59

GIS - Is it Time for a Change?

In the following republished piece, Linda (Hecht) Stevens of global marketing and technology firm 51by1, shares her insights from the tech-capital of the world, San Francisco. In particular, she explains how disruptive start-ups and larger tech companies are changing what it means to be a geospatialist. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Linda’s strong views and predictions, they are nevertheless important ones to consider. I am extremely excited about the growth of geospatial in the non-GIS world. In some cases, technologists are reinventing geospatial analysis with a fresh perspective and better algorithms. In other cases, open source is... (read more)
2018-08-20 11:57:03

REMAP Harnesses Google and NASA Data for Ecosystem Mapping App

University of New South Wales’s (UNSW) has developed REMAP, a mapping tool that uses machine learning and archival Landsat data to map ecosystem change. The app uses machine learning to develop a map which users can train to classify specific ecosystem types by identifying a few pixels from Google Earth, or by uploading their own field data. From that little bit of data, REMAP can apply that information to recognise ecosystems in a selected area and then returns results that let users know the final extent of the ecosystem and how much it has changed over time. “In the past... (read more)
2018-08-02 10:12:02

Esri Story Map Adds Raging Fires Across United States

Esri Story Map has released a interactive map can be explored by panning and zooming of the raging fires across the United States providing context to the severity of the California fires. User can click on a fire and information about that particular fire is displayed including the start date, containment and links to the latest news and social information. Tech and Data Esri Story Maps lets you combine authoritative maps with text, images and multimedia content. It harnesses the power of maps and geography to tell a story in an easy and understandable format. The Story Map uses the... (read more)
2018-08-01 12:36:31

NASA Pushes to Drive Commercial Data Use

NASA has launched a drive for commercial applications of its data and analysis tools with the launch of its remote sensing toolkit. Since 2013, NASA has developed and maintained an agency-wide plan, policy and framework of activities aimed at increasing public access to scientific data and publications, especially those that are outputs of NASA-funded research. These resources have been well understood and leveraged by other agencies, as well the scientific, not-for-profit and open source communities. NASA is now seeking to drive commercial use of its tools and data (petabytes per annum) with the launch of a new portal it calls... (read more)
2018-07-27 01:53:18

How Modern Water Monitoring Systems Improve Flooding and Water Risks

Mitigation Doubles Systems Efficiency
Our climate is changing; in many parts of the world water levels are changing. Storms knock out power and cause more floods than ever, whether or not you live on a coastline or near a river. More effective water level monitoring and flood warning systems will mean less insurance claims and a reduced need for relief funding, saving everyone time and money. New technological developments make water monitoring systems cost a fraction (less than 50%) of what they did just a few years ago. Geospatial data is an important pillar. The ubiquity and proliferation of cost-effective Industrial IoT sensor hardware makes it... (read more)
2018-07-23 10:25:52

Trimble Catalyst Supports GLONASS

Trimble has announced that its Trimble Catalyst software-defined global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver for Android phones and tablets has been updated to support GLONASS. The update demonstrates the advantages of a software-based GNSS solution for delivering new functionality faster and easier. Access to the GLONASS constellation increases the number of GNSS satellites visible when working in the field. As a result, it improves the ability to maintain lock-on to enough satellites to keep working when sky visibility is limited or obstructed, such as under tree canopy and in urban high-rise environments. Users also spend less time waiting for the... (read more)
2018-06-22 10:44:00

Advances in Geospatial and Space

As we head towards Brexit in 2019, satellites may be in the headlines for less than positive reasons at the moment. However, what’s clear is the universal acceptance of the value, and critical need for this infrastructure to both our society and economy. Away from the headlines, a number of interesting events over the past month have allowed me to reflect on the relationship between space and traditional geospatial. For many years, the earth observation community has been on the fringes of mainstream geospatial, and in some cases, unfortunately, even viewed as a distinct entity. Thankfully, space technology has now... (read more)
2018-06-21 12:40:31

The Bright Era of Earth Observation Satellites

In helping overcome a wide range of global challenges, the geospatial industry is relying on satellite information to an unprecedented degree. In this article, Italian geospatial solutions developer Gianni Cristian Iannelli, provides a background to the satellite industry and discusses some of the exciting Downstream opportunities which are emerging through it. Over the past 50 years, advances in satellite technology have contributed to the emergence of the Earth Observation (EO) revolution. The following is an attempt to identify the key milestone events, which have taken the geospatial industry to this data-rich point in time. The first of these event occurred... (read more)
2018-06-20 12:14:30

Esri and DigitalGlobe Provide Unprecedented View of World Cup

Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, and DigitalGlobe have announced they have created a Story Map of high-resolution imagery that visualises the 12 venues being used for FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, exclusive to The Associated Press. The World Cup is a major sports draw every four years, with over 3.2 billion people watching. Even more remarkable is that this is the first time the event has taken place in Russia, and it's the first time these images have been seen. The DigitalGlobe constellation of high-resolution satellites offers incredible accuracy, agility, and collection capacity, imaging more of the world in... (read more)
2018-06-20 10:12:32
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