Vricon Launches 3D Data Product CitySuite

Vricon has announced the launch of CitySuite, a 3D data product to meet the ever-changing demands of the geospatial market. CitySuite is derived from Vricon’s Globe in 3D, which offers users the entire world in highly accurate, immersive 3D. The software package is designed to meet the many and variable demands of 3D geospatial users who require accuracy at a city scale, but need reasonably priced options. Vricon 3D geodata is being used by emergency responders who want to reduce response times for urban residents. It also can be used by city planners who want to leapfrog aging infrastructures. Insurance companies... (read more)
2019-07-18 02:33:21

How to use GIS for the Best

Starting with this issue, the editorial is dedicated to notes from members of our editorial board or authors, reflecting on the issue, the profession or an article they’ve been working on, giving an insight ‘behind the scenes’. I hope you enjoy it and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions. Joost Boers, Content Manager Almost halfway into 2017, this year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in the geospatial industry's history. Highlights so far include the recent Google Earth upgrade, Planet's miniature satellite launches, Amazon's free satellite imagery offering on AWS, while the forthcoming... (read more)
2017-06-02 01:15:22

Copernicus Offers 40cm Imagery from European Space Imaging

The European Space Agency has released an updated version of the Copernicus Data Access Portfolio offering 40cm imagery from the WorldView-3, WorldView-2, and GeoEye-1 satellite missions. This is the highest resolution imagery ever offered to Copernicus users who are eligible to order rush image tasking through the service. These users include the Copernicus Emergency Management Service and the European organisations operating the Copernicus Security Service: FRONTEX, the European Union Satellite Centre, and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). “Very high resolution imagery provides the backbone of the Copernicus Security Service,” says Henning Götz, Copernicus Project Manager at European Space Imaging. “Seeing more of what... (read more)
2018-04-04 01:17:43

Online Portal with Fast Access to High-quality Water Depth Data

The Bathymetrics Data Portal allows users to search, purchase and automatically download the best available water depth information directly from the online store to their computer. It is a combined offering by DHI, experts in water environments, TCarta, a global provider of marine geospatial products, and DigitalGlobe, a provider of high-resolution satellite imagery. It is offering continuously expanding 2m bathymetry data in shallow water areas and a global database of interpolated 90m bathymetry. The Bathymetrics Data Portal allows users to search for data in their area of interest and purchase what they need. Data is priced by the square kilometer;... (read more)
2017-09-14 01:05:35

Picterra Tool Allows Users to Build their own AI Model for Object Detection

Picterra has launched a graphical user interface (GUI) based interactive tool for users to build their own artificial intelligence (AI) model for object detection. The custom detector is a tool allowing users of its online platform to build their own AI model to detect objects in aerial and satellite images. Based around a GUI, custom detector allows users without any knowledge of machine learning to create their own AI detection model and train it to identify their specific objects of interest. The customised model detects the user-defined objects and allows exporting of these detections as a .csv file, KML, GeoJSON,... (read more)
2019-01-31 10:10:21

Data Visualization Helps Manage Australian Drought

CSIRO has combined a broad range of data sources to build an interactive data visualization resource to facilitate better management of Australia’s ongoing drought crisis. With this in mind, the CSIRO team has been working with the Joint Agency Drought Taskforce to collate data for the National Drought Map, built on their Terria platform. The tool combines over 70 data layers in 14 categories, including weather condition data, government drought support, satellite imagery, health services and facilities, demographic data and agricultural industries. Rainfall patterns, soil moisture, government assistance availability, estimated resident population, number of farm businesses, agricultural types and employment... (read more)
2019-02-18 10:53:52

UK Land Cover Change and CORINE

Keeping track of land cover change is essential for governments and planners in the EU. For the UK this can only be done through Earth Observation techniques. Dr Geoff Smith explains how a land cover map has been continually updated for more than three decades. Over the last 30 years, the CORINE Land Cover (CLC) map has become the de facto standard for land monitoring across Europe. CLC was born out of the Coordination of Information on the Environment (CORINE) Programme proposed by the European Commission (EC) in the mid-1980s. CORINE overall aimed at gathering information relating to key environmental... (read more)
2017-04-10 11:54:54

Taking Tools to People for Offline Mapping

Accurate maps play a critical role in understanding communities, particularly for populations at risk of natural disasters and health emergencies. Dan Joseph and colleagues explain how the American Red Cross has mobilised thousands of volunteers to help map vulnerable communities around the world. Much of the Global North has been mapped with incredible detail and is accessible through the smartphones in our pockets. This is not the reality for billions of people around the globe, however. Families and individuals often do not exist to decisionmakers because their communities do not exist on maps. Without maps, disaster responders often cannot access... (read more)
2016-12-23 05:22:23

Investment Set to Continue in Open Earth Observation Data

A global trend towards open data, i.e. data that anyone can access, use and share without restriction, is steadily replacing a previous tendency by governments to charge for Earth observations, especially satellite imagery. The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) was established more than 10 years ago to provide access to and sharing of open Earth observation data, many years before the Open Data for a Big Data World movement gained momentum. Today GEO has more than 100 government Members representing their national governments and in excess of 100 Participating Organisations contributing data, knowledge and expertise to the Global Earth Observation... (read more)
2016-11-21 11:04:53

PlanetObserver Releases New Version of Global Imagery Basemap

PlanetObserver, a provider of geospatial data for civil and military solutions, has launched one of the most up-to-date global mosaics processed with recent and cloud-free satellite imagery. With a 10-metre resolution at the global scale, PlanetSAT Global #2018 mosaic provides accurate geographic information for any part of the world. Users benefit from a seamless view of the Earth in high-quality natural colours, for an enhanced visual experience. PlanetObserver has selected the best available multi-source data to process version #2018 of PlanetSAT Global mosaic. Very recent Sentinel-2 imagery at 10-metre resolution is used to update all large urban areas across the... (read more)
2018-03-28 09:59:31
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