Breaking New Ground in all Sectors

Attending the GeoCom17 conference, in October in London, it struck me how important geospatial information really is – and how it is already woven into society. London Transport used to count individual tube tickets to know of travel patterns in rush hour, as David Johnson of ONS showed us, there was an early consciousness that the information was valuable. And even in ‘regular’ statistics, he indicated that there’s a demand to add location data. This also is an issue in agriculture, where the traditional image of the farmer on his tractor is ploughing on. Completely wrong! He now is surrounded... (read more)
2017-12-20 11:37:33

Bluesky Captures Ultra-high-resolution Aerial Survey of Dublin

Aerial mapping company Bluesky Ireland has captured the first-ever 12.5cm-resolution aerial photography coverage of the whole of the Greater Dublin area. Covering a total of 1,850 square kilometres, the imagery is so detailed that road markings, street furniture and property boundaries are all easily visible and is accurate for use in GIS and desktop mapping software. In another first for the Republic of Ireland, the data is also being made available through a dedicated web mapping service (WMS), allowing users to stream the imagery directly into their GIS or other compatible software. “This is a first for Ireland and is a... (read more)
2018-08-15 10:38:34

PrecisionHawk Opens Free Access to Software for UAV Mapping

PrecisionHawk, a leading commercial UAV and data company, has opened access to its professional mapping and analytics software, PrecisionMapper, for free. By eliminating the cost barrier, the company gives operators the flexibility to bring their own drone and consistently generate value from aerial information. UAVs have the potential to capture more high-resolution data than any other technology, but PrecisionHawk believes that drones are being under-utilised because of the cost barriers around processing, analytics and storage, said CEO Michael Chasen. Users should be able to walk into any store, buy a drone and use that drone to generate business insights for free. Xponential... (read more)
2017-05-10 10:12:50

thinkWhere Helps Atholl Estates Transition to Opensource GIS

thinkWhere is helping one of Scotland’s best-known Highland estates realise the benefits of opensource desktop mapping software. Originally introduced to support the process of land registration, Atholl Estates is now using the QGIS solution to create, store, analyse and share a wide range of spatially referenced data. Applications of the free to use software include farming, habitat assessment and utilities and infrastructure management. A specialist in opensource GIS technologies, thinkWhere worked alongside Atholl Estates to implement QGIS and integrate it with existing workflows. They also provided training for key personnel, undertook data capture and conversion exercises and is delivering ongoing... (read more)
2019-03-01 10:16:52

Africa Rising - Geospatial Must Underpin Economic Development

In November last year, Andrew Coote of ConsultingWhere visited Addis Ababa for the joint Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) and AfricaGIS conferences. GiSPro originally commissioned him to write a GSDI-focused report. But with colleague Phil Knight they realised that a wider focus on the rising use and importance of geospatial technology on the world’s most misunderstood continent would perhaps be a more valuable contribution. The quality and diversity of the projects described by African geospatial scientists in Addis Ababa was humbling. For too long, western eyes have often viewed Africa with a mixture of pity and despair, perhaps conditioned by... (read more)
2017-05-31 03:28:35

Free Access to Mobile Mapping App for Organisations Responding to Natural Disasters

Takor Group is offering free licences for its mobile GIS and data collection app, Mappt, to support the immediate response and recovery process in the aftermath of frequent hurricanes affecting the United States and Caribbean nations. Any agency or organisation involved in the response to Hurricane Harvey, Hose, Irma and now Maria, can simply email to receive a complimentary licence of Mappt Standard for the duration of the disaster relief effort. Mappt is a mobile GIS and data collection application used in an array industries ranging from mining, environmental and agriculture through to logistics, defence, and livestock tracking, used in... (read more)
2017-09-19 09:50:05

Speakers for AGI’s Annual Conference #GeoCom17 Lining Up

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) has published the headline speakers who’ll be providing insights at this year’s annual conference, #GeoCom17, putting the focus firmly on the role of location intelligence in today’s fast-paced world. The first speakers announced are Javier de la Torre, Dr Helen Ferrier, Mark Bew MBE, Tom Smith and Charlotte Jee. GeoCom will be held on 26th October 2017 at the RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. ‘Smart Geospatial’ is the theme for this year’s event, which will be a highlight for members (and non-members) of the AGI. It brings together thought leaders, forward-thinking individuals... (read more)
2017-08-16 03:41:12

DJI and Microsoft Partner to Bring Drone Technology to Enterprise

DJI, a world leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership to bring advanced AI and machine learning capabilities to DJI drones, helping businesses harness the power of commercial drone technology and edge cloud computing. Through this partnership, DJI is releasing a software development kit (SDK) for Windows that extends the power of commercial drone technology to the largest enterprise developer community in the world. Using applications written for Windows 10 PCs, DJI drones can be customised and controlled for a wide variety of industrial uses, with full flight control and real-time data... (read more)
2018-05-09 10:51:44

Huawei Launches Digital Platform for Smart Cities

At the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) 2018, Huawei has showcased its Digital Platform based on leading ICT including artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), big data and cloud, enabling city-wide intelligence and sustainable development across the international smart city industry. Huawei and its global partners demonstrated solutions based on the platform covering municipal management, public safety and environmental protection, as well as smart transportation, smart government, smart education, and smart agriculture. These solutions are designed to facilitate city governance, improve public services, and enable industry innovation and best practices. During SCEWC, Huawei hosted its Global Smart City... (read more)
2018-11-22 10:46:42

Sentera Announces Real-time Analytics with FieldAgent

Sentera FieldAgent now delivers instant plant population and weed pressure reports in the FieldAgent mobile app while the drone is still in flight. Agriculture professionals can obtain up to 100 times more in-field measurements versus manual scouting methods and get better coverage across the field. No memory card or post-flight processing is required. The analytics results are delivered live as the drone flies. "Our two most widely-used analytics products can now deliver answers to our customers in real-time," said Eric Taipale, Sentera CEO. "In-field scouting is about accurately assessing field conditions, and giving scouts, agronomists, and advisors that data to drive... (read more)
2019-03-28 11:08:35
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