Geospatial, IoT and the Digital Twin

The IoT phenomenon, although still in its infancy, has revolutionised almost every sector in today's world. Among the many buzzwords associated with the field is one known as the 'Digital Twin'. The Digital Twin concept refers to a means by which industrial machinery, buildings, devices and their component parts are designed, engineered, monitored and maintained both physically and digitally. Essentially, the Digital Twin is a virtual representation of an asset, and it's based on the rationale that one can better understand how it operates and interacts with the surrounding world through designing an exact replica. The Benefit of Digital Twins... (read more)
2017-06-02 03:00:42

Technical Advances Bring Digital Twin of Underground Infrastructure Closer

Mapping the underground is one of the major challenges in creating an infrastructure map at the municipal, regional, and national level, which is a key foundation for a national digital twin. Recent technical developments include: the ability to collect data at highway speeds that can be used to create a 3D model of underground infrastructure, software that can extract relevant 3D underground information from consumer digital photography, and video capture. Meanwhile, novel ways to share information about underground infrastructure, and progress on standards for sharing information about the subsurface are making mapping the underground increasingly feasible. The uncertainty in the... (read more)
2018-10-08 04:46:21

Esri Launches New Living Atlas Innovations to Revolutionise Digital Twin Technology

An interesting range of new uses for GIS around the world were celebrated at the 38th annual Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, held from 9-13 July. The Esri UC is a key global event for users of the company's technology who are changing their organisations as well as the world around them. One particular set of innovations showcased were updates to ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, the foremost collection of geographic information from around the globe. These updates included new data and capabilities for users to gain unprecedented insights to help in decision-making as well as a more... (read more)
2018-08-06 09:11:55

Digital Transformation in New Zealand

In January 2016, staff from New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) were supplied with tablets and smartphones equipped with Survey123 for ArcGIS, a form-centric mobile data collection application. The Hokitika township biodiversity monitoring field team used this mobile app as well as their current paper-based capture methods to evaluate the potential of digital data collection technologies in their workflows. This undertaking showed that not only can Survey123 improve efficiency and reduce field data capture operational costs, but it can also make captured data available easily and instantly for visualisation and analysis. Like many other government departments, the New Zealand DOC... (read more)
2017-06-02 02:53:00

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

GfK Releases Digital Maps for Asia

GfK has released a new, completely overhauled digital map edition for all of Asia. The edition features coverage of 49 countries, ranging from the three BRICS nations Russia, India and China to smaller countries such as Bhutan. In addition to more granular coastlines, the digital maps depict the latest status of administrative and postal regions. Detailed, up-to-date digital maps are a prerequisite for accurate location-based market analyses. GfK’s new Asia Edition 2017/2018 includes approximately 750 digital maps. These reflect the latest regional status and feature numerous new levels as well as a higher level of detail. GfK’s digital maps of... (read more)
2018-03-26 10:20:03

GfK Releases Digital Maps for Australia

GfK has released a new, completely overhauled map edition for Australia. Along with more detailed coastlines, the digital maps reflect the latest status of the country’s 57,000+ statistical areas and 357,000 mesh blocks. GfK’s Australia Edition includes 20 updated digital maps that have been supplemented with numerous new details. The maps offer comprehensive coverage at postal and administrative levels, from the country’s nine states/territories. GfK’s cartographers have completely overhauled Australia’s 36,000 kilometre coastline and also digitised inner-city postcode boundaries with house-level accuracy. “An up-to-date cartographic basis is a crucial component of regional market analyses for companies from all industries,” explains... (read more)
2018-02-08 12:15:45

Siemens Strengthens Technology Portfolio for Digital Buildings

The Siemens Building Technologies Division is incorporating infsoft's integrated solutions into its product portfolio. infsoft offers software solutions and system components for indoor positioning processes. The products enable accurate real-time positioning of objects and people inside buildings. By linking location-specific data with existing building infrastructures, Siemens is offering building users and operators clear added value. Indoor navigation helps visitors find their way around the premises quickly and efficiently. The opportunity of individually controlling room temperature and lighting via smartphone app or finding and reserving a free meeting room nearby offers enhanced comfort. Tracking solutions enable not only the implementation of... (read more)
2017-09-25 04:28:13

Using Location Intelligence to Drive Digital Engagement

Three ‘D’s’ Drive Government
Government organisations are using location intelligence to drive digital engagement, argues James Brayshaw, to drive down costs and engage with citizens. But there is still room for more transparency and raising public awareness through a multi-channel approach. As government organisations are facing wider and more complex pressures than ever before, the ‘three Ds’ are tasked with driving its transformation: Decentralisation, Digital, and Data. Decentralisation is pushing increasing power back into the hands of local government agencies, who need to ensure they have the capacity and capabilities to deliver. Digital By Default means providing a multi-channel service to citizens with limited... (read more)
2017-04-10 11:26:48

Digital Preservation of the UK’s Topographic Heritage

thinkWhere has gone live with a system that will deliver tangible benefits for the 6 UK Legal Deposit Libraries (LDLs). The new system will help ensure the LDLs can grow the nation's published digital mapping output, and also protect and preserve it for future use under Legal Deposit legislation. UK Legal Deposit legislation requires publishers to deposit printed and digital material published in the country for access at LDL facilities. The latest project involved further development and enhancement of a thinkWhere solution originally developed for the libraries in 2013 (resulting in the Geospatial Data Application and Services (GDAS) system). The... (read more)
2017-07-21 12:12:40
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