Hexagon Acquires Geospatial Information Visualisation Specialist Luciad

Hexagon has announced the acquisition of Luciad, a Belgium-based software company specialising in the visualisation and analysis of real-time geospatial information. Luciad will be fully consolidated, operating within Hexagon’s Geospatial division. Luciad’s visualisation technologies support live connections to dynamic sensor feeds in a 3D environment. The result is a 5D digital reality: real-time, rapid fusion of multi-source content and the ability to perform analytics on-the-fly. These intuitive command and control systems benefit all kinds of applications - from public safety and smart cities to defence and intelligence - enabling users to make critical decisions based on changing information in real time. This... (read more)
2017-10-04 10:20:07

Australia - A Nation Embracing its Geospatial Future

Despite having a population which is relatively small to its geographic side, Australia is a country which punches well above its weight on the global geospatial stage. In this article, Niall Conway provides an overview of the Australian geospatial industry, its active community, as well as the many geospatial initiatives which are taking place in the land Down Under. Although Australia’s first map by Western definition can be traced to the relatively recent date of 1810, it is actually a land with a long, rich history of maps. The second largest continent in the world contains a complex web of Aborigine... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:04:52

The Breadth and Depth of Smart Geospatial

With the summer now well past us, I’m sure many of you (like me) are reminiscing of peaceful days in amazing and beautiful places, escaping from the desktop. I really did opt for remote this year, with an escape to Shetland – time in the most northerly settlement in the UK and never 3 miles from the coast, it made for spectacular views and a feeling of being incredibly close to nature. Over recent weeks, I’m reminded that our planet is breathtakingly beautiful the world over – but also incredibly fragile. It’s impossible to avoid the news of environmental devastation... (read more)
2017-10-11 01:59:31

Geospatial Gender Balance - My Two Cents

The gender imbalance in the STEM world is, according to Niall Conway, no secret; we only need to look at the industry’s past to try understand why this is the case. The geospatial industry, is to a certain degree, tied to its traditional male-dominated roots. From the early exploration and conquering days, to the resources, utilities, and military industries, maps were created and used for the purposes of acquiring and maintaining power. This perhaps explains why the technical subject which is map-making appears to have, before now at least, neither appealed to, nor been as accessible to women as it... (read more)
2018-08-13 12:08:52

Maximising Geospatial Information After UN-GGIM

What does a modern national spatial data infrastructure look like? As I covered in my last column, to see geographic information supporting a growth in UK productivity, we need both the underlying foundations (tools) and investment in innovation. An infrastructure is often thought of as being just the technical elements of that foundation, a set of servers and a geoportal (!) for example. But we know that it’s more than this. It’s about the broader environment to enable maximum productivity gains from the use of geospatial. Our UK delegation to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information... (read more)
2018-10-21 05:56:10

Hexagon’s Geospatial Division Releases Luciad V2018.1

Hexagon’s Geospatial division, a global provider of high-performance geospatial solutions, has announced the V2018.1 release of the Luciad Portfolio. The new version focuses on further expanding 3D capabilities and includes additional data formats and standards for users in military and maritime domains. To accommodate organizations’ expanding geospatial data, LuciadFusion introduces a RESTful API to automate the entire process of data crawling. Both the server and desktop solution, LuciadFusion and LuciadLightspeed, have added support for the E57 point cloud format and automate point cloud data optimization through the Tiling Engine API. LuciadLightspeed now includes Inland Electronic Navigational Charts and updated support... (read more)
2019-01-16 09:20:55

How to Increase Retail Sales Bridging IoT, Geospatial and AI

In the modern world, brick-and-mortar retail stores have to focus on new technologies to improve user experience (UX) and compete with the e-commerce stores. Geospatial analytics of location characteristics, demographic data, and trade areas helps retailers understand the impact this data has on store sales so that they can moderate success rates and improve performance. Internet of Things (IoT) also provides businesses with the ability to analyze the in-store impact light and temperature level has on consumer buying behaviour. However, defining true buying behaviour patterns can only be accomplished by using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that combine IoT data with... (read more)
2019-07-19 05:28:34

CoreLogic and Esri Expand Premium Geospatial Content Offerings

CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, and Esri, a global leader in spatial analytics, has announced expanded availability of CoreLogic geospatial content within the Esri ArcGIS Marketplace. Esri users will have easy desktop and mobile app access to more than 200 CoreLogic proprietary parcel and property attributes through ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and market-specific packages. With this expansion, users gain easier access to CoreLogic parcel and property content via ArcGIS Marketplace, as well as the ability to quickly and seamlessly integrate high-functioning content and map-based web apps into their workflows, even in the field. CoreLogic is currently... (read more)
2018-07-12 01:31:48

Bluesky Aerial Survey Helps Malta Develop Geospatial Infrastructure

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has captured aerial photography and 3D map coverage of Malta. Working alongside tender lead IIC Technologies and Ordnance Survey, Bluesky captured ultra-high resolution aerial photography together with high density LiDAR measurements. Part of project SIntegraM - Spatial Data Integration for the Maltese Islands, the data will be used across various government departments and entities as part of the ERDF.02.030; a Maltese Government project led by the Planning Authority through ERDF Funding. “The timely capture of such detailed aerial photography and height measurements by Bluesky is a first for Malta,” said Ashley Hili, SIntegraM Project Leader from... (read more)
2018-08-03 10:35:44

Voyager Search Launches Searchable Geospatial Catalogue of Global Content

Voyager Search, a global leader in enterprise search specializing in geospatial data and content, unveiled the VoyagerODN, a single point of search for publicly available data. VoyagerODN makes the most of Voyager Search's core software capabilities by providing public access to millions of free, geospatial pieces of content. Companies, entrepreneurs, analysts, nonprofits, government agencies, hobbyists, and more who need free location-based data can use VoyagerODN to find content by place name, keyword, or browsing content collections. With specialized content like GIS data not easily discoverable with a simple search, Voyager Search decided to address this problem when customer after customer said... (read more)
2017-07-04 11:45:39
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