Applying Geospatial Technologies to Real Estate Decision Making in Nigeria

Countries such as Nigeria are beginning to embrace the potential of geospatial technology and information in order to develop their economies. This is particularly so in fields such as land administration and real estate development where relevant stakeholders are taking advantage of increasingly affordable software and ever-growing volumes of crowdsources and open data. Unlike developed countries, which were limited by the slow roll-out of heavy telecommunications infrastructure, these industries are being fast-tracked by more easily-deployable Wi-Fi networks to both urban and remote regions. Bolaji Afolabi explains how this is happening. In the real estate service industry, it is not a... (read more)
2017-11-27 03:16:36

Descartes Labs to Unveil Geospatial Analytics Platform at GEOINT 2017

Descartes Labs Inc., a pioneer in cloud-based geospatial analytics, will unveil its global-scale machine learning platform to the Defense/Intelligence Community at the 2017 GEOINT Symposium in San Antonio. The platform powers geographic and temporal analysis of remote sensing data to identify objects, forecast change and deliver high-performance intelligence solutions. GEOINT attendees can learn more about Descartes Labs at booth #1325 in the GEOINT Exhibit Hall, which is open 5-7 June. Descartes will also present a Lightning Talk at GEOINT Forward on Sunday 4 June and conduct a Training Workshop on Tuesday 6 June. Established in 2014 as a spin-off from... (read more)
2017-06-05 03:33:29

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

The State of Geospatial - Revealed as Uber Bags deCarta

Just how old do you have to be to remain a startup? Adena Schutzberg reveals the “secret sauce” in the deal and asks, is anyone buying geographic data companies? It’s been several months since a “big” acquisition in the geospatial industry. Uber, the well-known mobile app-based transportation company, acquired deCarta, a small independent mapping and spatial analysis software company. The acquisition reveals several truisms about the state of our industry. I want to highlight them here because we as insiders sometimes cannot see the business forest due to the technology trees. All Companies are Tech Companies A few years ago... (read more)
2016-12-22 03:54:18

Research Reveals Scope of Open Geospatial Data Across Europe

Open data is available from the majority of European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities (NMCAs), a new survey has found. Research by the Open European Location Services (ELS) Project reveals that 98% of respondents provide at least some of their data free of charge. Of these, 37% make all their data available under an open licence.  Whilst open data models vary, more than 85% provide view and search services, 72% enable downloads and 67% allow its re-use in products. Users include public authorities, public services, research and education as well as commercial companies. This survey provides a snapshot... (read more)
2017-12-06 11:24:18

Microsoft and Esri Launch Geospatial AI on Azure

Microsoft and Esri will be offering the GeoAI Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) as part of their Data Science Virtual Machine/Deep Learning Virtual Machine family of products on Azure. This is a result of a collaboration between the two companies and will bring AI, cloud technology and infrastructure, geospatial analytics and visualisation together to help create more powerful and intelligent applications. At the heart of the GeoAI Virtual Machine is ArcGIS Pro, Esri’s next-gen 64-bit desktop geographic information system (GIS) that provides professional 2D and 3D mapping in an intuitive user interface. ArcGIS Pro is installed in a DSVM image from Microsoft. The... (read more)
2018-03-14 11:52:28

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

Geo-referencing and Visualising Retail Store Stock with Geospatial Technologies

When the Internet first became available to staff at the University of Aberdeen, we were soon approached by a small Internet provider in Aberdeen (Internet for Business (IFB)) to look into the concept of developing a more visually interactive experience for online shoppers than the standard list-type shop-front that existed then on the Web. The idea was to use early digital Ordnance Survey (OS) map data as an interface to allow shoppers to navigate street maps – as if walking along a street – to a shop-front – and then ‘walking’ into a higher resolution digital plan of the store... (read more)
2017-12-20 11:22:11

Bringing Geomatics and Geospatial Professionals Closer - GEO Business 2017

Event chair, Steven Eglinton, director of GeoEnable and vice-chair of AGI, urges geospatial professionals to come together for two days of conferences, workshops and exhibitions to learn, network, share and collaborate. While GEO Business’ roots are in survey and geomatics, the event has broadened into ‘geospatial’. It covers not only data capture, but data processing, management, use, re-use, maintenance and how to add value to business. It looks at the whole spectrum of what ‘geospatial’ can mean. Organisations represented include: Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Royal Institution of... (read more)
2017-04-04 04:14:58
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