World Geospatial Industry Council Launched at UN-GGIM

In a landmark development, geospatial industry leaders from across the world came together to announce the formation of the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC). The announcement was made on 1 August 2018 at the 8th session of the UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management) held in New York, by Jack Dangermond, Chairman of WGIC and Founder and President, Esri. WGIC is co-founded by a group of 21 companies, namely AAM Group, AGI India, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Cyient, Data World, DigitalGlobe, e-GEOS, Esri, FARO, Geospatial Media, GeoTech Vision, Ground Truth, Hexagon, IIC Technologies, Oracle, Riegl, Rolta Group, Trimble, TomTom, and Topcon. WGIC aspires to be a collaborative platform for advancing the role of the geospatial industry and strengthening its contribution in the world... (read more)
2018-08-09 11:07:27

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

Crunchy Data Strengthens Open Source Geospatial Data Management

Crunchy Data, a leading provider of open source PostgreSQL technology, support, and training, has announced its commitment to providing open source geospatial data management and analytics engineering and support by welcoming Paul Ramsey, Chair of the PostGIS Project Steering Committee and PostgreSQL Major Contributor, to its team of open source contributors. PostGIS is a geospatial database extender to PostgreSQL that provides robust geometric and geographic functionality that allows engineers to create complex, location-aware applications. PostGIS has over 15 years of active development and has been widely deployed across many enterprises and governmental organisations.  PostGIS is leveraged by a variety of geospatial... (read more)
2018-09-05 02:38:49

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

BlackSky Signs Agreement with HawkEye 360 for Geospatial Platform

BlackSky, a provider of geospatial intelligence, satellite imaging, and global monitoring services, has announced it has signed an agreement with HawkEye 360, the first commercial company to use formation-flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics. As part of the agreement, HawkEye 360 will provide API access to selected RF data for customers interested in global spectrum monitoring. BlackSky intends to integrate data from HawkEye 360’s RF satellites into the BlackSky geospatial platform and resell it to its customers as part of its analytical services. “This is a very unique offering that provides key markets such... (read more)
2019-06-06 09:55:39

Ursa and HawkEye 360 to Develop Geospatial Information Solutions

Ursa, a provider of geospatial intelligence solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with HawkEye 360, the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics. The companies will work together to develop geospatial information solutions that combine synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data with radio frequency (RF) identification and geolocation to monitor activity across air, land and sea. "Partnering with HawkEye 360 is a natural complement to Ursa's technology and aligns with our mission to help customers make more informed decisions based on geospatial data," said Ursa co-founder and CEO, Adam Maher. "We... (read more)
2019-06-13 11:03:45

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
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