Monitoring, Mapping, and Modelling Saltmarsh

The UAV Way
Coastal and estuarine saltmarsh has long been recognised as having key physical, ecological, and recreational value, acting as sediment and nutrient traps and as natural coastal protection structures functioning as protective buffers between the land and sea. Additionally, they are important areas for shelter, feeding and breeding of diverse forms of wildlife (Doody, 2007). Recent work suggests that saltmarshes are particularly good for demonstrating how the coast can change in response to environmental influences, including relative sea level rise. The pace of current Scottish relative sea level rise (Rennie and Hansom, 2011) may lead to inundation of coastal saltmarsh, with... (read more)
2017-07-31 03:59:08

Real-time Crop Monitoring with Graincast

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has released a crop monitoring app called Graincast. It combines data from satellites, sensors, climate forecasts and historical yield data, giving farmers access to accurate crop yield estimates from their smartphone. The agriculture analytics app offers growers personalised yield forecasts for their entire farm, down to a single paddock. According to CSIRO scientist and Graincast lead Dr. Roger Lawes, it’s the only app currently on the market that delivers instantaneous soil, water and yield information at any time without the need for substantial user input. “The app is easy to use, and growers... (read more)
2018-07-05 10:11:08

System Monitoring Now Even Simpler with service.monitor

service.monitor 3.3 simplifies monitoring services in a GIS infrastructure. This version of this web application offers full multi-client and distribution capability and, in particular, features comprehensive support for users while they are creating monitoring jobs. It should be stressed that in this context, operating procedures have been considerably simplified while the basic architecture has also been updated. Creating and configuring monitoring jobs is now simpler than ever. The user interface assists in creating jobs that are technically appropriate and service specific. It does so by employing, among other things, dynamic example queries and an option to harvest services of an... (read more)
2017-01-06 04:09:28

Milestone Reached in Forest Monitoring from Space

Thanks to a major effort to ensure full satellite coverage of the world’s forests, all countries now have the necessary data for annual forest monitoring. This full and open forest data is available as a result of the open-data policies and collaboration of a variety of national space agencies and coordinating bodies. This advance in satellite coverage was coordinated by the Group on Earth Observations through its space arm, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), and through its flagship Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI). The satellite data underpinning this effort comes primarily from the United States Landsat series (USGS),... (read more)
2017-10-10 08:41:00

Live Earth and HERE Provide Indoor Monitoring & Tracking Solution

Live Earth, an advanced data visualisation platform for directing and monitoring complex business and security operations, has partnered with HERE, the Open Location Platform that provides advanced location intelligence, to improve operations and safety measures across indoor venues. Through this partnership, organisations will be able to integrate HERE Venue's detailed floor plans with a variety of assets that include sensors, door access controls and security cameras. The ability to marry detailed maps and monitoring tools with the Live Earth platform will provide venues and building owners the ability to track resources throughout the premises with far greater accuracy than was previously... (read more)
2018-12-05 10:21:28

How Modern Water Monitoring Systems Improve Flooding and Water Risks

Mitigation Doubles Systems Efficiency
Our climate is changing; in many parts of the world water levels are changing. Storms knock out power and cause more floods than ever, whether or not you live on a coastline or near a river. More effective water level monitoring and flood warning systems will mean less insurance claims and a reduced need for relief funding, saving everyone time and money. New technological developments make water monitoring systems cost a fraction (less than 50%) of what they did just a few years ago. Geospatial data is an important pillar. The ubiquity and proliferation of cost-effective Industrial IoT sensor hardware makes it... (read more)
2018-07-23 10:25:52

3D Laser Mapping Releases Automated Mine Monitoring Solution

Two unique scanner and software packages, developed by global mining technology specialist 3D Laser Mapping, are set to boost safety, efficiency and productivity for underground and open pit mining operations. The long standing SITEMONITOR software gets an upgrade with the introduction of SITEMONITOR LIVE. The scalable solution marks a major step forward in mine surveying, asset monitoring and inventory management, providing real-time data and automated reports for improved operational intelligence. Comprising three integrated software modules, SITEMONITOR LIVE captures and manages 3D point cloud data and has been designed to be deployed in mining and quarrying environments and any other locations... (read more)
2018-02-13 02:02:07

Global Water Quality Monitoring Tool Available to Public

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with EOMAP have launched an interactive tool providing access to detailed global water quality indicators from an archive of Earth Observation and satellite data. The portal was developed to support the UN’s International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and is the first tool to combine high-resolution global coverage with a range of satellite measurements for monitoring streams, lakes, rivers and coastal waters. The IIWQ Portal includes a functionality to select different time periods dating back over the last three decades. Historic measurements are provided at... (read more)
2018-02-23 10:39:31

Dr Edward Pultar

Dr Edward Pultar is engineer / geographer / president at Valarm (http://Tools.Valarm.net). Valarm is a software company that helps organisations remotely monitor Industrial IoT sensor systems and display their real-time, geo-located data in a web dashboard. They specialise in providing ready-to-go packages for water resources management, chemical distribution, air quality monitoring, sound/noise monitoring, ground water wells, and monitoring water levels with flood warning systems. Dr. Pultar has worked at universities in the USA and Europe and as a GIS engineer at Google. He’s grateful to have been a GIS scholar funded by Esri founders Jack and Laura Dangermond to complete a... (read more)
2018-07-23 10:17:23

Trimble Adds to Unity Smart Water Management Software

Trimble has announced the latest version of its smart water management software—Trimble Unity 3.8. Trimble Unity is a cloud-based, GIS-centric Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that offers a suite of applications and tools for the water, wastewater, storm water and environmental water industry. Trimble Unity enables customers to monitor real-time operations, deploy smart meters, assess the condition of assets, reduce leakage and non-revenue water (NRW), and locate and map critical infrastructure using Trimble high-accuracy GNSS mapping technologies. Version 3.8 extends the platform’s capabilities to include proactive asset performance monitoring with the integration of Trimble Telog wireless Internet of Things (IoT) remote monitoring... (read more)
2017-04-11 02:52:46
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