Smart Speakers, Voice Assistants and Location

Do you speak to a voice assistant? Perhaps you ask Google Assistant via Google Home to check the local weather or have Alexa via an Amazon Echo tell you a “knock knock” joke. You might request more complex tasks like finding a local restaurant with open tables for tonight. For now, those are about the extent of current assistants’ spatial capabilities. I dug into the Amazon Echo’s “skills,” the name for the voice-activated apps it runs. The most utilitarian skills related to maps and location offer answers to questions like “How long will a known commuting route take today?” or... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:38:02

Smart Cadastral Tools for Real Estate Registration

Extensive Use of the INSPIRE GML Cadastral Parcel
The tools, systems and protocols as developed by the Spanish Directorate General for Cadastre are well accepted and widely used. A smart system of coordination between the Cadastre and the Property Rights Registry in Spain is now working and showing results. Agents working in the real estate market are now involved too. In Spain, the Cadastre and the Property Rights Registry are two separate institutions with differentiated mandates and competences, both working in the domain of land administration. The Spanish Law 13/2015 implements an effective coordination of transactions executed by both institutions. Today the real estate transactions are performed with... (read more)
2017-11-09 11:59:45

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

TomTom Origin-destination Analysis Enables City Planning

TomTom has announced the launch of its Origin-destination (O/D) Analysis which enables city planning and helps to ease traffic congestion. O/D Analysis offers important tools to ensure that citizens are well served by the infrastructure around them. TomTom O/D Analysis combines highly advanced technology and great data visualisation, all powered by a 10 year big data archive. The service provides insights to urban and infrastructure planners by allowing them to see drivers’ preferred routes and trip behaviour trends and determine which areas of a city require additional infrastructure etc. Ralf-Peter Schaefer, VP of Traffic and Travel Information at TomTom, said... (read more)
2018-09-20 10:16:35

OS’ Miranda Sharp Appointed to Smart London Board

Miranda Sharp, Head of the Ordnance Survey Smart Cities Practice, was recently appointed to the Smart London Board. The advisory panel is responsible for shaping the vision and strategy for London’s smart cities agenda and investment in data infrastructure. It will advise the Mayor of London on implementation of digital technologies aimed at the highest level of performance across London’s infrastructure, utilities and public services. As a Board Member, Miranda will be able to advise on how location technology and data can be used to support mayoral strategies and policies ensure the best outcomes for Londoners and for the whole... (read more)
2017-08-16 10:06:34

Data Sharing is Smart – Geo-related Trends in Engineering & Construction

There could be many keywords representing important trends in the capture and use of spatial data in the engineering & construction industry, but 3D, BIM, AR and UAV are definitely high on the list. As this article examines, uniting them all is one major cross-industry challenge: interoperability and data integration in support of much-needed higher workflow efficiency in the whole value chain. The engineering & construction sector has been slower than most to adopt new technologies. While innovation may have occurred on the enterprise level, overall productivity in the market has remained almost flat for 50 years. In fact, labour... (read more)
2017-02-22 10:48:26

Where Does the Smart Cities Drive Leave Urban Planning?

Urban planning is a profession which is experiencing big changes as a result of advances in geospatial and other technology. In this article, Niall Conway explains why planning is too important a profession to risk becoming sidelined by innovation and explains what needs to be done. The expression ‘the future ain’t what it used to be’ has been used for quite a while to express our struggle to keep up with the unpredictability of modern life. It is natural therefore that this term will resonate with any profession, in any industry, which has a focus on strategy. In the era... (read more)
2017-08-07 01:03:16

Smart Cities Need a Single Source of Geo Data

Ordnance Survey’s head of smart cities, Miranda Sharp, explains why a single source of accurate location intelligence and data is crucial for Smart, and how Ordnance Survey International is helping governments around the world develop their own smart cities. For many years Ordnance Survey’s work and the accurate maps it produced, were viewed by much of the world as something of a British curiosity. Quaint and ever-so eccentric. Why would anyone go through urban areas noting down their every feature and measurement in such detail? More so, why would anyone go to the most remote and barren stretches of landscape... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:15:58

3D Repo Brings Cloud Expertise to Smart Infrastructure Project

3D Repo, a multi-award winning provider of cloud software solutions for collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM), is applying its expertise to a UK government innovation agency funded project. Working alongside project lead Skanska and project partners Building Research Establishment (BRE), UNIT9 and CartoConsult, 3D Repo will help develop a single, integrated and accessible platform where data relating to every aspect of an infrastructure project can be visualised and analysed. The UK Innovate funded Visualise project will also allow for the sharing of information, bringing together data from BIM, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other asset databases. Organisations such as Skanska... (read more)
2017-03-27 02:53:35

Bluesky Remote Sensing Data Improves Efficiency for WSP Smart Consulting

WSP, the global company providing management and consultancy services to the built and natural environment, is using a range of remotely sensed data from Bluesky to aid existing analysis and develop new techniques. Using the data, including laser mapped 3D models, UK National Tree Map data, near infrared imagery and aerial photography, WSP has improved the efficiencies of environmental surveys and reduced the need for site visits. The data has already been used for a number of projects, including an award nominated environmental assessment for a district heating feasibility project. “Application of the Bluesky LiDAR data within our analysis has... (read more)
2018-01-29 12:34:25
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