Software Licences - Getting Agitated

Unlicensed software, not to be confused with open source, has been costing the big players millions. Now, with the switch to the cloud, the pirates will be the ones getting agitated, notes Adena Schutzberg. I got pretty agitated some months ago when several writers (who should know better) and their editors at technical publications (who also should know better) published articles that stated that open source GIS software has no licence. This, the authors argued, made the software superior to software that has a licence. Open source software does carry a licence. Per the Open Software Initiative, open source software... (read more)
2017-04-04 04:49:43

DroneDeploy Releases Cloud Photogrammetry Software

DroneDeploy, a drone software platform with the largest drone data repository in the world, has announced the release of Map Engine - the industry’s first machine learning-driven photogrammetry software. The release came after a successful beta period where it processed 30K maps per month for more than 4,000 clients across 180 countries. Map Engine generates high-resolution maps and 3D models from drone imagery collected in the construction, energy, agriculture, and surveying sectors. The new processing engine leverages the latest cloud infrastructure and machine learning technology to deliver high-quality results and help customers reduce costs. "Map Engine tracks billions of points... (read more)
2018-08-22 01:13:10

BAE Systems Enhances Geospatial Software

BAE Systems has integrated capabilities called Movement Intelligence, or MOVINT, into its Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) line of software, helping analysts to more easily identify intelligence threats using motion sensors. These new capabilities, which include complex multi-tracking analytics, interpret movement and activity from video, radar, and other types of motion sensors, enabling analysts to efficiently track people, vehicles, and other objects of interest. Detection and tracking of key targets and activities often requires analysts to painstakingly monitor, review, and interpret large volumes of data and imagery from multiple sensors, compromising the effectiveness of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. Eliminating the... (read more)
2017-06-09 02:37:46

Luminous Group Software to Revolutionise Fire Safety

Luminous Group, the 3D technology specialists, has launched its new RIVO software using mixed reality solutions to transform asset mapping for the oil and gas, facilities management and construction industries. The system can also be applied to enhance fire safety by drawing up critical information in real time, be it emergency evacuation points or fire routes. Their newly branded RIVO package utilises Microsoft’s Inside Out tracking and is accessed using a Microsoft HoloLens headset for the user. The device, which is currently being utilised by the likes of NASA and Jaguar Land Rover, can remember real world locations and scan... (read more)
2018-01-19 10:11:50

Is Map Reading Being Sedated by Software?

The Royal Institution of Navigation has warned that we are becoming too dependent on satnavs and smartphones. It believes that traditional navigation skills encourage independent thought based on calculation and selfreliance. It wants UK schools to encourage the teaching of basic navigation as a way to develop character, independence and an appreciation of maths and science. Robin Waters looks at the warning and the press reaction. Maps are one way in which geospatial information can be presented to a user. To those of us that enjoy using or have at least been trained to use maps they are often the... (read more)
2017-01-05 04:00:23

UAVs and Software Help Prevent Poaching

As the world soberly reflects on the death of the last male northern white rhinoceros, astrophysicists and ecologists at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have collaborated on a new project that could stop poaching in its tracks. The project is based around machine-learning algorithms and astronomical detection tools developed through the open source software, Astropy. Astrophysical software and techniques are applied to thermal infrared imagery captured by drones to automatically detect and identify animals — crucially, this is just as effective at night — when most poaching activity occurs. The project was presented publicly for the first time at the European Week... (read more)
2018-04-12 10:16:11

Reality IMT Introduces 360 Video Mapping Software

Reality Imaging and Mapping Technologies, a market-leading 360 technology provider, has announced the release of OcuMap, a comprehensive software platform for geospatial media that brings together videos, images and maps. Organisations can take advantage of OcuMap to upload, manage and share their aerial and street level imagery in an integrated environment that will help them realise efficiency gains, as large infrastructure assets can now be visualised and accessed without leaving the office. OcuMap is a cloud-based 360 degrees viewer with geo-referencing capabilities, offering a single dashboard with maps, imagery, and videos for remote decision making. Google Street View imagery and... (read more)
2018-05-29 12:46:21

Skyline Software Systems Releases Update for PhotoMesh

Skyline Software Systems Inc has announced the second generation of the PhotoMesh software suite as part of its new SkylineGlobe products, incorporating breakthrough edge-extraction algorithms, noise removal, improved colour texturing, and optimized point cloud densification for the highest geometric quality. Utilizing revolutionary parallel processing techniques and access to Cloud Web Services, Skyline can produce high-quality 3D PhotoMesh with unlimited scale, surpassing a processing capacity of 1 million Megapixels per day. “The release introduces enhancements to the leading 3D production tool in the market, providing users with much greater capabilities,” stated Skyline’s President Robert Peters. “Improvements in automation, performance, and user... (read more)
2017-02-15 04:47:38

Simple GIS Software Releases Client Version 10

Simple GIS Software has announced the release of version 10 of its Simple GIS Client Application, a light but powerful desktop GIS system for Windows PCs, laptops, and tablets. Simple GIS Client is an application for Windows platforms without all of the expense of traditional desktop GIS applications. With Simple GIS, users can view, analyse, edit, and author data as well as freely download popular data from the US Census Bureau, OpenStreetMap, and USGS using built in data “wizards”, all from within the software. When combined with its sophisticated spatial and data analytics, users can leverage their data to help... (read more)
2018-01-04 10:23:40

ClearEdge3D Launches Construction Verification Software

ClearEdge3D has released its newest software solution, Verity 1.0, which verifies the accuracy of new construction against design/fabrication models, giving general contractors unprecedented insight into their construction projects. The software analyses laser scan point cloud data of the as-built construction against the design/fabrication models, identifying variances, missing elements or other potentially costly construction errors. The variance data and corrected model can be exported to Navisworks for as-built clash detection and further analysis. Poorly constructed and out-of-tolerance work is a massive problem in the construction industry, typically accounting for 5 percent of a project’s cost. Verity is developed to significantly reduce... (read more)
2017-04-05 10:14:25
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