Circling the Earth

What if circling the Earth were as easy as going on a bike ride? Just imagine: the extraordinary, stunning views from orbit would be accessible to everyone with the same amount of effort as cycling through the nearby countryside. But would the impact of the billions of earthlings be visible from above? And would it change people’s attitudes towards our planet? Astronauts – who are the only ones lucky enough to have seen the view with their own eyes – describe the journey into space as overwhelming and breathtaking. The Dutch astronaut André Kuipers openly admits that orbiting the Earth... (read more)
2020-03-31 03:27:55

Geospatial Business during Coronavirus Crisis: PCI Geomatics

How is the global coronavirus crisis impacting on the geospatial industry? Do companies have a sound business continuity plan? For this Q&A, 'GIM International' spoke to Kevin Jones, vice president, product and marketing at PCI Geomatics, a world leader in geoimaging products and solutions. He shared his thoughts on the current market situation and how his company is dealing with these challenging times. What is your business continuity plan to overcome the challenges of the coronavirus? Like many other technology industry companies, PCI Geomatics has the ability to continue operations despite the COVID-19 situation. Employees have the ability to work... (read more)
2020-03-27 09:04:54

5 Questions to Philippe Simard, President of SimActive

SimActive has recently added Lidar to its point cloud processing solution and launched a new training programme for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') mapping. 'GIM International' touched base with Philippe Simard, president of the Canada-based company to find out more. Besides Lidar and UAV mapping, this Q&A also zooms in on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and envisions the advances in photogrammetry we may expect in the coming years. We also took the opportunity to ask him how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting business. How is the coronavirus outbreak impacting your business? The entire SimActive team is working from... (read more)
2020-03-26 08:46:49

Getting Ready for Disaster Events with Remote Sensing

Predicting OpenStreetMap Completeness in Risk Areas
In view of the increased frequency and severity of natural disasters, timely information related to the distribution of vulnerable populations and critical infrastructure is key for effective disaster relief. OpenStreetMap shows great potential to support humanitarian mapping tasks and has provided vital information in many past major disasters. Publicly available remotely sensed measurements can be utilized to identify areas that have not yet been fully mapped and help guide and prioritize future mapping efforts in preparation for future disasters. On the afternoon of 12 January 2010, the island of Haiti suffered its most devastating natural disaster ever: a magnitude-7.0 earthquake.... (read more)
2020-03-25 03:02:45

Apple Unveils New iPad Pro with Lidar Scanner

Apple has announced its most advanced iPad Pro ever, which even includes a Lidar scanner. Equipped with the A12Z Bionic chip, the new iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than many PC laptops. The breakthrough Lidar scanner delivers depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more specialized workflows and supporting professional photo and video apps in combination with the ultrawide camera and studio-quality microphones. The Lidar scanner – along with pro cameras, motion sensors, pro performance, pro audio, a Liquid Retina display and powerful apps – lends weight to Apple's ambition to offer the world’s best device for augmented reality (AR). The... (read more)
2020-03-23 01:54:42

New GNSS Receiver Module Opens Door for Ultra-precise Positioning for High-volume Applications

Septentrio has announced that it is starting high-volume production of mosaic TM-X5, the next-generation multi-constellation and multi-band receiver module. Featuring the latest GNSS technology, mosaic TM-X5 brings centimetre-level positioning to technologies such as robotics, automation, smart wearables and telematics, among others. Its small form factor and low-power design makes high-performance positioning accessible to volume applications. “For smooth, uninterrupted operation in the field, mosaic TM-X5 is the logical choice for an industrial-grade GNSS positioning module,” said Francois Freulon, head of product management at Septentrio. “In an industrial setting, the cost of equipment downtime can quickly get out of hand. We designed mosaic TM to be robust in difficult environments, ensuring continuous operation as well as quick set-up times for our customers.” Compatible with all GNSS constellations Septentrio’s mosaic TM-X5 was conceived to be one of the first GNSS receiver modules... (read more)
2020-03-20 11:50:00

What Are the Main Issues to Consider before Using UAVs for Land Administration Projects?

Ask the Specialist
For our ‘Ask the Specialist’ features, we invite readers to send us their burning questions about geospatial surveying. We pass the questions on to relevant industry experts who provide comprehensive and detailed answers to point geospatial professionals in the right direction. This time, one of our readers asked about the key considerations before using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for land administration projects. Rohan Bennett and Mila Koeva share their advice. The almost ubiquitous UAV has been a key technology inspiring new thinking and disrupting land administration practice over the last decade. The flexibility and affordability of UAVs make them an... (read more)
2020-03-19 12:30:59

Coronavirus Leads to a Massive Reduction in Air Pollution

Although coronavirus first and foremost has a huge impact on our daily lives and poses a serious threat to many of us, the outbreak of the disease also has some remarkable side effects. Now that traffic and transport have significantly decreased in many countries across the world, anti-coronavirus measures such as quarantines and lockdowns have led to a major decline in air pollution. Great Britain may be one of the last Western countries to introduce strong policies to curb the coronavirus, but air pollution in London has dropped by almost a third over the past couple of days as many... (read more)
2020-03-19 11:26:27

MakeItAccurate: A Revolutionary Global GNSS/INS Correction Service

Enterprise operations adopting geospatial technology require high accuracy in their digital twins to make them a viable alternative to the real world for measurement and inspection. The challenge is to achieve accuracy with one simple, repeatable, scalable workflow across global assets at massive scale. MakeItAccurate makes very high accuracy simple, accessible and reliable, anywhere. According to the developers, this is an industry game-changer.  The need for high accuracy positioning has traditionally been the realm of surveyors and engineers. It’s what makes geospatial data valuable. New technology, such as drones, are now bringing geospatial to a broader range of sectors such as insurance,... (read more)
2020-03-19 10:41:59

MOSAiC Aerial Survey Campaigns Temporarily Suspended Because of Coronavirus

Polarstern Crew Continues to be Unaffected by the Corona Pandemic
The Norwegian government recently announced comprehensive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, effective immediately. As a result, all travellers to Norway from non-Nordic countries who do not have a residence permit will most likely have to immediately leave the country again or be placed in quarantine for 14 days. In response, and due to the highly dynamic development of the coronavirus pandemic, the MOSAiC project management has decided to temporarily suspend the aerial survey campaigns planned for this spring and based in the Svalbard archipelago, which is under Norwegian administration. There are currently three icebreakers underway in the Central... (read more)
2020-03-18 04:56:49
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