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

Galileo Return Link Service Delivers Excellent Performance

The first performance evaluation of the Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) following its launch has revealed excellent service provision that exceeds set targets. The Galileo RLS, which allows people in distress to receive automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been received, was declared operational at the 12th European Space Conference in January of this year. The Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service locates people in distress and makes their position known to rescue coordination centres worldwide. At the same time as the launch of the RLS in January, new targets were also set for the SAR/Galileo Forward Link Service, which... (read more)
2020-03-13 02:37:10

Canada Applies Open Data Cube Technology to Assess Nationwide Land-use Change

Canada’s Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division (PIRD) faces the massive task of creating a greenhouse gas inventory for the entire nation. A key part of this analysis is the use of remotely sensed data to quantify areas of land-use change to calculate CO2. In this pursuit, PIRD has partnered with PCI Geomatics in a project that leverages Open Data Cube technology to enhance the efficiency, accuracy and granularity of analysing enormous volumes of multi-temporal remote sensing data on a nationwide scale. Each year in Canada, thousands of hectares of farm fields and forests are transformed into different land-use classes, most... (read more)
2020-03-11 11:30:31

Streamlining a High-resolution 3D Model of the Space Shuttle 'Discovery'

Cesium, a market leader in streaming 3D geospatial technology, has announced it will collaborate with the acclaimed Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum, education and research complex, on its Open Access Initiative. To celebrate the initiative, Cesium will support the Smithsonian’s ability to stream 3D models of massive objects in its collection, such as the Space Shuttle 'Discovery', over the web in high resolution for the first time. Through the Open Access Initiative, the Smithsonian will release about 2.8 million 2D and 3D images, public collections metadata and institutional research datasets as CC0 for any purpose: educational and research and... (read more)
2020-03-10 10:57:03

The Expanding Use of UAVs in Construction

Flying to Build a Better Product
It is an exciting time for geospatial professionals. The data that can now be obtained using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) opens up previously impossible opportunities in many different industries. At the forefront of these is the construction industry. As a geospatial engineer working for a general contractor, Michael Schwind is always looking for new ways to utilize UAVs and the resulting data to improve efficiency and communication, and to detect and prevent costly – or even deadly – mistakes before they occur. In this article, he discusses some of the obvious and not-so-obvious ways that Fulton Construction, a... (read more)
2020-03-10 08:36:22

How High-altitude Propellers Allow Mapping of Large Areas with High Accuracy

Wingtra is introducing high-altitude propellers which enable a professional mapping drone to capture data more than 2,500m (8200ft) above mean sea level (AMSL) with unprecedented accuracy and coverage. Customers in South America, China, Central Europe and other regions with high altitudes can now map high terrain at down to 1cm ground sample distance (GSD). Specifically, the new high-altitude propellers and supporting software allow take-off at altitudes of up to 4,800m (15,700ft) AMSL and flight at altitudes of up to 5,000m (16,400ft) AMSL. “It’s a game-changer for our customers to fly and gather data on terrain that has so far been... (read more)
2020-03-04 08:47:39

Geospatial Joint Venture to Help Plan Roll-out of European 5G Network

Land Info Worldwide has assembled a team of renowned geospatial companies to help plan the roll-out of 5G networks across Europe. Land Info is already the premier provider of mapping solutions for 5G wireless in North America, using machine learning and artificial intelligence to meet the demanding mapping specifications of network design. It hopes that by working with aerial mapping company Bluesky International in the UK and Hexagon’s HxGN Content Program team in continental Europe, it can extend this reach in the 5G industry internationally. “Our international team, comprising Bluesky and Hexagon, will give 5G wireless operators in Europe direct... (read more)
2020-03-03 04:30:53

Rapid Survey Technology for Puerto Rico Earthquake Response

Geoxphere and WaldoAir Assist from the Air and on the Ground
A series of strong earthquakes recently hit populated areas in the south of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, causing major damage to properties and infrastructure. Geoxphere and WaldoAir were mobilized to assist in the disaster response effort. Tasked with capturing detailed photography from both the air and the ground, which was a first in this context, the team utilized their XCAM and XCAM360 rapid survey technology, with XMAP as the cloud-based data delivery tool. When a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood occurs, it is important to establish the extent of the damage, the risk to... (read more)
2020-02-19 10:43:24
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