PrecisionHawk Announces US$32 Million Investment in Drone Software and Services

PrecisionHawk has received a US$32 million investment from venture investors including Millennium Technology Value Partners, Third Point Ventures, Eastward Capital Partners, and others. The company will use this financing to develop the next generation of PrecisionAnalytics, their AI-powered aerial data analytics platform. PrecisionHawk is also investing in their sales and servicing operations to address the growing demand for commercial drone services. “This is an exciting time at PrecisionHawk and the commercial drone industry overall as adoption of drones continues to grow,” said Michael Chasen, CEO of the company. “Our unique software and services deliver incredible value to our customers, equipping... (read more)
2019-12-12 09:58:14

How Lidar Has Changed the Way to View Michigan's Terrain

Staff from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in the USA are using Lidar technology to view the topography (elevation) of the state at a resolution that is 50 times greater than previously existed. "In fact, Lidar has fundamentally changed how we view and interpret the landscape," says John Esch, geology specialist. "Often, subtle features can be seen in the high-resolution Lidar topography data that are not visible on aerial photography, topographic maps and in some cases right under our feet." Lidar emits an intense, focused beam of light at the ground and measures the time... (read more)
2019-11-15 09:35:08

senseFly Announces Enterprise Partnerships with Trimble and Microsoft Drive

senseFly, the Switzerland-based fixed-wing drones company, has entered new strategic partnerships. The organisations include Trimble and Microsoft and is focused on the capability and suitability of senseFly’s fixed-wing drones and drone sensors for precision agriculture. “Trimble and Microsoft are major players in the agriculture sector, and these relationships are a testament to senseFly’s drones operating at the high standards required by large organisations to deliver the results they need”, explained Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly. “This includes being able to offer a range of cameras to meet project-specific requirements, absolute accuracy down to 3cm and unparalleled flight times that enable... (read more)
2019-11-14 09:08:19

Using PPP Corrections in Precise Real-time Applications

Minding the Gaps
Satellite-delivered GNSS correction services can be used in many real-time applications where real-time kinematic (RTK) and virtual reference stations (VRS) are not available. In areas without regular communication systems, satellite-broadcast PPP corrections can deliver centimetre-level positioning worldwide in real time. While geospatial professionals who use RTK and VRS enjoy reliable, cost-effective performance in a broad array of tasks, there are many instances where conditions conspire to make working in real time difficult or even impossible. For example, hilly terrain may block radio signals from an RTK base station, while inconsistent cellular coverage can disrupt or cut off communications with the... (read more)
2019-11-13 02:48:36

The Age of Mobile Mapping

Looking back over the past 30 years, it’s hard to believe just how far we’ve come in such a relatively short space of time. Geomatics students in the mid-1980s were exposed to GPS test satellites, the first GPS receivers and the enormous potential that GPS offered the geomatics community (who had already perfected what could be done with the Transit satellite system). With unprecedented absolute accuracy and an impeccable timing mechanism, GPS clearly offered a quantum leap in geomatics capabilities. Two decades later, Lidar – and in particular mobile terrestrial Lidar – seemed to represent the next quantum leap in... (read more)
2019-11-06 09:17:41

Airbus and Sobloo Announce Finalists of Multi-Data Challenge within Copernicus Masters 2019

Airbus has unveiled the names of the three finalists for the 'Airbus - Sobloo Multi-Data Challenge' organised as part of the Copernicus Masters 2019. This international competition recognizes pioneering solutions, concepts and ideas for industry and society based on Earth observation data. Annually, different prize categories reward innovative candidates, in the fields of deep learning, big data analytics, smart mobility and industry 4.0. The 'Airbus - Sobloo Multi-Data Challenge' was especially looking for value-added solutions that use both Copernicus and Airbus Earth observation data. These services should also provide insight and have impact on areas like Natural Resources Consumption, Agriculture,... (read more)
2019-10-09 09:47:50

Geospatial Data as a Core Instrument to Transform a Country

Interview with Borko Drašković, General Director of the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA), Serbia
After several turbulent decades, the Republic of Serbia is working towards a brighter future, including by radically transforming its geospatial information infrastructure. In fact, the country has received recognition for its reforms in the process of digitalization and economic development of the state. This confirms the role of geospatial data as a fundamental 21st-century resource with considerable potential for economic and social development of state and society. In this interview with Borko Drašković, general director of the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA), 'GIM International' takes a closer look at the achievements in Serbia, which can serve as an example for other... (read more)
2019-10-02 10:14:22

InSAR Used to Create Ground Stability Maps

Zooming on a Groundbreaking Revolution
Satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) is a technique that can measure millimetre-scale movement of the ground from space. It does this by comparing the return echoes, and thus the signal-path length, from two or more radar images taken over the same place, over time. Modern InSAR is now used by a range of industries concerned with ground or structural stability, from building development and control, to oil and gas production, to mining, to road and rail management. This article explains some key aspects of InSAR technology, including its innovative use to produce ground stability maps. Phase Shifters InSAR is based upon... (read more)
2019-03-07 05:09:42

DJI and Delair Announce Visual Data Collection Partnership

DJI, a global leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Delair, a leading provider of visual data management solutions for enterprise, are partnering up to collaborate on enhanced and integrated solutions for visual data collection and analysis for businesses. The partnership will include an agreement for Delair to sell DJI products through its worldwide sales channel, along with launching a relationship to build compatibility across platforms. “DJI is incredibly excited to be working more closely with the Delair team to support their vision of building a leading software suite. At DJI, we aim at providing reliable, scalable drone... (read more)
2019-09-13 10:58:16

Big Data, Rising Tides

How Advances in Free Remote Sensing Technology Can Help Cities to Prepare for Climate Change
In view of the increased vulnerability of cities to climate and disaster risks, accurate and up-to-date geospatial data is fundamental for a more resilient urban planning approach. Publicly available geospatial datasets are increasingly becoming the foundation stone for more informed urban planning decision-making and better investment prioritization. Today, satellite data can help cities to better prepare for natural disasters such as urban flooding and make more informed investment decisions. For many residents of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, the start of rainy season brings a sense of apprehension nowadays. Originally built on seven hills surrounded by wetlands, the city’s rapid... (read more)
2019-09-03 02:14:31
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