Palm-sized SXBlue III-L GNSS Announced

Geneq, Canada, has announced the SXBlue III-L GNSS, a palm-sized L1/L2/GLONASS GNSS receiver that is designed to use OmniSTAR’s G2 or HP service to attain 10cm accuracy in all regions of the world. The SXBlue III-L GNSS connects wirelessly to smartphones, handhelds, tablets or notebook computers that are Bluetooth-compliant. In addition, SXBlue III-L GNSS receiver is fully RTK capable (1cm real-time accuracy) when using an RTK network or other RTK reference station. The SXBlue III-L GNSS is designed to use OmniSTAR’s G2 service, which supports GPS and GLONASS satellites, to provide 10cm accuracy in real-time in most parts of the... (read more)
2012-10-19 09:04:06

Higher-resolution Satellite Imagery for Global Applications

European Space Imaging is now able to supply 30cm imagery from the WorldView-3 satellite for European and North African customers wishing to use the most sophisticated very-high-resolution satellite imagery on the market. This is made possible through its partnership with DigitalGlobe and the WorldView Global Alliance. Access to the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery captured by WorldView-3 satellite will improve decision-making, enable more efficient operations, and enhance a variety of applications for customers in the civil government, defence and intelligence, energy, mining, and global development sectors, European Space Imaging stated. Many customers who were previously reliant on aerial imagery can... (read more)
2015-03-20 10:20:49

HxIP: Updates to 2017 Airborne Imagery Collection Plans

The Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP), an important source for professional airborne imagery provided through the cloud, has announced updates for 2017 airborne imagery collection plans of wide area coverage (WAC) at 30cm accuracy and urban area coverage (UAC) at 15cm accuracy. By the end of 2017, the HxIP will update its content for more than 3.9 million km² in North America. This includes a refresh of 18 previously captured U.S. states and completes the full coverage of the continental United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and select areas of Alaska. In addition to the 30-cm... (read more)
2017-08-15 11:44:14

High-Resolution Aerials of Canada

MapMart has added ATLIS Geomatics 10cm-30cm aerial imagery. A growing number of Canadian cities from the ATLIS Geomatics data set are available online at MapMart as well as from the free MapMart On-Demand Toolbar. Until recently, geospatial data users had few options in purchasing aerial imagery of Canada, but ATLIS has emerged as a premier provider of high-resolution Canadian data. Through ATLIS Mapmart is able to offer these data for the Canadian urban and rural areas in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.Canadian cities that will be coming online during Q2 are: Calgary, AB; Morden, MB; Winkler, MB and municipalities throughout Southern... (read more)
2010-03-26 09:36:03

Multispectral and Thermal Sensors on UAVs

Capabilities for Precision Farming and Heat Mapping
Mini and micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in combination with cost-efficient and lightweight RGB cameras have become a standard tool for photogrammetric tasks. In contrast, multispectral and thermal sensors were until recently too heavy and bulky for small UAV platforms, even though their potential was demonstrated almost a decade ago. Nowadays, however, lightweight multispectral and thermal sensors on small UAVs are commercially available. Read more about their capabilities for use in precision farming and heat mapping. (By Stephan Nebiker and Natalie Lack, Switzerland) The multispectral cameras and thermal infrared (TIR) sensor in the authors’ performance tests were mounted on an eBee... (read more)
2016-08-02 09:21:38

Terrestrial Laser Scanning in Forest Inventories

Toward International Benchmarks
Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) is an effective technique for acquiring detailed tree attributes in forest plots. During the last two decades, national mapping agencies, companies, universities and research organisations have put tremendous effort into developing methods for tree attribute estimation using TLS. There is, however, still a lack of proper understanding on TLS performance. Different data collection methods and processing standards have led to a large range in tree detection and measurement accuracy. This article explains the early results of an international benchmarking initiative for TLS methods in forest inventories. The study has identified important differences in methods that should lead... (read more)
2017-12-18 03:58:07

Real-time Airborne Search and Rescue Detection and Geotagging

Software and hardware engineering efforts at ITRES, Canada, have moved into the next phase towards integrating their In-Flight Processing System (IPS) development with a new high-resolution pushframe thermal TABI-1800 imager. The thermal TABI has demonstrated its use and high thermal and spatial resolution capabilities during last summer's rapid response application in wildfire mapping. Fast access to accurate and precision georeferenced maps were mandatory for that. The TABI has now been integrated with a modified version of the IPS. This version will permit real-time thermal anomaly detection and marking. It bridges the gap from emergency response to thermal search and rescue.... (read more)
2012-02-29 09:10:34

Online Lidar Map of Britain

Aerial survey company Bluesky, UK, has launched a comprehensive online Lidar map of the UK. It covers approximately 75% of England and Wales, including all major towns and floodplains, plus areas of Scotland. The Lidar coverage ranges in vertical accuracy from 5cm to 15cm, and in spatial resolution from 25cm to 2m. The online map can be searched using a place name, postcode or geographical coordinates before purchasing data of the chosen area and downloading digital files.     By combining data from many sources, including Bluesky's archive, the company has created accessible and comprehensive online coverage of Lidar data,... (read more)
2012-01-27 11:15:52

Record Flying Season

Aerial mapping specialist Bluesky has reported its most successful year yet following a record-breaking aerial photography season. Bluesky's aerial surveying contributed toward a total area of 32,000km2 that was captured for GeoPerspectives covering Britain's cities and countryside stretching from Glasgow to the Scilly Isles.  Bluesky employed the latest imaging technology that enables the creation of 3D computer-generated fly-through maps and infrared maps that reveal the type of vegetation on the ground. The imagery is now available on Bluesky's website. During the 2009 Bluesky's aircraft were able to capture cities including Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds as well as counties such as... (read more)
2010-02-18 12:56:40

Cartography and GI

Cartography, in connection with geoinformatics, is responding to one of today’s most important questions: how can we help solve disaster-reduction requests in general, and early-warning (EW) and crises management (CM) in particular? Cartography has changed much in response to new opportunities offered by Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Intelligent access to databases and interactive user support can be applied not only in locating suitable maps on the internet, but also for map creation and modification according to individual requirements. Instead of just using maps previously created by someone else, these new technologies allow interactive use of cartography on the basis... (read more)
2008-03-06 12:00:00
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