Linking Space Technology and User Needs

GIM International interviews Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, GSA
Space technology has a big influence on the transformation of the way we live, work and play. The core mission of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) is to ensure that European Union citizens get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. In this in-depth interview GSA’s executive director, Mr Carlo des Dorides, talks about Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus, UAVs, location-based services and much more. The developments in the GNSS industry are continuing at a steady pace. Where do we stand now? As our GNSS Market Report shows, the global GNSS market remains dynamic. GNSS is used around... (read more)
2017-02-06 10:32:07

Laser Scanning Technology Challenged

Shortcomings in Spatial Documentation of Heritage Sites
In this month’s Insider’s View Prof. Heinz Rüther puts some critical points on the shortcomings of laser-scanning technology in the spatial documentation of heritage sites. We invited manufacturers of laser-scanning sensors and software to comment on his challenging observations. Nearly 70% of the companies responded (ten in total) and seven felt qualified to reply: Optech, Riegl, Leica Geosystems, 3rd Tech, Visual Learning Systems, TopoSys and I-SiTE 3D Laser Imaging. We thank all respondents for their time and effort. Critical observations made by Prof. Heinz Rüther include the following. (1) The processing time of laser-scan data can be up to ten... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

Optimistic Outlook for Galileo

This month we bring you an extended interview with engineer Pedro Pedreira, executive director of the European Global Navigation Satellite System Supervisory Authority (GSA)since July 2005, the body charged with managing the development phase of the much-troubled European Satellite navigation system Galileo. Our wide-ranging discussion with Pedreira appears on these pages accompanied by detailed background information (boxed text). Despite the spiralling costs of Galileo, its anticipated economic benefits, in terms of revenue, employment and expanding markets, are many. Galileo is being funded by the EU taxpayer, so it is important that these benefits be realised. Please introduce yourself and tell... (read more)
2009-05-20 12:00:00

Digital Aerial Cameras

New Developments
The growing need for geo-data everywhere is driving customers to demand shorter turnaround rates and higher levels of detail. These needs can be met by aerial imagery directly captured in digital format onboard an aircraft. In tandem with the new product survey on Digital Aerial Cameras (see our website), the author here gives an overview of new developments. In my overview published in GIM International April 2008, I categorised the various digital aerial cameras under linear- and area-array solutions: one of many possible groupings for these systems. Another, based on technological criteria, considers dimension (size, weight and number of pixels... (read more)
2011-03-28 04:13:34

Kadaster: Ambitions and Goals

Leading Role for Key Registers
Programmes at European and national government level are signalling opportunities, setting policies and taking measures to capture the benefits of ICT. In tandem with societal demands, this will lead to government services via internet, key registers, web services and more. The author sketches the ambitions and goals of the Netherlands Cadastre (Kadaster) against a background of European policy, ICT developments and customer expectations. ICT offers many opportunities for improving the performance of government and business. Areas which may profit include education, safety, health care, international co-operation, economic efficiency (integrated value chains, business-process management, reduction in administrative overheads), prevention and detection... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

Solving Land Conflict in Africa

Cadastre Alone Not Enough
The governments of many African countries are currently investing in improving land administration with the aim of developing an efficient land market. A side objective is to reduce conflicts over land through implementation of a functioning land-registration and/or cadastral system. Experience teaches that additional preventative measures are required, such as conflict resolution, land management and psychotherapeutic approaches. Not even a perfect land market can prevent conflicts unless regulated by governing institutions. There are two types of institution: constitutive and regulative institutions. Constitutive institutions are needed to enable an economically efficient land market through land rights, land registration and rule of... (read more)
2006-05-22 12:00:00

Geoinformation in Arable Farming

What’s Hot and What’s Not in Precision Agriculture
Agriculture enthusiastically absorbs geospatial technologies. Precision farming practices in particular benefit from location intelligence. The future in agriculture with geospatial applications is bright. Besides more efficiency on the farm, geospatial technologies also offer new business opportunities and new sustainability concepts. But the adoption of geospatial innovations is lagging behind expectations. So what’s hot and what’s not? This article examines the state of the art in geospatial technologies in agriculture and attempts to forecast the trends. By Tamme van der Wal and Henk Janssen, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Netherlands By far the most popular geomatics technology among farmers is... (read more)
2017-02-06 03:09:34

Land Administration and Social Development

Enhancing Land Registration and Cadastre
Land and the way governments deal with it are of major importance for the development of any society. The authors present land administration systems as an instrument to support implementation of land policies and deliver the services required for security of tenure, markets, planning and taxation. In the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Development adopt-ed by the Rio Conference 1992 (Agenda 21), global objectives of combating poverty, sustainable settlement, sustainable agriculture and forestry are directly relat-ed to the land issue. According to this plan, strengthening legal frameworks for land management and ownership is strongly recommended. The aim is to... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00

Selecting Cameras for UAV Surveys

A Review of Cameras Popular amongst Aerial Surveyors
With the boom in the use of consumer-grade cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveying and photogrammetric applications, this article seeks to review a range of different cameras and their critical attributes. Firstly, it establishes the most important considerations when selecting a camera for surveying. Secondly, the authors make a number of recommendations at various price points. While this list is not exhaustive, it is intended to present a line of reasoning that UAV practitioners should consider when selecting a camera for survey purposes. Weight, velocity and flight time Weight is an important consideration for aerial imaging that is often... (read more)
2016-10-06 10:19:18

Looking Far beyond the Horizon: Interview with Hi-Target CEO Steven Xu

These are exciting times in the geomatics industry. Innovative solutions are being developed, integration is the main keyword and the big players are acquiring smaller companies that add a new dimension to their portfolio. Europe, Japan and North America are traditional strongholds of geomatics, but several very ambitious companies from China are doing their utmost to catch up with the frontrunners. At Intergeo 2015 in Stuttgart, Wim van Wegen took the opportunity to meet Steven Xu, CEO of Hi-Target, who was more than happy to share his thoughts and expectations with GIM International. Read the interview here. (By Wim van... (read more)
2016-01-26 09:40:07
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