External Antenna Improves Performance of RTK Receiver in Forest

In October, we took the SatLab SLC GNSS Receiver to a forest area in Poland to test the SLC’s performance under a tree canopy. SatLab Toolbox: The SATLAB Toolbox application is used for the one-time configuration of the SatLab SLC receiver to download RTK/RTN corrections. Bluetooth connection Configuration of the modem Configuration of NTRIP network access Sending NMEA to an external device via Bluetooth port Power GPS – Application for Android The test was conducted using the Power GPS application. The Power GPS configuration is only required to connect the application to the SatLab SLC via Bluetooth. Three points were... (read more)
2020-11-20 11:06:41

Pix4D Launches New Ground Image Capture App for 3D Modelling

Pix4D has released a new app for ground imagery acquisition: Pix4Dcatch. The app has been developed to empower users to easily create ground-based 3D models using an iOS mobile device. Users don't need to be experts. They can simply scan the area of interest with Pix4Dcatch. The app records pictures along with GPS positions. Compatible with recent iOS devices, but optimized for the newest iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max with Lidar sensors, scanning is done with real-time 3D meshing for scene completion feedback. This process of giving live feedback enables a workflow that secures optimal results.... (read more)
2020-11-12 10:05:43

New Land Subsidence Map Reveals the Netherlands’ (In)Stability

Lopsided houses, subsiding streets, shifting dikes and nature reserves stricken by drought... all of this is revealed in the updated interactive Land Subsidence Map of the Netherlands, which was published recently. In the years ahead, there will need to be some serious investment in maintenance by citizens, businesses and government. Published jointly by the Netherlands Center for Geodesy and Geo-informatics (NCG), SkyGeo and TU Delft, the map shows the movement of billions of measurement points across the entire country. Whereas data of this kind previously needed to be collected manually, radio satellites have now been used, enabling new readings to... (read more)
2020-10-01 09:22:11

Japanese City Performs Field Surveys Using GIS on iPads

The City of Tamba in Hyogo prefecture, Japan, performs field survey work using a mobile GIS application designed for Apple iPad tablet computers. The application, called Mobile Matilda, has been developed by an Osaka-based GIS solution specialist, Tsukasa Consulting, using the TatukGIS Developer Kernel 11 (for Delphi edition) with the Embarcadero FireMonkey framework. The mobile application compliments desktop and web-based versions of the Matilda software that are enabled with more features. Unlike web applications, Mobile Matilda can operate in a local (off-line) environment because map layers and data are read from the iPad memory. Users can update records in the... (read more)
2020-09-10 10:00:06

An App Transforms Land Administration

GIS Is Innovating How Land Data Is Collected and Managed
'What if we put fit-for-purpose land administration thinking into a single app?' wonders Brent Jones, the man who oversees Esri's worldwide strategic planning, business development and marketing activities for land records, land surveying and land administration. 'How would we do that?' When Brent Jones started his career as a surveyor, data collection involved hauling around heavy tools such as total stations, tripods and range poles. Data had to be manually recorded in weatherproof field books using a number-four lead mechanical pencil. Then came the advent of the Global Positioning System (GPS), experimental satellites, receivers powered by car batteries and PhD students to help... (read more)
2020-08-19 02:02:17

Image Anonymization for Mobile Mapping

Achieving Legal Compliance of Mobile Mapping by Anonymizing Images
Large amounts of personal data, such as faces and number plates, are collected during mobile mapping. Receiving consent from individuals for large-scale data collection is not feasible but is required by law in certain countries. Anonymizing images not only eliminates the need for consent but also increases trust in companies who conduct mobile mapping. Privacy concerns in mobile mapping go back to 2010, when the Belgian Privacy Commission published the “Recommendation on Mobile Mapping”.  The scope of the recommendation covered not only applications such as Google Street View but also other types of mobile mapping such as mapping by public... (read more)
2020-08-12 10:28:28

How Rapid Scanning Provides Support During a Global Health Crisis

Geospatial technology can play an important role in the expansion of hospital capacity in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In this feature, David Fowkes, sales director at 3D mapping and monitoring specialist GeoSLAM, explains how the rapid surveying capabilities of SLAM technology can enable health officials across the globe to quickly and safely assess potential hospital buildings. Around the world we have seen unprecedented efforts to increase capacity in stretched health systems as a result of the spread of coronavirus. In Wuhan, China, the epicentre for the virus, the 269,000 sq ft, thousand-bed Huoshenshan Hospital, was built from scratch in... (read more)
2020-07-28 10:34:01

Emesent Launches Autonomy for Beyond-Line-of-Sight Underground UAV Flight

Emesent has announced a major breakthrough in the journey to fully autonomous flight systems, with the launch of Autonomy Level 2 (AL2) technology for Hovermap, a plug-and-play payload for industrial drones that provides autonomous beyond line of sight, GPS-denied flight. Building on Emesent’s innovative Hovermap simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) autonomous flight system, AL2 enables compatible drones to fly beyond communications range and venture beyond line of sight into unmapped areas. The AL2 technology enables companies to rapidly map, navigate, and collect data in challenging inaccessible environments such as mines, civil construction works, telecommunications infrastructure, and disaster response environments. Andrew... (read more)
2020-07-14 11:56:09

ArcGIS Field Maps Beta Supports EOS Arrow GNSS Receivers

The beta version of ArcGIS Field Maps, which is available now, combines the functionalities of five existing Esri mobile apps: ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Tracker, ArcGIS Workforce and ArcGIS Navigator. In the first beta version, users can perform markups, work with read-only maps and work with MMPKs in a single app, including the use of high-accuracy GPS locations and metadata from Arrow GNSS receivers from EOS Positioning. Customers who have been wanting to take advantage of high-accuracy GNSS data in apps such as Explorer and Tracker will now be able to do so thanks to this beta release. Furthermore,... (read more)
2020-07-01 11:04:21

OGI Selects iXblue FOG INS for New Mobile Mapping Lidar Solution

OGI has selected iXblue’s Atlans FOG-based inertial navigation system for its new mobile mapping Lidar solution dedicated to road assessment surveys. OGI, Oceanographic & Geophysical Instruments has selected iXblue’s Atlans INS to provide robust and uninterrupted data georeferencing to its newly unveiled mobile mapping Lidar solution dedicated to road assessment surveys. A fully integrated mobile mapping solution, this new vehicle-based system integrates the most advanced systems on the market to provide highly detailed georeferenced survey data to US Departments of Transportation (DOTs). “Highly accurate and reliable georeferencing of the collected data being crucial for road assessment operations, we were seeking... (read more)
2020-06-12 11:32:18
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