HD Wide-format Scanners

Colortrac began shipping the SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-wide format scanners in March 2009; the first scanners in the all-new SmartLF Gx+ large-format scanner range. Now, two new Gx+ scanner models are announced that complete the launch of Colortrac's 18 model, full high definition (HD), CCD scanner product line up.   The SmartLF Gx+ 28 and Gx+ 42 are the first CCD-based wide-format scanners with true 1200dpi optical resolution. The combination of high resolution and CCD imaging technology creates a flexible, multi-purpose scanning system capable of capturing both very fine line and image details while reproducing colour graphics in vivid, high... (read more)
2009-05-04 10:26:22


From mid-March until the beginning of June 2008 one of the galleries of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, US, was filled with over a hundred maps, globes and artefacts spanning all centuries and covering all cultures. Exhibits ranged from a 3,500-year-old clay map from Mesopotamia to maps of imaginary landscapes created by writers like Tolkien and Faulkner.?<P> The intention of the exhibition was to stretch the public imagination as to the possibilities of mapping. The exhibition also wanted to make the point that maps can be powerful political tools. National Boundaries When back in 1766 the British colon­ists of... (read more)
2008-07-09 12:00:00

China to Launch Civil HD Survey Satellite

China will put into space a civil high-definition survey satellite, the first of its kind in the country, in 2011, the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) said here Friday. The satellite, ZY 3, would be launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province on a Long March 4B carrier rocket, according to Xu Deming, director of the SBSM and Vice Minister of Land and Resources. Xu did not disclose the planned launch date.Once successfully launched, the satellite would operate in a sun-synchronous orbit about 506 kilometers in altitude, and could produce seamless imagery of the... (read more)
2009-12-21 09:42:31

IP-S2 HD Mapping System

The IP-S2 HD Mapping System is a vehicle-mounted surveying and mapping system featuring a high-definition Lidar scanner from Velodyne Lidar. The IP-S2 HD Mapping System incorporates Velodyne's HDL-64E S2.2 Lidar scanner, allowing vehicle operators to acquire very dense point clouds while travelling at posted speed limits even in inclement weather. Velodyne Lidar is a manufacturer of high-definition Lidar sensors, headquartered in Morgan Hill, California. The company's HDL-64E sensor is used in a variety of military and commercial autonomous vehicle applications as well as 3-D mapping, surveying and other applications."Velodyne is very excited that Topcon has integrated our HDL-64E S2.2 sensor... (read more)
2010-07-16 12:00:00

Road Works Maps Online

UK local authorities can now offer live street works information and maps on their websites thanks to the latest innovation from UK software firm Mayrise Systems. The company has launched a new version of VueNow, a web integration tool that enables live street works information to be made available instantly to web applications and contact centre systems.     Visitors to council websites can enter a street name or navigate using an intuitive map window to display a street works map of the area. Works are identified using different symbols to explain the nature of the works and clicking on... (read more)
2008-12-19 12:00:00

Bing Maps Adds OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is the latest layer for Bing Maps and the newest Bing Map App in the gallery. OSM maps are loaded as a new map style option, following a concept similar to that of Wikipedia, but for maps and other geographic facts, not limited to streets and roads. A community of map lovers and developers gather location data across the globe from a variety of sources such as recordings from GPS devices, free satellite imagery, or simply from knowing an area very well, perhaps because they live there. This information then gets uploaded to OpenStreetMap's central database from where... (read more)
2010-08-05 02:42:58

BroadbandStat Puts Maps Online

The states of Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, and South Carolina are now providing easy-to-use maps that show in detail each state's broadband coverage. The interactive, online maps are made possible by BroadbandStat, an application based on ESRI GIS technology, and will help the states plan and improve high-speed Internet access for their residents and businesses The BroadbandStat maps were funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and contribute to the comprehensive national broadband map that NTIA is required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create and make publicly available by February... (read more)
2010-06-10 10:27:56

Designing Better Maps

Maps lead marooned travellers through unfamiliar territory, arm the government with vital information, and guide school administrators to the best course of action. New from ESRI Press Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users explores the techniques of mapmaking and the benefits of using GIS technology and all its tools to create accurate, visually stunning maps. Designing Better Maps guides readers through the steps of building balanced map layouts suited to varied projects. The book focuses on export options that users can edit in other applications and provides detailed instructions on designing powerful map layouts for reports, print publications,... (read more)
2005-09-19 12:00:00

Interactive Maps for BlackBerry

BlackBerry smartphone users in the UK will soon be able to view and edit map and location data on the move, as ESRI UK becomes the official exclusive distributor for TDC's Freeance Mobile Software in the UK. The application allows public and private-sector organisations already using BlackBerry smartphones to maximise their investment in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), opening up live dynamic maps, data collection and location services to their staff. Freeance software allows any organisation running ESRI's flagship ArcGIS Server to publish their maps live to an unlimited number of BlackBerry smartphones. This is another opportunity for public sector customers... (read more)
2010-09-27 09:11:10

Interactive Maps with BroadbandStat

Illinois, Ohio, and Tennessee residents and businesses can now type in an address to find out which companies provide broadband service in their area. All three states have posted online maps that allow Web site visitors to use BroadbandStat, an application based on ESRI geographic information system (GIS) technology, to enter any address in the state and retrieve a list of Internet providers that serve that location. Visitors to the Connect Ohio, Connect Illinois, or Connected Tennessee Web sites can also create maps of where cable, mobile, or DSL broadband is available; show statewide results by Census Block; and zoom... (read more)
2010-03-16 09:30:48
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