Solving Societal Problems with Smart Cities

Interview with Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development, Siemens
The world population is growing rapidly, putting urban planning under increasing pressure. Cities are facing challenges such as how to improve the environment and how to reduce the impact of congestion. The smart city concept seems to offer a solution. Reflecting the fact that smart cities are built on geospatial foundations, Intergeo – the world’s largest annual trade show for the geomatics industry – chose smart city as one of its key themes. To gain insights from an urban planning insider, 'GIM International' interviewed Martin Powell, head of urban development at Siemens. (By Wim van Wegen, GIM International) ‘Smart city’... (read more)
2016-11-14 09:40:51

Enormously Exciting Future in Geomatics

GIM International Interviews Hans Hess, exiting CEO, Leica Geosystems
Autumn 2005 brings at least two major changes to Leica Geosystems. The company has been taken over; in mid-October Sweden-based Hexagon formally took ownership. In addition, Hans Hess has left his post as CEO of Leica Geosystems, succeeded as of November 1st by Hexagon CEO Ola Rollén. We interviewed Hans Hess at Intergeo 2005. Leica Takeover On 27th October 2005 Leica Geosystems announced that following the takeover by Hexagon the Board had appointed Ola Rollén, CEO of Hexagon, as president of Leica Geosystems with effect from 1st November 2005. The current Board of Directors will step down at a specially... (read more)
2005-11-29 12:00:00

Enormously Exciting Future in Geomatics

GIM International Interviews Hans Hess, exiting CEO, Leica Geosystems
Autumn 2005 brings at least two major changes to Leica Geosystems. The company has been taken over; in mid-October Sweden-based Hexagon formally took ownership. In addition, Hans Hess has left his post as CEO of Leica Geosystems, succeeded as of November 1st by Hexagon CEO Ola Rollén. We interviewed Hans Hess at Intergeo 2005. Leica Takeover On 27th October 2005 Leica Geosystems announced that following the takeover by Hexagon the Board had appointed Ola Rollén, CEO of Hexagon, as president of Leica Geosystems with effect from 1st November 2005. The current Board of Directors will step down at a specially... (read more)
2005-11-29 12:00:00

Automated Map Generalisation

Meeting Today's Information Demands
Nowadays spatial information is much more often displayed on digital devices than on a paper map. Within digital environments, users have high expectations regarding up-to-date information and consistent data when zooming in and out. The recent progress in automated map generalisation offers the potential to meet those high expectations. ‘Generalisation’ of geoinformation is the extraction of less-detailed data from highly detailed data to fit a specific purpose. Less-detailed data is more suitable for displaying geoinformation at small scales and for obtaining overview-like visualisations of a particular area. Interactive generalisation is time- and labour-intensive: it can take years to generalise a... (read more)
2014-10-24 10:23:15

A New Age (I)

GIM International Interviews David Schell, Chairman and CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium
On 23rd October 2007, at the annual Geoint Symposium, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC) announced that Microsoft Corporation had joined the organisation as a Principal Member. This important milestone was reason for us to approach David Schell, OGC chairman and CEO, and to ask him about the background to, benefits and consequences of Microsoft membership. Mr Schell touched on so many interesting issues that we are publishing this extended interview in two parts, this first focusing on the new Microsoft membership. The second part, to be published in GIM February, will focus on topics including benefits of standards implementation,... (read more)
2007-12-08 12:00:00

Blockchain in Geospatial Applications

What is a blockchain and how is it relevant for geospatial applications?
A blockchain is an immutable trustless registry of entries, hosted on an open distributed network of computers (called nodes). It is potentially safer and cheaper than traditional centralised databases, is resilient to attacks, enhances transparency and accountability and puts people in control of their own data. Blockchain technology is already being used in some geospatial applications, as explained here. (By Jonas Ellehauge, awesome map tools, Norway) As an immutable registry for transactions of digital tokens, blockchain is suitable for geospatial applications involving data that is sensitive or a public good, autonomous devices and smart contracts. Use Cases Here are some geospatial... (read more)
2016-10-06 09:13:54

Light Mobile Collection Tools for Land Administration

Proof of Concept from Colombia
Need for administration of property: estimated 75% of the relations between people and land not documented. There is an urgent need for the administration of property and land use rights worldwide as the basis for social and economic growth. Notwithstanding the enormous investments by governments and international organisations in the development of such systems over the past decades, it is still estimated that, from a global perspective, 75% of the relations between people and their land are not documented. So which methods and techniques can be used to develop land administration systems for all, and within our generation? Light mobile collection tools may offer a solution, as presented in this proof of concept from Colombia. By... (read more)
2015-11-16 10:44:07

Laser Scanner in a Backpack

The Evolution towards All-terrain Personal Laser Scanners
Evolution of Laser scanning: new prototype which can be held in a backpack for rugged terrain. Laser scanning systems have gone through a major evolution in the past decade. After the initial breakthrough of airborne laser scanners (ALS), other types of laser scanning systems have emerged, most notably terrestrial laser scanners (TLS) and mobile laser scanners (MLS). While these three main types of Lidar systems together serve a large number of applications, none of them are optimised for fast and flexible scanning in challenging locations, rugged terrain and complicated urban structures. Personal laser scanners (PLS) fill this void and are now evolving towards compact, agile and flexible solutions for mapping complex environments. This article explains the... (read more)
2016-02-15 10:57:34

Paving the Way for Self-driving Cars

The Impressive Contribution of Geomatics to Autonomous Driving
Since Karl Benz was granted a patent for his first internal combustion engine in 1879, the automotive industry has changed substantially. Or has it? The main principle remains the same: cars still have four wheels, a petrol- or diesel-powered engine – electric cars are still underrepresented and so far there are just a few hydrogen cars publicly available in select markets – and they still need to be driven by a human being. However, a major change is just around the corner: self-driving vehicles. And they won’t get far without geomatics technologies, claims Wim van Wegen, content manager of 'GIM International'.... (read more)
2017-02-24 11:34:49

Harmonising UAS Regulations and Standards

GIM interviews Peter van Blyenburgh, president of UVS International
Many people dream of making a living out of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs), but so far a lack of clear rules and regulations has stood in the way of that dream. However, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon – especially in Europe – and best practices will spread across the world like an ink blot, according to Peter van Blyenburgh, president of UVS International. His independence from individual companies or governments makes him notoriously frank and he is an outspoken ambassador for the sector on all five continents. Your main concern over the past decade has... (read more)
2016-12-13 01:26:50
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