MDA Aids Indonesian Rainforest Preservation with RADARSAT-2 Satellite

MDA has announced that its Forest Alert Service (FAS) space-based capabilities have enabled Asia Pulp & Paper's (APP) pulpwood suppliers to more strategically monitor forest cover loss in conservation areas and meet their commitment to stakeholders that conservation forest areas are not cleared in connection with their products. In less than three years since MDA began providing the monitoring service, APP reports the losses of natural forest cover in its suppliers' forest concessions has dropped from between 5-6% to just 0.06% of more than 600,000 hectares. The strategic partnership between APP and MDA launched in 2016, enabling APP's pulpwood suppliers to respond rapidly to detected forest... (read more)
2019-03-01 10:23:11

Trimble Unveils Next-generation Mixed-reality Device with Microsoft HoloLens 2 Technology

Trimble has announced a new wearable hard hat-compatible device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the work site: the Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2. In addition, an expanded set of Trimble software and services will be available to provide field-oriented workflows that leverage constructible 3D models and mixed reality to solve daily work tasks. The announcement was made with Microsoft at MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress), the largest mobile event in the world bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology. The Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 is the first device created with the... (read more)
2019-02-28 09:17:57

Technologies for the Future: A Lidar Overview

Building the Capability for High-density 3D Data
Point clouds can be captured by an ever-increasing number of means to understand the surrounding reality and detect critical developments. Diverse applications of 3D laser scanning or ‘Lidar’, which is a technology on a sky-rocketing path to be used for mapping and surveying, are changing the way we collect and refine topographic data. Which technologies and processes are building the capability for high-density 3D data? This article outlines the latest industry developments. National topographic databases store data refined from field measurements, imagery and laser scanning data at certain specifications and purposes, but lack the ability to adapt to ever-changing needs... (read more)
2019-02-28 09:50:53

Airbus and Hisdesat Process First TerraSAR-X / PAZ Radar Interferogram

Airbus Defence and Space and Hisdesat Servicios Estratégicos have generated the first joint TerraSAR-X / PAZ Radar Interferogram. This milestone demonstrates the missions’ capacity for cross-sensor interferometry, which is extremely challenging to process. Interferograms are typically used to derive the topographic elevation and deformation of the Earth’s surface, and are created using at least two different images acquired on different dates. This flattened Cross-Sensor Interferogram has been created from a mixed image pair with 4 days temporal separation acquired by TerraSAR-X and PAZ (StripMap scenes from 22 and 26 November 2018). The area covers the oil and gas production site... (read more)
2019-02-20 03:22:46

Landsat: the Cornerstone of Global Land Imaging

Advancing the Understanding of Planet Earth
The Landsat satellites provide an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance scientific research towards understanding our changing planet. In this article, the authors look at how the use of data from Landsat satellites has evolved over time to become a cornerstone of global land imaging with broad societal benefits. They conclude that the Landsat archive is poised to shift into a more real-time monitoring capability to help further our understanding of a changing Earth. Since 1972, the Landsat satellites have provided an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance... (read more)
2019-02-20 11:32:34

Precision Agriculture for People, Planet and Profit

A Policy Perspective on Data-driven Farming
The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) has a clear vision: sufficient food that is also healthy for everyone – financially healthy for farmers, growers and fishermen, healthy for consumers and good for nature and the environment. In a nation as small and populous as The Netherlands, that is not without its challenges. Furthermore, the Dutch government is focusing heavily on expertise and innovation in order to strengthen the international position of the country’s agricultural sector. Precision agriculture has been identified as one of the ways to achieve these goals. But does data automatically mean knowledge and... (read more)
2019-02-19 02:57:50

Recent Developments in Close-range Photogrammetry

A Measurement Technology in Transition
Dramatic advances in automatic digital image analysis have opened up new applications and made photogrammetry applicable for a broader field of users that lack specific knowledge of photogrammetry. Megatrends such as Industry 4.0, building information modelling (BIM) and the digital transformation are driving the advancement of 3D measurement technologies, both in terms of high-end systems and low-cost sensors. New technical challenges such as autonomous driving or unmanned aerial vehicles are demanding innovative sensor systems, but also extended maps and models of the environment. Modern approaches such as structure from motion (SfM), simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) or visual odometry are... (read more)
2019-02-14 11:41:55

Microdrones Acquires Aircam UAV Technology to Expand into Asia

As part of an ongoing global growth initiative, Microdrones has acquired Aircam UAV Technology, a 64 employee Chinese company with its main location in Foshan, an hour-drive from Guangzhou in Southern China, and a branch in Beijing. Aircam has developed a large Chinese and Southeast Asian customer base with a focus on surveying & mapping, utilities, and oil & gas industries.   Aircam will be fully integrated with the Microdrones business, brand and leadership team. The Aircam brand and corporate identity will change to Microdrones, and all aspects of the business will be directed by the Microdrones global leadership team.... (read more)
2019-01-18 11:02:08

GAF Wins Framework Contract for the Validation of Innovative Geospatial Tools

GAF AG, together with e-GEOS, has been awarded a framework contract by the European Union Satellite Centre for the provision of satellite-based digital elevation models to support the validation of innovative geospatial tools for SatCen’s exploitation activities. These digital elevation models have a resolution of between 0.5m and 10m and are generated using a highly automated multi-source production line. Additionally, the products are delivered with different quality layers and traceability layers, and the corresponding metadata is adapted to the user’s requirements. For nearly 20 years, GAF has been providing different institutional and private customers worldwide with various types of high-quality... (read more)
2019-01-09 01:36:55

Aerial Photomaps Reveal Secrets to Improving Farm Management

Ultra-high-resolution aerial photography and 3D landscape models from Bluesky are helping Outfield Technologies to develop innovative image recognition techniques to improve agricultural land management and crop production. In addition to the pioneering research project, the Bluesky data is also providing estate managers with up-to-date and accurate mapping for subsidy applications, planning proposals and corroboration of existing data and reports. Supported by the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative, with funding from the UK Government Local Growth Fund, Outfield commissioned Bluesky to capture 7,000 hectares of 5cm-resolution photography. Covering farmed land, environmental focus areas and woodland on a large estate in East Anglia,... (read more)
2018-12-05 10:18:28
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