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

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

The Shifting World of Professional Mapping

GIM International interviews Christoph Strecha, CEO and founder of Pix4D
Over the past decade, photogrammetry from unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) data has proven itself as an effective method to capture high-resolution aerial imagery, while drones have demonstrated their value for mapping and surveying professionals as platforms for carrying payloads that include a variety of sensors. One of the leading developers of software solutions to convert the imagery into high-end geospatial solutions is Pix4D, which has established itself as a leader in the business. Christoph Strecha, founder and CEO, talked to 'GIM International' and revealed that he foresees big changes in the geospatial industry. Your company was started in... (read more)
2018-10-15 06:45:02

Tackling the Challenges of Road Construction

As new technologies emerge with the promise to increase productivity and efficiency, costing is one of the most important criteria in a project life cycle. Construction companies are seeking more effective and cost-efficient methods to complete their work as accurately as possible. (This story is brought to you by Satlab Geosolutions; Click here to download this case study) Based in Korat, Thailand, Khunnon Construction, a subsidiary of S.P.T Construction, focuses on superhighways, road and bridge constructions. These projects require precise accuracy. With that in mind, Khunnon Construction purchased the Satlab Geosolutions SLC multi-purpose GNSS receiver after being appointed as the main... (read more)
2019-06-25 03:04:34

Q&A with… Jean-Christophe Zufferey, senseFly

To gain real insight into today’s geospatial business landscape, 'GIM International' decided to ask some of the sector’s most influential companies for their opinions. This series of Q&As captures the current state of the industry from various perspectives, such as which technological and societal developments will have the most impact on the geomatics market, which market segments are the most promising and which areas offer the most substantial growth. The questions also explore the trend towards open data and open-source software. Here, Jean-Christophe Zufferey, CEO and co-founder of senseFly, expresses his views. Which technological developments will affect your product/service portfolio... (read more)
2018-02-22 10:09:13

Precision GPS Products

Hemisphere GPS
From entrepreneurs to incorporation to becoming publicly traded and now ISO certified, Hemisphere GPS has evolved into a major player in the design and manufacture of precision GPS products. With corporate headquarters in Calgary, Canada, this relatively young company also has product development, sales and marketing facilities in Arizona, Kansas, Texas, and Australia. The company was born in 1990, when Canadian Systems Inc co-founders joined together to pursue their dream of manufacturing precision GPS instruments. Shortly afterwards the organisation changed its name to Communications System International Inc (CSI) and released its first product the MBX-1TM, a Differential GPS Circuit Board.... (read more)
2009-04-02 12:00:00

A Brand Reborn

Ashtech
Ashtech is one of oldest and most respected brands in the GNSS industry. Recently spun off from Magellan, Ashtech is well known for its GNSS technologies, including BLADE, a patented technology that uses multiple GNSS constellations for high-accuracy positioning. Ashtech is this year launching an unprecedented number of new products for the survey, GIS and OEM markets. Birth and rebirthMagellan Professional existed as a brand name while the company was part of Magellan, the well-known GPS firm. But when it became a privately held company, sale of the Magellan Consumer division to the MiTAC Corporation in early 2009 meant changes... (read more)
2010-04-08 03:54:42

Intergeo 2010

The Trend: No-touch Techniques
Arriving in Germany’s fourth largest city a whole day ahead of the Intergeo opening gave me time to visit the famous Cologne Cathedral. Construction of this magnificent building began in 1248 and took, including interruptions, until 1880; 144 metres in length and 86 metres wide, with towers reaching 157 metres in height, it makes for a pretty impressive sight. While I was playing tourist, Intergeo was being set up on the other bank of the Rhine. With just hours to go before the opening, it makes one seriously wonder how all the stands will be ready in time (Figure 1).But... (read more)
2010-11-04 02:21:54

Van Oord

Constructor Palm Island Jumeirah Dubai
Established in 1868 by Govert van Oord, Van Oord is today a conglomerate of Dutch dredging companies, lately best known as constructor of Palm Island, Dubai, the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ and one of the few manmade features visible from outer space.<P> The Netherlands is shaped predominately by the rivers Rhine and Meuse, and fighting flood has become a natural habit of the Dutch. Sometimes flood water arose from the rivers, but on other occasions the rivers joined forces with the North Sea, causing high tides and strong winds to send huge waves smashing across the delta area. Their... (read more)
2008-08-27 12:00:00

Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer ESK, Hexagon and Nokia Test Automated Driving Technology

During a series of tests on the A9 motorway digital test track in Germany, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer ESK, Hexagon and Nokia have reached a milestone on the path to safe automated driving. The companies achieved centimetre-level positioning accuracy for vehicles, demonstrating the effectiveness of their combined technologies. The mass-market technology currently available provides a positioning accuracy in the range of metres. Bringing this down to centimetre range in a way that qualifies for mass-market use is an important prerequisite for future autonomous driving. Key to improving the level of accuracy was the successful integration of various technologies in this live... (read more)
2018-03-22 10:17:59
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