HxGN Content Program Aerial Imagery Available on UP42 Geospatial Marketplace

High-resolution aerial imagery from the HxGN Content Program is now available on the UP42 developer platform for Earth observation data and analytics. UP42 customers may now choose from nearly 11 million square kilometers of 30cm orthorectified imagery for North America and Europe and over 500,000 sq km of 15cm data for major US cities in the Hexagon aerial image library.  UP42 gives users direct access to extensive Earth observation data sets and advanced processing algorithms – along with cloud computing power – to create their own geospatial solutions easily and inexpensively. The platform provides all the tools UP42 customers need... (read more)
2020-10-21 08:50:26

ESA Issues Call to Demonstrate Positioning and Timing Capabilities of 5G Networks

ESA has launched a call for proposals to demonstrate the capabilities of new 5G cellular networks to support positioning and timing applications to complement satellite navigation, just as today’s smartphones harness cellular data to support their positioning services. It is well known that the coming of 5G will bring higher speed, larger traffic capacity and ultra low-latency (or signal delay) communications. But 5G will also usher in a range of new possibilities for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). The various PNT 5G use cases will be presented during an information webinar on 21 October. Urban canyons The 5G networks will... (read more)
2020-10-09 11:21:53

Extraterrestrial Hydrography

While there is still lots of ocean mapping work to do on Earth, oceans situated elsewhere in our solar system hold plenty of mysteries too, writes Wim van Wegen in this column. The oceans on our planet remain largely an unexplored world, far from divulging many of their secrets. Seabed 2030, which is a joint project between the Nippon Foundation of Japan and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), aims to collect all available bathymetric data in order to produce the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor by 2030. As of today (and despite many years of... (read more)
2020-10-08 08:47:41

The Future of Lidar is Critical to the Future of Our World

What will be the future of Lidar? To quote Abraham Lincoln: “The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it”. So what is currently being created in the geospatial market? This article focuses on Lidar in relation to a number of relevant themes: Lidar technology, open data and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML). Lidar technology is developing rapidly, as illustrated by the number of start-up companies to serve the autonomous market which feature traditional mechanical scanning devices, tiny-chip solid-state Lidar units and the emerging FMCW Lidar. The fact that Apple has announced an iPad with Lidar indicates this technology’s... (read more)
2020-10-02 01:09:36

Highly-detailed Aerial Imagery of New Zealand in New LINZ Basemaps

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) recently launched LINZ Basemaps – a digital mapping background that provides context on which additional layers of information can be overlaid. LINZ’s acting chief executive Kathy Mansell stated the development of LINZ Basemaps is one of the ways LINZ is making data more accessible: “LINZ Basemaps can be enjoyed by anyone interested in exploring New Zealand in exquisite detail – from teachers and schoolchildren to app developers or those planning holidays in our beautiful country.” “Its full potential is unlocked in the hands of geospatial information specialists and web developers who can add more data... (read more)
2020-10-01 11:07:04

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

5G Wireless Network Design Relies on 3D Aerial Data

The development of fifth-generation wireless technology (5G) is spreading rapidly around the world. The initial improvement of up to 10x in speed and 400x in latency, as well as a much larger capacity for simultaneous users, will create endless opportunities for autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the future, by using additional spectrum, speed improvements could reach 100x and enable applications that we have not even imagined yet. To maximize performance of new 5G networks, telecommunication operators require high-resolution 3D data to develop signal propagation plans and select ideal locations for small antenna... (read more)
2020-09-28 10:42:42

SEOSAT-Ingenio Moves a Step Closer to Launch

The Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission, known as SEOSAT-Ingenio, will soon be shipped from Airbus in Madrid to Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, where it will be prepared for launch later this year on a Vega rocket, according to an announcement by ESA. The Earth-observing satellite carries a state-of-the-art dual camera that can image Earth’s land with a resolution of 2.5m. The mission will benefit society through numerous disciplines such as cartography, agriculture, forestry, urban development and water management. With its capability to look sideways, it can access any point on Earth within three days, and will be used to... (read more)
2020-09-24 08:42:30

SuperMap GIS 10i Released at 2020 GIS Software Technology Conference

The 2020 GIS Software Technology Conference (GTC 2020) was successfully held from 7 to 18 September 2020. Themed ‘Geo-intelligence Connecting the Future’, the conference focused on the integration and innovation of geographic information technology and the latest developments in GIS software. At the conference, SuperMap officially released its new product – SuperMap GIS 10i – (2020) and announced its strategic cooperation with Tencent Map. SuperMap, founded in 1997 in Beijing, currently has the third largest share in the global geographic information system (GIS) market, and the largest share in the Asian GIS market. The company focuses with its GIS platform software... (read more)
2020-09-25 11:36:41

Charalabos Ioannidis

Charalabos Ioannidis is a professor at the Laboratory of Photogrammetry, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, where he teaches photogrammetry and cadastre. His research interests lie in the fields of computer vision, satellite photogrammetry, 3D modelling, change detection and cultural heritage documentation. He is chair of the FIG Commission 3 Working Group 3.2, ‘Geospatial Big Data: collection, processing, and presentation’. (read more)
2020-09-18 01:12:49
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