ESA Leads Drive into 5G Positioning Future

A pair of testbed vehicles went out on the road in Germany to simulate the way we are all likely to be using 5G positioning services in the future. The field test focused on assessing the performance of highly precise ‘hybrid’ satellite/terrestrial positioning for autonomous vehicles, drones, smart cities and the Internet of Things. The two vehicles were driven for a week around Munich and the surrounding area in a variety of environments, from the open-sky terrain surrounding the German Aerospace Center DLR’s site in Oberpfaffenhofen to the deep urban canyons of the city’s dense Maxverstadt district. As they drove... (read more)
2019-10-03 09:30:38

7 Ways Cities Benefit from Digital Twins

According to the World Economic Forum, the current 4.2 billion people living in urban areas will increase by 2.5 billion by 2050. This increase means that cities and supporting ecosystems must deliver on housing and infrastructure needs while also addressing quality of life, economic growth, safety and security, and resiliency. Assets are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate-related forces: rising sea levels, drought, seismic activity and violent storms. Cities seek solutions to help them both minimize chronic stress on current infrastructure and mitigate, respond to and recover from the acute shocks of earthquakes, floods and other catastrophic events. This article highlights... (read more)
2019-09-24 01:04:53

Leica Geosystems Announces Major Efficiency Improvement to Airborne Urban Mapping Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has introduced the Leica CityMapper-2. This next-generation hybrid oblique imaging and Lidar sensor provides fast and efficient digitization of cities. As part of Leica Geosystems’ RealCity solution, which combines the CityMapper-2 with the Leica HxMap high-performance processing workflow, the new sensor is designed to provide faster updates while preserving image quality over a wide range of flying conditions. The most significant improvement comes from the newly developed optical system incorporating two nadir (RGB & NIR) and four oblique 150 MP metric cameras using CMOS technology and equipped with Leica Geosystem’s unique mechanical forward-motion-compensation (FMC). The... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:49:00

CHC Navigation Introduces New GNSS Receiver

CHC Navigation has released its i90 GNSS Series powered by the latest CHCNAV IMU-RTK technology to provide robust and accurate GNSS positioning, in any circumstances. The i90 IMU-RTK GNSS Series is designed to dramatically increase GNSS RTK availability and reliability. The i90 GNSS IMU-RTK combines a high-end calibration and interference free IMU sensor with state-of-the-art GNSS RTK engine and advanced GNSS tracking capabilities. Survey projects are achieved with high productivity and reliability. Hassle-free IMU-RTK surveying The i90 GNSS Series goes without a complicated calibration process, rotation, leveling or accessories are necessary with the i90 GNSS Series. Just a few meters... (read more)
2019-09-23 11:05:17

When Photogrammetry Meets Lidar: Towards the Airborne Hybrid Era

Combining Airborne Camera and Lidar Sensors to Take the Mapping Sector a Step Forwards
The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a hybrid mapping concept. In the near future, most airborne data collection will increasingly be performed by a combination of active and passive sensors. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, collecting all relevant data while flying is an efficient and cost-effective solution, even when the flying restrictions and regulations are factored in. Secondly, exploiting the advantages of both light detection and ranging (Lidar) and dense image matching (DIM) point clouds will improve the quality of the final geospatial products. This article reports on the... (read more)
2019-09-13 09:56:38

Updating the Cadastre in Ecuador

Using Photogrammetry and Lidar Data
The integration of photogrammetry and Lidar can generate synergies and economic savings. The two techniques were used together to detect irrigation and drainage canals for a project aiming to improve irrigation methods and create the related land registry in the province of El Oro in Ecuador. For over 60 years, the decentralised provincial government in El Oro, Ecuador, has been committed to the agro-productive development of the province. As part of this, it has promoted the construction, management and maintenance of a network of irrigation and drainage canals, thus supporting investments in the agro-productive sectors. To improve the efficiency of... (read more)
2019-09-12 09:32:35

Teledyne Optech to Preview New Compact Airborne and Mobile Lidar Solutions

Teledyne Optech is poised to make an impact at Intergeo during its 45th Anniversary this year with new technologies in airborne, mobile and compact Lidar solutions. The company invites guests to visit its exhibit to learn about new solutions designed to take survey and mapping operations to the next level of precision, accuracy and efficiency. On display at in hall 3 (booth B3.042) Teledyne Optech will feature its CL-360, a new addition to its Compact Lidar suite of products enabling OEM hardware manufacturers and integrators to develop the next-generation of best-in-class UAV, mobile, and terrestrial scanning solutions for a wide variety of applications. Also on... (read more)
2019-09-12 01:06:29

Big Data, Rising Tides

How Advances in Free Remote Sensing Technology Can Help Cities to Prepare for Climate Change
In view of the increased vulnerability of cities to climate and disaster risks, accurate and up-to-date geospatial data is fundamental for a more resilient urban planning approach. Publicly available geospatial datasets are increasingly becoming the foundation stone for more informed urban planning decision-making and better investment prioritization. Today, satellite data can help cities to better prepare for natural disasters such as urban flooding and make more informed investment decisions. For many residents of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, the start of rainy season brings a sense of apprehension nowadays. Originally built on seven hills surrounded by wetlands, the city’s rapid... (read more)
2019-09-03 02:14:31

Sensors, Satellites and Science: the Power of Geoinformation

Review of ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019
Every two years, the photogrammetry and remote sensing community gathers at the ISPRS Geospatial Week. The event comprises a combination of workshops organized by various ISPRS Working Groups and other stakeholders involved in the geospatial profession. The 2019 edition, which was held from 10-14 June in Enschede, situated in the eastern part of the Netherlands, proved to be a true geospatial hub bringing together a wide range of geomatics-related activities and applications. Creating a better, safer world – that broadly sums up the objective of the ISPRS Geospatial Week participants. With projects covering innovations for land tenure, an efficient method... (read more)
2019-08-29 08:25:35

senseFly Brings Expanded Portfolio of Fixed-wing Drone Innovations to Intergeo

senseFly, the Switzerland-based fixed-wing drones manufacturer, will showcase its range of UAV solutions and sensors at Intergeo in Stuttgart, Germany. The eBee X drone will be taking centre stage at the company’s booth. Surveyors and engineers will be able to discover how senseFly technology can be used to map areas – large and small – faster and more efficiently than with traditional or alternative technologies. Visitors to senseFly’s stand will be able to explore the flexibility of senseFly’s eBee X UAV and its role in optimising GIS and surveying workflows to achieve high quality outputs, such as centimetre-precise 3D point... (read more)
2019-08-27 08:57:54
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