Start-up Wingtra Expands UAV Solutions to China and US

After being released earlier this year, the WingtraOne UAV is now spreading its wings across continents, with the first stop in the USA and China. According to Wingtra, the company behind the drone, users come from areas as diverse as surveying, precision farming, glacier monitoring and wildlife monitoring. Within the space of just a few months, the start-up is swiftly gaining popularity among professional mappers and surveyors. The Swiss company focuses on the combination of high range and usability. With the drone technology emerging rapidly, users have been turning to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market for aerial data collection. However,... (read more)
2017-08-30 10:36:33

UAVs Revolutionise Land Administration

In 2014, a joint publication by the World Bank and FIG noted that 75 percent of the world’s population do not have access to formal systems to register and safeguard their land rights. Therefore, there is an urgent need to build affordable and sustainable systems to identify the way land is occupied and used. The emergence of smaller and more affordable UAS technology, combined with recent advances in highly automated mapping techniques, offers a new tool and methodology for producing faster and cheaper spatial data. In turn, this can benefit land administration agencies and help to secure property rights for... (read more)
2014-11-10 08:00:00

UAS híbrido: Beneficios de una aeronave de ala fija y un helicóptero

Sistemas aéreos no tripulados (UASs) - aeronaves que vuelan sin pilotos humanos a bordo - se han disparado en popularidad como dispositivos para levantamientos aéreos. Hoy en día son aplicados en una amplia variedad de mapeo 2D y 3D, tareas de inspección y de supervisión. Hasta el momento existían dos grandes categorías: de alas fija y multicópteros. Sin embargo, los recientes avances han dado lugar a una tercera categoría: UAS híbrido, que combina lo mejor de ambos mundos. Después del vuelo, el registro de datos GNSS e IMU es generalmente usado para georreferenciar los datos del sensor. Los sensores a... (read more)
2016-03-07 02:29:58

Hybrid UAS/UAV: Fixed Wing and Chopper in One Aircraft

A hybrid UAS/UAV combines the best of two worlds: the benefits of a fixed wing and chopper in one aircraft. Unmanned airborne systems (UASs) – aircraft which fly without human pilots on board – have soared in popularity as surveying devices. Today they are applied in a wide variety of 2D and 3D mapping, inspection and monitoring tasks. So far there have been two broad categories: fixed wings and multicopters. However, recent advances have led to a third category: the hybrid UAS/UAV, which combines the best of both worlds. Sensors and battery After flight, the recorded GNSS and IMU data is usually used to georeference the sensor data. The sensors on board include RGB cameras, near-infrared (NIR) cameras, thermal infrared (TIR)... (read more)
2015-11-24 10:48:34

Tandem for 3D Corridor Mapping

Simultaneous Geo-data Capture from the Ground and from the Air
3D mapping of roads, pipelines and other linear structures – often called corridors – is an important geomatics activity. Geodata acquisition technologies, which are increasingly used for corridor mapping and also for 3D mapping of urban areas, are mobile mapping systems and unmanned airborne systems. Can these two technologies be combined for simultaneously capturing corridors from the ground and from the air to improve efficiency, completeness and accuracy? This was the leading question in the mapKITE project. In this article, the authors explain the concepts underlying the project and prove their feasibility through pilot studies.  MapKITE – developed within the... (read more)
2017-08-03 09:13:21

Towards Smaller and Smarter Solutions

Reflections on Intergeo 2019
Intergeo is a leading annual industry showcase where geospatial professionals gain an excellent impression of the latest innovations. On the brink of a new decade, Intergeo 2019 gave us a glimpse of the future. In general, we can conclude that solutions are getting smaller and smarter, and there are some new kids on the block. But with all the buzz around machine learning and artificial intelligence, how can we cut through the hype to get the most out of the rapidly advancing technology? One thing was crystal clear at this year’s Intergeo: the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) has... (read more)
2019-11-05 01:06:25

Bringing a New Level of Intelligence to UAVs

GIM International Interviews Jan Stumpf, CEO, Ascending Technologies
Although new UAV companies are taking off all the time, Ascending Technologies has been part of the geomatics world for several years and has already become a familiar face in the industry. In 2009 its renowned AscTec Falcon 8 went into serial production, setting a new standard for professional aerial imaging in the areas of aerial photography, industrial inspections and of course surveying. At GIM International we considered our 3rd UAS Special the ideal occasion to talk to Jan Stumpf, one of the founders of the German technology start-up. Mr Stumpf, on your website your company is described as a... (read more)
2016-01-05 02:25:06

UAVs Revolutionise Land Administration

Fit-for-purpose Mapping
In 2014, a joint publication by the World Bank and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) entitled 'Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration' noted that 75 percent of the world’s population do not have access to formal systems to register and safeguard their land rights and, therefore, there is an urgent need to build affordable and sustainable systems to identify the way land is occupied and used. The emergence of small, affordable unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology and recent advances in highly automated mapping techniques offer a new tool and methodology for producing faster and cheaper spatial data that can benefit land administration... (read more)
2014-11-03 10:50:18

UAS Lidar for Ecological Restoration of Wetlands

How New Technologies Are Helping to Preserve the Environment
Wetlands are essential ecosystems which provide numerous benefits to society as a whole. But their functionality strongly depends on the hydrology and topography of the watershed, thus creating the need for monitoring. The use of terrestrial topographical survey methods can be a challenging task in wetlands, however. Flooded areas, muddy terrain and low vegetation can substantially slow down or even prevent the movement of surveyors, while tall vegetation can obstruct GPS reception. As this article outlines, advanced technologies such as airborne or UAS Lidar offer interesting alternatives for surveying the hydrology and topography of wetlands. Wetlands are ecosystems where water... (read more)
2019-03-26 10:24:42

Recent Advances in Geodata Acquisition Technologies

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Today’s geodata acquisition technologies combine microprocessors, computer power, solid state drives, complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) sensors, miniaturisation and many more developments. But demand is just as important as supply, and demand is rapidly increasing in our changing world. Read on for details of recent advances in geodata acquisition technologies. In today's world, we are seeing metropolises cluster to form megalopolises, climate change threatens humans, land and livestock in low-lying areas such as river deltas and valleys, and massively populated areas are prone to earthquakes and landslides. All of these factors are increasing the demand for geodata acquisition. This article starts with total stations, continues... (read more)
2016-08-08 09:48:14
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