High-quality Aerial Imagery Helps to Unlock 5G Networks

Telecommunication operators are working at full speed to bring a 5G network to life in the early 2020s. Most operators are currently at the signal propagation planning stage and are defining optimal locations for the network nodes. Although widely used for the planning of 3G/4G networks, digital surface models generated from satellite images are insufficient for 5G antenna positioning. Another source, with required high-resolution data, is now available for the USA and large parts of Europe and Canada. 5G is the next generation of wireless network technologies. For 5G to become a reality, however, significant and fundamental changes need to... (read more)
2019-03-26 10:04:57

Landsat: the Cornerstone of Global Land Imaging

Advancing the Understanding of Planet Earth
The use of data from Landsat satellites has become a cornerstone of global land imaging with broad societal benefits. More real-time monitoring capability in the future will further our understanding of a changing 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... (read more)
2019-02-20 11:32:34

FLIR's US$200 Million Takeover of Aeryon Labs

FLIR Systems, the US-based global manufacturer of thermal imaging infrared cameras, has confirmed its takeover of the Canadian firm Aeryon Labs, a developer of high-performance unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for the global military, public safety and critical infrastructure markets. The deal, which is valued at US$200 million, makes Aeryon Labs part of the unmanned systems and integrated solutions division of FLIR’s government and defence business unit. Aeryon’s vertical takeoff and landing quad-copter airframes integrate multiple sensors, including FLIR thermal technology, to provide users with immediate high-resolution intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. “The acquisition of Aeryon Labs reinforces our long-term... (read more)
2019-01-29 01:22:39

Leica BLK3D Recognized with Global Awards for Innovation, Engineering and Design

The Leica BLK3D 3D imager, which began shipping to customers last month, has received multiple prestigious global design and innovation awards. Designed to impact the work of professionals across a range of industries, including architecture, construction, public safety and real estate, the compact handheld BLK3D improves productivity by enabling instant, precise 3D measurements from any image it captures.   Accolades for the Leica Geosystems' Leica BLK3D include: • CES 2019 Innovation Awards Best of Innovation Honouree. The annual CES Innovation Awards programme celebrates outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products across 28 product categories.• BAKA Award for... (read more)
2019-01-24 01:36:52

3D City Modelling of Istanbul

Issues, Challenges and Limitations
The Turkish city of Istanbul is developing a 3D city model mainly aimed at urban planning. The data sources used so far include airborne Lidar, aerial images and 2D maps containing footprints of buildings. Everybody engaged in creating 3D models of large cities faces many issues, challenges and limitations, including excessive data storage requirements, the need for manual editing, incompleteness and other data quality problems. In this article, the authors share their experiences on creating models of the city of Istanbul at the level of detail (LOD) 2 and 3. The core data for creating the 3D city model of... (read more)
2019-01-08 03:31:02

Sercel Sells Land Seismic Acquisition System to BGP

Sercel has been awarded a contract by BGP to supply land seismic equipment for a large onshore 3D seismic survey in the Middle East. The contract includes 100,000 Sercel 508XT channels equipped with strings of 12 SG-10 geophones. This large-scale 3D project encompasses several diverse environments, including areas with limited access such as industrial complexes, agricultural land and urban areas. The 508XT system is developed for these challenging conditions; its fault-tolerant cross technology (X-Tech) architecture, including local storage and automatic data rerouting, simplifies field operations and enables continuous acquisition. Mega-crew surveys Designed for high-resolution, high-productivity surveys, the 508XT will operate... (read more)
2018-12-13 10:17:10

DJI and Polytechnic University of Turin Join Forces in Education and Research

DJI, a leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, in order to establish an official partnership in the fields of education and research. Celebrating the partnership, DJI has launched a short film that shows how drones are being used in a theoretical and practice-oriented academic environment. The Polytechnic University of Turin is one of the most prestigious Italian and international public education and research institutions and pioneers the latest technology in all sectors of architecture and engineering. It has been involved in drone technology since 2006.... (read more)
2018-12-05 11:35:18

Further Cooperation Between Leica and Autodesk in Building Construction

Leica Geosystems has announced further cooperation with Autodesk to connect the latest robotic total stations for construction, the Leica iCON iCR70 and iCR80, with the Autodesk BIM 360 layout mobile app, an industry construction management platform. The continued collaboration between the two organisations centres around the expanding role of building information modelling (BIM) in construction. This latest effort creates a seamless workflow, sending positions from the robotic total stations to the mobile app to compare design data, increasing efficiency and productivity from field to office. With the integration to the iCR70 and iCR80 robotic total stations, BIM 360 Layout for... (read more)
2018-11-21 11:27:27

GeoSLAM Adds Indoor and Outdoor Handheld Scanner to Product Range

Geospatial mapping and monitoring technology specialist GeoSLAM has launched its latest innovation: the ZEB-HORIZON. Announced as the next generation of handheld 3D laser scanners, it is capable of rapidly capturing intricate indoor and outdoor measurements on UAVs situated up to 100m away from the subject. The handheld scanner, which complements the existing ZEB range, is the first new product from the geospatial mapping and monitoring technology specialists, following its successful merger with 3D Laser Mapping. Harnessing the power of simultaneous, localisation and mapping (SLAM) technology, the ZEB-HORIZON’s advanced capabilities can be deployed for both indoor and outdoor use on UAVs,... (read more)
2018-11-20 11:44:26

On-the-fly Decision Support in Flood Management

Combining Methods for Fast Simulation and 3D Visualisation
This integrated flood simulation and visualization system provides answers on the fly and presents 3D visualizations that even non-experts can understand. In flood and storm water management, simulation is widely used for flood risk assessment, for designing mitigation measures and for sustainable urban planning. In this context, live sessions are an effective tool for collaboration between domain experts and decision-makers to discuss and develop new ideas. This article presents an integrated flood simulation and visualization system that is able to provide answers to the questions of experts and stakeholders on the fly. It supports fast incorporation of new parameters through... (read more)
2018-11-07 09:00:37
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