Parrot and Survae Pair Enterprise Drone Imagery with Interactive Mapping

Parrot, a leading European unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') group, and Survae, a software platform for managing aerial and ground-based imagery, have launched a partnership. Through Parrot’s SDK programme, they will be combining Parrot’s ANAFI and ANAFI Thermal hardware and Survae’s software for professional drone use. Parrot’s ANAFI and ANAFI Thermal drones offer an ultra-compact tool for professionals, helping them gain new vantage points to make informed decisions using the drone’s aerial insights. In addition to its built-in 4K HDR camera, ANAFI Thermal also integrates a FLIR thermal sensor, allowing working professionals to easily capture thermal and visual readings for faster... (read more)
2020-03-11 10:27:56

The Integration of COWI’s Aerial Mapping Business in Hexagon Geosystems

Q&A with Simon Musäus, Senior Vice President Mapping, COWI
In early 2020, Hexagon announced it would be acquiring COWI’s aerial mapping business, which is known for its leading position in the European market for aerial data capture and geodata digitalization. We asked Simon Musäus, senior vice president of COWI’s Mapping division, how the acquisition is taking shape and what the future holds – for COWI, for Hexagon and for Musäus himself. The COWI aerial mapping business is set to be incorporated into Hexagon’s Geosystems division. Hexagon is mainly known as a manufacturer and developer of geospatial hardware and software solutions. How will adding the COWI aerial business – which... (read more)
2020-03-11 09:57:22

Geo Week/ILMF Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Diversified Communications has made the “very difficult decision” to postpone the upcoming edition of Geo Week, which was planned to take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, USA, from 23-25 March. This is due to the magnitude of the unanticipated public health and safety issues posed by the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreaks and contagion. The organization will inform the geospatial community of the new 2020 dates and details shortly. Important follow-up communications from Diversified can be found on the Geo Week website, and will also be reported by GIM International and Geomatics World. Here, you... (read more)
2020-03-11 08:24:05

Streamlining a High-resolution 3D Model of the Space Shuttle 'Discovery'

Cesium, a market leader in streaming 3D geospatial technology, has announced it will collaborate with the acclaimed Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum, education and research complex, on its Open Access Initiative. To celebrate the initiative, Cesium will support the Smithsonian’s ability to stream 3D models of massive objects in its collection, such as the Space Shuttle 'Discovery', over the web in high resolution for the first time. Through the Open Access Initiative, the Smithsonian will release about 2.8 million 2D and 3D images, public collections metadata and institutional research datasets as CC0 for any purpose: educational and research and... (read more)
2020-03-10 10:57:03

How Will Coronavirus Impact on Upcoming Events?

The postponement of the Land and Poverty Conference, Geo Connect Asia and Oceanology International due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) raises the question of whether other upcoming events will still go ahead. How is the outbreak likely to impact on industry trade shows and conferences? To find out, ‘GIM International’ touched base with the organizing committees of some of the main geospatial-related events due to be held in the coming months. Geo Week "As the colocation of International Lidar Mapping Forum, ASPRS Annual Conference, and the MAPPS Federal Programs Conference nears, we understand there are concerns and questions around... (read more)
2020-03-09 09:37:47

John Welter

John Welter is president of geospatial content solutions at Hexagon Geosystems. (read more)
2020-03-04 03:38:32

Paving the Road to Real-time Change Modelling

How can we address the need for frequent large-scale mapping in order to model real-time change? In this column, John Welter, president of geospatial content solutions at Hexagon Geosystems, zooms in on two necessities in order to meet the demands of our changing world, which also requires the mapping profession to change. My job requires frequent travel, and one thing that regularly strikes me during my trips is that we are living in a time of rapid change. Cities are changing due to growth, rural areas are developing as transportation infrastructure evolves, farmlands are adapting to feed a growing population... (read more)
2020-03-04 03:31:46

How High-altitude Propellers Allow Mapping of Large Areas with High Accuracy

Wingtra is introducing high-altitude propellers which enable a professional mapping drone to capture data more than 2,500m (8200ft) above mean sea level (AMSL) with unprecedented accuracy and coverage. Customers in South America, China, Central Europe and other regions with high altitudes can now map high terrain at down to 1cm ground sample distance (GSD). Specifically, the new high-altitude propellers and supporting software allow take-off at altitudes of up to 4,800m (15,700ft) AMSL and flight at altitudes of up to 5,000m (16,400ft) AMSL. “It’s a game-changer for our customers to fly and gather data on terrain that has so far been... (read more)
2020-03-04 08:47:39

Geospatial Joint Venture to Help Plan Roll-out of European 5G Network

Land Info Worldwide has assembled a team of renowned geospatial companies to help plan the roll-out of 5G networks across Europe. Land Info is already the premier provider of mapping solutions for 5G wireless in North America, using machine learning and artificial intelligence to meet the demanding mapping specifications of network design. It hopes that by working with aerial mapping company Bluesky International in the UK and Hexagon’s HxGN Content Program team in continental Europe, it can extend this reach in the 5G industry internationally. “Our international team, comprising Bluesky and Hexagon, will give 5G wireless operators in Europe direct... (read more)
2020-03-03 04:30:53

Archeology: Combining RIEGL TLS and UAV-borne Data

Archeology: Combining RIEGL TLS and UAV-borne Data (read more)
2020-03-02 10:39:51
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