Satellite Data to Make Europe's Mining Industry Safer

The European Commission has entered into a contract with EOS Data Analytics, a satellite analytics company founded by Max Polyakov, to develop technologies for the monitoring and analysis of mining sites across Europe. The three-year project, called Goldeneye, has a total budget of €8.3 million. The project will develop solutions that improve the safety, environmental impact and profitability of mines by creating a platform that combines Earth observation technologies with on-site sensing. “With Goldeneye, we are not solving just one problem. Our goal is to bring together different technologies in a platform that can offer innovative solutions to both businesses... (read more)
2020-08-18 12:38:56

Teledyne Optech Launches Airborne Lidar Sensor for Corridor Mapping

Teledyne Optech, the Canada-based advanced Lidar sensors company, has extended its Galaxy line-up to include the CM2000, a new sensor specifically designed for corridor mapping.  With a true measuring rate of up to two million points per second, the Galaxy CM2000 delivers precise detail of fine corridor elements such as electric wires and conductors, distribution power poles, railway signs and cellular tower antennas, as well the ability to detect fine changes in the ground over time for pipeline monitoring. The CM2000’s adjustable field of view provides users with the flexibility to narrow the field of view to the exact width... (read more)
2020-08-11 11:23:01

Land Reform, Data Revolution

How a National Land Register Has a Positive Impact on Life in Rwanda
Thierry Ngoga, Head of Support to State Capability at AGRA, considers the valuable lessons offered by Rwanda’s recent land governance reforms. In Africa, land reform can be a highly complex and political process. As a result, governments are often reluctant to engage in land reform programmes, preferring instead to maintain informality and flexibility in this area. But for those countries that do change the way land is held and administered, the benefits can be significant. Here, Thierry Ngoga, Head of Support to State Capability at AGRA, considers the valuable lessons offered by Rwanda’s recent land governance reforms. Land reform, properly... (read more)
2020-08-05 08:28:38

Velodyne Lidar Adds the 'Smart' to Blue City Technology’s Smart City Solution

Velodyne Lidar is supplying Lidar sensors for use in Blue City Technology's 'Smart City' traffic monitoring solution to help improve road safety and mobility. Velodyne Lidar has entered into a multi-year sales agreement with Blue City Technology, developer of a Smart City system for traffic monitoring. The Blue City Technology solution, equipped with Velodyne’s Lidar sensors, helps improve road safety and mobility by providing real-time multi-modal traffic data and analytics to traffic lights. Blue City Technology uses Velodyne Ultra Puck sensors to collect reliable, detailed traffic data about road users, including vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists, while preserving anonymity. Velodyne’s Lidar... (read more)
2020-07-29 11:29:47

How Rapid Scanning Provides Support During a Global Health Crisis

Geospatial technology can play an important role in the expansion of hospital capacity in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In this feature, David Fowkes, sales director at 3D mapping and monitoring specialist GeoSLAM, explains how the rapid surveying capabilities of SLAM technology can enable health officials across the globe to quickly and safely assess potential hospital buildings. Around the world we have seen unprecedented efforts to increase capacity in stretched health systems as a result of the spread of coronavirus. In Wuhan, China, the epicentre for the virus, the 269,000 sq ft, thousand-bed Huoshenshan Hospital, was built from scratch in... (read more)
2020-07-28 10:34:01

Remotely Sensed Data for Efficient Data Collection

Taking a Closer Look at Impact from Hundreds of Kilometres above the Earth
When it comes to impact evaluations, remotely sensed data can increase their timeliness, accuracy and relevance for decision-makers. 3ie and New Light Technologies are enhancing the use of geospatial analysis in IEs. Impact evaluations (IEs) have been evolving to fill a critical gap in evidence about the effectiveness of international development programmes and interventions. Because of their ability to determine intervention effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness), the demand for and production of IEs has grown substantially in recent decades. Rigorous evaluation of development interventions and their outcomes has been a perennial challenge across multiple sectors and disciplines. Remotely sensed data allows to... (read more)
2020-07-17 02:25:39

4 Earth Intelligence and Ordnance Survey Partner up to Reveal the World from Satellites

Earth observation company 4 Earth Intelligence (4EI) is working with Ordnance Survey (OS) to combine satellite imagery with accurate digital mapping. By creating data solutions and services for applications such as air quality, asset management, ecology and urban heat monitoring – based on Earth observation data and referenced to OS mapping – 4EI hopes to democratize the use of Earth observation data within the UK's geospatial community.        4EI and OS have already proven the power of this partnership by producing the UK’s first street-level map of areas potentially at risk from extreme weather conditions. Working under a temporary COVID-19... (read more)
2020-07-16 09:27:59

Quantum-Systems and Pix4D Enter into Official Partnership

Quantum-Systems and Pix4D have formalized their partnership to simplify daily operations for their shared customers. Professionals around the globe rely on eVTOL UAVs from Quantum-Systems and Pix4D’s software suite for collecting and post-processing aerial data, which made teaming up a logical step for both companies. The partnership is set to add real value to the daily operations of drone users in mining, agriculture, forestry, surveying and mapping, power, and utilities. With the partnership contract in place, users from now on are able to source Pix4D’s software suite both, directly and through Quantum-Systems’ resellers. Efficient aerial data collection with various payloads The Trinity F90+ is an... (read more)
2020-07-09 09:01:20

Brazilian-German Partnership to Improve Water Monitoring through Geospatial Intelligence

Lactec and EOMAP are partnering up to carry out projects in Brazil to improve mapping and monitoring of aquatic environments using geospatial intelligence. Lactec is Brazil's leading company in innovation and technological research, while EOMAP is a German company specialized aquatic remote sensing solutions. “Digital environmental monitoring is the way forward. We believe that the smart exploitation of big data collected from satellite imagery every single day is an impactful part of it. Lactec and EOMAP could prove this for the 2015 Mariana tailing dam disasters and, thanks to our partnership, will roll this out to many more applications and... (read more)
2020-06-17 01:03:51

Open Source Geospatial Mapping Software to Help Solve Real-world Problems

1904labs, a digital transformation consulting firm, and Bayer Crop Science, a division of German life sciences company Bayer AG, have jointly released a new geospatial mapping framework to the open source community. The framework, ol-kit, is a free, easy-to-use, map component toolkit built with React and OpenLayers and is compatible with many popular open source tools in the geospatial community. Geospatial technology has captured the attention of the public eye in the current crisis with maps being created to track Covid-19 cases, essential supplies, and more. However, many existing mapping frameworks are costly or not robust enough to meet these... (read more)
2020-06-11 08:49:57
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