Geoinformation in Arable Farming

What’s Hot and What’s Not in Precision Agriculture
Agriculture enthusiastically absorbs geospatial technologies. Precision farming practices in particular benefit from location intelligence. The future in agriculture with geospatial applications is bright. Besides more efficiency on the farm, geospatial technologies also offer new business opportunities and new sustainability concepts. But the adoption of geospatial innovations is lagging behind expectations. So what’s hot and what’s not? This article examines the state of the art in geospatial technologies in agriculture and attempts to forecast the trends. By Tamme van der Wal and Henk Janssen, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Netherlands By far the most popular geomatics technology among farmers is... (read more)
2017-02-06 03:09:34

Nigeria Needs Federal Commitment to its Geodata Policy

GIM International Interviews Jide Kufoniyi
Nigeria has all the prerequisites to install an effective national geospatial data infrastructure (NGDI) from which all its 170 million inhabitants would benefit. The country has many educated professionals, a national policy concept, money, lots of projects, more and more data, etc. But what is missing is the will to make a conscious effort to implement an NGDI in order to facilitate coordination of the geospatial resources and provide easy access to data such as Earth observation images. So says Jide Kufoniyi, president of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment and member of Nigeria’s National Geospatial Data... (read more)
2015-04-10 10:48:59

Digital Aerial Cameras - Product Survey

System Configurations and Sensor Architectures
This issue of GIM International provides an extensive product survey on digital aerial cameras. In support of the specifications provided by this product survey, this article presents additional information on system configuration and sensor architecture of camera systems from nine manufacturers.<P> The general benefits of digital aerial over film cameras include better radiometric performance and elimination of film processing and scanning costs. Availability of image content in digital format enables a highly automated workflow, creating the possibility of generating photo­grammatric products such as orthophotos/mosaics with little delay between capture and end-product. This might allow, for example, for rapid response after... (read more)
2008-03-06 12:00:00

Data Sharing is Smart – Geo-related Trends in Engineering & Construction

There could be many keywords representing important trends in the capture and use of spatial data in the engineering & construction industry, but 3D, BIM, AR and UAV are definitely high on the list. As this article examines, uniting them all is one major cross-industry challenge: interoperability and data integration in support of much-needed higher workflow efficiency in the whole value chain. The engineering & construction sector has been slower than most to adopt new technologies. While innovation may have occurred on the enterprise level, overall productivity in the market has remained almost flat for 50 years. In fact, labour... (read more)
2017-02-22 10:48:26

Geomares: Quality is Our Motto

GIM International Interviews Durk Haarsma
Geomares Publishing is the new media company behind GIM International, having in October taken over ownership from previous GIM publisher of almost ten years Reed Business-Geo. Geomares publishing director Durk Haarsma has in house strong brands, dynamic publishing concepts for the future and a dedicated team that will keep working to deliver quality in every possible way. Could you outline your reasons for buying GIM International and establishing Geomares Publishing? I have been in post as publisher of GIM International now for five years and have a strong belief in GIM International as flagship brand. Together with our other publication,... (read more)
2009-12-29 11:32:43

Indoor Positioning

Technologies, Features and Prospects
Outdoor positioning and navigation techniques using GNSS have been well explored and are now a vital part of daily life all over the planet. Since GNSS was initially designed to support the military during open-air combat, there was no need for the signals to be able to pass through walls and roofs. Indoor positioning therefore requires the alternatives to GNSS. How can geomatics contribute to the deployment of indoor positioning solutions? In aiming to find answers to that question, this article also examines current technologies and the various types of applications they originate from. An indoor positioning system is a... (read more)
2013-10-28 01:54:29

3D Geo GmbH Potsdam

A spin-off from the renowned Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Technology, 3D Geo GmbH develops and sells solutions for 3D visualisation of cities and the management thereof. Its main product is LandXplorer-Studio, which provides support for estate agents, architects, urban planners, local government and service providers.<P> To reach the office building of 3D Geo GmbH one has to pass under the arched gateway to Studio Babelsberg, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world. Here, in 1930, Marlene Dietrich made Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) , the film that won her international acclaim for her role in this... (read more)
2008-06-05 12:00:00

'Location' Forms Ubiquitous Part of Big Data Analytics

IBM Shows a Mainstream Direction for Spatial IT
Now that some of the core infrastructure challenges have been solved, the application layer of big data is rapidly building up. Therefore, the major GIS players have recently been focusing their attention on their added 'intelligence' value. The geomatics and GIS sector will benefit greatly from the innovation brought by big data companies like IBM, so how does IBM see its future in this regard? The combination of Big Data with artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud, security, Internet of Things, etc., has already brought IBM USD33 billion in revenue, and next year it will probably be USD40 billion. 'Spatial intelligence' in the context of Big Data... (read more)
2017-08-10 10:45:13

An Awakening in India

GIM International Interviews Bharat Lohani
Since this issue of GIM International is dedicated to Lidar point clouds, it should come as no surprise that it contains an interview with a leading expert on this exciting aspect of the geomatics spectrum. Dr Bharat Lohani, who is leading the Lidar teaching and research group at the renowned Indian institute of IIT Kanpur and is a member of this magazine’s editorial board, was a logical candidate. In this interview he talks about India's role in the industry, his company Geokno, developments within Lidar technology and the geomatics programme at IIT Kanpur. You have a background in academia. What... (read more)
2014-07-25 09:46:54

Integrating GIS and Earth Viewers

GIM International Interviews Johannes Kebeck, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Virtual Earth Business Unit
Microsoft's MapPoint Business Unit was formed in 1995. The Virtual Earth platform was launched in 2005 as an integrated set of services combining imagery with mapping, location and search functionality. In May 2006 the company acquired photogrammetric firm Vexcel. This month's interviewee, Johannes Kebeck, talks about Microsoft's aims and ambitions in the field of geomatics. “There will still be a need for traditional GIS […] we will likely see tight integration between the traditional GIS and so-called Earth Viewers. How big is the geospatial division of Microsoft in terms of number of employees and share in turnover? What sort of... (read more)
2007-09-19 12:00:00
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