Geospatial Data for UK’s Smart City Demonstrator Project

Ordnance Survey (OS) is currently in Manchester, UK, collecting geospatial data to a similar level that it did across all the 2012 Olympic sites. That project contributed to the successful planning and smooth delivery of a safe and enjoyable Summer Games. The activity OS is undertaking in the Corridor Manchester area is part of CityVerve, the UK’s Smart City demonstrator project. OS is collecting this data to stimulate innovation that it and project partners believe will lead to better services for residents, visitors and business. OS, whose digital database of Great Britain contains more than 500 million unique geographic features, presenting the most... (read more)
2017-03-03 10:58:42

China Discusses Smart City in Relation to Geoinformation

Experts on the concept of Smart City gathered last week at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. At the opening of the Geospatial Information Summit on Smart City 2013, professor Deren Li welcomed speakers including Michael Goodchild, Orhan Altan, Armin Grün and John Trinder from abroad as well as Junyong Chen, Anthony Yeh, Jianya Gong, Yaloin Liu and more from China. The speakers shared their knowledge and ideas on the application of GIS for Smart City in order to make the modern city "low on carbon, green and sustainable" as professor Deren Li summarised the Chinese dream for cities of the... (read more)
2013-05-15 08:56:27

Rolta Awarded USTDA Contract for Chinese Smart City Project

Rolta has announced that it has been awarded the prestigious 'Smart City' project for Nanjing, China, in preparation for hosting the 2014 Youth Olympics. Rolta has engaged ARES Security Corporation of Burlingame, CA, USA, to leverage its systems engineering expertise to assist in developing an integrated geospatial transportation solution for the city. The solution will collect Nanjing's transportation data from hundreds of sensors and provide dashboards to assist in traffic management and monitoring environmental parameters in real-time to better handle the dramatic increase in demands on the city's infrastructure. With this solution, which incorporates Rolta iPerspective, a platform for integration... (read more)
2013-04-24 08:30:00

Smart RTS

Limitations in sampling rate and the detection of outliers impede use of the Robotic Total Station (RTS) for highly dynamic applications. The need to meet such requirements motivated the author to adjust and improve an existing system. Testing proved the feasibility and usefulness of this prototype in terms of performance, operational functioning and the removal of outliers.<P>   Over the last twenty years the survey industry has witnessed a great increase in methods and instruments. Tracking total-stations have been traditionally used for recording the pos­ition of a reflector mounted on a moving object. But limitations primarily related to low and... (read more)
2008-05-17 12:00:00

Sweden Excels in Public Use of 3D in Smart City Applications

The Swedish 3D industry has repeatedly innovated in public use of 3D and in particular in external city planning applications, for which it has received several international awards. Now, several Swedish cities are once again involved in projects which are reinventing the use of 3D city models in promoting the city and public participation. In September 2015 a digital dialogue was launched for one of the large development projects in Stockholm. In the early phase of the Norra Djurgårdsstaden project, the planning department invites citizens to contribute with suggestions and ideas. The dialogue is available to the public as a... (read more)
2015-09-22 11:33:51

Brain of a Smart City: a GIS Platform for Sharing 2D and 3D Maps

'Smart City' is a popular concept among modern governments around the world. It is defined as utilising digital technologies to trim costs and resource consumption to engage citizens more effectively in various domains such as transport, healthcare, energy, water, etc. Catching the trend, the Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan, authorised Supergeo to establish the TGOS Cloud Service (Taiwan Geospatial One Stop portal) which provides diverse geospatial data and map APIs for sharing with all sectors and building map websites effortlessly. The project utilises SuperGIS Server 3.2 and SuperGIS 3D Earth Server 3.2, the enterprise server software, as core system, to... (read more)
2015-01-15 09:04:33

Smart LF Scanner

Colortrac (UK) has launched the Smart LF, a large-format document scanner for professional and corporate users in any size of enterprise. It uses digital imaging technology, Contact Image Sensors (CIS) normally found in small-format, flatbed desktop scanners. Several ‘deep focus’ CIS devices have been combined to create a digital scanner capable of high speed, 2,400 dpi input in 24-bit colour or black & white from originals up to 40" wide. The scanner provides instant scans from power-on, with fully automatic colour calibration, no sensor alignment and low power consumption. It is available in three models, with a range of standard... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Technology for Smart Growth

In the latest SpatialRoundtable.com discussion, ESRI industry solutions manager Dr. Ahmed Abukhater prompts planning leaders to weigh in on the role of technology in creating smart communities. He proposes that analysing the geography of growth and planning with geospatial technology provides a clear path forward and helps build consensus. "Planners make decisions regarding current and future development patterns in response to urban problems that are geographic in nature," says Abukhater. "Developing sustainable, equitable, and livable communities involves spatially based decision making that requires spatially enabled technology. Planners need new tools and approaches to change the way we think, plan, and-most... (read more)
2010-06-09 09:58:03

Standards and Smart Systems

Enablers for Responsible Governance of Tenure
The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security were officially endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 38th (Special) Session on 11 May 2012. Since then implementation has been encouraged by the G8, G20, Rio+ 20, United Nations General Assembly and Francophone Assembly of Parliamentarians. The Voluntary Guidelines represent an unprecedented international agreement on the governance of tenure, and place secure access to land, fisheries and forests firmly in the context of food security. Their CFS endorsement followed on from an inclusive, transparent... (read more)
2013-12-30 02:51:33

Smart Societies Prioritise Geoinfo

GIM International Interviews Ingrid Vanden Berghe
Putting geoinformation in the mix makes policies more sensible and sustainable, says Ingrid Vanden Berghe. She even devised her own formula: e-gov + g-gov = i-gov (electronic government + geographic government = informed government). Vanden Berghe is president of EuroGeographics and executive director of the National Mapping Agency in Belgium. Showing the added value of geoinformation to the world beyond the geomatics field is of the highest importance in order to remain relevant, she explains in this interview with GIM International. Tell us a little about EuroGeographics, its members and its goal. The goal of the organisation, its purpose in... (read more)
2013-05-27 11:56:27
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