Google is using artificial intelligence to develop maps of tree canopy from its aerial imagery.
SWITCH UAV is an indigenous system built to cater for the most demanding surveillance operations of the Indian Forces. This Fixed Wing VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) UAV can be deployed at high altitude and harsh environments for day and night surveillance in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. It is man-portable and has the highest time on target compared to any other UAV in its class.
Speaking on the development, ideaForge CEO, Ankit Mehta said, "SWITCH UAV is the culmination of insights and knowledge we have gained over years of experience in helping the Indian Forces operationalize UAVs in their ranks. The trials saw about a dozen national...
Barbara J. Ryan steps up as the ExecutiveDirector of the World Geospatial Industry Council
Ms. Barbara J. Ryan has stepped up as the ExecutiveDirector of the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) starting this new year. Mr. Sanjay Kumar concluded his term as the Chief Executive and will continue to support WGIC as the Secretary-General.
Amersfoort, The Netherlands, January 14, 2020 - The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) is pleased to announce that Ms. Barbara J Ryan as its Executive Director, effective January 1, 2020. Further, Sanjay Kumar completed his tenure as the Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2020 and will continue to serve the global Council as its Secretary-General.
Mr. Sanjay Kumar, through his collaborative leadership, leaves an impact on the global Council
Established in 2018, the World Geospatial Industry Council started gaining worldwide recognition as a transformative industry association for geospatial matters. As the CEO & Secretary-General, Mr. Kumar has played a pivotal role in the formative years, collaborated with leading geospatial companies and global organizations, and strengthened WGIC's member and partner base. Along with the Patron and Executive Boards, he carved out the vision and delivered its mission. Mr. Kumar shaped the committees and working groups and brought in prominent leaders at WGIC to lead various initiatives and programs. Further,...
OGC seeks public comment on proposal to revise Indexed 3D Scene Layers (I3S) Community Standard
I3S is used to stream 3D geospatial content of any size to mobile, web and desktop clients.
14 January 2021: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on the proposal for a revision to the OGC Indexed 3D Scene Layers (I3S) Community Standard. The proposed revision is defined in the I3S Version 1.2 Community Standard Work Item Justification document. Comments are due by February 15, 2021.
I3S enables the streaming and storage of arbitrarily large amounts of 3D geographic data. An I3S dataset, referred to as a Scene Layer, can consist of millions of discrete 3D objects with attributes, integrated surface meshes, symbolized points, or billions of point cloud data covering vast geographic areas. Designed for performance and scalability, a scene layer enables the efficient encoding and transmission of various types of geospatial content for an interactive visualization experience on web browsers, mobile, and desktop apps for both offline and online access. A Scene Layer can be accessed in the form of a web service or Scene Layer Package (SLPK) – a file-based exchange format.
I3S is web and cloud friendly and is rooted...
St. Paul, Minnesota, January 14, 2021 – SharedGeo is pleased to announce it has created an open source solution to a longstanding cartographic problem by creating a free web service to generate a magnetic declination diagram.
In cartography, a declination diagram is used to provide a graphic representation of the variations between true north, grid north, and magnetic north on a map. True north is the center of the earth’s rotation. Grid north is the orientation of the map projection coordinate system. Magnetic north is the point at which the earth’s magnetic field points vertically downward in the northern hemisphere; a compass north needle points to this location. Magnetic north changes over time due to changes in the magnetic field of the core of the Earth. A declination helps a map user make adjustments in bearings when using a compass and a map for navigation.
Although many utilities exist for calculating the declination angles, creating a suitable declination diagram manually can be tedious, especially when creating a map series that spans a large area. This is because the declination diagram will be unique to each map, representing the differences between the three norths at the center of the map at a specific point in time. However, the SharedGeo web service creates a declination diagram automatically,...
Out of 100 utilities surveyed in an NV5 Geospatial study, only one-third are using locational data and 3D modeling to assist with evaluating asset health, preventing outages and managing vegetation.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Jan.14, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- NV5 Geospatial, powered by Quantum Spatial, North America's largest geospatial data firm, today announced results of a recent survey showing that most utility companies are not taking advantage of advanced data and analytics to improve resilience and mitigate risk. The " Geospatial Analytics, Resilience and Extreme Weather Readiness" survey of more than 100 utilities from across the United States revealed that even though almost all utilities have wildfire and storm mitigation strategies in place, only about one-third are using locational data and 3D modeling to assist with evaluating asset health, preventing outages and managing vegetation.
"In 2020 alone, 30 named Atlantic storms caused almost $40 billion in damages, while California experienced a record drought that resulted in rolling blackouts and spawned five of the six largest wildfires in history. These unpredictable challenges are difficult for utilities to manage, as are more predictable problems, such as vegetation growth around critical infrastructure. ," said Eric Merten, vice president and general manager, Commercial Markets at NV5 Geospatial. "Advanced data and analytics offer a proven way to improve risk mitigation and build...
Satellite-Based augmentation system (SBAS) services provide capabilities to improve location data for global positioning system (GPS) devices.
HERE spearheads private mapping offering empowering enterprises to build custom maps
- Unique mapping-as-a-service offering targeted at enterprises wanting to create differentiation and improve operational efficiency
- Of particular benefit to T&L industry players wanting to build custom maps at scale
CES 2021 - HERE Technologies, the leading location data and technology platform, today announced the introduction of a unique mapping-as-a-service offering. The HERE private mapping offering is targeted at enterprises wanting to create differentiation and reduce operational costs through building, maintaining, and using unique map datasets for advanced analytics and services. The offering is enabled by advanced platform functionality coupled with industry-leading map creation, processing and delivery capabilities.
Available now, bundled as part of a professional services engagement, the first private mapping use cases relate to industrial yard mapping, leveraging probe data from private fleets of vehicles in order to create and update the map. Progressively through 2021, the aim is to enable enterprises to bring their own map data onto the HERE location platform and use it in combination with HERE map data and services which will increasingly be available as a self-serve experience. Enterprises will have the option to do this autonomously or can co-develop with the HERE professional services team, who provide a wide portfolio of globally scalable mapping-related services, to define a...
- EV Routing delivers the most optimal route including charging time
- Trips and charging stops can be planned to take into account both static and dynamic data
January 11, 2021
CES 2021 – Range anxiety is a key concern for many drivers. Therefore, ensuring easy and fast access to chargepoints is essential to persuading drivers to switch to EV vehicles. At the same time, many players in the ride-hailing industry have pledged to electrify their whole fleets and some countries have committed to banning sales of conventional petrol and diesel engine cars. With that in mind, HERE Technologies is unveiling a new EV Routing feature to optimize both private and commercial electric vehicle routing while minimizing the number of charging stops and reducing battery charging times, based on the vehicle’s consumption model.
EV Routing takes into account topography, road geometry, real time traffic information and traffic patterns while planning trips. It can be synced to the consumption model of the vehicle and can be adjusted to different driving styles, loads or weather conditions. EV Routing is a feature of a routing API built on top of HERE map and is included in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) products. It also leverages HERE EV Charge Points, a database that includes vehicle...