Map Servers are providing useful geospatial geomatics data worldwide. These servers have several advantages due to the fact that they combine all kinds of spatial data – including surveying data. Today surveyors are using a wide range of technologies ranging from total stations to lidar to image analysis technologies, and all of this electronic data is integrated into GIS servers for use locally, regionally and globally. More on map servers
Geospatial Tools for Maritime Monitoring
As Asian economy’s continue to grow, the importance of shipping across the East Sea will continue to expand. This is leading to the need for improved emergency services, tracking capabilities across the region and capacity building for many careers associated with maritime and coastal environments. More on maritime monitoring
Russia Accelerates GLONASS Navigation Satellite Launches
The Russian GLONASS navigation satellite constellation has high-level politcal and monetary support, with 4.7 billion dollars invested over the past decade. Russia is on pace to accelerate GLONASS satellite launches for full global coverage capacity by the end of the year, with six new satellites planned by the end of this year, according to Roscosmos Deputy head Anatoly Shilov who spoke at a Moscow satellite communications conference this week. More on Russia’s satellites
RapidEye Announces Restructuring
RapidEye announced that it has filed for insolvency under German insolvency laws, the equivalent of Chapter 11 protection. Wolfgang Biedermann, the CEO of RapidEye commented that this move was necessitated by recent actions of the financing banks. More on the announcement
Invite – Australia / New Zealand Urban Rural Addressing Standard
Within New Zealand this standard will be used by territorial authorities to allocate address and road names under their jurisdiction. The standard will set the requirements for address information in New Zealand for the future. More on addressing
Are You Buried in a Landslide of Imagery?
As remotely sensed data becomes more and more ubiquitous, organizations are looking for ways to correctly use and manage this information. Lawrie Jordan, director of imagery for Esri asks organizations to discuss how they are improving access to imagery by weighing in at the Spatial Roundtable. More on satellite imagery
“YourSpaceAvenue”: Astrium and Partners Offer Access to Space
Jean Dauphin, Astrium France’s Director of Earth Observation and Science said: “”YourSpaceAvenue” offers space solutions to those who thought space was inaccessible. By using existing technology, by enabling customers to tailor services to their specific needs, and giving users control of their own operations. More on the program
Private Equity Paves Road for India’s Infrastructure
With a USD 2.2 billion order book to build nearly 4,000 km (2,500 miles) of road lanes across India and its bank credit tapped out, KMC Constructions turned to private equity for funding. Private equity investors are poised to play a faster-growing role in financing much-needed infrastructure projects More on India’s infrastructure
China Warns 46 Mapping Service Websites
China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) has published a list of 46 domestic websites that offered online mapping services without obtaining permission, warning they would be punished if they fail to obtain approval after July 1. More on mapping laws
Laos, Cambodia Agree to Work on Border
Laos and Cambodia have agreed to discuss border issues, including surveying and addressing drug trafficking in the remote area, the state-run Vientiane Times newspaper reported Monday. The two governments agreed to more work related to border surveys and demarcation. More on the border issue
Sri Lanka’s Development Programme to Integrate Disaster Risk Management
Sri Lanka’s Environment Minister Yapa said that it is necessary to have a proper plan for development without delay. “All stakeholders have to do their development without harm to cultural and historical sites, water resources, mineral resources, eco-systems and species, agriculture and inland and marine aquatic resources,” he said. More on disaster risk
Melbourne Council Tests New Online Mapping System
The City of Melbourne has invited several small focus groups to test a new municipal mapping system that’s currently in development. The new mapping system is designed to display community points of interest like parks and healthcare centres, for example, and has been in the works for the last 18 months according to the council. More on the mapping system
MDA’s deliveries of two RADARSAT-2 ground station solutions to ScanEx Research and Development Centre in Russia, included downlinks from the RADARSAT-2 satellite along with maintenance, training and support, for a contract value of over $4 million (CAD).
Spectra Precision introduced today the Ashtech MobileMapper 10, the latest addition to its new line of GIS / GNSS smart data collectors. The MobileMapper 10 is a lightweight, low power and cost-effective mapping solution with real-time meter level accuracy.
A team of CSIRO Future Manufacturing Flagship scientists has won a major mining industry award for the invention of the highly sensitive magnetic field sensor which sits at the operational heart of the mineral exploration tool, LANDTEM.
Sized at only 9.6 x 14.0 x 1.95 mm including antenna, the low power consuming module is ideally suited for handheld computers, digital cameras, mobile phones, asset tracking devices, and other applications with space and power restrictions. More on the Fastrax UC430
The Snapdragon MSM7x30 chipset and software solution allows this smartphone to take advantage of both the GPS and GLONASS (a worldwide satellite positioning system developed by the Russian government) satellite systems.
Getac’s ultra-rugged handheld PDA, already accredited for explosive environments (ATEX), now adds RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) capability for use in the mining , oil, gas and petrochemical markets.
The LX-2 is a new second generation L-Band differential GPS OEM receiver board. It augments Hemisphere GPS’ Crescent P100 and Eclipse P200 GPS receivers with OmniSTAR differential HP, XP or VBS signal support.
The Falcon (standalone), and Falconet (integrated) Data to Web system provides a low-cost and flexible solution to transmit, store, host and present data from all common sensors to a dedicated website in real time.
Agency9 CityPlanner is a web service that empowers project managers, planners and architects to visualise and interact with 3D models on the internet. Project ideas can easily be created and edited, allowing for rapid evaluation of alternatives and feed-back from stakeholders and project members.