Last week three GLONASS satellites were launched from Baikonur, Russia and failed to achieve orbit. A quick review of the international media showed a wide variation in response. Some were downright negative, seeing the failure as the end of the GLONASS program. That is not the case and not going to happen.
MapQuest has fully embraced the open technology of OpenStreetMap (OSM), having launched sites built on OSM data in many countries and continents this year with more to come throughout 2011. India was among the first of these sites to launch, with activation in October of 2010.
The use and application of aerial and satellite imagery plays an important role in planning for and mitigating the impacts of disasters. This includes flooding, earthquake, tsunami, desertification and other extreme events. This technology depends upon adequate knowledge for using image related technologies, products and services.
The age-old process of officials physically surveying land could well be history for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The civic body has decided that satellite images will be collected for the land use survey in Mumbai in time for the revised Development Plan (DP), which is to be formulated by 2014.
Satellites Unravel Complex Relationship Between Northern Forests and Climate
By fostering new use of Earth observation data through the Atmosphere-Land Interaction Study (ALANIS), insight is being gained into how boreal forests contribute to greenhouse gas and aerosol concentration, and into the processes governing the interplay between Earth’s surface and atmosphere. Eurasian boreal forest covers a vast area stretching from Norway to the most easterly part of Russia, and from Siberia to northern Mongolia.
CEO Survey Reveals Mixed Outlook for Asia Pacific Technology Sector for 2011
A Deloitte survey of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing technology companies revealed that just over half (54 percent) had a strong growth outlook for the next 12 months, while 43 percent predicted weak or negative growth. Even with the economic rebound this year, 35 percent of CEOs surveyed said they had mixed performance in the past 12 months. Ten percent said they saw overall decline in their business this year. Half (49 percent) however, said they experienced strong growth this year.
Richard Mohr Returns to Intermap Technologies as Chief Financial Officer
Intermap Technologies today announced Richard Mohr will rejoin the organization as chief financial officer and senior vice president effective January 1, 2011. Richard had previously worked for Intermap from 2003 until 2010 and served as the Company’s chief financial officer during that period.
RMSI HR Head wins “Leading Woman in Human Resources” Award
RMSI Human Resources Head, Ms Gagan Jyot has won the “Leading Woman in Human Resources” award at the “2nd Annual Women Leaders in India Conference and Awards 2010” held at the capital recently. Organized by iGroup, these awards acknowledge women achievers across diverse fields and sectors including Insurance, IT, HRD, Engineering, Agriculture, Healthcare, Telecommunication, BPO, Defense and other Social & Political arena.
Images from Space Enhance UN Efforts to Promote Sustainable Development
The map, “Latin America and the Caribbean – Atlas of our changing environment,” released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), combines over 200 precise and striking satellite images with analysis based on rigorous data in the first effort to examine changes taking place in the region’s environment.
Topcon Focuses Additional Resources On Ag Business
Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has announced the addition of Mark Bittner to manage the North American sales of its Topcon Precision Agriculture (TPA) business unit and develop global agricultural OEM opportunities. Bittner, senior vice president and general manager of the company’s global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) division, will assume the additional responsibilities for global agriculture OEM and North American aftermarket sales management. Bittner will continue to report to Ray O’Connor, TPS president and CEO.
Australia has a low seismicity (or rate of occurrence of earthquakes) when compared to countries located along tectonic plate boundaries such as New Zealand or Indonesia. Seismic risk, however, is the combination of hazard, community exposure and infrastructure vulnerability. Older unreinforced masonry buildings are a particular subset of the built environment which may contribute disproportionately to community risk.
GIS Supporting Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Malaysia
Shorelines present complex environmental and engineering issues to those charged with their management. These issues are becoming more difficult and more political, particularly in SE Asia where people are only now seeing the multi-faceted benefits of coastal zones. People are competing for more access to their coastlines for tourism, recreation, aquaculture and transport uses, at the very same time as sea level change and other environmental factors are imposing their presence.
SuperGIS Selected by Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Established in 1967, KISR is to carry out applied scientific research to contribute to the economic and social development for Kuwait. By means of the effort of International Integrated Environmental Services Ltd. (IIES), SuperGeo’s distributor in Kuwait, the Geo-Informatics Center at KISR purchased SuperPad (full function mobile GIS), SuperGIS Desktop (professional Desktop GIS) along with several SuperGIS extensions. SuperGeo products are expected to assist in geodata collection and study for advanced geospatial research and applications in Kuwait Geo-Informatics Center.
On 14 December 2010 TanDEM-X mission has reached another important milestone: the test phase was completed on schedule in less than six months and prove that the operational mode, ie the collection of elevation data, can begin from 2011.
Optech Incorporated is pleased to announce the full release of their new software package, Optech Lidar Mapping Suite version 2.0, for their Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper clients. Optech LMS offers ALTM clients an all-new workflow designed specifically for the production environment. Incorporating a fully-automated batch-mode capability, Optech LMS enables simultaneous processing of multi-mission data collects, and includes multi-threaded and distributed processing capabilities to further increase processing efficiency.
OpenGeo announced the 1.0 release of GeoNode, a new platform designed to promote the development of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) worldwide. The GeoNode platform is comprised of powerful open source software components including GeoServer, GeoNetwork, Django, and GeoExt.
Today, the revolution continues with the introduction of the HiPer II, a smaller, lighter, more affordable receiver for all GNSS positioning applications. Topcon’s HiPer II is an integrated, dual-constellation (GPS + GLONASS) Real Time Kinematic (RTK) and static receiver.
Rolta has entered into partnership with Augusta Systems Inc., a provider of technologies that power the intelligent convergence of devices, systems and networks, which will enable it to incorporate Augusta EdgeFrontier middleware for use in security, defense and other geospatial applications where sensor integration and fusion are essential elements in providing situational awareness.