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April 13th, 2012
ASM Newsletter – April 13 – 2012

Vector1 Media

This week’s newsletter marks a slight redesign with the debut of a more robust system.

Gatewing X100

Trimble Acquires Drone Mapping Platform Gatewing

Recent news that Trimble has acquired Belgium-based unmanned aerial vehicle maker Gatewing marks an important milestone in the commercialization of drone-based map data collection. Gatewing has successfully packaged their platform for use by novices with automated software tools, and Trimble is poised to advance capabilities as well as penetration into many markets. Read More…

Experts to Discuss Earth Observation of Geo-hazards

International experts will meet next month to discuss how space-based technology can help us prepare for and respond to disasters. Organised by ESA in association with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Forum on Satellite Earth Observation for Geohazard Risk Management will be held on 21–23 May at the Santorini Convention Centre in Greece. Read more…

Delhi Mandates Geospatial Data Use for Infrastructure Projects

The Delhi government’s 30 departments and agencies will have to mandatorily use the geo-spatial data of overground and underground assets before planning any infrastructure projects as an ambitious legislation is all set to come into force from next month. The Delhi Assembly passed the Geo-spatial Data Infrastructure (Management, Control, Administration, Security and Safety) Bill which ensures better planning for projects and proper co-ordination among the agencies for their implementation. Read More

SuperWebGIS Applied to Biodiversity Conservation

SuperGeo Technologies assists Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute in establishing the value-added application service of biodiversity database to promote biodiversity in Taiwan. Due to the warm geographic environment, the plentiful species of flora and fauna flourish in Taiwan. However, the growing population has directly influenced the growth of endangered species. Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute has engaged in ecological restoration and promoting the concept of biodiversity to maintain the sustainable development for species. Read More…

GoogleGlasses

New Handheld Positioning Chips Promise Precise Indoor and Outdoor Locations

The manufacturers of handheld positioning chips are making technology breakthroughs in the precision of position. New innovative chips for smart phones that fuse signal inputs (GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth) with sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, altimeter) provide precise indoor and outdoor location. Read More…

New System to Estimate Quake Scale in Minutes, Not Hours

A new system has been developed that can estimate the scale of crustal movement within minutes after a big earthquake, much faster than the system widely used now that takes more than five hours to do so. The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan and Tohoku University began testing the new system using the satellite-aided global positioning system Friday, aiming to start full operation in fiscal 2013. Read More

 

CRCSI Funds New Zealand Geospatial Research Projects

The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) recently granted funds to three New Zealand research projects. Read More

AND Automotive Navigation Data and Navitel Announce Strategic Partnership

Navitel-leader of Russian and Eastern Europe navigation market and AND, the only independent company in the global mapping market-, are pleased to announce strategic partnership in developing car navigation maps for Navitel Navigator. Read More…

 

ESA Launches Satellite Navigation Wiki

ESA has introduced its own wiki-based information source, Navipedia, which is also the first ever ESA technical wiki opened to the public.There are more than 400 articles on the site to date covering the fundamental principles of satellite navigation, how receivers operate. Read More…

Trimble Technology & More Magazine

UK and Japan Commit to Greater Collaboration on Space

One of the key areas for collaboration is on earth observation technology, such as the NovaSAR programme or the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) run by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited. In partnership with the UK Space Agency, DMC provided vital data to assist with rescue efforts and damage assessment in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Read More…

Microsoft UltraCam Eagle

Pitney Bowes Software Releases Significant Updates to Suburb and Postcode Boundaries

Simon Dell’Oro, Product Manager, Data Products and Analytics APAC for Pitney Bowes Software said, “Many users of these geographic datasets don’t actually realise just how dynamic the boundaries for suburbs and postcodes are, with hundreds of changes being made each year due to reasons such as increases in population and urban development. This is why we’ve recently increased our production schedule to include two updates per year for our clients.” Read More…

IMO Invites Industry to Advise on the Development of Maritime e-Navigation

IMO invites industry to fully take part in the development of e-navigation. Gupreet Singhota, deputy director/ head of Operational Safety Security within the Maritime Safety Division of the International Maritime Organisation shares his invitation in an interview with eNav International. eNav International is the brand new platform launched by Geomares Publishing at www.enav-international.com.

Indonesia NSDI: One Map for the Nation

Indonesia, nestled in the Indian Ocean, is the largest archipelagic country in the world. With the proliferation of complex national development tasks, such as rebuilding after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the need for geospatial information has proved to be a necessity. Read More…