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May 10th, 2012
ASM Newsletter – May 11 – 2012

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China shows earth observation prowess with two successful launches this week.
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Vol. 7, Issue 18, May 11, 2012

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China Satellite Launch

China Launches Two Earth Observation Satellites in Four Days

As the rest of the world laments the loss of earth observation capacity — with a recent report of a U.S. decline from 23 satellites to just six by 2020, and the confirmed loss of Europe’s Envisat satellite — China has accomplished the remarkable feat of launching two remote sensing satellites within four days. The launch of the Tianui-1B mapping satellite has been closely followed by the launch of Yaogan Weixing-14, an optical remote sensing satellite on May 10.

Pakistan Introduces GIS to Census Process for Credibility and Transparency

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) introduced a Geographical Information System (GIS) Laboratory with an objective to bring credibility and transparency in the overall census data collection system and make it at par with international standards.

GIS to Increase GVMC Property Tax Revenue

With the survey of properties under Geographic Information System (GIS) almost over, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation is likely to issue its demand notices for property tax incorporating results of the survey. The GIS survey that took more than three years covered 3.56 lakh properties. Following some discrepancies, officials took up on-field, random verification of the GIS findings.

China Information Technology Sees GIS Growth from Map World National Initiatives

China Information Technology, Inc. , a leading provider of information technologies and display technologies based in China, announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. The company expects their GIS and HIS businesses to continue to grow in 2012 and become one of the main growth drivers for the Company’s IT segment over the long-run.

VisionMap Partners with ChinaRS Geoinformatics Co., Ltd.

VisionMap Ltd. announced today its sales partnership with ChinaRS Geoinformatics Co., Ltd. Tianjin China. ChinaRS Geoinformatics Co., Ltd. Tianjin China will provide sales and marketing services for VisionMap’s A3 Digital Mapping Systems.

Geospatial World Forum

The Geospatial Industry Empowers a Billion+ People

At the recent Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam, one highlight was a session on capacity building and the expansion of the global geospatial marketplace to a billion plus people. All speakers touched on embracing new technologies, the creation of an inclusive platform for greater knowledge and better information integration, as well as the increased value of the technology in the face of global change. There was also a repeated sentiment that we’re in an exciting time for the impact of geospatial technologies to improve the way that we live.

Malaysian State Pushes GIS for Development Planning

Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment, Datuk Amar Tengah Ali Hasan, emphasised the growing importance of leveraging Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in enhancing the planning and decision making capabilities of public sector organisations.  According to the Minister, GIS at present is recognised as an evolving field with an equally growing importance in various sectors.

North Korea Pumps up the GPS Jamming in Week-long Attack

Over the past two weeks, North Korea has used jamming equipment to interfere with global positioning system (GPS) signals near South Korea’s two largest airports outside its capital city Seoul and across the center of the Korean peninsula. The jamming caused no accidents or loss of life, but it demonstrates that North Korea is getting more and more brazen in its efforts to mess with South Korea’s high-tech infrastructure.

Nokia’s Massive Launch of Local Mapping Services for India

Last year, Nokia owned mapping service NAVTEQ introduced indoor mapping called Destination Maps for navigation beyond the front door. NAVTEQ is the first major mapping service to bring indoor mapping to India. The product is being launched with indoor maps for 150 malls in 17 cities.

Foreigner Tops List of Unlawful Survey Cases

About 40 cases of illegal geographic surveying cases involving foreign individuals or organizations have been investigated since 2006, some of which involved stealing military information that could threaten national security, according to the country’s surveying and mapping administration. The administration over the weekend disclosed the top 10 unlawful surveying cases in 2011, with a case involving a US citizen ranking first.


Future of Australian Health Workers Learn their Place

Where we live and work is as vital in healthcare as genetics, diet and lifestyle, one of Australia’s leading geo-health specialists has told the next generation of health professionals. Sydney’s renowned Macquarie University yesterday invited Esri Australia geographic health expert Jeremy Pytel to address its Health Studies students on the importance of geography in establishing a complete understanding of the social and environmental determinants of health.

Intergraph Customer Wins ALGIM GIS Project of the Year Award for 2011 New Zealand Earthquake Response

Intergraph announces that Christchurch City Council (CCC) recently received the Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) GIS Project of the Year Award. CCC received the award for implementing an innovative GIS solution in response to the devastating earthquake that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, on February 22, 2011.

Advanced Imaging Capability Added to Leica ScanStation C10 and Cyclone v7.4

Leica Geosystems announces a faster, easier option for Leica ScanStation C10 laser scanner users to apply external camera imagery to laser scan point cloud data. The new option consists of a direct digital camera mount on the ScanStation C10 scanner and tight, automated integration of external camera images into the scanner’s onboard controller and data storage system.


Next Galileo Satellites to Launch After the Summer

The European Commission has announced the launch date of the next pair of ESA-procured Galileo satellites. These will launch together on a Soyuz from French Guiana on 28 September 2012, joining the two Galileo satellites already in orbit.

Australian Technology Wins International Geospatial Award

A spatial information technology project developed by PSMA Australia has won a major award at the Geospatial World Forum Conference, held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Geospatial World Policy Award for Exemplary Implementation of Geospatial Policies and Programs was awarded to PSMA Systems in recognition of the technology’s role in significantly improving and streamlining the mechanism for collection, assembly and delivery of fundamental geospatial information for Australia.

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