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Esri acquires ClearTerra location data extraction technology

February 23, 2018By
The LocateXT extension for ArcMap is used to extract locations from unstructured data (messages, reports, briefings) into a geodatabase feature class. (Image: ClearTerra)

New Capabilities Provide Support for Unstructured Data in the ArcGIS Platform Spatial analytics company Esri has acquired technology from ClearTerra, a company that offers geospatial and activity-based intelligence tools. The acquisition will provide ArcGIS platform users the ability to easily discover and extract geographic coordinates from unstructured textual data like emails, briefings and reports, instantly generating intelligent map-based information. This capability will make... read more

Lidar and UAV reveal Mayan “megalopolis” below Guatemalan jungle

February 20, 2018By
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Lidar and UAV technology has revealed hundreds of previously unknown Mayan ruins in the Guatemalan rainforest. In what is considered biggest aerial lidar survey in the history of archaeology, a vast and complex civilization has been discovered. The University of Houston’s National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) used Teledyne Optech’s Titan sensor to identify raised highways, and complex irrigation and terracing... read more

TerraGo launches GXP InForm application for BAE Systems’ GXP Xplorer

February 16, 2018By
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TerraGo is now offering GXP InForm, a new add-on module for BAE Systems’ GXP Xplorer platform. The application, built using the TerraGo Magic platform and available today from BAE Systems, offers iOS, Android and web apps that make it easy to securely capture and share field reports from any location. With GXP InForm, users can customize forms, maps and workflows so field... read more

Nine American cities demonstrate how data can improve lives

February 15, 2018By
New Orleans has 15,000 fewer blighted properties thanks to BlightStat, a data-driven performance management program that’s helped the City strategically address the issue. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Making cities cleaner, providing better services and housing, and decreasing pollution are all achievements of nine cities recognized for using data to improve citizens’ lives. In January, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that nine cities have achieved What Works Cities certification, a first-of-its-kind national standard of excellence in city governance. What Works Cities certification rates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders... read more

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Esri releases Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS to manage events in real time

February 7, 2018By
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Esri has released a new web browser application, allowing users to create reporting dashboards that use charts, gauges, maps and other visual elements to reflect the status and performance of people, services, assets and events in real time. Using dynamic dashboards through Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS, organizations of all types — from emergency operations centers to public utilities — can... read more

NavVis improves SLAM precision indoors

February 7, 2018By
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NavVis, a mobile indoor mapping, visualization, and navigation company, released new mapping software designed to significantly improve the accuracy of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology in indoor environments, such as long corridors. The software update will be available for users of the NavVis M3 Trolley and will significantly improve the accuracy of the resulting maps and point clouds. NavVis’ mobile mapping... read more

Delair offers advanced UAV for aerial surveying and mapping

February 5, 2018By
The Delair DT26X lidar drone combines lidar sensing with RGB camera data to enable highly accurate and high-resolution 3D representation and measurement over large areas with minimal flights and in challenging environments.

Delair, a supplier of drone solutions for commercial industries, has introduced the next-generation of its high-performance DT26X Lidar UAV. The DT26X is a long-range fixed-wing drone that combines highly accurate lidar sensing capabilities with an integrated high-resolution RGB (red, green, blue) camera, dramatically increasing the precision, efficiency and cost effectiveness of surveying and 3D mapping. Details of the new model, which builds... read more

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Airbus to provide near real-time access to its satellite data

January 31, 2018By
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Airbus has launched near real-time satellite imagery capabilities together with its 24/7 Emergency Image Delivery Service to aid those facing emergency situations. By leveraging the Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) polar ground station in Svalbard, Norway, Pléiades and SPOT constellation images are now retrieved at every orbit, resulting in ultra-fast image deliveries after collection, anywhere in the world. In addition to... read more

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Esri releases complete utility GIS platform

January 31, 2018By
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New utility network management extension combines advanced system of record with location-based analytics. Esri, the geographic information system (GIS) technology and spatial analytics company, is releasing advanced network capabilities for utilities as part of the company’s ArcGIS platform. The ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension, which delivers the new utility network, lets users create, manage and share complete data about networks... read more

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Aerial imagery assists telecom service providers

January 16, 2018By
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Providing high-speed internet access to businesses and residences is a highly active and expanding field. It closely involves geographic information systems (GIS) to efficiently achieve fiber to the home (FTTH) or fiber to the premises (FTTP), the installation and use of optical fiber from a central point directly to individual buildings such as residences, apartment buildings and businesses for high-speed... read more

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