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Bluesky launches online streaming service for panoramic aerial images

November 24, 2020By
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Aerial mapping company Bluesky is releasing its entire catalog of geographically referenced oblique aerial images of cities in the United Kingdom (UK) via a new subscription-based streaming service. Working with Geoxphere, a specialist in cloud-based GIS, Bluesky will offer MetroVista imagery via an easy-to-use web viewer that also includes measurement tools for detailed analysis of building features, façade details and... read more

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How public safety GIS saves us when disaster strikes

November 11, 2020By
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Tenacity of spirit is one of the great virtues. Supporters of geospatial technology have often had to endure steadfast resolve convincing others of the multi-dimensional value GIS provides. It is a battle best won by seeing and doing rather than by words. Jack Maple proved the value of GIS to public safety in the early 1990s by using it to... read more

eCognition goes underwater to help conserve coral reefs

November 9, 2020By
Image: TNC and Tama Group

The Caribbean Division of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has focused on monitoring, protecting and restoring the region’s marine environments for more than 40 years. As the plight of coral reefs has become more urgent, so too have TNC’s efforts to tackle coral conservation, and meet the demands for better maps. “Reef maps are an essential tool for coral resource managers,... read more

UP42 partners with Intermap for high-resolution elevation data

November 2, 2020By
NEXTMap digital surface model (Image: Intermap Technologies)

The NEXTMap Elevation Data Suite from Intermap Technologies is now offered on the UP42 developer platform for Earth observation data and analytics. UP42 gives users direct access to extensive Earth observation datasets and advanced processing algorithms, and Intermap Technologies, based in Englewood, Colorado, is a provider of geospatial datasets, solutions and software. The NEXTMap 3D elevation products are available as... read more

Hexagon Geospatial updates platform for location intelligence

October 22, 2020By
Luciad 2020.1 provides capabilities with panoramic imagery. (Screenshot: Hexagon Geospatial)

Luciad 2020.1 features dynamic panoramic imagery capabilities and immersive 3D imagery Hexagon’s Geospatial division has launched Luciad 2020.1, a significant update to its platform for building advanced location intelligence and real-time, situational awareness applications. Luciad 2020.1 delivers immersive 3D experiences with 360-degree panoramic imagery support that can be combined with other 3D data layers for geospatial applications. The latest release also... read more

Earth-imaging and scientific payloads arrive for Ariancespace mission

October 1, 2020By
Spain’s SEOSAT-Ingenio (left) is readied for the startup of its checkout process in the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility, which will begin after the external wrapping is removed. The French Taranis scientific satellite (right) undergoes an initial inspection in another of the S5 clean room areas. (Photos: Arianspace)

Earth-imaging and scientific payloads have arrived in French Guiana, both designed for Ariancespace’s Vega mission in November. The spacecraft were delivered by a chartered Antonov AN-124 cargo jetliner that touched down at Cayenne’s Félix Eboué Airport. They were then transported by road to the Spaceport, where processing is now underway in separate clean room areas of the S5 payload processing... read more

Contact tracing applications market set to grow 15% CAGR through 2030

September 25, 2020By
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According to a study by Future Market Insights, the contact tracing applications market is set to grow 15% CAGR through 2030. “Functional advantages of contact tracing applications include superior data quality, easier tracking and monitoring of larger numbers of people in a time effective manner, the ability of real time analysis, and the significant improvements to management and coordination of... read more

Global trends in the mapping industry during the pandemic

September 22, 2020By
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By Philippe Simard, Ph.D. President, SimActive Inc. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainties to all businesses, and the mapping industry has been no exception. Slowdowns were observed during the first few months of 2020 as lockdowns were gradually enforced in Asia, then Europe, and finally the Americas. As expected, projects were delayed during that initial period as companies were reorganizing their... read more

Bluesky 3D building models aid designs for London residences

September 22, 2020By
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London building-design agency DCSK is using 3D building models from Bluesky to inform the design of high-profile urban residential developments. Derived from the most up-to-date and accurate aerial photography, the Bluesky 3D models allow DCSK to place a design within its real-world context, consider sensitive view and vantage points, and communicate ideas to clients, planning authorities and the public. DCSK... read more

New Esri app shows air quality with demographics

September 18, 2020By
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Esri has released a new mapping app, Air Quality Aware, that fuses data from the EPA’s AirNow program, NOAA’s National Weather Service wind forecast and the American Community Survey to provide location intelligence on current air quality and its impacts on local communities. At a national level, areas are color-coded according to EPA’s Air Quality Index, with magenta and purple representing hazardous and... read more