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FAA awards $3.3M in drone grants to universities

August 7, 2020By
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $3.3 million in research, education and training grants to universities that comprise the FAA’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). “These grants will help develop a greater array of innovative strategies to more effectively deploy... read more

1Spatial becomes corporate member of DAMA UK, releases software upgrades

July 28, 2020By
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1Spatial has released a number of updates, including its membership in the Data Management Association (DAMA) UK and two software updates. DAMA UK membership 1Spatial is now a member of DAMA, a global community of data management professionals organized around local membership-based chapters. The chapters are supported by DAMA International, which maintains the data management body of knowledge and the... read more

Blue Marble releases Global Mapper Mobile v2.1 with advanced GPS support

July 23, 2020By
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Blue Marble Geographics has released version 2.1 of its mobile mapping application Global Mapper Mobile, with updates to both the free and Pro versions. Global Mapper Mobile is an iOS and Android application for viewing and collecting GIS data. It utilizes the GPS capabilities of mobile devices to provide situational awareness and locational intelligence for remote mapping projects. A complement to... read more

Cesium adds global layer of 3D buildings

July 22, 2020By
Seattle's Space Needle. (Image: Cesium)

Cesium users now have access to Cesium OSM Buildings, a global base layer of more than 350 million 3D buildings. Cesium OSM Buildings expands the suite of Cesium Global Base Layers including worldwide terrain, aerial imagery and streetmaps already available on Cesium ion. “As digital twins and urban mapping gain momentum in 3D geospatial, we are excited to offer a... read more

Multi-platform lidar enables digital twin cities

July 22, 2020By
Mapping Shanghai with the AlphaUni 900. (Image: CHC Navigation)

Digital twin technology emerged a decade ago to provide 3D virtual replicas of physical assets. Today, with Big Data and internet of things (IoT) capabilities, it is a complex and comprehensive method to support the construction of smart cities. As a virtual model, a digital city can be an indispensable tool to visualize the life of a city in real... read more

UP42 partners with Vultus for precision ag solutions

July 21, 2020By
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UP42 has partnered with Vultus, which specializes in precision farming technologies. According to UP42, its customers can now use Vultus Fertilization Zoning Maps algorithms to fine-tune crop management — with more agricultural technologies coming soon. Founded in 2016 in Lund, Sweden, Vultus AB provides a geospatial infrastructure for precision farming. Vultus analyzes Earth observation satellite data with advanced artificial intelligence... read more

Atlantic purchases first Phase One large-format camera

July 20, 2020By
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Atlantic — a remote sensing, surveying and consulting business — has purchased a Phase One Industrial 280MP large-format aerial solution to better serve its clients. The upgrade substantially increases Atlantic’s ability to efficiently capture a large area with extreme accuracy and quality, the company said. The massive Phase One Industrial 280MP aerial solution is a large-format camera system that easily integrates... read more

National Governors Association, Esri release updated COVID-19 map

July 15, 2020By

The National Governors Association has partnered with Esri to publish a comprehensive update to its interactive COVID-19 State and Territory Action Tracker. According to the association, the interactive mapping-based app shows how jurisdictions have taken actions to reopen certain business sectors by issuing statewide orders. It also shows how jurisdictions are undertaking regional-based approaches or implementing statewide orders with authorization... read more

NSGIC issues guidance for states to strengthen address data programs

July 9, 2020By
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Guidance issued for states to strengthen address data programs complete and accurate data necessary for emergency response, other government services A report issued by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) targets a key dataset for state governments. “Best Practices for State Geospatial Maturity: Addresses” is available now. “Addresses are created by local address authorities in city, county, and tribal... read more

ProStar joins Trimble’s GIS Business Partner Program

July 9, 2020By
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Trimble GNSS integrates with PointMan field applications to identify, capture and record the precise geospatial location of utilities ProStar has joined Trimble’s GIS Business Partner Program. As part of the program, ProStar has implemented the Trimble Precision SDK (software developer kit) to integrate high-accuracy positioning capability in its PointMan mobile application running on smartphones and tablets using Trimble GNSS receivers.... read more