Technology

Hexagon releases 3D laser scanner with in-field pre-registration

June 18, 2018By

Hexagon AB has launched the Leica RTC360, a laser scanner equipped with edge computing technology to enable fast and accurate creation of 3D models in the field. The Leica RTC360 is one of many innovations showcased at HxGN Live 2018, the company’s annual digital technology conference. According to Hexagon, the Leica RTC360 combines high-performance laser scanning, edge computing and mobile app... read more

UAVs, new sensors and mapping help with volcano eruption response

June 8, 2018By

A team of five volunteers armed with drones, advanced sensor systems and GIS technologies joined the response effort at Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone to assist in tracking and predicting the ongoing volcanic eruption. Using small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) together with air-quality sensors, advanced imaging tools and Esri’s spatial analytics and mapping, the team from the Center for... read more

TomTom adopts what3words addressing system

June 6, 2018By

TomTom and what3words will collaborate to bring what3words addressing to TomTom’s customers globally. what3words addressing will roll out to TomTom consumer and automotive customers in the second half of 2018. TomTom made the announcement at TU Automotive Detroit, taking place this week. what3words is a simple way to talk about location. The world is divided into a grid of 3 x... read more

Dewberry to update lidar for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands after hurricane

June 6, 2018By

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has selected Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, to collect and process Quality Level 1 topographic lidar data of Puerto Rico, including the islands of Culebra, Vieques and Isla de Mona; and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. The new data will be used to identify the impact... read more

Esri releases Sentinel-2 Image Services through Living Atlas

May 29, 2018By

Esri is releasing Sentinel-2 Image Services to all Esri users for no additional cost. According to the company, Sentinel-2 is an Earth Observation Satellite that provides multi-spectral imagery for any location in the world at 10-meter resolution. Currently in beta, the service is updated daily with new imagery for all ground locations every five to seven days. The Sentinel-2 Image... read more

Hangar joins Esri Startup Program to add aerial insights to ArcGIS

May 24, 2018By

Hangar Technology Inc., a robotics-as-a-system technology company providing scalable 4D visual insights, has been selected to join the Esri Startup Program. The three-year program helps emerging business partners bring new and innovative products to Esri customers. The initial partnership between Hangar and Esri will enable ArcGIS customers to request and receive autonomous, precision-captured drone data on demand from within ArcGIS,... read more

TerraGo launches reconnaissance app in NGA GEOINT store

May 23, 2018By

TerraGo, a provider of dissemination and collaboration software for defense and intelligence agencies, has announced the availability of R3 for immediate download in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) GEOINT App Store. R3 is a mobile data collection and collaboration app customized for the missions of reconnaissance, response and recovery. Designed for the most challenging missions and environments, R3 lets users... read more

Auto-scanning total stations working on China’s expressways

May 21, 2018By

Spectra Precision‘s Focus 35 robotic total stations are helping build the world’s largest expressway network. For instance, the Focus 35, with its time-saving automatic scan template, is checking the cross-section quality of the twin Nan Kunshan tunnels for the new six-lane Shazhan S14 regional highway. Excavation under Nankun Mountain for the twin tunnels, each 4.1 kilometers (km) long and each... read more

The evolution of remote sensing platforms

May 17, 2018By

Drones and robots complement traditional platforms, delivering insights in unique use cases. Guest column by Mike Fuller Geographic surveys have changed in the last 150 years. What started with early film cameras strapped to hot air balloons, kites and homing pigeons has advanced — both in terms of sensors and the platforms on which they’re deployed. These innovations — which include... read more

Esri’s Africa GeoPortal to help with urgent development challenges

May 11, 2018By

Esri has launched the Africa GeoPortal, a comprehensive cloud-based platform that provides rich content and solutions from Esri and its partners. The geoportal provides access to Esri’s ArcGIS Online service as well as geographic data and imagery for Africa. The African Union, African Development Bank, other international agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), academia, businesses and national government funds will be able... read more

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