Technology

Thermal drone designed for efficient solar farm inspections

May 15, 2019By
Photo: SenseFly

The new senseFly Solar 360 UAV is designed to enable the automated and efficient inspection of solar farms. SenseFly has introduced its senseFly Solar 360. Created in collaboration with software company Raptor Maps, the offering is an efficient thermal drone solution that enables the automatic assessment of solar plant performance at a sub-module level, the companies said. Created by combining... read more

Positioning sensors and geospatial intelligence advance in the 5G landscape

May 13, 2019By
Aerial Imagery reveals signal (green lines) interference (red lines) from buildings — even 30 cm of obstruction can be significant — between microwave towers. (Near map)

Like instant response when we surf the web, consumers have come to expect clear, consistent call connections when using mobile. read more

New version of Global Mapper SDK supports S-52 marine chart symbology

May 10, 2019By
Global Mapper v.20.1 offers a new zoom tool in the path profile view. (Photo: Blue Marble Geographics)

Blue Marble Geographics has released a new version of the Global Mapper software development kit (SDK), providing software engineers with the means to embed the latest geospatial technology into their custom applications. Version 20.1 incorporates many of the functional upgrades introduced in the recent release of the desktop version of the software. Blue Marble’s GIS software has been used by... read more

GE Aviation brings advanced avionics computing to unmanned vehicles

April 30, 2019By

GE Aviation has introduced a new advanced avionics computer specifically built for military and commercial unmanned vehicles. This new computer provides an open architecture design that integrates vehicle management and advanced mission processing into a compact, lightweight design. GE Aviation made the announcement at AUVSI Xponential, which took place April 29-May 2 in Chicago. “Our customers have told us that... read more

Raytheon system downs multiple drones in U.S. Air Force exercise

April 30, 2019By
Raytheon's high-energy laser (HEL). (iPhoto: Raytheon)

Raytheon Company’s advanced high-power microwave and mobile high-energy laser systems engaged and defeated multiple unmanned aerial system targets during a U.S. Air Force demonstration. The mature HPM and HEL technologies offer an affordable solution to the growing UAS threat, the company said. Raytheon made the announcement at AUVSI Xponential, which took place April 29-May 2 in Chicago. Raytheon’s mobile high... read more

3DR and Wingtra partner on aerial surveying solution

April 30, 2019By
Photo: Wingtra

Wingtra and 3DR, producer of the Site Scan drone data platform, have signed a partnership agreement to benefit the mining and surveying industries. Wingtra’s VTOL drone WingtraOne and Site Scan form a complete aerial surveying solution, including highly efficient aerial data collection, post-processing and analysis. Through the partnership, 3DR now endorses the WingtraOne as the preferred fixed-wing drone for its Site... read more

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How lidar boosts the value of mobile mapping

April 23, 2019By
Image: Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne presents business cases of lidar solutions in forestry, utilities and surveying at AUVSI’s Xponential. Frank Bertini, UAV and robotics business manager at Velodyne Lidar, delivered a featured presentation on the business cases for 3D lidar technology in mobile mapping applications at AUVSI Xponential 2019, which took place April 29-May 2 in Chicago. Bertini discussed revenue-generating strategies created by adding... read more

Drone aids archaeology in Scotland

April 22, 2019By
Five days of drone flights yielded 4,000 ultra-high-resolution images and 420 million data points.. (Image: National Trust of Scotland/GeoGeo)

The National Trust for Scotland commissioned Glasgow-based GeoGeo to carry out a drone survey of the inner Hebridean islands of Canna and Sanday in November 2018. Using an ultra-high-definition camera, the GeoGeo team not only pinned down the exact locations of archaeological features, but also revealed new archaeological sites. Over five days, the drone navigated 400 kilometers to capture 4,000... read more

Correcting the census: Household sizes in Maptitude 2019

April 17, 2019By
Census tracts with Caliper derived households. (Image: Caliper)

Household size distributions are critical inputs to many business analyses, but may not be correctly derived from U.S. Census data, according to Caliper. The Census counts people at their geographic locations, and when several unrelated people live at the same address, they are reported as one household with a number of residents. A confusing array of data is reported. In... read more

SimActive software used with eBee X for shoreline mapping

April 17, 2019By
Photo: SimActive

SimActive Inc., a developer of photogrammetry software, announced that Correlator3D is being used for mapping projects in Brittany, France, by Altimedias. An eBee X equipped with senseFly S.O.D.A. 3D camera is flown along the shoreline to produce high-resolution true orthomosaics and 3D models. “The quality of outputs from Correlator3D is exceptional and the mosaic renders the vivid colours of the... read more