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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

Enview unveils 3D AI as a web application, Enview Explore

September 16, 2020By
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Application empowers users with expert visualization and analysis of lidar Enview, a pioneer in the scalable processing of 3D geospatial data, has launched Enview Explore, a powerful web application that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing to automatically process 3D data at a high speed and scale. Also, Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has... read more

How the Civil Air Patrol relies on GIS for civil defense

September 9, 2020By
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As technology evolves, the Civil Air Patrol will continue to be a platform for implementing new technologies to secure the country in times of crisis. The strength of this country isn’t in buildings of brick and steel. It’s in the hearts of those who have sworn to fight for its freedom! —Captain America If you are someone who likes aviation,... read more

The value of point clouds is unlimited

August 25, 2020By
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By Jacob Amacker Oxford Technical Solutions What is a point cloud? A point cloud is fundamentally a simple construct. It is a collection of points in 3D space, each point being given a coordinate in Cartesian convention. The points can also be given other properties, often these will be indicative of how they were obtained. Examples might include the time... read more

New NGS study examines GIS surveys for airports

August 14, 2020By
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By Irv Leveson A new study for the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) reviews and validates airport surveys from a safety perspective. The study, “Protecting Against Airport Obstructions: Socio-Economic Study of the NGS Aeronautical Survey Program,” is by Irv Leveson and the staff of ARCBridge Consulting and Training Inc. Goals of the scoping study are to: provide a better understanding of the... read more

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

Cesium adds global layer of 3D buildings

July 22, 2020By
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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