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Skyopener test highlights EGNSS benefits for drones

July 29, 2019By
EGNSS improves positioning integrity and accuracy for the Boreal drone. (Photo: GSA)

News from the European GNSS Agency The Skyopener project, co-financed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), aims to pave the way toward increased use of remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) in civil applications. The project has tested the benefits of multi-frequency GNSS and EGNOS in RPAS, revealing gains in availability, accuracy and robustness. There is increasing demand to operate RPAS... read more

NASA program aids with disaster relief efforts

July 25, 2019By
Researchers at the NASA Disasters Program use satellite imagery to create maps to show where damage from a natural disaster has taken place. (Photo: Allison Barwacz)

Satellite imagery and mapping have proven to be critical technologies when it comes to disaster relief efforts. The NASA Earth Science Disasters Program has harnessed these technologies to help communities and governments recover from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and more. “[The goal of the program is to] try to prevent natural disasters or limit their impact and also help... read more

Esri, Jane Goodall Institute partner to protect ecosystems

July 9, 2019By
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Esri is partnering with the Jane Goodall Institute to develop a set of tools that will help communities map and manage the ecosystems around them through a collaborative design and planning approach, aided by GIS software. According to the partners, these tools will help communities map, monitor, and better manage their natural resources from community forests and wildlife reserves, to... read more

LandViewer’s change-detection tool runs in a browser

June 19, 2019By
A difference image showing the extent of deforestation in Madagascar between 2016 and 2018; generated from two Sentinel-2 satellite images. (Image: LandViewer)

A major use of remote sensing data is to compare images of an area taken at different times and identify the changes it underwent. With a wealth of long-term satellite imagery in open use, detecting such changes manually would be time-consuming and most likely inaccurate. To address this, EOS Data Analytics has introduced an automated Change Detection tool to its... read more

Maptitude for Redistricting ready for 2020 cycle

June 13, 2019By
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Maptitude for Redistricting is designed specifically for anyone involved in or preparing for the 2020 redistricting cycle, from novice to professional users. Maptitude for Redistricting 2019 has new partisan competitiveness reports, adds access to imagery layers, and allows users to save and share their plans in a variety of formats. New features include: Speed improvements provide faster access to maps... read more

USGS, scientists test drone-based river analysis

June 4, 2019By
2019 Aquatic Airshow participants at Androscoggin River in Auburn, Maine, on May 1. (Photo: Mario Martin-Alciati, USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and independent scientists gathered in Auburn, Maine, to evaluate the use of sensor-mounted unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to gauge stream stage, velocity, bathymetry and discharge. The technology is being evaluated and modeled to determine whether it will support the fast, accurate and safe measurement of rivers, especially when they are flooded or contain floating trees,... read more

Ocean mapping, exploration inventions honored with XPRIZE

June 3, 2019By
ODXP Competition Final Round 2 Testing in Kalamata, Greece. (Photo: XPRIZE)

With more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans unmapped, the deep ocean is one of the last unknown areas on Earth. On May 31, teams with unique exploration solutions were honored with the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. XPRIZE is a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. The teams invented new technologies... read more

Thermal drone designed for efficient solar farm inspections

May 15, 2019By
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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

The story of GIS at DHS: From Manhattan to Katrina

May 8, 2019By and
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Part 1 In a rare historic moment, Congress understood geospatial technology’s important role would be key to support the new Department of Homeland Security. Written by Nate Smith; edited and co-written by William Tewelow, GISP If it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger, but therein is the rub: You first have to avoid dying. Nothing sharpens the mind like... read more