Technology

Concept3D’s night map feature supports campus security

August 9, 2019By
The night map of the campus of Boise State University. (Image: Concept3D)

A new night map integration feature is available for all Concept3D maps. The toggle-on map overlay is designed to enhance campus safety and security by making it easy to find the best, well-lit routes and critical resources such as emergency phones. The Concept3D interactive mapping platform is used by hundreds of major universities, colleges and schools, as well as convention centers,... read more

Airbus strengthens imagery capabilities with Vision-1

August 9, 2019By
Melbourne, Australia, satellite image. (Image: Airbus)

Airbus has enlarged its high-resolution imagery portfolio following an agreement to leverage capacity from the S1-4 satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). The new imagery offer — called Vision-1 — delivers end-to-end imaging operations to Airbus’ customers. Vision-1 provides 0.9-meter resolution imagery in the panchromatic band and 3.5-meter in the multispectral bands (NIR, RGB), with a 20.8-kilometer swath... read more

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 towards 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

Viametris launches new version of urban and road scanner

July 3, 2019By
Photo: Viametris

Viametris has launched the second-generation version of the vMS3D, its urban and road lidar scanner. The second-generation version of the 3D mobile vehicle scanner has been redesigned to be more compact. The system has been simplified considerably in both electronic and ergonomic terms to make it more robust and stable in adverse conditions and challenging environments. Despite being lighter, the second... read more

Raytheon, AirMap work on integrating drones into national airspace

July 3, 2019By
Image: Raytheon

Raytheon Company has signed a strategic agreement with AirMap, an airspace intelligence platform for drones, to collaborate on projects to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace system. This will help unlock the positive economic and social benefits of expanded commercial drone operations, the companies said. Unmanned air traffic control advances will unlock safe, efficient and scalable... read more

Land Viewer’s new 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
Screenshot: Mapitude

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

Phase One offers 3 high-performance, high-altitude lenses

June 4, 2019By
Photo: Phase One Industrial

Phase One Industrial has expanded its RS and RSM lens offering with three new high performance lenses for high-altitude aerial photography and long-range aerial and ground inspection applications. The 300mm AF, 180mm, and 150mm MK II lenses are designed to enhance the performance and flexibility of Phase One Industrial’s iXM-RS and iXM aerial camera series. Each offers precision imagery, taking... 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