EarthSense Zephyr Sensor Begins Volume Production

EarthSense has announced that its Zephyr air quality monitor, an industry-first in small sensor technology with replaceable cartridge system, will go into mass production. The Zephyr is a multi-sensor platform which samples the air and provides accurate measurements of air pollution, such as Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Ozone (O3), from a range of pollution sources. The volume production helps establish EarthSense as a leading player in the air quality field, meeting the increased industry demand for reliable air quality monitors and providing data solutions to help the world understand and solve its air quality issues. Volume production of the Zephyr... (read more)
2018-08-03 10:19:49

Airbus Partners with Planet for Satellite Imagery

Airbus has announced a data-sharing agreement with satellite imagery purveyors Planet, along with a project to deliver a geoinformation platform and pipeline for the Thai government. The depth and breadth of satellite data products in the marketplace may soon expand following the announcement by Airbus and Planet of a new partnership that provides access to each other’s data, and an agreement to co-develop new products. Airbus says the partnership aims to address the growing demand for continuous monitoring and accurate information, and the relative strengths of both companies’ infrastructure and data assets should result in some unique and powerful offerings. Combining satellite... (read more)
2018-06-28 10:21:05

Chair and Deputy Chair Appointed to the Geospatial Commission

Sir Andrew Dilnot has been appointed Chair of the government’s Geospatial Commission by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt Hon David Lidington CBE MP. Nigel Clifford has also been confirmed as Deputy Chair. They will be responsible for the work of the Geospatial Commission, supported by £80 million of funding, to drive the use of this location-linked data more productively to unlock up to £11 billion of extra value for the economy every year. The objectives of the Commission are to increase economic growth and improve social and environmental outcomes by: Setting cross-cutting geospatial strategy, policy and... (read more)
2018-12-19 10:09:18

China Announces Worldwide Coverage by BeiDou

At the end of 2018, China’s Satellite Navigation Office announced that the country’s GNSS (called BeiDou or ‘BDS’) is now available as a global service. Originally, worldwide coverage was not expected to be achieved until 2020, but this early completion of the system means that China now joins the USA’s GPS, Europe’s Galileo and Russia’s GLONASS as the only four global providers of satellite-based positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services. Ran Chengqi, director general of the China Satellite Navigation Office, is quoted as saying that BeiDou has “officially entered the global era as [it] expands from a regional system to... (read more)
2019-01-16 10:53:57

Addressing Emerging Mega Trends Through Innovative Land Administration

Clarissa Augustinus will give a presentation to the RICS on receipt of the Michael Barrett award on the 29 November 2018. Here she outlines the main points of her lecture. We live in an era of change – global and national. Mega trends such as climate change, global population growth, migration, massive urbanisation in some continents, escalating conflict, and displacement of people, will continue to influence our countries and our business models for the foreseeable future. The address will describe how we can innovate to tackle these mega-trends by adapting existing land practices. We need to do this in our... (read more)
2018-11-09 02:29:10

The Importance of Geospatial at the United Nations

The Fifth Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) meeting was held at the UN HQ in New York during August 2015. James Norris explains the background to this significant body and the role of Ordnance Survey Great Britain. The UN-GGIM (United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management) is a formal part of the United Nations system with a mandate from the Economic and Social Council. The committee operates at a political rather than an organisational level and attendees are nominated by and represent their Member States. The UK delegation comprised Peter ter Haar (Ordnance... (read more)
2017-04-28 01:09:17

Regional SDIs Advance as UN-GGIM Moves Ahead GI

The sixth session of the UN-GGIM was held in New York last August. Greg Scott, inter-regional advisor to the committee, reports with additional material by Santiago Borrero, coordinator of the GeoSUR programme, a regional initiative led by spatial data producers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Writing in the latest edition of GIM (October 2016) editor Durk Haarsma says that “It’s time for a round of applause for professionals working in geomatics. There are many reasons why our sector deserves a pat on the back but the main one I am referring to is the success achieved by the UN... (read more)
2017-03-02 05:22:29

Elections over, but will it be Time for Infrastructure?

Infrastructure and particularly transportation are issues that should concern us all, says Chris Preston, chair of RICS Geomatics Professional Group. By the time you read this those of us in the UK will have returned to our post-election stupor and wondering what effect the new government will have on the matters that have impact on our lives. It always surprises me that the issues that are in the politicians’ minds at polling time are rarely one of the matters that concern us all, namely transportation. Apart from different political parties having a policy of pro or anti HS2 (High-speed railway... (read more)
2017-10-11 03:39:59

Ordnance Survey and EarthSense Map Clean Air Cycle Routes

A project combining Ordnance Survey (OS) geospatial data with real-time air quality data from EarthSense Systems is set to highlight clean cycle routes in Britain’s cities. Using a network of fixed and static air pollution sensors, EarthSense is producing city-wide visualisations of air quality. Combined with OS’s open dataset of greenspaces, the EarthSense air quality models highlight areas of higher air pollution, often along busy roads, and allow users to identify cleaner air routes, such as through parks or along canal paths. “By making it easy for cyclists to see pollution levels before they make their journey, we can help... (read more)
2017-10-18 11:10:54

Seminar Programme for GEO Business 2019 Call for Abstracts

The organisers of the UK’s largest geospatial event, GEO Business 2019, have announced a call for abstracts for their seminar programme to be held at the Business Design Centre in London, UK from 21-22 May 2019. The seminars attracted 2,602 attendees from 53 countries at its launch in 2018 and covered a variety of topics demonstrating the impact geospatial technologies and solutions are having on our global environment. The GEO Business team are looking for ground-breaking and stimulating abstracts that highlight the value and impact that geospatial data is having on delivering services and solutions to the world. The seminar... (read more)
2018-11-14 11:50:00
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