DJI Adds Airplane and Helicopter Detectors to Consumer Drones

DJI, a civilian drone and aerial imaging technology company, has committed to installing airplane and helicopter detectors in new consumer drones, part of a 10-point plan to ensure that the world's skies remain safe in the drone era. All new DJI drone models released after 1 January 2020 that weigh more than 250 grams will include AirSense technology, which receives ADS-B signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters and warns drone pilots if they appear to be on a collision course. This will be the largest single deployment of ADS-B collision awareness technology to date and sets a new standard by putting professional-grade... (read more)
2019-05-29 10:36:41

How Can the Built Environment Take Advantage of AI?

From grammar checkers to satellite navigation systems, we are using AI without necessarily realizing it. However, whilst AI is typically quite widespread on a general level, the built environment is just beginning to take advantage of its uses. Geotechnical engineering can be used to analyze soil properties and throwaway sensors and algorithms can be used to help more accurately predict concrete curing times. AI is also being used to create smarter infrastructure solutions for marketing and sales, and for customer service, where it can turn costs into revenue generators. There is, however, scope for so much more. At the height... (read more)
2019-12-04 08:51:44

UK Satellites to Help Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

The British government has announced backing for ground-breaking research analysing satellite images that will better predict the future impact of climate change in towns and cities and inform future government action. A new £5 million satellite data centre involving the Universities of Edinburgh and Leeds will use cutting-edge satellite technology to help combat climate change, including helping lower the risk of people being affected by flooding. The data centre will bring together 50 of the UK’s brightest and best PhD researchers to help solve climate change. Measurements from satellites on rising sea levels, greenhouse gases and shrinking glaciers and forests... (read more)
2020-01-09 01:18:24

Consolidation of AI and Autonomy - Commercial UAV Show 2018

The 2018 Commercial UAV show was as busy and wide-ranging as in previous years. Mapping did not have a high profile although some exhibitors were promoting photogrammetry and mapping in general and several seminar and conference sessions featured mapping. The overarching theme of the event could be characterisied as consolidation and looking to the future. Artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy were strong themes, meaning the development of smart drones. This includes interaction with robots to manage battery change for example, although it is unlikely that we will see genuine autonomous UAVs very soon. But several exhibitors claim the use of... (read more)
2019-01-23 03:46:04

Heritage Mapping Takes Advantage of New Technology

The theme of this GW issue is the mapping of cultural features. This topic has been brought to public attention recently with the fire at Notre Dame, Paris. The French have a strong record of mapping cultural features and it is to be hoped that they have a good archive of images of Notre Dame. We include a very varied set of articles which show the range of features covered and the variety of techniques used. We have included articles featuring some of these topics in recent years but to see them together demonstrates the versatility of the techniques and... (read more)
2019-05-29 04:26:05

Events, Statistics, Geospatial Data and the UN

The FIG Working Week in Helsinki was well organised, well attended and achieved by collaboration. So is much else in the geospatial business. Jointly organized by FIG and the two Finnish members of FIG and the National Land Survey of Finland, the working week was a substantial amount of good technical and strategic papers and presentations, as well as a strong cultural element. In the UK, GEO Business demonstrated the diversity, health and general state of our industry and profession. In the UK, there are concerns affecting the industry from austerity to “Brexit”. These are ongoing and largely out of... (read more)
2017-07-04 12:40:42

What to Expect from AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017

With the market for unmanned systems – including drones and robotics – poised to experience huge growth, industry thought leaders will come together to discuss the technologies, trends, and regulatory moves that will drive innovation and revenue when the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2017 show kicks off at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas from 8-11 May 2017. "We are entering a period of rapid, unprecedented growth in the unmanned systems industry," said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. "At XPONENTIAL, we have gathered the industry's thought leaders, along with innovators across various vertical markets who have abundant experience... (read more)
2017-04-27 01:01:32

FIG Working Week 2016 Preliminary Programme Released

FIG2016 is excited to share the preliminary technical programme for the 2016 conference! It is shaping up to be another great FIG experience and we hope you can come to Christchurch, New Zealand from 2-6 May to join in the fun. If you register by 8 February - just one week away - you can save up to 90 EUR! The conference is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to share innovative science with policymakers and stakeholders. Scientists, policy- and decision- makers, students, and stakeholders are invited to join the discussions on... (read more)
2017-01-13 03:32:36

Copernicus Sentinel-2B Delivers First Images

Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union’s Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the ‘colour vision’ it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. With a swath width of 290km, the satellite’s first acquisition began over the Baltic Sea and made a strip-like observation through eastern Europe, ending in northern Libya. The data was relayed in real time to the Matera ground station in Italy, where the images were then processed. While eastern Europe was mostly cloudy, Italy’s sunny skies allowed the teams to get their first glimpse of... (read more)
2017-03-16 10:04:25

Be there or be Lost - GEO Business 2017

This year’s event takes place on 23 and 24 May at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Richard Groom casts his eye over the menu and finds that we’re spoilt for choice. As ever, the exhibition will be at the centre of this show, which is free to attend. Around two hundred equipment and software suppliers, survey companies and educational establishments from Britain and around the world will be on show. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with those you already know as well as checking out what else is on offer in our rapidly evolving business. An... (read more)
2017-04-28 05:54:04
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