Civil Maps Releases Fingerprint Base Map for Autonomous Cars

Civil Maps’ Fingerprint Base Map, which was presented at CES 2018, has been released and offers a robust, scalable and precise solution for autonomous vehicle mapping and localisation that forms part of the company´s HD semantic map. The basemap can be updated in real-time and performs in challenging weather situations as well. Explaining the technology behind the product, the company compares it with the Shazam technology for recognising songs with your smartphone: An app grabs an audio snippet of a song, consults a database and when there´s a match, information about the song is passed to the user from the... (read more)
2018-01-31 11:38:38

Ordnance Survey Producing Geospatial Data Model for Malta

Ordnance Survey (OS), the first national mapping agency in the world to digitise its geospatial database, is developing the first geospatial data model for Malta. The project, known as MaltaMap, is part of a desire to build a modern Spatial Data Infrastructure across Malta’s various government departments through the SIntegraM Project. It consists primarily of the islands of Malta and Gozo. Working alongside project lead, the geospatial solution provider IIC Technologies, OS has created a detailed base map model that provides an accurate representation of the built and un-built environment of the islands. The OS team are building on their... (read more)
2018-04-26 01:18:13

WaveSense Develops GPR as Alternative to Lidar for Autonomous Vehicles

Boston-based start-up company WaveSense is developing Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for autonomous vehicles to help keep them on track during adverse weather conditions, or if the primary sensor system were to fail. By sending a pulse of electromagnetic radiation into the ground and measuring reflections that originate from scattering points – such as pipes, roots, and rocks in the surrounding “dirt”, but most importantly, soil layers and variations in moisture content – below the surface, WaveSense’s Localising GPR (LGPR) is capable of creating a 3D map of the subsurface environment. According to WaveSense, “the premise of GPR localisation is that... (read more)
2018-09-07 01:08:36

Delta Solutions

Topcon’s Delta Solutions is a suite of deformation monitoring technology that make geosensor networks simple and easy to manage. With scalable and robust hardware, reporting, visualization and alarm features, Delta Solutions are flexible for any project’s monitoring data recording and processing needs. Topcon Delta Link Delta Link provides hardware support for autonomous operation in the field. Connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi and with external battery back ups for the standard power supply, Delta Link is always connected, even during power outages. Topcon Delta Log Accessed via a secure web portal, Delta Log is an intuitive interface for managing device observation... (read more)
2019-07-22 02:45:49

Leica Geosystems and NCTech Partner to Improve Productivity and Workflow

Leica Geosystems, a global leader of measurement and reality capture technologies, has teamed with NCTech, developer of reality imaging systems, to deliver automated, colourised 3D point clouds for enhanced usability and clarity. In Cyclone, 3D point cloud processing software, users can now automatically import and align high-dynamic range (HDR) data from the iSTAR camera database, producing enhanced deliverables quicker and easier. “It is not only about attractive images but also the accuracy to which these images fit the 3D point cloud data that is paramount, and NCTech’s iSTAR camera produces high-quality HDR imaging at the accuracy everyone expects,” said Faheem Khan,... (read more)
2017-01-11 12:08:42

Bluesky Launches Nationwide Map of Building Heights

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has launched the first UK nationwide map providing accurate height measurement for around 40 million buildings. Created from a combination of remote sensing surveys, including data from aircraft mounted lasers (LiDAR), the Heighted Building dataset covers the whole of England, Wales and Scotland, and will help to change the way we visualise and understand the built environment. By applying height values to 41,083,111 buildings gives planners, developers, local government, utility companies and the emergency services a new perspective. Including multiple values for every residential, leisure, retail, commercial and industrial structure in mainland UK, the dataset will... (read more)
2017-07-18 02:58:13

Geomni Announces New Drone Service for Properties

Geomni, a Verisk Analytics business, has announced a new service that allows customers to dispatch a licensed, qualified UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) pilot to collect imagery and data about a structure. The information from the UAV inspection is used to create a Geomni Property data package, which includes ultrahigh-resolution imagery and 3D exterior roof and wall details that fully integrate with North America’s most widely used repair estimating system. This supplements the data available from Geomni’s vast database of imagery collected across the country by its fleet of aircraft. The data can be used by estimators, architects, appraisers, inspectors, assessors,... (read more)
2017-10-04 12:21:09

Geomares and Diversified Communications Announce Cooperation

Geomares and Diversified Communications have announced a cooperation whereby the media company’s Geo-matching.com product database will become the official supplier directory for the following trade events and e-media sites organised by Diversified: SPAR3D Expo & Conference, SPAR3D.com, International LiDAR Mapping Forum, Commercial UAV News, Commercial UAV Expo Europe and Commercial UAV Expo Americas. Exhibiting companies at Diversified’s events that have an expanded Geo-matching.com profile will be linked directly from the exhibitor list to their profile on Geo-matching.com, which includes information such as company description, contact information, videos, technical specifications, product categories and more. This will give event visitors direct online... (read more)
2017-01-17 10:27:46

Mobile Collection App Enables New Era for GIS Data Capture

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has announced that the Leica Zeno Mobile data collection app now integrates HxGN SmartNet's post-processing service and Esri’s Geospatial Cloud. The new functionalities allow workforces with limited surveying knowledge to optimize data accuracy and precision in the field and office and enable a seamless data flow to Esri’s GIS products. Thanks to HxGN SmartNet, Zeno delivers high-accuracy RTK positioning. In areas without an internet connection, Zeno Mobile’s new automatic post-processing service means that users do not have to worry whether they have a mobile internet connection. In areas without an internet connection, Zeno Mobile records... (read more)
2019-11-19 09:46:04

UAS Survey of Rapa Nui

Capturing 164 Sq Kms of the World’s Most Remote Inhabited Island
Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) can be easily transported and this beneficial feature is ideal for photogrammetric surveys of remote spaces. Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the most isolated inhabited place on the planet, took UAS photogrammetry to the limit because of cloud cover, windy weather conditions and the vast size of the island. The resulting orthoimagery and digital surface models will support archaeological documentation and research. The archaeological features will be archived in a single, detailed database. The authors discuss this exciting and challenging adventure. The existence of Rapa Nui was first recorded in European annals by Jacob Roggeveen. The Dutch... (read more)
2016-06-29 12:14:38
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