Bluesky Ultra High-resolution Aerial Mapping Supports Smart City

The UK city of Hull has been photographed from the air using the latest ultra-high resolution survey cameras. Captured by aerial mapping company Bluesky, the 5cm pixel resolution imagery is so detailed that road markings, street furniture and property boundaries are all clearly visible. It is hoped the new digital photomap will provide a common platform for data and systems for developing a range of applications to improve decision making in support of the councils Smart City ambitions. With detailed on-street views accessible from the desktop, the aerial photography is also expected to save the council thousands of pounds by... (read more)
2018-10-03 10:13:44

Are We Being Smart Enough About Smart?

With location the common denominator, there are great opportunities ahead for surveyors, argues Ordnance Survey’s Simon Navin (above), if we realise the benefits for communities through interoperable data from Smart technologies like BIM, Big Data and the Internet of Things. In man’s universal search for simplicity, sometimes we do make life hard for ourselves. The term ‘Smart’ – according to British Standards Institute (BSI) Smart Cities – may mean ‘visionary; citizen-centric; digital; open and collaborative’. Or (if we look at ISO 37101), it may mean ‘... to contribute to sustainable development and resilience, through soundly based decision making and the... (read more)
2017-03-02 05:45:17

Smart Cities Summit 2016 - Is there a Role for Geomatics in Smart Cities?

The Smart Cities Summit focused on the concept of “Smart” for cities, homes and industry. The foundation for smart is surely location but was this appreciated at the summit? Prof. Ian Dowman reports. Location is an essential component if data is to be analysed, visualised and presented in order to make cities smart, but if the papers and discussion in the Smart Cities Summit are to be taken as an indicator, to the developers and decision makers involved in making a city smart, location is taken for granted. The Smart Summit held in London on 21st and 22nd September had... (read more)
2017-03-02 04:58:40

Smart Summit 2017 - Scaling the Geo Summit

This year’s Smart Summit event took place at the Business Design Centre in Islington over two days in September. The conference, which had twenty exhibitors, was split into six streams – Smart Home, Smart Cities, Smart Insurance, Smart Retail, Smart Utilities and LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Networks). The exhibition was dominated by products for the smart home and it was the Smart Home conference stream that attracted most attention from delegates. Where’s the Geo? This was an event that was strangely devoid of ‘geo’. Indeed the only geo word that I heard over the two days was ‘geofence’. When... (read more)
2017-11-03 10:31:10

Smart Cities and Communities - Connecting Citizens

The concept of smart cities is not always understood. Richard Groom reports from a conference on the topic and tries to make sense of the idea and what it can do for communities and citizens. 2017 seemed to be the year of the Smart City and the second conference in as many months took place in London, UK on 9 November. Smart Cities and Communities: Connecting Citizens seemed rather more relevant than the Smart Summit, reported in GW Nov/Dec. At least it certainly started on the right path, ably guided by the chairman Joe Dignan from consultancy, Kintechi Ltd. The... (read more)
2018-01-15 10:50:02

INTERGEO 2016 – smart geoinformation shaping the future

The world is getting smart. At the heart of these tumultuous changes to our lives, economy and work lies digitalisation. And at the core of this transformation, it’s intelligently networked and applied coordinates that often create the added value. The geo IT sector gains from this. Its players create and supply smart geoinformation and services and position themselves firmly at the interface with industry and administration. Their growing influence is clearly apparent at INTERGEO, the leading international trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. After notching up 531 exhibitors from 37 countries, more than 17,000 visitors from over 100... (read more)
2017-01-14 03:51:49

Keep it Spatial, Keep it Smart

The recent FIG working week in New Zealand and GEO Business in London all highlight the growing influence of geospatial. But will our core skills change? asks Gordon Johnston, chair of the Geomatics Professional Group, ahead of an RICS review. Following the mantra of KISS (“Keep it Simple Stupid”) often takes considerable will power. In a profession too often buried in its own complexities, taking this approach can be as big a challenge as the decision itself being considered, due I think to our association with detail. It means making a decision can be difficult but the debates and discussions... (read more)
2016-12-23 04:45:29

World Built Environment Forum 2018 – Being Smart about the Future

The third annual RICS World Built Environment Forum (WBEF) Summit was held at the Intercontinental Hotel at the O2, North Greenwich, London on 23-24 April. It attracted over a thousand delegates from the property profession. The event was a combination of keynote speakers and panel sessions ably facilitated by Chinese broadcaster James Chau, who introduced the speakers and transformed questions from the audience into a logical sequence. Tesla – A Company with Vision There were morning and afternoon plenary sessions together with breakout sessions. The highlight of day one was a talk by J B Straubel, co-founder and CTO of... (read more)
2018-07-05 12:12:24

Leica Zeno GG04 Smart Antenna Increases Access to GIS

Leica Geosystems has announced the Leica Zeno GG04 smart antenna. The device enables a flexible solution to improve mobile devices’ GNSS accuracy with Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) and Precise Point Positioning (PPP). The GG04 uses GNSS technology to track GPS, Galileo, GNSS, Beidou and QZSS satellite systems. When paired with the Zeno GG04, any Zeno or third party mobile device with Android or Windows OS can now collect highly-precise positioning data with Leica’ GNSS technology and 555-channel tracking performance. With PPP, users can collect data even in areas without cellular coverage. The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) functionality enables any smart device to collect... (read more)
2017-09-06 04:03:56

HxGN SmartNet Available in Mexico City for Precise Positioning Services

HxGN SmartNet, the world’s largest precise positioning service with more than 4,500 reference stations worldwide, has arrived in Mexico City and surrounding areas. HxGN SmartNet is a GNSS correction service built on the world’s largest reference station network, enabling GNSS-capable devices to quickly determine precise positions down to the centimetre. Based on Leica Geosystems technology, more than 4,500 reference stations ensure position accuracy in a wide variety of applications, such as surveying, engineering, construction, agriculture, machine control, utility surveys, archaeology, monitoring and more. Global Service, Local Support Available in North America, Europe, Russia, Australia, Peru and now in Mexico, HxGN... (read more)
2018-10-10 04:00:36
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