Canada's Draft Regulations for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Released

Eleven years of joint effort by Unmanned Systems Canada and Transport Canada has reached the milestone announcement in Canada Gazette One of the proposed regulations for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (a.k.a. drones) operating in Visual Line of Sight. This is a major milestone in the evolution of global industry where Canada has a leading position. Unmanned Systems Canada will be seeking industry input to provide Transport Canada with a collated response during the period open for public comment. In addition, Transport Canada will be undertaking a cross-country series of information sessions with results to follow shortly. The details of the regulations are contained in the press release along with a link to Transport Canada’s document.  The PDF is a copy of the Canada Gazette document. Read More

SIGGRAPH Asia 2017’s 2nd Keynote Speaker: Michael Cohen

Michael is the Director of the Computational Photography Group at Facebook and is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. He arrived at Facebook after two decades at Microsoft Research. He has previously served on the faculties at Princeton and Cornell Universities. The Computational Photography Team at Facebook was formed in 2015 to build new ways to share photos and videos on the social media platform, including allowing Facebook users to share 3D videos and Virtual Reality videos to their profiles. Read More

Copernicus App Lab is Open For Registration

The Copernicus App Lab provides an easy data access platform that brings together the scientific Earth observation (EO) community and mobile developers. A proof-of-concept provides data from the Copernicus Land -, Marine Environment -, and Atmosphere Monitoring Services as linked open data to promote the inclusion of EO data into value-added services and/or applications. Hereby, app developers bridge the digital divide between the established, science-driven Earth observation community and the innovative and entrepreneurial world. Read More

Announcement of 2018 Digital Earth Summit in Morocco

The 7th Digital Earth Summit 2018, DES-2018, on Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa will be held in El Jadida, Morocco, at the Faculty of Science, Chouaib Douakkali University from April 17-19, 2018.The 7th Digital Earth Summit 2018, DES-2018, on Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa will be held in El Jadida, Morocco, at the Faculty of Science, Chouaib Douakkali University from April 17-19, 2018. This conference will be a major event in the African and international community of Earth observation and geo-spatial information science in 2018.  It will be organized by International Society for Digital Earth and the Chouaib Douakkali University  in partnership with the the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) and  the Moroccan Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (MARSE).

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ESA And European Space Industry Join Forces On ‘SATELLITE FOR 5G’

ESA and 16 satellite industry leaders today signed a joint statement on their collaboration over ‘Satellite for 5G’ at the Paris Air and Space Show. ESA and the European space industry are joining forces to develop and demonstrate the added value that satellite brings in the context of 5G. As part of an ESA ‘Satellite for 5G’ initiative foreseen over 2018–20 and beyond, ESA and the European space industry will work together on: 5G service trials, including satellite capabilities, with a focus on selected sectors targeted by 5G, so called ‘Verticals’, such as transport, media and entertainment, and public safety; transversal activities in the areas of applications development, standardisation, resource management aspects, interoperability demonstration campaigns, and supporting technologies; outreach activities.

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Caroline Bellamy Appointed New Chief Data Officer of Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey (OS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Caroline Bellamy, as its new Chief Data Officer. Caroline is a highly-experienced leader with 25 years’ Data and Insight experience, working in multiple sectors at senior levels. Caroline joins OS from Vodafone where she’d been working since 2008 in various leadership roles in the UK and Germany. While at Vodafone, Caroline’s work included leading, defining and executing the transformation of Business Intelligence, Big Data and Analytics in the UK and Germany, and defining Global Blueprints.

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Axis Group Launches New Global Brand – Axis Studios

Axis Studios cements the creative output of Axis Animation, Flaunt Productions and axisVFX under a singular banner with one common goal: deliver the unexpected. The three brands will operate with a greater degree of collaboration, enabling Axis Studios to tackle a wider range of exciting, large scale projects across all three locations, in every sector of the entertainment industry. This change also reflects the continual growth and physical expansion taking place across Axis Studios' three sub-brands. Axis Animation and Flaunt Productions in Glasgow and axisVFX in Bristol have expanded their studio size to house a creative crew of 230 people, and Axis London plans to relocate to a new studio space in late summer 2017. Read More

Survey and Mapping Company Partners with Leading Unmanned and Manned Flight Service Experts

The combined capabilities of the partners extend the range of services, sensors, and platforms, and provide each partner with the ability to offer their clients a solution that starts with fast-acquisition, high-resolution aerial data capture through delivery of superior survey and map products. GeoWing brings over 50 years of combined experience in aerial mapping. Certified Photogrammetrists, Licensed Civil Engineer, Licensed Land Surveyor, and Geospatial Analysts use cutting-edge mapping technologies such as dense point-cloud generation and scan-to-mesh alongside traditional photogrammetric methods such as stereo data compilation to provide client-centric mapping solutions. Read More

Golden Software Releases Network Licensing for Surfer and Grapher

The new concurrent use license provides dynamic use and management options for Surfer and Grapher users. System administrators can track software usage and control access to the software while standardizing the software across organizations. Concurrent use licenses maximize access to Surfer and Grapher while minimizing the cost to the organization. “The new license model gives users greater flexibility when managing Golden Software licenses. Now, organizations of any size, from a one-(wo)man shop to a global enterprise can get the most from their software and software budget,” said Golden Software CEO Blakelee Mills. “We are pleased to offer additional licensing options to best fits the needs of our users.” For users currently running single-user licenses of Surfer and Grapher, Golden Software is offering a trade-in credit for those wishing to convert to a concurrent use license. “As providers of affordable software solutions, it only makes sense to provide an affordable solution for those wanting to transition to a concurrent use license,” said Mills. Read More

Hexagon Selects Microsoft Azure for New Public Safety & Security Cloud Products

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure has selected Microsoft Azure as the cloud platform for its next-generation public safety and security products. These products will help to radically reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) for mission-critical IT and enable public safety agencies and security operators to adapt to changing needs faster and more effectively. Hexagon’s new software-as-a-service (SaaS) products will enable customers to provision public safety and security solutions without complex hardware and software procurements. Having been built natively on Azure, Hexagon’s public safety and security products will take advantage of Azure’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to expedite development and deliver better capabilities than applications built from generic code and hosted in the cloud.

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Dive into the world of 3D at the 2017 Esri UC

Our world is 3D – and 3D is the common visual and analytical experience for tomorrow’s GIS. Next month at the 2017 Esri User Conference in San Diego (July 11th-14th), connect with 3D GIS experts to learn about the latest 3D GIS software and experience how Esri’s 3D GIS technology has transformed the way 3D information can be managed, utilized, and integrated with your enterprise GIS. 3D is a core GIS capability that’s easier than ever to integrate into your current workflows. Read More

Airbus Celebrates 10 Years of Precision And Reliability of TerraSAR-X Satellite

Designed to operate for five years, Airbus’s Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite TerraSAR-X has achieved ten years of flawless operations in orbit providing high-resolution radar images in all weather conditions 24 hours a day. Developed and constructed by Airbus Defence and Space teams from Friedrichshafen for the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the satellite orbits at a height of 514 km and provides radar imagery to a wide variety of scientific and commercial users. “TerraSAR-X has not only achieved double its service life, having orbited the Earth 55,459 times and travelled 2.4 billion kilometres, all while boasting 99.9 percent availability, it has also delivered an outstanding performance”, said Eckard Settelmeyer, Head of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science at Airbus in Germany. “TerraSAR-X is in such a good condition that a current assessment indicates it can be operated for a few more years in space until a follow-on system is in place.” Read More