December 2012, Vol. 2 Issue 7
 
Maximising the benefits of geospatial information in Asia Pacific

Dr. Li Pengde
President
Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP)


UN-GGIM-AP has been successfully responding to the regional needs of geospatial information management. In an exclusive interview with Geospatial Media, Dr. Li Pengde talks about the activities of the organisation to maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits of geospatial information in the Asia Pacific region.
'Asian industry is recognising the value of suitable geospatial data'

David Jonas
Spatial Solutions Consultant, AAM Group


Spatial data is increasingly becoming more voluminous and complicated. AAM has developed a number of applications to analyse and present complex spatial datasets in a simple yet reliable manner. David Jonas tells us more about AAM Group’s wide offerings for the Asia Pacific region and the company’s investment plans in the region
Place name information service on Web 2.0

Chungweon Oh, Jinmu Choi

Place name (geographical name, toponym) was named after the characteristics of earth’s surface and separated into names for natural features and names of residential places. In Korea, the official place name is being managed by National Geographic Information Institute (NGII).
Digging deep to create national soil database

Australia's 7.69 million square kilometres of land is arguably its most valuable natural asset – particularly when it comes to the nation's food security. But this vast landscape’s geographical diversity means developing and maintaining detailed, accurate soil information – which is crucial to the effective management of the agribusiness sector – is no easy feat.
AUSTRALIA
Insurance companies eye geospatial data
Big Australian telcos and insurance companies are seeing business opportunities in analysing the location information transmitted by customers' mobile devices. The move into geospatial comes as companies face increasing scrutiny about their handling of customers' private information.
OGC, CRCSI join forces to make data widely available
The CRC for Spatial Information has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The relationship with OGC will be especially strong with the CRCSI’s Spatial Infrastructures research programme.
GIS project gets USD 23 mn boost
The award-winning Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP) project is being upgraded with the expanded use of spatial technology. This upgrade will make location-based knowledge easier to access, share and use across the state. The government has allocated USD 23 million (AUD 23 million) for the upgrade.
Flood information portal launched
A new online flood risk information portal has been launched to assist the community, planners and insurers to access important flood information about their local area. The portal will be a critical tool in our disaster preparedness kit.
New earthquake hazard map developed
A series of maps depicting areas of Australia which are more or less susceptible to earthquakes will provide important information to help planners mitigate the possible impacts of future earthquakes.
AZARBAIJAN
Water company creates GIS database
Azarbaijan’s national water operator Azersu OJSC is creating its own GIS system. The development of the system began in February and will continue for three years.
Satellite constellation to be developed
Azerbaijan will establish a satellite constellation soon. The type of remote sensing satellites is planning to launch, will fly over Azerbaijan only once out of 40 circuits. The rest of the time it will fly over other countries.
BRUNEI
New council elected for surveying body
Brunei Institution of Geomatics (BIG) elected eight new council members at their annual general meeting, held at Brunei Hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan. The new council members, led by new president Alimin Hj Kalong and new vice-president Pg Hj Metusin Pg Hj Matasan, are given a two-year term to head the association.
CHINA
Cheaper navigation system developed
Researchers at the National Astronomical Observatories, have formulated a cheaper way for developing a navigation system. They propose to transmit the highly accurate time signals from the ground and simply route them through geostationary satellites that are already in orbit.
Remote sensing satellite launched
China has successfully launched the Yaogan XVI remote-sensing satellite into space. The Yaogan XVI remote-sensing satellite was developed by an affiliate research institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
'Beidou commercial services can generate high revenues'
The municipality of Beijing is encouraging investment in the navigation and location-based services industry, suggesting there is a market worth at least 50 billion yuan (USD 8 billion) by 2015 after China put its own satellite navigation network into commercial use.
Deal with UN to promote geospatial information management
The Chinese government and the United Nations (UN) have signed an agreement to jointly promote geological information management. The Chinese government will invest USD 4 million in a UN trust fund.
GPS rival Beidou might reduce prices of receiver chips
Receiver chips for the Beidou satellite navigation system may become as cheap as those of the GPS next year in China, a step that industry experts said would accelerate Beidou's commercial viability in the country.
'COMPASS fuelling growth of geographic info'
As China's self-developed navigation satellite system, COMPASS has played a positive role in various aspects of the country's economy and society. The size of China's navigation satellite industry will reach RMB 200 billion by 2015, and RMB 400 billion by 2020, showing a great potential for its future growth.
FIJI
Water loss to be curbed using GIS
The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) will launch its first ever GIS system. The system will help the Authority manage information about maintenance of its existing infrastructure and construction of new infrastructure.
INDONESIA
Ancestral domain maps handed over to the government
Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago and Network for Participatory Mapping have officially handed over ancestral domain map registered in Ancestral Domain Registration Agency to Indonesia's Geospatial Information Agency and Presidential Delivery Unit for Supervision and Control of Development.
JAPAN
'LiDAR technology can detect dissolved gases in water'
Researchers in Japan are developing a novel Raman LiDAR technique which can provide efficient 3D monitoring for environmental surveys prior to seafloor exploration and is considered to be one of the best candidates for monitoring gases dissolved in water.
MALAYSIA
Aerial forest monitoring project launched
An Aerial Forest Monitoring Programme will be implemented early next year to detect pollution and violations of environmental laws more efficiently. The Cabinet approved a RM 2 million allocation from the Economic Planning Unit.
NEW ZEALAND
3D map reveals underwater realm
The island nation has got a a high resolution map which gives a fresh insight into the shape of its diverse marine realm. It shows the shape of the seafloor within one of the world's most extensive deepwater jurisdictions, detailing the submarine trenches, underwater volcanoes and active submarine canyons.
Partnership to promote GIS education in schools
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has partnered with CORE Education and its LEARNZ project to develop an interactive learning experience for school students focusing on ‘How Geospatial Information is supporting the Canterbury Recovery’.
PHILIPPINES
GIS to identify reforestation sites
The Community Environment and Natural resources Office (Cenro) in Pinukpuk and the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Program (CHARMP2) are using GPS and GIS technologies to identify reforestation sites and validating plantation projects.
3D mapping for disaster mitigation
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched President Aquino administration’s flagship project in disaster mitigation worth at least P1.6 billion and seen as a long-term solution to problems caused by natural calamities in many parts of the country, including Central Luzon.
Updated maps of Mindanao soon
After a series of validation work that spanned two years, the updated maps of Mindanao that will replace those half a century old versions are set for roll out soon. The project is designed to produce 1:50,000-scale Mindanao topographic maps.
RUSSIA
Data received from SPOT 6 satellite
The first SPOT 6 satellite data has been successfully received and processed in Russia. Data was received using "UniScan" ground station in Moscow Remote Sensing Centre of ScanEx RDC.
GLONASS mandated for civil aviation
Russia plans to announce this month that its civil aviation fleet will be required to carry GLONASS or combined GLONASS/GPS units, but not GPS on its own. The prohibitive cost stems from the different technology in GLONASS and GPS receivers.
SINGAPORE
SLA in agreement with polytechnic to boost GIS education
Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) signed an agreement to promote geospatial education, training, and research and development. SLA will be awarding a geospatial scholarship annually.
Experts bet on geotagged crowdsourced info for smarter cities
Governments can tackle urbanisation challenges by leveraging geotagged crowdsource information and establishing common standards for more location-based services to be developed on.
SOUTH KOREA
Possible aid to Azerbaijan for satellite launch
South Korea is interested in launching a second satellite for Azerbaijan, Communications and IT minister of Azerbaijan announced. The satellite is slated to be launched in 2015.
TAIWAN
'APAC meets 34 pc demand of global navigation chipset'
The Asian-Pacific region is currently the largest producer of navigation chipsets, accounting for 34 per cent of global shipments. The figure is considerably higher than the 25 per cent from Europe and the 28 per cent from North America.
THAILAND
GIS map to prevent forest encroachment
Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) introduced ‘DSI Map’ for wider use among public agencies and citizens across the country to fight against forest encroachment and avoid land conflict in the country.
GISTDA launches Space Krenovation Park
Space agency GISTDA recently launched its Space Krenovation Park in Chon Buri province. The park offers a new focus for development on the challenges of meeting global demands in geo-informatics and space technology.
VIETNAM
GIS-based land data system soon
The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will be collaborating with the Vietnamese government to set up a multi-purpose land data management system starting next year. The initiative comes as a response to an increasing demand for land information at all levels of government.
   
      
GeoNext
27 February, 2013
Sydney, Australia
Mekong Environmental Symposium 2013
5 - 7 March, 2013
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
FARO 3D Documentation Conference - Asia Pacific 2013
25 - 26 April, 2013
Singapore
Satrec Initiative inks image dissemination deal with KARI

Satrec Initiative, a leading solution provider for earth observation missions, announced an agreement with Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) for worldwide marketing and sales representation of KOMPSAT-2, 3 and 5 Image data. KARI has developed and operated its optical remote sensing satellites such as KOMPSAT-1, KOMPSAT-2 and KOMPSAT-3, and will launch the first Korean SAR satellite, KOMPSAT-5, shortly.
Axis Circle collaborates with univ for subsurface utility mapping

Subsurface utility mapping company Axis Circle Sdn. Bhd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam (HUMG) to develop and implement mutually beneficial and agreed upon activities. Axis Circle will support HUMG in providing services for underground utility detection and mapping in Vietnam.
Charting the seas

The cradle of life and covering nearly 70 percent of the earth’s surface, the vast seas conceal a lot within their fold that hold the key to mankind’s environmental and economic sustenance. Having a deeper, geographic understanding of the seas can go a long way to study human-ocean interaction and plan responsible resource management. The Asia Pacific region, island-like in its character, with maritime territories often larger than the land area, prominent ocean economies, vulnerability to sea-borne natural disasters and rich and diverse underwater living and non-living resources, can gain tremendously from efficient marine surveying. The challenge to optimising these benefits is the lacunae in the required underwater geographic information, given the traditional modest means of surveying the seas that were no match to land surveying.

This is now changing through technologies like LiDAR and aircraft-based surveys. Adoption of these technologies to produce high quality geographic information is already being witnessed. New Zealand has developed high resolution maps, giving a fresh insight into the island nation’s diverse marine realm. The geospatial industry too is recognising this opportunity. David Jonas of AAM Group, in his interview with Geospatial Media, elaborates how the marine sector is rapidly opening for AAM in Asia. An interesting development on marine geospatial data front is the addition of 360-degree underwater images by Google to its Google Maps service, incidently in the Asia Pacific region with the images of coral reefs in Australia’s waters. The way Google Earth democratised geospatial information for the land, it will be interesting to see if the underwater service follows suit.
Team Geospatial World
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