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GeoWrap: China allows Baidu for autonomous car tests; First high capacity communications system for the European ISS and more

China allows Baidu for autonomous car tests

China: Beijing has given the approval to Baidu for testing self-driving cars on the city streets, demonstrating assistance for the emerging sector. Beijing’s move is a crucial step as China looks to strengthen its position in the international race for autonomous vehicles, where regulatory concerns have come into focus since the crash earlier this month. Beijing has licensed Baidu to test its autonomous vehicles on 33 roads spanning around 105 kilometers (65 miles) in the city’s less-populated suburbs…(Read More)

First high capacity space-to-ground laser communications system for the European external ISS platform

Germany: The first high capacity space-to-ground laser communication system is to be installed on the Bartolomeo platform of the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a collaboration between Airbus Defence and Space, the Institute of Communications and Navigation of DLR (German Aerospace Center) and Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG. The system called OSIRIS will provide direct to earth (DTE) technology with a data rate of 10 Gbps over range of about 1.500 km. Small size and lightweight…(Read More)

Exos Aerospace preparing for the first flight of its reusable suborbital rocket in April

US: In a statement, Exos Aerospace said that it completed a “hover test” of its Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE, or SARGE, rocket at its Caddo Mills, Texas, facility on March 17. That test went as planned, said John Quinn, chief operating officer of Exos Aerospace. “We are excited to move two critical steps closer to launches at Spaceport America,” Quinn said of the test. With the successful test and the license, Exos is now planning a first launch April 7 from Spaceport America…(Read More)

Spanish startup gets 3D-printed engine for a launch vehicle

Spain: Zero 2 Infinity, a Spanish startup, will use a 3D-printed combustion chamber for the engines it is developing to power its orbital rocket, which is known as Bloostar. Spain’s Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA) printed the combustion chamber for Zero 2 Infinity, the company announced on March 22. Bloostar is a launch vehicle that is designed to use balloons to rise above the densest layer of Earth’s atmosphere before triggering rocket engines so that satellites…(Read More)

Snapchat announces three new location tools for marketeers

US: Snapchat would soon unveil three new location analytics offerings for brands on Snapchat application. The three new tools — Radius Targeting, Location Categories, and Snap Foot Traffic Insights (the latter only in U.S. beta) — join other advertiser and user-facing features Geofilters, Context Cards, and Snap Map to connect brands and consumers, Snap said in its blog post. Snap’s promise to advertisers is that these tools all go towards finding the right portion of the 187 million daily active…(Read More)

Google is working on blockchain technology for the cloud

US: Google is setting its foot in the blockchain business by creating a line of blockchain-related technologies to work with its various online services. Blockchain technology is used to power cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but Google isn’t working on a new cryptocurrency. The company is currently working to create its own digital ledger that the company could internally use for multiple purposes, including helping to secure customers’ personal data, Bloomberg reported…(Read More)

Esri Location Intelligence empowers innovation at FirstNet Hackathon

US: Esri sponsored the FirstNet Public Safety Hackathon in San Francisco, March 23–24. FirstNet is hosting the hackathon to drive the development of public safety focused mobile apps for the country’s first responders. The first in a series of hackathons that connects developers to the needs of public safety, the San Francisco event will provide developers with access to Esri APIs and SDKs. This will allow developers to bring context to emergency situations through access to location data and spatial…(Read More)

Highways England’s Network Occupancy Management System has potential to save GBP 7.02 million per year

UK: Highways England (HE) is the UK government organization charged with operating, maintaining, and improving England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN). As part of its work, HE manages lane closures across the 4,300 miles of motorways and major trunk roads that make up the network, and its license to operate requires that lane availability does not fall below 97 percent for a rolling year. Using its Network Occupancy Management System (NOMS), HE aims to reduce the number of lane closure…(Read More)

ISRO gears up for the ‘36 hour Smart India Hackathon 2018 Grand Finale’

India: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), announces that the much awaited ‘Smart India Hackathon 2018 – Software edition Grand Finale’ is scheduled to be held on March 30 & 31, 2018 simultaneously at 28 different nodal centers across India. ISRO is a ‘Premier Partner’ in this initiative. Launched on Oct 16, 2017 in Pune, ‘Smart India Hackathon 2018’ harnesses creativity and expertise of students, builds funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaign, crowd sources solutions…(Read More)

OGC announces Part 3 of the WaterML 2 suite of standards

US: The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the WaterML 2: Part 3 – Surface Hydrology Features standard. Part 3 defines a model for identification of surface hydrologic features, such as catchments, water bodies, and confluences, to support applications like modeling of surface water flow and accumulation. Such modeling is instrumental in water resource planning and flood prediction and analysis. The WaterML 2: Part 3 – Surface Hydrology Features…(Read More)


Facebook data breach and the man behind the public apology of Mark Zuckerberg

The magnitude of the Facebook data breach shouldn’t be undermined. After all, the founding CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to come forward and tender an apology. And in the wake of the unethical breach of trust by Facebook, which repelled many, the new space maverick Elon Musk took down Space X pages from Facebook and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton tweeted that it is time to delete Facebook. Clearly, it’s nothing less than a predicament for Facebook…(Read More)


Ananth Technologies keen on building capacity development programme of ISRO

In an exclusive interview with the Geospatial World, C D Shridhara, Director of Anantha Technologies says that the organization is keen on building capacity development programme of ISRO. Shridhara also talks about their future plans and strategies. Watch the full interview to know more…(See Here)

Smart City Solutions by Hitachi


Know about various Smart City solutions…(See Here)