Canada: Canada has released new regulations for flying recreational drones on Thursday. These rules apply to all those non-commercial drone operators, who are flying aircrafts weighing between 250 grams (about half a pound) to 35 kilograms (77 pounds). Those who found violating the regulation can face fines up to $3,000 Canadian, or about $2,248 U.S.
US: Ottawa-based real-time geospatial visualisation software developer, Kongsberg Geospatial, has announced that it will work in partnership with uAvionix, a California-based ADS-B transponders manufacturer for UAVs to integrate Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS UAS Airspace Situational Awareness Display with uAvionix’s PingStation ADS-B receiver.
India: In an effort to increase the pace of construction of roads, the govt. of India is using remote sensing and radar technologies for mapping underground infrastructure like telephone lines to prevent time and cost overruns caused due to manual mapping errors.
Black Swift Technologies (BST) has developed an sUAS that can easily gather data at extreme altitudes and can deliver geo-referenced digital aerial images. Utilizing BST’s SwiftTrainer, a turnkey sUAS flight system is designed specifically for GIS mapping applications.
Google India expanded the transit feature on Google Maps to 7 more Indian cities. The newly added cities are Chandigarh, Lucknow, Vadodara, Indore, Mysore, Surat and Coimbatore. With the update, the transit feature is now available in 16 Indian cities.