GeoWrap: China sends twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space; eCall emergency alert...

GeoWrap: China sends twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space; eCall emergency alert system launched in Europe and more


China sends twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space

China: China lifted two satellites into space using a single carrier rocket, adding two more members to its domestic fleet of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS). The Long March-3B carrier rocket blasted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The launch was the 269th mission for the Long March rocket family.The twin satellites are coded as the 30th and 31st satellites in the BDS. They entered orbit more than three hours after the launch…(Read More)

eCall emergency alert system launched in Europe

Germany: New car and light van models sold in the EU have to be fitted with eCall devices that automatically alert rescue services in the event of an accident, sending their position. The aim of the system is to reduce the emergency response time for road accidents and to save lives. eCall is activated automatically as soon as in-vehicle sensors detect a serious crash. Once activated, the system dials the European emergency number 112 and establishes a telephone link to the appropriate emergency…(Read More)

USGIF announces keynotes for the GEOINT 2018 Symposium

US: The GEOINT 2018 Symposium is less than a month away from returning to the Tampa Convention Center April 22-25. The theme of this year’s USGIF Symposium is “Driving Data to Decisions and Action.” In addition to these keynote speakers the GEOINT 2018 general session will include panel discussions on “Analytics Driving Action” and the “Future of Commercial Remote Sensing.” These two panels feature USGIF Board Member Jeff Tarr, Maxar CTO Dr. Walter Scott, World View CEO Jane Poynter…(Read More)

Workhorse Group receives patent for a drone package delivery system

Workhorse Group, an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector, has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent, number 9,915,956, for the HorseFly Truck Launched Drone Package Delivery System. The HorseFly UAV Delivery System is a custom-built, high-efficiency delivery UAV that is fully integrated with the Workhorse line of electric/hybrid delivery trucks…(Read More)

Global IoT fleet management market expected to touch USD 16.86 billion by 2025

US: The global internet of things (IoT) fleet management market size is expected to touch USD 16.86 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, exhibiting a CAGR of 20.8% during the forecast period. Introduction of vehicular internet connectivity has triggered the rate of adoption for IoT fleet management. IoT fleet management includes various solutions such as vehicle tracking & monitoring, fleet analytics, fuel management, predictive maintenance…(Read More)

MapD announces MapD Cloud, the first SaaS analytics platform

US: MapD has announced the launch of MapD Cloud, the first ever software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering of GPU-accelerated analytics. Now, analysts and data scientists everywhere have one-click access to the world’s fastest open source SQL engine and visual analytics platform. Unlike mainstream analytics tools, the MapD platform is designed and engineered specifically for extreme scale and speed, making it perfectly suited to use cases involving large volumes, and high velocity…(Read More)

Commtact exposes new I-Commtact Datalink command and control software application

Israel: Commtact, an Israeli company which specializes in the development, manufacture, and support of innovative communications systems, exposes its new developed I-Commtact Command and Control software application. I-Commtact provides user-friendly GUI for datalink control, a fully integrated digital map, real-time imagery and orientation of the platform. I-Commtact Command and Control software application is a self-developed application specially designed for simple operation…(Read More)

Esri announces 2018 Storytelling with Maps contest

US: Esri has announced the opening of its Storytelling with Maps Contest. Participants are invited to submit their top Esri Story Maps projects for a chance to win prizes and peer recognition at the Esri User Conference. Contest participants can submit up to three preexisting or new story maps between now and May 7, 2018. Story maps provide a dynamic, interactive way to combine maps, text, and multimedia content to tell stories about neighborhoods, communities, nations, and the world…(Read More)

Deep Space Industries to provide Comet satellite propulsion for BlackSky, LeoStella

US: Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced today that it has signed a contract to provide its Comet water-based satellite propulsion systems for the BlackSky Earth observation constellation of smallsats. DSI will provide an initial block of 20 water thrusters for the BlackSky satellites which are scheduled to start launching later this year. This announcement comes on the heels of Spaceflight Industries’ recent $150 million funding and the development of LeoStella LLC, a joint venture…(Read More)

Coillte completes “Go-Live” of Trimble’s Connected Forest Solution

US: Trimble has announced the successful go-live and implementation of the Land Resource Manager (LRM) and Business Resource Manager (BRM) enterprise planning solutions at Coillte, Ireland’s largest commercial forestry company. Trimble’s LRM solution is an intuitive, interactive and spatially aware enterprise application for managing land and forestry operations. The BRM solution simplifies financial transactions associated with log accounting and procurement. Together, the solutions…(Read More)


Google Maps makes short URLs a default option when sharing location

Thank you Google Maps! The days of sharing long URLs for any location are now gone. Previously if you were sharing any location on Google Maps, you had an additional option called ‘Shorten the URL’. For so much time, it did not make sense for me why Google had to keep these both options of both long URLs and short URLs alive. But now, Google has taken away those long sharing URLs and has enabled ‘Short URLs’ by default. While I thought, these short URLs will be unique by location…(Read More)


Spatial analytics helps us to take more informed decision, says, Arnout Desmet of TomTom


In an exclusive interview with the Geospatial World Arnout Desmet, VP Maps of TomTom explains the importance of spatial analytics in business development. Desmet says that spatial analytics helps them to take the more informed decision…(See Here)

Know how USGS is facilitating data sharing mechanism

In an exclusive interview with Geospatial World, Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist of Climate and Land Use Change, USGS explains how USGS is facilitating data mechanism. Dr. Burkett also discusses recent plans and initiatives for Climate and Land Use Change and their recent study report…(See Here)

Vexcel Imaging CEO talks about his company and various products


Watch an exclusive interview with Alexander Wiechert, CEO of Vexcel Imaging discussing the company their various new products and their collaboration with other organizations…(See Here)