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GeoWrap: Airbus-built PAZ radar satellite successfully launched; Collaborative BIM process reduces design time by 60% on the Olympic stadium in Hangzhou and more

Airbus-built PAZ radar satellite successfully launched


Spain: The Airbus-built PAZ radar satellite has been successfully launched today from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, USA. Ten minutes after launch, the satellite separated from the launcher and will soon be positioned at its 514 km orbit. The first contact with the satellite was established from the DLR Ground Control Centre in Germany, where Airbus engineers are supporting the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) to check out and configure the satellite, ensuring that all satellite critical systems and communications are functioning as planned…(Read More)

A collaborative BIM process reduces design time by 60% on the Olympic stadium in Hangzhou

China: The Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center contracted Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) to plan and design a new stadium for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. This 400,000-square-meter stadium included car park, commercial facilities, and the Olympic swimming pool. For the Olympic swimming pool BIAD leveraged AECOsim Building Designer’s computational design…(Read More)

Esri acquires ClearTerra Location Data Extraction Technology

US: Esri announced the acquisition of ClearTerra technology on February 22. The deal follows plans to run Esri’s geo-database platform on SAP HANA. Esri said it would integrate ClearTerra’s location data extraction technology into its geographic information system, the ArcGIS platform. The new capability would enable users to scan unstructured text data ranging from emails to reports, generating…(Read More)

Geovation Conference 2018 winning start ups announced

UK: Seven start-ups left the inaugural Geovation Conference with a share of £150,000 in funding after impressing judges at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Entrepreneurs pitched a diverse selection of ideas aimed at solving sustainability problems in the UK, in front of a packed house of experts, investors and pioneers. Combating increasing rents that squeeze out nurses and teachers…(Read More)

TomTom launches new navigation for motorbike riders

The Netherlands: TomTom announced a new navigation device created for motorbike riders. The TomTom RIDER 550 has several new features to make it faster, smarter and better connected. New features start with Wi-Fi® updating – no more wires or computers are needed to update the device with the included Lifetime Services* (World Maps, Traffic and Speed Cameras). When it comes to planning…(Read More)

Gopher reports new R&D efforts for its AI Mesh Technology

US: Gopher Protocol, a development-stage company which specializes in the creation of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence – enabled mobile technologies, reports new R&D efforts for its MESH Technology. New research includes testing of its MESH network technology for use in autonomous driving tracking and safety applications. Gopher’s core tracking technology is based on Artificial Intelligence…(Read More)

Geomni launches new mobile app for ground imagery and drone inspections

US: Geomni has launched its new mobile app for ground imagery and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, inspections. The Geomni mobile app enables users to collect imagery and other data directly with their mobile devices or to conduct complete UAV inspections with compatible DJI drones. “The idea behind the app is for inspectors in the field to be able to do their jobs without having to venture…(Read More)

exactEarth AIS payload aboard Paz radar satellite launched

Canada: exactEarth has announced the successful launch of an advanced Automatic Identification System (AIS) payload aboard the Spanish radar satellite, Paz. The satellite was launched from the Vandenberg Air Base in California, using the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and is owned and operated by Hisdesat Servicios  Estrategicos S.A. The hosted AIS payload is owned by exactEarth and is expected…(Read More)

PoLTE collaborates with Sequans to develop next generation Location Positioning solution for IoT

US: PoLTE Corporation today announced a new initiative with Sequans Communications whereby the two companies will prototype a joint solution integrating PoLTE positioning technology into Sequans’ Monarch LTE Platform, enabling ultra low-power, highly-accurate indoor and outdoor positioning capability for LTE for IoT devices. In a continuous effort to lead the market by reducing volume size, improving energy…(Read More)

Maxar Technologies reports fourth quarter and year end 2017 results

US: Maxar Technologies has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year-end 2017. The company’s  consolidated revenue is $545.1 million; adjusted EBITDA of $180.9 million; net earnings of $64.5 million; and net earnings per share is $1.15 “We wrapped up a very busy year with a good quarter. The highlights included closing the DigitalGlobe transaction, renaming the company Maxar Technologies…(Read More)


Indoor Positioning: What do you do in a building when your GPS stops working?


What do you inside a building when your GPS stops working? You switch to indoor navigation or indoor positioning services. The newest kid on the geospatial block, indoor positioning is a still evolving field. It combines the power of GPS and precise mapping to the place where human beings spend 70% of their time – indoors. According to the United States’ National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), indoor positioning services provide the ability for real-time tracking of location information on people or objects…(Read More)

US DoD public contest to analyze satellite dataset via machine learning

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a United States Department of Defense (DoD) organization focused on accelerating commercial technologies to the US military, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have together launched a contest that offers $100,000 as cash awards to develop algorithms that can interpret high-resolution satellite images. DIUx’s goal is to advance key frontiers in computer vision and develop new solutions for national security and disaster response…(Read More)