GeoWrap: China launches remote sensing satellites SuperView-1; Hexagon CEO Ola Rollen acquitted...

GeoWrap: China launches remote sensing satellites SuperView-1; Hexagon CEO Ola Rollen acquitted in insider trading case

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China launches remote sensing satellites SuperView-1

China: China launched a pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution remote sensing satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province, reported Xinhua news agency.The satellites, SuperView-1 03/04, took off aboard Long March 2D rocket. The mission would promote commercial use of high-resolution remote sensing satellites. The satellites, which are able to provide commercial images at 0.5-meter resolution, are expected to offer remote sensing data to customers worldwide…(Read More) 

Hexagon CEO Ola Rollen acquitted in insider trading case

Sweden: Hexagon’s chief executive, Ola Rollen, was cleared of insider trading charges by an Oslo court on Wednesday in a unanimous verdict. Norwegian prosecutors had asked for an 18-month prison term for Rollen’s 2015 purchase of shares in Norway’s Next Biometrics, a company not connected to Hexagon. One of Sweden’s best-known business leaders, Rollen had maintained his innocence throughout the trial and continued to run the company he has led since 2000…(Read More)

DARPA develops collaborative autonomy for UAVs

US: DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE)  program aims to extend the capability of the U.S. military’s existing unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to conduct dynamic, long-distance engagements of highly mobile ground and maritime targets in contested or denied battlespaces. Multiple CODE-equipped unmanned aircraft would navigate to their destinations and find, track, identify, and engage targets under established rules of engagement—all under the supervision…(Read More)

Intel sets world record by flying 100 mini drones for light show

US: At CES 2018, Intel set a world record for flying more than 100 drones using a single computer. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich staged the 100 Shooting Star mini-drone light show at his opening keynote speech at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The drones put on the aerial show at a theater in the Monte Carlo hotel. The new Intel Indoor Location System powers the Intel Shooting Star Mini drones, which can navigate indoors without GPS navigation technology to create…(Read More)

TomTom partners with Qualcomm for autonomous driving

US: TomTom has announced that it is extending its collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies to demonstrate new localization technologies for autonomous driving. Specifically, fusing the TomTom HD (high definition) Map, with camera technologies and GPS data from the Qualcomm® Drive Data Platform, to power highly precise and reliable localization for connected car applications and autonomous vehicles. A demonstration can be viewed at Qualcomm Technologies’ automotive booth in the Las Vegas…(Read More)

Bluesky LiDAR helps Wiltshire Council tackle flooding risk

UK: Aerial laser mapping technology is helping Wiltshire Council investigate flooding in the town of Corsham. Working with engineering consultancy Atkins, the Bluesky LiDAR data is being used to create a hydraulic model of the drainage network and its interaction with the watercourses serving the catchment. This detailed model will allow Council staff to predict the flow of flood water, as a result of rainfall falling directly onto the ground and of flow overtopping river banks or escaping from the drainage network…(Read More)

OGC announces Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study

US: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has announced the Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS). The CDS will assess the current state of data and product exchange technologies as used in disaster planning, response, and recovery. The information gained in the CDS will aid in developing a series of future pilots that will in turn advance the state of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) that support disaster risk reduction across the globe. The OGC is inviting anyone…(Read More)

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Have a look at Geospatial conferences to be held in 2018

Geospatial conferencesThe year 2018 would be really remarkable for the international Geospatial industry, with a number of significant conferences, events, and expos of the latest innovations. Let’s have a glance at the Geospatial conferences that you shouldn’t miss this year. Geospatial World Forum 2018 will be held in the Indian city of Hyderabad. It will establish the connection between geospatial technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), a technology revolution, which will transform the way the world…(Read More)