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GeoWrap: EarthSense releases a new map of air pollution in UK; Esri to donate software licences to URISA and more.

EarthSense releases a new map of air pollution in UK

UK: EarthSense systems has published MappAir, which is the first ever highresolution map of air pollution in the UK. Combining data from satellites and its own air quality monitoring sensors together with open source data, EarthSense has used complex modelling techniques to create the highly accurate map. Initially available for the whole of the UK at 100-meter resolution, MappAir shows how air pollution, specifically nitrogen dioxide, changes across the country… (Read More)

Esri to donate software licenses to URISA GISCorps volunteers who pledge to help others

US: Esri has announced that it will be donating personal use licenses of its ArcGIS software for each GISCorps volunteer who takes a GIS Service Pledge to volunteer for a good cause. GISCorps is a program of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and has been providing a range of mapping and disaster response services for more than 14 years worldwide by harnessing the power of geographic information system (GIS) technology. Each personal use license being… (Read More) 

EVG launches digital nautical charts of Norway

US: East View Geospatial (EVG) has announced an agreement with Kartverket, the Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority, to offer digital nautical charts of Norwegian waters. This agreement expands upon the existing EVG-Kartverket partnership, allowing EVG to distribute GeoTIFF charts and S57 vector data in addition to EVG’s print-on-demand services for Kartverket charts. As Norway’s national mapping agency, Kartverket maintains up-to-date authoritative nautical charts… (Read More)

Velodyne releases ‘the most powerful LiDAR’

Israel: Pushing technology and innovation to the next level, LiDAR manufacturer, Velodyne has recently announced its latest product, the VLS-128. According to the company, it is the most powerful LiDAR developed by Velodyne so far, which is capable of providing twice the range and three times the resolution of its predecessor. “This product was designed and built for the level 5, fully autonomous, mobility as a service market,” says Anand Gopalan, the company’s CTO, meaning it can perform as well… (Read More)

Ball Aerospace wins major U.S. Air Force contract for next-generation weather satellite

US: The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has selected Ball Aerospace to deliver the next-generation operational environmental satellite system, Weather System Follow-on – Microwave (WSF-M), for the Department of Defense (DoD). The WSF-M is a predominantly fixed price contract that will provide for system design and risk reduction of a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite with a passive microwave imaging radiometer instrument and hosted Government furnished energetic charged particles… (Read More)

Russia seeks to sign up UAE for GLONASS services

Russia: Russia is seeking to sign up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a customer for its Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) satellite navigation constellation, according to a report published by the official Russian news agency, TASS. The proposal was apparently made to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Vice President of the UAE, by Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov… (Read More)

Intermap reports third quarter financial results

IntermapUS: In the third quarter of 2017, Intermap reported net income of $1.1 million, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million for the same period last year. Total revenue for the quarter increased 91% to $6.3 million, compared to $3.3 million last year. Operating Income for the quarter was $1.7 million, compared to a $1.9 million loss for the same period last year. Third quarter adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP and non-IFRS financial measure, was $2.1 million, compared to a $0.8 million loss… (Read More)


Top eight disruptive technologies and how they are relevant to geospatial

The fourth industrial revolution and oncoming of the second machine — as it is being often hailed — has led to new disruptive technologies emerging, even as many bit the dust in the last few years. So how do CEOs and their top teams even begin to make sense of the swirl of technological breakthroughs affecting business today? How do they gauge the impact of artificial intelligence on their companies’ future compared with, say, the Internet of Things or virtual reality?  A PwC study some time back… (Read More)

Entry of private players to herald a new era in Indian space sector

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is increasingly looking for collaboration with the private sector to increase the number of satellites, explore more research-related opportunity areas and to overcome manpower and budgetary constraints(the budget of ISRO stands at 1.9 billion dollars against 19 billion dollars of NASA). ISRO is going to double the number of satellites launched in the next two years and this would necessitate active involvement and participation of the private sector… (Read More)

Let your ideas take flight at Cyient-DJI’s Hackadrone 2018

If you are a drone-geek and a go-getter, who is willing to build some innovative solutions, Hackadrone 2018 could be your golden ticket to show-off your talents, and exhibit some interesting solutions before the industry leaders. The platform gives you the opportunity to build a useful innovative solution on a drone platform and get acknowledged. Organized by the global leader in engineering services, Cyient along with the drone major – DJI, Hackadrone 2018 is India’s first UAV hackathon congress… (Read More)