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Four new global partners join Group on Earth Observations

Switzerland: As the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) moves into the second decade of its work, four new global partners have announced to help support GEO’s vision. These four organizations include Conservation International (CI), Earthmind, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)…(Read more)

Germany re-enacts new drone laws to prevent eye-in-the-sky snooping

Germany: Germany has enacted new rules with regard to flying drones in the residential areas. The new rules limit people about what they can and cannot do with their UAVs. According to the new regulations, if a drone weighs more than 2kg (4.4lb), its operator is supposed to demonstrate knowledge of how to fly it safely, by presenting either a pilot’s license or a certificate from an air sports association, or by taking an examination…(Read more)

SSL builds executive team for US Government Systems

US: Space Systems Loral (SSL) has announced to support the U.S. government missions with key executives that bring a depth of experience to the company. Under the direction of Richard White who was promoted to President of SSL Government Systems, Robert Zitz has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for SSL Government Systems…(Read more)

Autodesk announces Revit 2018, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018, and InfraWorks enhancements

US: Autodesk has announced its Revit 2018, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018, AutoCAD Plant 3D 2018 and InfraWorks enhancements. Revit 2018 is the latest step in the continual evolution and development of Revit for multidiscipline BIM…(Read more)

Esri launches 3rd edition of ‘mApp Your Way’ GIS contest

India: Esri India has launched the third edition of its annual GIS contest mApp Your Way App Development Challenge 3.0. An application (mobile or web) development challenge, mApp Your Way, is open to all the students associated with the institutions that are users of Geospatial or ArcGIS technology…(Read more)