GeoWrap: Hexagon net sales surge by 7%;Survey of India to aid National...

GeoWrap: Hexagon net sales surge by 7%;Survey of India to aid National Mission for Clean Ganga using GIS technology

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Artificial intelligence arms race accelerating in space

One of the next big things in geospatial intelligence is tiny black boxes aboard satellites that ingest massive amounts of data in space and instantly analyze it. No downloading necessary. Geospatial data manipulation and analysis in real time is the holy grail in the military intelligence business. “We are trying to help commanders ‘see through the fog of data’ in situations when they have to make decisions very quickly,” said Melanie Stricklan, chief technology officer and co-founder of Slingshot Aerospace, in Manhattan Beach, California. (Read More)

Hexagon net sales surge by 7%, operating earnings up by 12%: Interim Report Jan 1- Mar 31, 2018

In the Interim Report of January 1- March 31, 2018, Hexagon registered a net sales increase of 7% to US $99,4.42 million (834.7 million euro), using fixed exchange rates and a comparable group structure (organic growth). The company reported an increase of 12% in its operating earnings to $236.13 million (198.3 million euro). Its earnings before taxes, excluding non-recurring items, amounted to $217.06 million (192.3 million euro). (Read More)

NITI Aayog and IBM signed SOI to develop precision agriculture over Artificial Intelligence

NITI Aayog and IBM signed a Statement of Intent to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence to provide real-time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts. The partnership aims to work together towards the use of technology to provide insights to farmers to improve crop productivity, soil yield, control agricultural inputs with the overarching goal of improving farmers’ incomes. (Read More)

Garmin partners with KU on health wearables research

Garmin International, Inc. has now teamed up with the University of Kansas Medical Center to research the role connected wearables can play in helping to address sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation. That’s according to an announcement made by the company on May 1. Of course, the partnership is planned to extend well beyond that primary objective. Subsequent research will be centered around a more general look at how the metrics gathered by health-oriented smartwatches and bands can be used to detect and manage similar conditions. The research into those first two health issues could also yield results that are applicable to others. (Read More)

Waze Local shows how it drives traffic during Small Biz Week with a drone

Waze Local is celebrating the first month of its full release to the SMB marketplace as a hyperlocal marketing platform and Small Business Week by handing out free tacos at Los Angeles eatery, El Huero Drive-Thru Grill. (Read More)

NZ ‘goes off the map’, and a viral ad is born, starring its PM

To put New Zealand back on the map, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and Rhys Darby, famous for New Zealand comedy smash ‘Flight Of The Conchords’ have teamed up in a 2.5-minute spoof video. The tongue-in-cheek tourism campaign raises a serious point: that New Zealand is frequently missed off world maps. (Read More)

Delair introduces the next generation mapping drone

Delair introduced a photogrammetric professional mapping drone solution that is capable of onboard data processing, PPK-as-you-go, and both wireless and cellular communications to ensure survey-grade results anywhere. (Read More)

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Survey of India to aid National Mission for Clean Ganga using GIS technology

The National Mission for Clean Ganga has brought on board Survey of India to facilitate Ganga rejuvenation using GIS. To aid the mission, SoI will map the entire stretch of the Ganga using GIS technology and provide high-resolution maps to the government. SoI intends to complete the job within 15 months. The high-resolution maps so provided by SoI will help the government to get minute details of sewage and effluent discharge outlets and identify pollution hot-spots up to 10 km on both sides of the river. It will help the cleaning authorities to keep a tab on sources of pollution and adopt corrective measures quickly. (Read More)