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New Centre for Spatial Analytics and Advanced GIS (C-SAG) in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Under the aegis of NIAS Council of Management (COM) and with support from Tata Trusts, Centre for Spatial Analytics and Advanced GIS (C-SAG) has been established in Bengaluru. This Centre will work in the field of Spatial Analytics and advanced GIS to develop Intellectual Property (IP) and GIS knowledge that will build deep and advanced capability in India in the GIS area. Spatial data is extremely important to society, governments and citizens…(Read more)

Bentley Systems plans to expand its business operations in India

Bentley SystemsSingapore: Bentley Systems, the US-based infrastructure engineering solution provider, plans to expand its business operations in India. More engineers would be added to the staff to harness the huge opportunities in the country, senior officials of the company said. Bentley will focus on urban development, particularly rail, airports, metro systems, highways, roads and water-waste water plants. Kaushik Chakraborty, Vice-President South East Asia and India, said…(Read more)

US President Donald Trump announces Innovative Drone Integration Pilot Program

US: Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, has been instructed by President Donald Trump to launch an initiative for safely testing and validating advanced operations for drones in collaboration with state and local governments. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program implements a directive signed by President Trump, and the results will be used to accelerate the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace and to reap the benefits…(Read more)

UrtheCast and e-GEOS collaborate to provide unique optical and SAR products

Canada: UrtheCast Corp and e-GEOS (a company owned by Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency) have announced a strategic partnership to offer a unique combination of joint optical and radar sensors with ground stations. The collaboration will allow observation of the Earth day and night, irrespective of weather conditions, and is intended to provide a constant asset monitoring service resulting from the specific characteristics of the COSMO-SkyMed SAR constellation…(Read more)

Ordnance Survey teams up with World Bank and Tanzania for promotion of improved geospatial capacity

Ordnance SurveyUK: World Bank has appointed Ordnance Survey International (OSI) to provide assistance in building geospatial data expertise in Tanzania. OSI will do this through capacity building in data collection, data management and data application skills as well as providing knowledge about geospatial principles and standards. It will run practical training workshops in both Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania and Zanzibar. Reliable and accessible data is one of the most effective tools to drive effective decisions…(Read more)

China to share data from weather and carbon monitoring satellites

China: China will freely share data from its new-generation weather satellite Fengyun-4 and its first carbon monitoring satellite TanSat with the world, according to a Chinese news agency report. The announcement was made by Yang Jun, director general of the National Satellite Meteorological Center, at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) week 2017 in Washington, D.C. Yang said, “These two satellites represent the latest outcomes of scientific…(Read more)

ESA joins hands with Radiant.Earth for advancing Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development GoalsUS: The European Space Agency (ESA) and Radiant.Earth have joined hands to jointly enhance geospatial data literacy in the global development community to support tracking the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Anne Hale Miglarese, Radiant.Earth Founder and CEO, said “Geospatial information is central to accurately tracking and measuring the global progress of the SDGs,” The cooperation between ESA and Radiant.Earth will focus on merging the rapid innovation…(Read more)


ISRO looks at JV for PSLV manufacture; launch to be privatized by 2020

The Indian Space Research Organisation plans to privatize the operations of its popular Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) by 2020. ISRO chief Kiran Kumar confirmed that discussions are being held with private players towards formulating a strategy to enhance the capacity and capability of managing the PSLV program on an end-to-end basis. Interestingly, ISRO is looking to set up a joint venture for manufacturing of the launch vehicle itself. “We have done one round of discussion…(Read more)