GeoWrap: Orbital ATK launches its 8th cargo mission; Indian Railways to use...

GeoWrap: Orbital ATK launches its 8th cargo mission; Indian Railways to use GPS-enabled fog safety devices and more


Orbital ATK launches its eighth cargo mission to space

Orbital ATKUS: Orbital ATK’s barrel-shaped Cygnus cargo ship was launched atop an Antares rocket. It is packed with 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station and took off from Wallops Island, Virginia.“Five, four, three, two, one and we have ignition,” said Orbital ATK’s mission control operator, as the rocket’s engines were launched. The spacecraft reached orbit about nine minutes later. NASA commentator Rob Navias termed the launch as “flawless.”… (Read More)

Indian Railways to use GPS-enabled fog safety devices to ensure safety

India: To ensure the timely running of trains during winter, the Railways has decided to use GPS-enabled fog safety devices in the trains to alert the loco pilot about approaching signals. A railway official told IANS, a news agency, that plans were afoot to use the GPS-based devices in trains that would provide advance warning. The official said that the Railways has provided about 2,400 of these devices in northern India where trains are worst-hit by intense fog during winter. He said 900 of these GPS devices … (Read More)

Trimble expands its CenterPoint RTX FAST correction service in Europe and North America

TrimbleUS: Trimble has announced the expansion of its CenterPoint RTX Fast (RTX Fast) correction service in North America and Europe. RTX Fast reduces the convergence time—the duration needed to reach full precision accuracy—by up to 98 percent faster than other satellite-delivered correction services. The service allows customers to realize horizontal positioning accuracy of better than 4 centimeters (1.5 inches) in as fast as one minute. No other satellite-delivered correction service on the market today can provide… (Read More) 

Pitney Bowes launches global collaboration community for fostering innovation

Pitney BowesUS: Pitney Bowes has announced the availability of the Li360 Community, an online community for clients, product engineers, partners and the amateur “GIS curious” folks to explore Location Intelligence capabilities, applications, and tools to resolve challenges in the market. The Li360 Community is a home for all subject matter experts, and those interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to generate mindshare that will grow the Location Intelligence market and foster leading innovation… (Read More)

New AR app from Aligned Assets to help local authorities and emergency services

Augmented RealityUK: Aligned Assets, an Ordnance Survey (OS) partner, is supporting GIS Day tomorrow by making its Augmented Reality (AR) application available to all local authorities and emergency services in a free trial. Symphony AR, the application, was developed to enable information held within an organization to be displayed as Augmented Reality. Any data which has a spatial element can be shown as augmented reality markers.  This includes addresses, other spatial data such as sports facilities… (Read More)

Map Housing for All GIS Challenge launched

India: The Indian Housing Federation and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) – Assam has announced the Map Housing for All GIS Challenge. All GIS experts are welcome to participate. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(U) – Assam and the Indian Housing Federation are tackling the immense goal of housing for all by 2022 under the Housing for All Initiative. PMAY(U) – Assam has collected a mass of beneficiary data but has not been able bring that data to life. We are looking for a partner to take the data… (Read More)