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TomTom introduces new GPS device for truckers in North America

US: TomTom has announced the launch of the new TomTom TRUCKER – a GPS navigation device specifically developed to help truckers get to their destination more efficiently. The new GPS device, which comes in two sizes, comes with a Lifetime TomTom Truck Maps subscription for the US and Canada, now updatable over Wi-Fi, as well as tailored routing which guides drivers to carefully selected points of interest (POIs) for trucks such as fuel stops and travel centers. The TomTom TRUCKER is compatible…(Read More)

Bluesky Ireland releases new online Geographic data

Ireland: Bluesky Ireland, a specialist in aerial mapping, has added around 30,000 square kilometers of geographic data to its online Mapshop. Now covering more than 70 percent of the Republic of Ireland, www.irelandmaps.ie provides a one-stop online shop for the most up to date aerial photography, color infrared imagery, and digital height models. Offering an unrivaled resource for both professional and leisure users of geographic data, visitors can search the online archive before viewing and downloading…(Read More)

Trimble introduces Tekla 2018 BIM Software Solutions

US: Trimble introduced today three new versions of its software for structural engineering, fabrication and construction teams—Tekla Structures 2018, Tekla Structural Designer 2018 and Tekla Tedds 2018. These solutions provide increased control and improved documentation through constructible Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows for stakeholders in structural steel and concrete, including designers, detailers and fabricators, concrete contractors, general contractors and structural engineers. “We develop software solutions that enable our customers to improve…(Read More)

Walmart launches an array of autonomous scanning robots

US: Artificial intelligence will soon be implemented at Walmart stores in USA. And it will certainly start a new era in retail. Walmart is launching a small army of autonomous scanning robots. The robots would be around 6 feet tall, equipped with an array of lights, cameras, and radar sensors. The robot would go up and down through the store sections automatically, at 2 to 3 mph, scanning the shelves for empty spots, and also checking the price tags. The robot would be installed with a LiDAR and the way…(Read More)

Lincolnshire County Council implements thinkWhere’s cloud GIS

UK: Lincolnshire County Council has implemented a new online Geographical Information System (GIS) infrastructure from thinkWhere. In a move to address issues with legacy software and disparate data silos, thinkWhere’s Location Centre platform is now helping Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) improve the accuracy, currency and availability of data and systems on which business critical service decisions are made. The fully implemented Location Centre includes a securely hosted online data store…(Read More)

Raytheon in final phase of GPS OCX software build

US: Raytheon Company’s GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, is in its final software development phase. This phase focuses on increasing automation and building controls for both L1C, a civilian GPS signal aimed at increasing international access, and M-code, a military GPS signal with better anti-jam capability. Once complete, the team will begin integration and testing to keep the program on track for full system delivery in June 2021. “Our team has two primary goals…(Read More)

SITO launches institute for Consumer Behavior and Location Sciences

US: SITO has announced the formation of the SITO Institute for Consumer Behavior and Location Sciences, a new thought leadership and membership initiative devoted to education and advocacy for the advancement of location data intelligence as a core component of the modern marketing organization. “Precious few companies have adequately harnessed the converging trends of mobile, data and real-time predictive analytics to survive and thrive in today’s fast-moving world…(Read More)


Is there something deeply worrying about the safety of autonomous cars?

Since the first fatal accident involving an Uber autonomous car in Arizona, resulting in the unfortunate death of a pedestrian, safety concerns regarding the use of self-driving technology has again become a hotly contested and divisive issue. Those who ring ominous alarm bells about the eventual mainstreaming of autonomous cars are viewing the accident as a vindication of their long-held position and confirmation bias: that self-driving cars would be hazardous for humans and with so many of them driving(Read More)

Self-driving cars in The Netherlands are more safer now with real time HD Maps

It was in the year 2016 when we did Geospatial World Forum at Rotterdam, I asked a business leader who leads a well know mapping company in The Netherlands – “What are your views on autonomous vehicles and how do you think we as the geospatial industry should be ready?”. He laughed out loud and said this is not going to be a reality any time soon. Fast forward to 2018, AND Automotive Navigation Data with headquarters in The Netherlands is taking a revolutionary step towards creating and improving HD Maps, that will help in the safety of self-driving cars…(Read More)

What constitutes the geospatial technology ecosystem?

Geospatial Technology EcosystemThe geospatial technology ecosystem is a multifaceted entity with multiple interactive components. Over the years, the technology ecosystem has evolved to capture the interplay between geospatial technologies, new enabling technologies and business processes to bring with it multitude of opportunities. As geospatial technologies get infused with the new age technologies and get embedded into the business processes, they become an enabler for socio-economic development. The GeoBuiz-18 report, an exclusive study by Geospatial Media and Communication, broadly segments the geospatial technology…(Read More)


Antrix Chief talks about Small Sats, re-usable and heavy launch vehicles

In an exclusive interview with Geospatial World, S. Rakesh, Chairman and Managing Director, Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix) talks about Small Sats, re-usable and heavy launch vehicles. Q. Do you think the small satellite launch vehicle will be commercially viable? This is something we are working on. Of course, the first cut is showing that the market is positive towards it. We will be slightly different from what is happening around the world. Given the track record and knowledge ISRO has, we feel it will be possible. But we are doing a detailed analysis…(See Here)

Importance of Location for Weather Forecast


Hitesh Upadhyay, The Weather Company, an IBN Business talks on the Importance of Location for Weather Forecast…(See Here)