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GeoWrap: Vodafone unveils drone tracking technology; Accenture launches AI testing services and more

Vodafone unveils worlds-first drone tracking technology

UK: Vodafone has developed an air traffic control system for drones that would eliminate airport trespassing and narcotics trafficking, and at the same time bring delivery drones closer to us. Drones usually cannot be tracked by conventional radar systems due to their small size, but Vodafone has created a 4G network SIM card that makes them visible on air traffic control systems and allows operator greater control if they go off course. The worlds first Radio Positioning System can track a drone in real-time…(Read More)

Accenture launches new AI testing services

UK: Accenture has announced new services for testing Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that is built on a “Teach and Test” methodology designed to help companies build, monitor and measure reliable AI systems, either using their own infrastructure or on the cloud. “As organizations embrace AI, it is critical to find better ways to train and sustain these systems — securely and with quality — to avoid adverse effects on business performance, brand reputation, compliance and humans,” Bhaskar Ghosh…(Read More)

BlockChain market to grow at CAGR of around 70% by 2024: Report

US: Global Blockchain Market is anticipated to grow at a considerable CAGR of around 70% over the forecast period, i.e. 2017-2024. Further, the global blockchain market is likely to grow on the basis of the real estate vertical, which is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. In the regional market, North America is anticipated to dominate the overall market of blockchain market during the forecast period. Further, the region contributed to the leading share in terms of revenue…(Read More)

Dubai and HERE Technologies partner to support self-driving transportation during Expo 2020

UAE: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai and HERE Technologies have signed a memorandum of understanding on a long-term technology collaboration with the aim of mapping the city with high definition technology for the first time. HD maps are a prerequisite to moving Dubai closer to its goal of having 25% of public transport self-driving services by 2030. Both parties plan to deploy newly available location technologies in the development of a data infrastructure to support safe, sustainable…(Read More)

StarHub, Nokia partner to develop Nokia’s AVA cognitive services platform 

Singapore: Singapore operator StarHub in partnership with Nokia has developed a suite of analytics services for digital cities. The platform seems to be a refinement of Nokia’s AVA cognitive services platform with the introduction of real-world use-cases. “We have a strong team of data analytics experts with a diversity of capabilities, and we have introduced several successful mobility analytics use cases in Singapore for strategic and operational urban planning and decision making,” said Dr. Chong Yoke Sin…(Read More)

Swedish train operator SJ selects Trimble Rail Systems for remote diagnostics, monitoring and analytics

US: Trimble has announced today that Swedish train operator SJ has chosen the Trimble R2M real-time remote diagnostics system and Trimble C2M component condition monitoring system. Deploying the Trimble systems will enable SJ to improve its real-time status monitoring and analytics capability by accessing up-to-date fleet status to improve fleet availability and reliability while also reducing costs and improving safety. Trimble R2M processes diagnostic data from rail vehicles in real time…(Read More)

GPS receiver From Galileo now available on Cadence Tensilica Fusion F1 DSP

US: Cadence Design Systems and Galileo Satellite Navigation (GSN) have announced that the software-based GNSS global positioning system (GPS) receiver from Galileo Satellite Navigation is now available for the CadenceTensilicaFusion F1 DSP. The software-based GNSS receiver allows customers to easily add full GPS functionality with design flexibility and long-term upgradeability at a minimal cost, low power, and no physical size to today’s cost-sensitive IoT applications. To get the lowest…(Read More) 

Topcon acquires 3D modeling and construction verification software company

Japan: Topcon Corporation through its American subsidiary, has acquired all the outstanding shares of ClearEdge3D, a recognized technology leader in the engineering and construction software industry. ClearEdge3D’s EdgeWise software dramatically speeds as-built modeling workflows by utilizing automated feature extraction algorithms and other patented technologies. Its Verity construction verification software compares laser scan point cloud data of recently completed construction work against design…(Read More)

Improved efficiency, integration lays the foundation for digital railway assets in China

China: The Dali to Ruili railway is a single-track passenger and freight railway being constructed at a total cost of CNY 25.7 billion in the Yunnan province of Southwest China. The China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co., Ltd., established as a subsidiary to China Railway Group Limited in 1952, is responsible for design and 3D modeling of the 330-kilometer project. Using Bentley’s BIM technology, the design team greatly improved design efficiency and shortened the design time by 1,000 hours…(Read More)

Garmin acquires electronic navigational charts developer Navionics

Switzerland: Garmin today announced that it has acquired Navionics S.p.A., a privately-held worldwide provider of electronic navigational charts and mobile applications for the marine industry. “Navionics has long been known as a leading supplier of highly accurate navigational charts and mobile applications for boaters,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO. “By combining Navionics’ content with Garmin’s BlueChart and LakeVü content, we will be able to offer the best available breadth…(Read More)

Earth-i receives £2.7 million from UK government to improve crop yield for African coffee farmers

UK: Earth-i has been awarded a grant of £2.7 million from the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, which supports UK space firms tackling global challenges. The grant will enable Earth-i to launch the ACCORD programme in Kenya and Rwanda. ACCORD has been specifically developed to help smallholder coffee farmers in Africa improve crop quality and yield.  It combines Earth-i’s very high-resolution satellite imagery with  WeatherSafe’s data platform to provide an extensive crop…(Read More)

EuroGeographics announces new additions to open data for 2018

Belgium: EuroGeographics has released a new version of EuroGlobalMap, its open data created from official national sources. Forty-five members of the Association for the European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities have contributed to EuroGlobalMap, which now includes fields for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) within the updated transport theme, specifically links for railways (RailrdL) and road networks (RoadL). The latest release also includes updated information…(Read More)

OGC seeks public comment on ‘SensorThings API Part 2 – Tasking Core’ candidate standard for use in IoT

US: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on the OGC SensorThings API, Part 2 – Tasking Core Candidate Standard. The OGC SensorThings API is a free and non-proprietary lightweight interface specification that simplifies and accelerates the development of the Web-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The OGC SensorThings API provides an open, geospatial-enabled, and unified way to interconnect the IoT devices, data, and applications over the Web. Part 1 was released…(Read More)

World’s most advanced weather satellite imager from Harris Corporation set to launch on March 1

Australia: Harris Corporation’s second Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), built for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) weather-monitoring mission, is scheduled to launch March 1 on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES). The ABI will be controlled by the Harris-built enterprise ground system and deliver three times the amount of spectral coverage in four times the resolution and five times faster than older GOES satellites. It will provide better weather…(Read More)

Nokia announces initiatives to position itself as a supplier of digital city products and solutions

Singapore: Nokia has announced a slew of initiatives intended to position it as a supplier of digital city products and solutions. In a bid to further consolidate its position, Nokia’s digital cities push comes soon after it announced to revamp its wearables division which is reeling under losses. IoT for Smart Cities is a modular platform designed to help operators and systems integrators to do unified smart city management and to launch new services in this area. It’s powered by Nokia’s Integrated Operations Center (IOC)…(Read More)

GeoSLAM to demo time & cost saving 3D mobile laser scanners for construction applications at 2018 AGC Convention

UK: GeoSLAM will demonstrate how its ZEB-REVO RT handheld laser scanner can be used to slash the time and cost required for complex indoor 3D mapping on construction sites at the 2018 Association of General Contractors of America (AGC) Convention. The conference and exhibition will be held February 26-28 in New Orleans. In addition to live demonstrations of the ZEB-REVO mobile scanner and real-time SLAM processing software, GeoSLAM will highlight a recent case study where a major…(Read More)


Did you know what are the five levels of autonomous cars?

five levels of autonomous carsThe autonomous car market is booming and in the coming years, people are hopeful that they will provide relief from traffic congestion, parking problems and all other woes of driving in crowded cities. The technological dimension will reorient the car industry and change it forever. Assorted autonomous cars of different sizes and with different specifications would be blaring horns in our vicinity in the near future. But have you ever wondered about the classification of autonomous cars…(Read More)

How Drones could Help Save the Environment

A research done by an environmental scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows that delivery drones can lessen the burden on the environment and deliver smaller packages faster than trucks. Delivery trucks are responsible for about 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation is still largely powered by fuels made from oil and is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. Medium and heavy-duty trucks which deliver freight to warehouses and consumers’ homes amounts to 415 million metric tons…(Read More)

Universities in space: Seriously higher education

The future of smallsats is bright – and judging by the work that universities and their students are doing, it’s only going to get better. Aerospace engineering programs are getting more popular as students look to enter the new space race, and the focus on satellites is increasing. NASA’s ELaNa (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites) has been a very successful initiative to attract and retain students in the field of satellite research and has involved many universities. While the number of universities doing excellent work…(Read More)