GeoWrap: Google acquires Velostrata and Cask Data to boost its Cloud platform;...

GeoWrap: Google acquires Velostrata and Cask Data to boost its Cloud platform; Ordnance Survey and Westfield collaborate on autonomous vehicle development and more

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Google acquires Velostrata and Cask Data to boost its Cloud platform

US: Google has signed an agreement to acquire Velostrata, an Israel-based Cloud migration enterprise that help companies shift workloads from data centres to Google Cloud Platform. With increasing number of industries adapting to the Cloud trend, Google aims to offer speed, scalability and access to technologies like advanced Data Analytics and Machine Learning. “This means they can easily and quickly migrate virtual machine-based workloads like large databases…(Read More)

Ordnance Survey and Westfield collaborate on autonomous vehicle development

UK: Westfield Technology Group, a British vehicle manufacturer, and Ordnance Survey have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support autonomous vehicle development. The MoU will support a wider range of autonomous vehicle operations by improving access to detailed and accurate mapping. Previous collaborations between Westfield Technology Group and Ordnance Survey include jointly collaborating with Emirates Airlines in Dubai and mapping potential autonomous…(Read More)

UrtheCast reports a net loss of $11.1 million in the first quarter of 2018

Canada: UrtheCast has announced financial results for the first quarter that ended on March 31, 2018 and provides an update on its financial condition. Revenue was $4.3 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $9.4 million in the first quarter of 2017, due to lower revenues from engineering services and EO imagery sales. Engineering services revenue of $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $7.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, decreased mainly due to a change…(Read More)

Deimos Imaging awarded contract exceeding USD $2.6 Million by the Brazilian MoD

Spain: UrtheCast Corp and its subsidiary, the Earth Observation company Deimos Imaging SLU, announced that Deimos Imaging has entered into a contract with the Brazilian Ministry of Defence’s Aeronautics Command (COMAER) exceeding $2.6 million US dollars. The Contract requires Deimos Imaging to supply Earth Observation products and services from the Deimos-2 satellite, during an initial period of three years that could be extended up to five years. Payments are expected…(Read More)

Sony’s new IoT board features built-in GNSS receiver

US: Sony has developed two new products, the Spresence main and extension boards for the internet of things (IoT) applications, equipped with a smart-sensing processor. The mainboard uses a multi-CPU structure equipped with Sony’s GNSS receiver (GPS+GLONASS) and high-res audio codec. A variety of systems for diverse applications — drones, smart speakers, sensing cameras and other IoT devices — can be built by combining the boards and developing the relevant applications…(Read More)

EVG now offering Malawi Topographic Maps, Nautical Charts, Aerial Imagery

UK: East View Geospatial (EVG) has announced that it has expanded its geodata offerings over Africa via a distribution agreement with the Malawi National Spatial Data Centre, Surveys Department. This agreement makes EVG an official distributor of Malawi nationally-produced data, including topographic map series, city maps, nautical charts and aerial imagery. EVG now offers complete topographic coverage of Malawi at 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 scales, as well as the large-scale city…(Read More)

Hexagon acquires NEXTSENSE GmbH, a leader in Industrial Measurement and Inspection Solutions

US: Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technology solutions, announced today the acquisition of NEXTSENSE, a leading innovator in non-contact profile measurement and surface inspection. NEXTSENSE specializes in solutions that enhance product quality with speed and efficiency at micrometer accuracy in the automotive, railway, steel and aerospace industries. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Graz, Austria, NEXTSENSE employs more than 80 people worldwide…(Read More)

Teledyne Optech displays its advanced LiDAR solutions at GEO Business 2018

US: Teledyne Optech will display its newest airborne lidar solutions for acquiring accurate geospatial data at GEO Business 2018, London, UK, on May 22-23, 2018. Visitors to booth L28 can discover the wide area mapping features of the Optech Galaxy PRIME and its ability to survey rugged terrain more efficiently. For a more detailed explanation, register for our workshop entitled, “Airborne laser scanning and the powerful new Galaxy PRIME” taking place Tuesday May 22nd at 09:30 am in Room C…(Read More)

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National Geographic celebrates 100 years of stunning pull-out maps

As National Geographic completes 100 years of pull-out maps, it amazes the readers by presenting the most stunning presentations in the realm. The trend of pull-out maps in the magazine began with a map of the western front, which got displayed in the May 1918 issue. This, approximately, 2 by 3 foot sheet map presented the 400-mile battle line across France and Belgium. This is where much of the World War I fighting had occurred. This was the first supplement map provided by the magazine…(Read More)