Home News GeoWrap:NASA awards $43M to US small businesses for tech research; HERE and...

GeoWrap:NASA awards $43M to US small businesses for tech research; HERE and its global partners pitch for making HD Live Map as a global standard and more

NASA awards $43M to US small businesses for tech research

US: NASA has selected 304 proposals from U.S. small businesses to advance research and technology in Phase I of its 2018 SmallBusinessInnovationResearch (SBIR) program and 44 proposals for the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, totalling $43.5 million in awards. These selections support NASA’sfuturespace exploration missions, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. “This round of Phase I ideas look very promising and creative, and will enhance innovation...(Read More)

HERE and its global partners pitch for making HD Live Map as a global standard for self-driving cars

The Netherlands: A unified worldwide mapping system will guide self-driving cars safely and efficiently. That is the goal of HERE Technologies and its regional mapping partners NavInfo of China, Increment P (IPC)/Pioneer of Japan and SK Telecom of Korea. The four companies today announced that they have formed the OneMap Alliance to offer a global, standardized and dynamic high definition (HD) map from 2020. The global HD map offering is aligned to the specification developed…(Read More)

BSD advances the engineering industry with the launch of SpecLink Cloud and BIM Integration

US: Building Systems Design (BSD), a leading provider of specification content and software for the architecture, engineering, construction and owner sectors, announced today the launch of SpecLink Cloud. In addition to SpecLink’s intelligent database, automatic updates and intuitive editing tools, SpecLink Cloud will provide cloud collaboration and BIM integration. “Effective collaboration is key to enhanced productivity, improved efficiency and better project outcomes…(Read More)

Drone Delivery Canada and Toyota Tsusho Canada announce commercialization initiatives for international markets

Canada: Drone Delivery Canada and Toyota Tsusho Canada( TTCI) have announced that they have signed an agreement to collaborate on a drone delivery logistics platform. “This agreement with TTCI is expected to open international markets for us as a company,” commented Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. “Working alongside a global industrial leader such as Toyota Tsusho also provides us quick access to a very extensive international global network and a breadth…(Read More)

RMSI Appoints Erik Shepard, Expands Its Utility Advisory Board

RMSI, a leading provider of end to end asset data management solutions to the utilities sector, announced expansion of its advisory board by empanelling Erik Shepard. As a member of the board, Erik will work closely with clients to provide insights and guidance on the industry best practices, market trends, challenges, and help clients achieve their business objectives. Erik, PhD, PMP, has over 20 years of consultative experience and has successfully led multiple strategic engagements for clients…(Read More)

Drone Logistics and Transportation market worth 29.06 billion USD by 2027

According to the new market research report “Drone Logistics and Transportation Market by Solution (Warehousing, Shipping, Infrastructure, Software), Sector (Commercial, Military), Drone (Freight Drones, Passenger Drones, Ambulance Drones), and Region – Global Forecast to 2027”, published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is estimated to be USD 11.20 Billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 29.06 Billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 21.01% from 2022 to 2027…(Read More)

China to launch two BeiDou-2 backup satellites

China: China will launch two backup satellites for BeiDou-2 in next two years to improve its performance, reported the Xinhua news agency. Backup satellites would ensure the continuous stable operations of the system, said Ran Chengqi of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, at the Ninth China Satellite Navigation Conference in Harbin, capital of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. BeiDou-2 has been in use for five and a half years. It is generally in stable and has never been out of service…(Read More)


Enabling the rest of us to find actionable information in huge volumes of satellite data

satellite dataThere is a huge volume of satellite imagery that is being captured and has been captured over the past couple of decades.  The challenge is to automatically find objects such as ships, trees, buildings, or containers in this vast amount of data and track changes in them over time. Finding actionable information in huge volumes of satellite data is the challenge. This morning at this year’s FOSS4GNA (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial North America) get together in St Louis, Chris Holmes…(Read More)