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GeoWrap: Planet announces new emergency and disaster management solutions; HERE Open Location Platform going “from strength to strength” and more

Planet announces new emergency and disaster management solutions

US: As a response to the unpredictable nature of disasters, Planet is now offering “monitoring on-demand” imagery that is tailor-made to cater to the needs of government agencies, humanitarian organizations, and commercial enterprises. Before and immediately after a disaster strikes, customers can begin quickly accessing pre-event imagery and post-event imagery. Planet’s continuous monitoring of the planet means it typically has the most recent pre-event imagery available…(Read More)

HERE Open Location Platform going “from strength to strength” – Ovum

 Following its launch last year, the HERE Open Location Platform (OLP) has developed into a “compelling proposition” and is going “from strength to strength” as it adds a wide variety of data, services and participants, according to a new report published today by Ovum. The commentary was part of Location Platform Index: Mapping and Navigation H2 17, the most recent edition of an Ovum report that assesses the major vendors in the location platform market. Ovum said that OLP, a collaborative…(Read More)

Boeing HorizonX invests in Fortem Technologies, creator of Radar Systems for UAVs

US: Boeing has announced its investment in Fortem Technologies, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based company developing advanced radar systems for unmanned and manned aircraft. Fortem Technologies offers airspace awareness solutions using low size, weight and power radar to ensure safe operations of unmanned aerial vehicles. Fortem’s TrueView radar technology helps UAVs detect and avoid other aircraft and airborne objects beyond visual line of sight  a key capability for future autonomous air vehicles…(Read More)

Blue Origin adds Sky Perfect JSAT as fourth New Glenn launch customer

US: To launch its still-in-development New Glenn rocket, Blue Origin has added a fourth customer, SKY Perfect JSAT, a major commercial satellite operator in Asia. “We are honored to have SKY Perfect JSAT as a customer for an early New Glenn launch,” said Bob Smith, Blue Origin’s chief executive, in an interview to SpaceNews. He added, “The whole team at Blue thanks SKY Perfect JSAT for placing its trust in us to take them to orbit.” “We are looking forward to taking mu Space’s satellite…(Read More)

Bentley AssetWise users to benefit from Situational Intelligence through Azure-based Machine Learning

US: Bentley Systems announced the early access of new data science and machine learning capabilities, powered by Microsoft Azure, for AssetWise CONNECT Edition. AssetWise users can now leverage machine learning as an extension of the embedded analytics already available within AssetWise Operational Analytics and Asset Reliability services. Beyond situational awareness and the visual operation, AssetWise now also provides an elevated level of situational intelligence...(Read More)

New bMS3D-360: The first Backpack Mobile Scanning System including panoramic camera

France: Viametris, a leader in mobile scanning technology launches its industry-leading bMS3D backpack mobile scanning system embedding a 360° camera. “Users of mobile scanning systems know how difficult it is to cover an entire city with this kind of system and how complex the completeness is” says Jerome Ninot, Founder of VIAMETRIS. Narrow streets and pedestrian zones are considered hurdles when it comes to mobile scanning. The new bMS3D-360 makes this sort of tasks achievable…(Read More)

Esri FedGIS conference showcases how Spatial Analytics turns Data insight into action for government

US: Esri has announced that it will be hosting the twenty-first annual Esri Federal GIS (FedGIS) Conference, to be held March 20–21 at the Walter E. Washington Center in Washington, DC. All federal government agency workers are invited to join an anticipated audience of 3,000 attendees and share their experience in collaborating, innovating, and connecting their work using spatial analytics technology. Esri founder and president Jack Dangermond will discuss how location intelligence…(Read More)

RIEGL announces VQ-880-G for topographic surveying and VQ-880-GH optimized for helicopter integrations

RIEGL has announced two laser scanning systems. The RIEGL VQ-880-G is a fully integrated airborne laser scanning system for combined hydrographic and topographic surveying. The system is offered with integrated and factory-calibrated high-end GNSS/IMU system and camera. The design allows flexible adaptation of these components to specific application requirements. Complemented by a RIEGL data recorder, the RIEGL VQ-880-G is a complete LIDAR system to be installed…(Read More)


Fear, anxiety, shock, or awe… how would you react in your maiden autonomous car trip?

Once people get the first-hand experience of a new technology and get familiarized with it, their misgivings and anxiety are spontaneously discarded in no time. The initial reluctance and dread morph into joyous excitement and they become eager about the dynamism that new technology will infuse into their daily lives. Waymo, which is at the forefront of popularizing autonomous vehicles and changing prevailing attitudes, released a second short video that now shows people sitting inside…(Read More)

Future of location intelligence lies in embedding it in all services — Arnout Desmet, TomTom


With our smart maps and smart traffic products, we are a key enabler of various special analytics, leading to a lot of business intelligence, says Arnout Desmet, VP Maps, TomTom in an exclusive interview…(Read More)