GeoWrap: Technology advances in sensor suites bring fully autonomous vehicles closer to...

GeoWrap: Technology advances in sensor suites bring fully autonomous vehicles closer to fruition; Verizon unveils public safety private core and more


Technology advances in sensor suites bring fully autonomous vehicles closer to fruition

US: In 2018, Frost & Sullivan expects the autonomous vehicle sector to witness the rise of virtual voice assistance; centralised domain architectures; improved vision and depth-sensing solutions; artificial intelligence powering development, testing and validation; and the rise of shared mobility platforms. The global autonomous driving market is expected to grow to $173.15 billion by 2023, with shared mobility services contributing 65.3%. In the near future, the combination of autonomous driving…(Read More)

Verizon unveils public safety private core

US: Verizon announced its public safety-private core will be generally available on March 29, 2018. This dedicated private core is a centrepiece of expanded products and services designed to enhance Verizon’s industry-leading 4G LTE network for public safety. Additionally, Verizon offers public safety customers preemption and mobile broadband priority service at no additional charge. The Verizon public safety private core provides several key features to public safety customers…(Read More)

China launches Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites

China: The first groups of China’s Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites were sent into space on Tuesday at 12:25 p.m. Beijing time from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China. The satellites were carried by a Long March-4C rocket, the 271st mission for the Long March rocket family. The mission also sent a micro nanotechnology experiment satellite into orbit. The satellites will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests…(Read More)

ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I navigation satellite

India: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched the PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I. IRNSS-1I is a navigation satellite and the eighth satellite in the constellation. The PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I Mission kicked off at 04:04 AM ISTon Thursday. The launch was ISRO’s second endeavour at sending a replacement satellite. The earlier mission of a PSLV carrying IRNSS-1H in August last year failed after the heat shield covering the satellite failed to separate…(Read More)

Esri and Alibaba Cloud working together to bring enhanced Location Intelligence technology to Cloud users

US: Esri has announced that it has entered into a collaborative agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of the Alibaba Group. The agreement will enable both organizations to deliver enhanced options to customers seeking to implement their Esri technology on Alibaba Cloud. Esri President and Founder, Jack Dangermond, described the agreement as both a recognition of successful implementations and a shared belief that location intelligence in cloud infrastructure was pivotal…(Read More)

FARO introduces CAM2 2018 3D Measurement Software Platform

US: FARO, the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, product design, and 3D machine vision applications, announces the release of the FARO CAM2 2018 software platform, specifically designed to enable users to realize the highest value and level of performance with all FARO metrology products across the automotive, aerospace, machine tools and metal fabrication industries. CAM2 2018 elevates the end user experience through a seamless…(Read More)

Ubisense and MRO Drone launch world’s first ‘Smart Hangar’ solution

US: Ubisense Group, a global leader in enterprise intelligence solutions, has announced a partnership with pioneers of autonomy and creators of innovative aviation software products, MRO Drone, to offer the world’s first ‘Smart Hangar’ solution, combining automated aircraft inspection with automated tool and asset management to improve efficiency and increase productivity for MROs. Developed for operations, compliance and quality teams, Smart Hangar combines MRO Drones…(Read More)

English Municipal Authority boosts transport efficiency with QRoutes

UK: The UK’s Bedford Borough Council has employed the latest computer software from QRoutes to optimise the council’s transport services.  With the transformation of Bedford’s schools from a three-tier to a two-tier structure, policy changes meant that the council’s home to school transport network had to be reorganised. QRoutes route planning software was used to assess the most efficient routes and maximise vehicle utilisation.  The re-structured services are saving the council over £200,000…(Read More)

Cyient and BlueBird Aero Systems sign joint venture to Offer UAV systems to Indian Defence and Industry

India: Cyient, a provider of engineering design, manufacturing, geospatial, networks, and operations management services to global industry leaders and Israel-based BlueBird Aero Systems, a leader in design, development, and production of micro, mini, and small tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) today announced they have entered into a joint venture to offer field-proven UAV systems to Indian defence, paramilitary, security, and police forces. The joint venture, named Cyient Solutions & Systems…(Read More)

GAF demonstrates improved geological mapping with Sentinel data

Germany: GAF currently completed an ESA funded project to support the African Mineral Geoscience Initiative (AMGI). The World Bank initiated AMGI Project is a pan-African initiative for the collection, consolidation, interpretation and effective dissemination of national and regional geological, geochemical, geophysical and mineral resource data through a geo-portal. It intends to develop a complete Geological Data Catalogue for entire Africa in relation to mineral resources…(Read More)


Location-based Miniila app can help track missing children, find nearest relief services

Miniila app can track missing childrenDid you know 250,000 children are reported missing every year in the EU, which equates to 1 child every 2 minutes? Between 2014 and 2017 the equivalent of 60 school classes of children went missing in Sweden (1,736). In Italy where many start their journey through Europe 5,828 went missing, and in Germany there were 8,991 (867 of whom were under 13). If you are already aghast by these numbers, wait there is more to it. According to records…(Read More)

Earth Observation Big Data – the hammer mindset lacks the edge

An old adage tells us that if all we have is a hammer, we see every problem as a nail. So for bigger problems, we get a bigger hammer… The European Sentinels on their own generate more than 10TB of free scientific-grade imagery every day. Over the past few years, I’ve heard about truly amazing new approaches…(Read More)