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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

thinkWhere Will Implement Enterprise-Wide, Online GIS for Scotland's Rural College

 
May 16th, 2019 by Susan Smith

Alan Moore, Chief Executive of thinkWhere, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the recent contract awarded to change how geographic data and software was employed at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Working alongside SRUC’s commercial division, SAC Consulting, thinkWhere will implement an enterprise wide, online GIS. thinkWhere will also introduce desktop based open source GIS software and a mobile application for synchronized field mapping and data capture. The integrated, end-to-end solution from thinkWhere is aimed to assist a variety of users and will allow SAC Consulting to offer new services to clients in the future.

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Juniper Systems Announces Allegro 3 and Archer 3 Rugged Handheld Computers for Field Professionals

 
May 10th, 2019 by Susan Smith

BIRMINGHAM, UK company, Juniper Systems Limited  announced the release of two new rugged handheld computers, each the third generation in their respective product lines. The new Allegro 3™ Rugged Handheld Computer is designed for applications requiring full alpha-numeric keyboard input, while the new Archer 3™ Rugged Handheld Computer is ideal for single-handed data entry use. Both products were designed for data-intensive applications and are now running on the Android® operating system.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Viewed From Space and 3D Scans – Before and After

 
May 2nd, 2019 by Susan Smith

The Notre Dame Cathedral has been well-documented both before and after a devastating fire destroyed its spire and roof on Monday, April 15, 2019. What we have going forward is extensive documentation in the forms of satellite imagery, aerial imagery, as well as 3D laser scans to help in the reconstruction of the Gothic cathedral.

Satellite photos show Notre-Dame Cathedral before and after Monday's devastating fire. Facebook/Digital Globe

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Satellite Technology Used by UK Space Agency’s Forests 2020 Project to Monitor Tropical African Forests and Cocoa Industry

 
April 25th, 2019 by Susan Smith

Supply chains in Africa have caused deforestation by illegal cocoa farming, damaging protected rainforests and creating damage to the very viable cocoa industry. Using satellite derived information from the UK Space Agency’s Forests 2020 Project, led by Ecometrica, the Ghana Forestry Commission has been supported in the development of a landscape-level map that separates cocoa from forestry, which is critical to measure how cocoa is driving deforestation. According to company materials, African Governments and the world’s cocoa companies look to UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme’s Forests 2020 to provide reliable and accurate maps that map forest cover change and differentiate cocoa farms from natural forests.

Fermented cocoa beans drying in Ghanaian sunshine (pic: Lewis Rattray)

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CoreLogic Releases 2019 Insurance Coverage Adequacy Report, in Response to Increased Natural Hazards in U.S.

 
April 18th, 2019 by Susan Smith

The U.S. has seen an increase in the number of natural disasters between the years 2016 and 2018. The resulting “underinsurance issues” have kept analytics and data-enabled solutions providers very busy with analyzing the new wave of areas that would be better served by increased natural hazard coverage.

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New Rugged Lightweight Tablets from DT Research

 
April 12th, 2019 by Susan Smith

DT Research, designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, recently announced the DT380CR and DT380Q rugged lightweight tablets, weighing two pounds and light enough for field workers to carry all day, yet with an 8-inch display that is large enough to facilitate a large number of indoor/outdoor computing assignments as well as provide high brightness with capacitive touch. These new tablets have IP65 and MIL-STD-810G ratings for military-grade durability, seamless information capture-transmission capabilities and hot-swappable batteries result in no work interruptions– increasing productivity while simultaneously offering organizations an affordable rugged solution.

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Using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for Agriculture

 
April 5th, 2019 by Susan Smith

Recently Harris Geospatial Solutions has provided a series of webinars on SAR. The most recent one, conducted by solutions engineer, Megan Gallagher, is entitled “A Deeper Dive into SAR: Agriculture and Land Surface Deformation” and is available on their website

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Kinesis Adds Alexa to Vehicle Tracking Technology

 
March 28th, 2019 by Susan Smith

Crewes, UK-based Kinesis has integrated its vehicle tracking technology with Alexa, the Amazon Virtual Assistant. The artificial intelligence addition allows managers to locate their mobile workers by simply asking Alexa where a person is by name – or a vehicle by its ID number.  Alexa immediately responds giving the current vehicle location and where it is going, if traveling.

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GISCafe Special Report: Digital Twin Technology Offers a Mirror Image for Productivity of the Future

 
March 22nd, 2019 by Susan Smith

Digital Twins – are they taking the technology world by storm? IDC recently noted that by 2020, 30% of global 2000 companies will be using data from Digital Twins to improve organizational productivity by as much as 25%. While it is not quite there, Gartner predicts the Digital Twin will reach the “Plateau of Productivity” within 5 to 10 years.

According to the 2018 Gartner Hype Cycle, Digital Twin is a trend that is now approaching the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” and is estimated to hit the “Plateau of Productivity” within 5 to 10 years. Image courtesy of Gartner, Inc.

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PCI Geomatics introduces Analysis Ready Data (ARD) Tools

 
March 19th, 2019 by Susan Smith

Kevin Jones, Executive Director of Marketing for PCI Geomatics, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the release of new software for Geomatica and GXL, the company’s flagship software for complete and integrated desktop and enterprise geoimage processing. Geomatica features tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, mosaicking, and more that can be deployed through the Geomatica desktop, Python workflows, or through large-volume-production systems. The focus of the new release is enabling big data processing for large archives of satellite data, which need to be processed to a scientifically rigorous level known as Analysis Ready Data (ARD). The new ARD tools provide methods to create datasets that can then be used for Multi-Temporal Analytics (MTA) leveraging the Open Data Cube infrastructure.

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