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.
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Satellite Technology Used by UK Space Agency’s Forests 2020 Project to Monitor Tropical African Forests and Cocoa IndustryThursday, April 25th, 2019
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.
Aerial mapping company Bluesky, working in concert with the company Ambiental Risk Analytics (ARA), has supplied photogrammetrically derived Digital Terrain Models (DTM) for the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. These 3D models include river flow and rainfall data and allow ARA to deliver a range of flood risk information for any property in the UK primarily to insurance companies, government agencies, emergency response and property developers.
Mapillary, the street-level imagery platform that uses computer vision to work with and manage the world’s maps, this week announced a new tool that allows cities and mapmakers to take control over their map data collection in order to build better maps at scale. Capture Projects consists of a combination of a web and a mobile app, named Mapillary for Drivers, that gives cities and mapmakers the ability to task and manage an unlimited number of drivers to capture street-level imagery at any given point, increasing how quickly map data can be generated just using cameras.