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Imagery Collection from Any Moving Vehicle with New NCTech 360-Degree Camera for Google Street View

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Neil Tocher, CTO at Edinburgh, Scotland-based NCTech, reality imaging systems developer, spoke with GISCafe Voice about NCTech’s recent demonstration of a new 360-degree camera designed to be mounted on any vehicle in order to capture and generate virtual street-level imagery.

NCTech Street View camera on vehicle

Google is set to trial the new camera for Street View capture in three countries (not currently announced).  Details of the new product were presented at the recent Google Street View Summit 2017 in Tokyo.

According to company materials, with a 360 x 300 degree field of view, the new camera captures data at five frames per second to produce 60 megapixel spherical images. The Street View auto ready camera is designed to collect data from any moving vehicle for Google’s Street View platform and other platforms. The new camera will be available in Q4 2017.

Close view of the NCTech VRC

Google wants to increase the volume and frequency of data uploaded to Street View and NCTech’s new camera combines futuristic tech and accessible design with low cost, to help achieve that goal. NCTech’s ultimate goal is to increase the 10 million miles per year currently available online to one billion miles per year.

The new camera utilizes Intel technology and will be the first to adopt NCTech’s Intelligent Capture System, a cloud-based system that talks to each camera, ensuring that the data collected is unique and manages disk space on the camera.

NCTech Street View camera at sunset

“With this product, we’re making use of the very latest Intel Apollo Lake processor technology.” said Tocher. “Intel have worked very closely with us to ensure the product realizes all the potential benefits provided by this new chipset for ultrafast street-level virtualization.”

NCTech also announced a second new Street View compatible product, the VRC (Virtual Reality Camera). The new low-cost consumer camera will provide 3D virtualization of interior places, capturing 360-degree images and depth, allowing viewers to explore in full immersive virtual reality.

“The VRC is the first affordable consumer Virtual Reality Camera. It will help democratize virtual reality by making the capture of user generated 3D VR content easy and abundant,” said Tocher. “The VRC’s Street View API compatibility now enables anyone to be able to share their virtualized places on Street View.”
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DigitalGlobe Announces Agreement with Rise Broadband

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

DigitalGlobe, Inc. this week announced an agreement to provide elevation data to Rise Broadband, a fixed wireless internet service provider (WISP), to enable faster and more efficient deployment of wireless internet services in the United States.

Wireless networks are becoming denser and base station location is critical to service quality. Digital Surface Models provide the accuracy that planners need to optimize urban network performance. photo courtesy DigitalGlobe, Inc.

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Harness the Power of Data in Politics, Health, Finance and Navigation

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Erek Dyskant, co-founder of BlueLabs, an analytics and technology company dedicated to harnessing the power of data to produce meaningful two-way engagement between people and organizations, aims to empower individuals to take steps that “make their political voice heard, improve their health, and strengthen their financial security.”

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Advanced Weather Data from Earth Networks Helps Save Critical Assets

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Anuj Agrawal, CMO at Earth Networks, answered some questions for GISCafe Voice about Earth Networks’ weather data services that offer customers the ability to gain faster alerts, better predictions and risk mitigating data that can save companies money and time.

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Leica BLK360 3D Scanner and Software Pack a Big Punch in a Little Body

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Leica introduced its BLK360 3D scanner at Autodesk University 2016, which was met with great awe when attendees saw how small it is. It is 6.5 inches tall and four inches in diameter, weighing 2.2 lbs., and has one single button on its housing, giving the impression of a Star Trek device.

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GISCafe Congratulates GISCafe Sweepstakes Winner!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
GISCafe congratulates GISCafe Sweepstakes Winner Chris Havard, Design Lead-Piping/Mechanical, Valero Energy Corporation, Port Arthur Refinery, Port Arthur, Texas, who won an Amazon Echo at the SPAR3D Conference held in Houston, Texas.

Chris Havard, GISCafe Sweepstakes Winner

Havard has lived in southeast Texas all of his life. “I have been in the industry for over 35 years. Prior to getting in the industry, I served as a law enforcement officer. I have held positions from Piping Designer to Project Manager, just depending on the needs of the company and the projects at the time. The place where I currently work is just starting to embrace 3D laser scanning. I have used laser scans in designs for the past five years.”

 

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 – Looking to the Future, Aircraft Tracking with Space-Based Satellites

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

One of the biggest mysteries that still remains unsolved is what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, that took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8, 2014, just after midnight local time.

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Topcon Bundles Bentley’s ContextCapture with their UAS

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Charles Rihner, vice president of the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group, talked with GISCafe Voice about Topcon ContextCapture, powered by Bentley Systems ContextCapture reality modeling software, now offered with Topcon UAS (unmanned aerial systems).

Falcon 8 site overview

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Maxoptra Offers Dynamic Route Planning and Scheduling Software for Agriculture

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Agricultural merchant Zantra is implementing UK-based Maxoptra dynamic route planning and scheduling software with GPS tracking technology to manage deliveries of its crop protection solutions.


As one of the largest independently owned agrochemical merchants in the UK, Zantra will use Maxoptra to optimize routes in order to reduce unnecessary mileage, control costs and minimize the environmental impact of its transport operations. Integrated with TomTom vehicle tracking solution for real time updates, Zantra believes Maxoptra Delivery improve the company’s ability to customer service, and deliver continual upgrades.

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State Legislative Districts Data Product Now Available for Entire U.S. from Caliper

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Caliper has announced that the State Legislative Districts Data Product is now available for the entire USA or for a single U.S. state. Three area databases reflect the latest boundaries for Congressional Districts, State House/Assembly (lower chamber) districts, and State Senate (upper chamber) districts, according to company materials.

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