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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
Andy Dearing, CEO of Boundless, discussed the announcement of Boundless Suite 4.10 release that has been their flagship product since the inception of the company. Dearing also talked about the company’s strategic partnership with Planet.
4.9 was released last year. In the new release, Dearing says that they have incorporated MapBox styling within their platforms, leveraging that powerful styling engine and code, and are able to bring those files into their Platform. “Typically, our technical GeoServer had a styling and rendering engine based in XML,” said Dearing. “We’re able to write a more powerful styling capability with this platform.”
For their developer community, Boundless has released the Boundless SDK, a web SDK toolkit that sits on top of their visualization platform, providing open layers for developers to quickly develop web applications from their webmaps or data. In addition, there are new contributions to the community release of GeoServer. The Boundless platform is built upon open source technology and open APIs that generate actionable location intelligence across third party apps, content services and plug-ins for enterprise applications.
GeoServer 2.11 is a community OS project whose latest version includes lower load times, enabling users to load data and bring it forward, which is especially valuable to those with large datasets. Load times are reduced to a fraction of their previous time. In addition, the Geoserver is cross functional with other data formats such as Esri shapefile, etc.
Key features of Boundless Suite 4.10 include (from company materials):
- Support on the CentOS 7 operating system, giving users outside of the Windows ecosystem access to the comprehensive open GIS solution.
- Leverage modern symbology styles with Mapbox Styles as mentioned above, a modern way to style that is designed to work with the entire Boundless product platform. Users can use this feature across desktop, mobile and web.
- Designed to work in modern IT architectures including virtual machines, elastic DevOps architectures and the cloud, allowing customers to maximize their GIS investment and lower Total ownership costs.
The Boundless new SDK ships with Boundless Suite 4.10 and enables users to use the OpenLayers 3 library that utilizes the React framework. The SDK powers the web application builder in Boundless Desktop so users can create applications now without generating any code.
Boundless Suite 4.10 ships with GeoServer 2.11, with improved loading and OGC request times for large installations. Tens of thousands of layers can now be managed in GeoServer at faster load times. Greater EPSG support and improved identification and handling of obscure .prj files and directories of shapefiles are among the features.
Boundless has an ideas portal email@example.com for users to share their ideas in a public forum. These ideas help shape the next release of products.
Boundless’ strategic partnership with Planet enables the company to wire the Planet API directly into their API, aiming for a seamless experience for the users to access, discover and work with Planet imagery, directly in Boundless’ platform and services. Customers will be able to access the large library of Planet high quality imagery and fast loading imagery basemaps residing in the Boundless Connect ecosystem.
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency made an investment in geospatial tools and Planet, as well as agriculture, providing access to data that wasn’t available before but is now available in the Open Source platform.
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
At GEOINT 2017 held this year in San Antonio, TX, Robert Cardillo, director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, spoke about the role of GEOINT and how it will drive the next generation of intelligence in his keynote address, “Riding the Wave.”
Robert Cardillo, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, speaks to the GEOINT 2017 symposium June 5. Credit: USGIF
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Mark Reid, Vice President of Product Management at GeoSLAM Ltd talked about their recent announcement of the real-time upgrade option for the ZEB-REVO, their handheld mobile mapping system. Demonstrated for the first time at SPAR 3D 2017 in Houston, the optional upgrade includes a revised datalogger capable of undertaking SLAM registration in real-time. It has its own integrated Wi-Fi, with results that can be displayed live, as they are captured, on any web browser enabled device including tablets and smartphones.
Thornton Abbey Scan
GISCafe Voice: What are some indoor map applications for ZEB-REVO?
The ZEB-REVO handheld mobile mapping device employs a highly robust 3D Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) algorithm, which enables the rapid creation of a 3-dimensional model of any space.
Since it does not require a GPS signal, the ZEB-REVO is at its best in complex, enclosed, multi-level environments, without compromising on the accuracy of data collection.
ZEB-REVOs are regularly used by surveyors and non-experts alike in the construction and development sector, whether for the recording of heritage buildings in need of restoration, generating footprints of vast structures, real estate valuations or scan-to-BIM.
As the ZEB-REVO is non-invasive and easy to use (requiring minimal training for non-expert users), the device has also been lauded as an ideal scanning product for both dangerous and sensitive environments. This includes time-limited projects, such as in a precarious building prior to renovation or demolition, or occupied environments, such as colleges, nursing homes and hospitals.
Large building scan – Courtesy Geomeasure
GISCafe Voice: Can you describe your ‘modular approach?’
Structures with unusual layouts or complex networks are not a problem for the ZEB-REVO, thanks to both the modular and compact nature of the product. Unlike heavy single-function trolley-based SLAM systems, the lightweight, handheld device is ideal for adapting to difficult-to-access environments, whether that is down a narrow shaft while attached to a pulley system, or using a birds eye perspective when secured to a drone.
The ZEB-REVO can also be mounted to cars, boats, UAVs and other small-scale piloted and autonomous vehicles; making it ideal for surveying challenging indoor and outdoor multi-level environments. ZEB-CAM, which also is a modular add-on, can be quickly attached or detached depending upon the application and deployment method being used. This allows for an easy upgrade path that futureproofs the ZEB-REVO against the latest developments.
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.
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.”
Sevenhugs Smart Remote
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.
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.”