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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 »

Skybox to be acquired by Google for $500 million

June 11th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Google announced it will acquire Skybox for $500 million yesterday.

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CityEngine 2014 for 3D GIS urban design released

June 5th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Esri has released CityEngine 2014, the latest version of its advanced 3D GIS urban design software. It is interesting to note that the software is now available in 3D applications that are generally considered part of architectural design and visualization applications.

It demonstrates that this is where Esri may anticipate CityEngine to end up rather than within the traditional geospatial marketplace. Its browser-based capabilities will make it easy for geospatial professionals to access what they need from the architectural design and urban planning aspect of big 3D city design projects, however.

Esri offers a free, 30-day CityEngine trial. The design tool integrates with the ArcGIS platform. Greater interoperability has been built into the latest version, which increases design potential. Developers have also strengthened the product’s stability, enhanced street creation functions, and added an open-space tool for more accurate architectural design.

New features in CityEngine include the library of design rules for facades, buildings, and streets. These preconfigured rules make it possible for users to spend more time designing models and less time coding the rules for them. To add another level of realism to the model, developers can use CityEngine SDK sample plug-ins to interact with the popular game engine Unity or other 3D software such as Maya. Developers can find these samples and download the CityEngine SDK at GitHub. Read the rest of CityEngine 2014 for 3D GIS urban design released

CyberCity 3D pens an agreement with Bluesky

June 5th, 2014 by Susan Smith
Image shows - CyberCity 3D buildings combined with Bluesky’s National Tree Map data in CityEngine. Screenshot provided by Elliot Hartley of Garsdale Design.

Image shows – CyberCity 3D buildings combined with Bluesky’s National Tree Map data in CityEngine. Screenshot provided by Elliot Hartley of Garsdale Design.

Advanced geospatial smart building data provider, CyberCity 3D,  Inc., has teamed with Bluesky, a UK-based aerial mapping company, to create cutting-edge, 3D city models.
The combination of the offerings of these two firms is expected to result in some amazing 3D models, by combining CyberCity 3D’s proprietary 3D building production capabilities with Bluesky’s stereo aerial imagery in the UK and hopefully to other markets.

Bluesky has an extensive data library that covers 150,000 sq km of off-the-shelf aerial photography. With access to this resource  CyberCity 3D will have gain access to urban centers across the UK immediately for 3D Smart Building production.  Bluesky’s specialization in the acquisition and processing of aerial photography will benefit CyberCity 3D as it finds the need for “new” flights to produce 3D models for its increasing client base.Earlier this year, CyberCity 3D – utilizing Vertex imagery – completed production of 3D London City Centre as well as an extended area including Nine Elms, South Kensington, and Chelsea.  The resulting 3D model has attained acclaim and client interest, and led to this groundbreaking new agreement with Bluesky.   By the end of the summer, this data partnership is expected to grow into a 3D data sales agreement involving maps throughout Great Britain.CyberCity 3D will be able to offer precision 3D smart buildings in Great Britain and provide clients with 3D city modeling. The company expects to launch cloud-based 3D buildings services this summer. Read the rest of CyberCity 3D pens an agreement with Bluesky

Peter Hansford keynotes at the GEO Business 2014 conference in London

May 28th, 2014 by Susan Smith

I heard Peter Hansford, the Chief Construction Advisor to HM Government, UK speak about the Crossrail project at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference in London, 2013. While I’m not in attendance at the GEO Business 2014 event in London this week, Hansford is presenting a keynote at that conference.

With a career that has spanned positions at Amey, Maunsell, the Strategic Rail Authority and Gardiner and Theobald, Hansford has spent the majority of his career on highways and railways with project management largely being his focus. Peter is also an ardent advocate and supporter of the BIM initiative.


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ABI Research reports rise in cellular GNSS IC revenue

May 28th, 2014 by Susan Smith

​The GNSS IC market continues to go from strength to strength with Cellular GNSS IC revenue alone forecast to break $2 billon by 2016, with a host of secondary markets starting to emerge, according to a report by ABI Research. This may help to explain why both Intel and Samsung have recently acquired GNSS IC design capabilities, creating competition for incumbents like Broadcom, Qualcomm and Mediatek.

Wearables, in-store advertising, ambient intelligence, IoE/IoT and connected homes have created a buzz around indoor location. Before indoor location can really happen, however, GNSS is critical to tying together the disparate networks.

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Juniper Systems to release rugged notepad to UK market

May 22nd, 2014 by Susan Smith

Josh Egan, product manager for Juniper Systems, talked about the first rugged notepad to the UK market to be released at GEO Business 2014. The Mesa combines the advantages of a PC tablet and a rugged handheld computer, without the disadvantages expected with either. This is the first time the Mesa has been on show at a UK trade event and Juniper Systems will also be hosting a workshop at the event which takes place in London from the 28th to 29th May 2014 titled “How to get the most out of your rugged handheld.”

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GEOINT 2013* discusses open geospatial solutions

May 20th, 2014 by Susan Smith

This year, there was more interest among the presenters at the GEOINT 2013* conference in open cloud-based geospatial solutions and collaboration. The reason for this is that these solutions save money and are technologically advanced, allowing more information to be gathered in a timely and critical fashion. Also, collaborative technologies allow the collection of data during crises to occur quickly and can make it possible for more lives to be saved. This is certainly a change from the attitude of federal government and intel professionals who have been highly concerned about security and distrustful of sharing data and any solutions that allowed the sharing of data.

TerraGo Workgroups announced

May 16th, 2014 by Susan Smith

George Demmy, CTO, TerraGo answered some questions for GISCafe Voice about the company’s recently announced TerraGo Workgroups, a subscription bundle that brings GeoPDF collaboration capabilities to smaller groups with flexible, cost-effective plans that meet their special requirements.

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Pitney Bowes announces Spectrum Spatial platform

May 13th, 2014 by Susan Smith

James Buckley, Pitney Bowes senior vice president and general manager, Location Intelligence, spoke to GISVoice this week about the recent launch of the Spectrum Spatial platform, built on MapInfo technology, that delivers advanced location intelligence for businesses to manage and deliver location data centrally.

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HP’s DL380z Virtual Workstation announced

May 9th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Jeff Groudan, worldwide director, Thin Client and Virtual Workstation Product Management and Jim Christensen, product manager at HP, talked about the announcement this week of the HP DL380z Virtual Workstation solution that is a combination of HP’s server hardware technology and the integration of it into the true workstation ecosystem, delivered out of the Workstation Business unit.

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