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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 »

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

 
April 20th, 2017 by Susan Smith

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

 
April 13th, 2017 by Susan Smith

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

 
April 6th, 2017 by Susan Smith

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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New Update from CloudCities

 
March 30th, 2017 by Susan Smith

CloudCities announced an update to their cloud platform for building insights that adds procedural terrains and advanced search features. CloudCities for AEC professionals and their clients highly simplifies the process of creating 3D plans and combining them with data. The new version makes it possible to immerse the models in beautiful terrains that load quickly and are generated procedurally. The new CloudCities is now available at cloudcities.io.

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

 
March 23rd, 2017 by Susan Smith

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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InnerSpace Takes on the Commercial Real Estate Market

 
March 14th, 2017 by Susan Smith

InnerSpace is the first scalable, turnkey solution to deliver instant indoor mapping, wayfinding and analytics, is delivering its offering to the commercial real estate space, according to Cerys Goodall of Goodall Communications, representing InnerSpace.

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DigitalGlobe Acquired by MDA

 
March 9th, 2017 by Susan Smith

According to a press release, on February 24th, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA”) (TSX: MDA), a Canadian multinational communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, and Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, Inc. (“DigitalGlobe”) (NYSE: DGI), a global leader in Earth imagery and geospatial content, announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which MDA will acquire DigitalGlobe for US$35.00 per share in a combination of cash and stock.

Nishinoshima Volcanic Island Growth. Image Courtesy of DigitalGlobe

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ArcticDEM Adds Largest Quantity of New Elevation Models

 
March 2nd, 2017 by Susan Smith

Peter Becker, ArcGIS product manager, Esri, talked with GISCafe Voice this week about the ArcticDEM project, that recently released the largest addition of new elevation models to the project. An ongoing collaboration effort between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) and Esri, the ArcticDEM project produces high resolution elevation models to support the national security and scientific requirements of the Arctic. It also serves as a public data model that can be used by scientists to assess and augment climate change models. The NGA presented the new ArcticDEM elevation data the twentieth annual Esri Federal GIS (FedGIS) Conference, held February 13 and 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

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Knowing What’s Underground with GIS and BIM

 
February 20th, 2017 by Susan Smith

“Disruptive technology changes the face of industries, but we are also in an age of disruptive data.” – Anne Kemp

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Pokémon Go the Geospatial Gamechanger: Six Months Out

 
February 16th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Six months ago the location-based augmented reality game Pokémon Go was released. Developed in partnership by Niantic and Google, it is really a data mining type of game developed for iOS and Android devices, where players can nab the historic Pokémon in their own local environments. The marriage of geospatial and augmented reality is a gamechanger for the geospatial industry, evidenced by just how many people can be reached with over 100 million Android downloads in the first month of its entry onto the market.

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