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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 »

GEOINT 2017: Common Goals and Public-Private Partnership

 
June 7th, 2017 by Susan Smith

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

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GeoSLAM Announces ZEB-REVO “Walk and Scan” Mobile Mapping Device Upgrade for Indoor Mapping

 
June 1st, 2017 by Susan Smith

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.

User cam

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

 
May 24th, 2017 by Susan Smith

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.
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DigitalGlobe Announces Agreement with Rise Broadband

 
May 17th, 2017 by Susan Smith

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

 
May 11th, 2017 by Susan Smith

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

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Advanced Weather Data from Earth Networks Helps Save Critical Assets

 
May 4th, 2017 by Susan Smith

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

 
April 27th, 2017 by Susan Smith

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!

 
April 26th, 2017 by Susan Smith
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

 
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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