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Satellite Technology Used by UK Space Agency’s Forests 2020 Project to Monitor Tropical African Forests and Cocoa Industry

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Supply chains in Africa have caused deforestation by illegal cocoa farming, damaging protected rainforests and creating damage to the very viable cocoa industry. Using satellite derived information from the UK Space Agency’s Forests 2020 Project, led by Ecometrica, the Ghana Forestry Commission has been supported in the development of a landscape-level map that separates cocoa from forestry, which is critical to measure how cocoa is driving deforestation. According to company materials, African Governments and the world’s cocoa companies look to UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme’s Forests 2020 to provide reliable and accurate maps that map forest cover change and differentiate cocoa farms from natural forests.

Fermented cocoa beans drying in Ghanaian sunshine (pic: Lewis Rattray)

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CoreLogic Releases 2019 Insurance Coverage Adequacy Report, in Response to Increased Natural Hazards in U.S.

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

The U.S. has seen an increase in the number of natural disasters between the years 2016 and 2018. The resulting “underinsurance issues” have kept analytics and data-enabled solutions providers very busy with analyzing the new wave of areas that would be better served by increased natural hazard coverage.

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New Rugged Lightweight Tablets from DT Research

Friday, April 12th, 2019

DT Research, designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, recently announced the DT380CR and DT380Q rugged lightweight tablets, weighing two pounds and light enough for field workers to carry all day, yet with an 8-inch display that is large enough to facilitate a large number of indoor/outdoor computing assignments as well as provide high brightness with capacitive touch. These new tablets have IP65 and MIL-STD-810G ratings for military-grade durability, seamless information capture-transmission capabilities and hot-swappable batteries result in no work interruptions– increasing productivity while simultaneously offering organizations an affordable rugged solution.

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Using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for Agriculture

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Recently Harris Geospatial Solutions has provided a series of webinars on SAR. The most recent one, conducted by solutions engineer, Megan Gallagher, is entitled “A Deeper Dive into SAR: Agriculture and Land Surface Deformation” and is available on their website

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Kinesis Adds Alexa to Vehicle Tracking Technology

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Crewes, UK-based Kinesis has integrated its vehicle tracking technology with Alexa, the Amazon Virtual Assistant. The artificial intelligence addition allows managers to locate their mobile workers by simply asking Alexa where a person is by name – or a vehicle by its ID number.  Alexa immediately responds giving the current vehicle location and where it is going, if traveling.

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GISCafe Special Report: Digital Twin Technology Offers a Mirror Image for Productivity of the Future

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Digital Twins – are they taking the technology world by storm? IDC recently noted that by 2020, 30% of global 2000 companies will be using data from Digital Twins to improve organizational productivity by as much as 25%. While it is not quite there, Gartner predicts the Digital Twin will reach the “Plateau of Productivity” within 5 to 10 years.

According to the 2018 Gartner Hype Cycle, Digital Twin is a trend that is now approaching the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” and is estimated to hit the “Plateau of Productivity” within 5 to 10 years. Image courtesy of Gartner, Inc.

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PCI Geomatics introduces Analysis Ready Data (ARD) Tools

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Kevin Jones, Executive Director of Marketing for PCI Geomatics, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the release of new software for Geomatica and GXL, the company’s flagship software for complete and integrated desktop and enterprise geoimage processing. Geomatica features tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, mosaicking, and more that can be deployed through the Geomatica desktop, Python workflows, or through large-volume-production systems. The focus of the new release is enabling big data processing for large archives of satellite data, which need to be processed to a scientifically rigorous level known as Analysis Ready Data (ARD). The new ARD tools provide methods to create datasets that can then be used for Multi-Temporal Analytics (MTA) leveraging the Open Data Cube infrastructure.

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Bluesky and Ambiental Risk Analytics Partner to Deliver Topographic Flood Risk Data

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Aerial mapping company Bluesky, working in concert with the company Ambiental Risk Analytics (ARA), has supplied photogrammetrically derived Digital Terrain Models (DTM) for the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. These 3D models include river flow and rainfall data and allow ARA to deliver a range of flood risk information for any property in the UK primarily to insurance companies, government agencies, emergency response and property developers.

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New Mixed-Reality Headset from Trimble Enables Front-Line Workers to Access 3D Models

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Jordan Lawver, Portfolio Manager, Mixed Reality – Trimble Buildings Division, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the results of a new partnership between Microsoft and Trimble, and the new mixed-reality headset, Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 that has transpired from that relationship.

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GISCafe Digital Twin Technology Questionnaire

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Digital twin technology has been talked about a great deal over the past few years, and is being worked on in various technology segments. At one time it was the province of manufacturing and now it is part of the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and data analytics. It is also being explored by numerous industries.

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