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OrbitGT Announces Mobile Mapping Cloud Platform 3dmapping.cloud

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Peter Bonne, OrbitGT Geospatial Technologies, CEO, spoke with GISCafe CEO Sanjay Gangal at SPAR3D, about Orbit GT’s new SaaS platform www.3dmapping.cloud Bonne shared more about the product line with GISCafe Voice after the conference.

“Sharing your data with anyone in the world just by a single click, that’s what we’ve been promising and what we are delivering,” says Bonne. “Owners of a 3D mapping dataset, such as Mobile Mapping coverage, can now share with a single person or with many users within an organization in one quick action.  This simple concept will open up vast business opportunities for every data owner.”

Still a major challenge for people in many firms is sharing access to complex datasets such as Mobile Mapping data containing multiple imagery and LiDAR point clouds amongst co-workers. This capability has been available from day one in www.3dmapping.cloud.  Now you can make the same data accessible for anyone outside your organization as well as those within it. Whatever users could do on the desktop they can now do on the cloud. Transportation, telecommunications, and some government agencies are eager to use this technology, so that they can utilize it within many departments within one organization.

The possibilities for demonstration, collaboration, delivery, data integration extend exponentially.  And the best part is, the Belgian OrbitGT does not charge anything for this, whatever the relation between data owner and data user is.

Orbit Geospatial Technologies focuses on solutions for exploiting 3D Mapping content in managing, viewing, extracting, publishing, sharing and embedding in workflows, either desktop or cloud based. Orbit GT specializes in 3D mapping solutions for Mobile Mapping, UAS mapping, indoor mapping and aerial oblique mapping, making ease of use their goal.

Bonne said OrbitGT offers a broad portfolio of Mobile Mapping products: two desktop products and a server side product. “For the desktop we have a portfolio for the mobile mapping business from A to Z, and we work with all the hardware vendors. For people who go mapping and collecting data there is the Mobile Mapping Content Manager for the desktop.”

Their feature extraction product includes a variety of offerings, from low and to high end. Those products are aimed at people who want to extract actionable data from the raw data that comes from mobile mapping, imagery and point cloud. It is typically the data collected by the mobile mapping system, but not everybody can work with the cloud images.
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Boundless Announces Suite 4.10 and Strategic Partnership with Planet

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

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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.

According to company materials, with a 360 x 300 degree field of view, the new camera captures data at five frames per second to produce 60 megapixel spherical images. The Street View auto ready camera is designed to collect data from any moving vehicle for Google’s Street View platform and other platforms. The new camera will be available in Q4 2017.

Close view of the NCTech VRC

Google wants to increase the volume and frequency of data uploaded to Street View and NCTech’s new camera combines futuristic tech and accessible design with low cost, to help achieve that goal. NCTech’s ultimate goal is to increase the 10 million miles per year currently available online to one billion miles per year.

The new camera utilizes Intel technology and will be the first to adopt NCTech’s Intelligent Capture System, a cloud-based system that talks to each camera, ensuring that the data collected is unique and manages disk space on the camera.

NCTech Street View camera at sunset

“With this product, we’re making use of the very latest Intel Apollo Lake processor technology.” said Tocher. “Intel have worked very closely with us to ensure the product realizes all the potential benefits provided by this new chipset for ultrafast street-level virtualization.”

NCTech also announced a second new Street View compatible product, the VRC (Virtual Reality Camera). The new low-cost consumer camera will provide 3D virtualization of interior places, capturing 360-degree images and depth, allowing viewers to explore in full immersive virtual reality.

“The VRC is the first affordable consumer Virtual Reality Camera. It will help democratize virtual reality by making the capture of user generated 3D VR content easy and abundant,” said Tocher. “The VRC’s Street View API compatibility now enables anyone to be able to share their virtualized places on Street View.”
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DigitalGlobe Announces Agreement with Rise Broadband

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.

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Harness the Power of Data in Politics, Health, Finance and Navigation

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.”

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Advanced Weather Data from Earth Networks Helps Save Critical Assets

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

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

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

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

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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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New Update from CloudCities

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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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DigitalGlobe Acquired by MDA

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

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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