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Harnessing the Power of SAR: A Glimpse into Synspective’s Pioneering Satellite Solutions

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

At the recent 2024 GeoINT Symposium, Motoyuki Arai, CEO of Synspective, shared insights into the burgeoning capabilities and aspirations of his company, a frontrunner in the field of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology. Founded with a vision to revolutionize how we observe Earth, Synspective now operates a growing constellation of SAR satellites, providing critical data across various sectors.

A Constellation Growing in Strength and Scope

Currently boasting three satellites in orbit with two more expected by the end of 2024. Synspective’s SAR satellites are instrumental in gathering high-resolution imagery. This imagery is pivotal for government defense sectors and various commercial industries, including insurance, mining, and infrastructure development. The recent launch of StriX-3 has further bolstered their capabilities, enhancing their observational reach and data acquisition precision.

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Maxar collected new satellite imagery reported attack on ship

Thursday, January 4th, 2024

European Space Imaging (EUSI) partner, Maxar collected new satellite imagery on 26 December that reveals the aftermath of the reported attack on a Russian Ropucha-class landing ship at the eastern Crimean port of Feodosia. On yesterday’s imagery, the remains of the ship can be seen smoking and largely submerged after the attack while additional damage and burned buildings and other areas are evident on the adjacent quay. In the link provided below, you can download a couple of comparison images of the area—one from before the attack (collected on 5 December) and one after the attack (collected on 26 December). Please let us know if you have any questions about the material.

Copyright: Satellite Imagery © Maxar Technologies Provided by European Space Imaging

Before Attack Ropucha landing Ship at port Feodosia 05 Dec 2023
Copyright: Satellite Imagery © Maxar Technologies

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Unveiling Nvidia’s Record-Breaking Earnings: A Glimpse into AI’s Impending Challenges

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023

NVIDIA announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2024, reporting record revenue of $13.51 billion, an increase of 88% from the previous quarter and 101% from the same period a year ago. The company’s Data Center revenue also hit a record of $10.32 billion, rising by 141% from the previous quarter and 171% from a year ago.

GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $2.48, which marked a significant increase of 854% from a year ago and 202% from the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $2.70, up 429% from a year ago and 148% from the previous quarter.

NVIDIA’s CEO, Jensen Huang, stated that a new computing era has begun, with companies transitioning to accelerated computing and generative AI. The company’s GPUs, combined with its networking technologies and software stack, play a crucial role in the emerging landscape of generative AI.

NVIDIA campus in Santa Clara, Calif.

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Trimble Cityworks Expands GIS-Centric Enterprise Asset Management for Public

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Geospatial data  is one of the most critical elements for infrastructure improvement projects and asset management. The GIS provides context for where infrastructure is placed, its attributes, topography, maintenance history, and much more.  These attributes  track an asset’s  performance and catalog its proximity to other assets. Trimble Cityworks adds to this context by providing historical activity of when and how the infrastructure was placed, what type of work has been performed against the infrastructure, and the ability to identify the encompassing business risk should that infrastructure fail. With its platform architecture, Cityworks is able to consume various sources of data which inform organizations and assist with smart and efficient planning as stewards within their communities.

Cityworks was acquired by Trimble in 2019. It is built as a GIS-centric, platform-based software for asset management and permitting across the asset lifecycle with added capabilities for project management, contract management, and activity-based solutions. Cityworks, alongside e-Builder, a Trimble Solution that integrates on the platform, provides comprehensive asset management from the permitting phase through building and inspection into operations and maintenance. 

Recently within Trimble, a new sector was created that is specifically focused on owners of infrastructure and the public sector. The Owner &  Public Sector includes Cityworks and e-Builder along with Trimble Utilities and AgileAssets, which specializes in pavement management. These solutions are positioned as part of the construction sector with a focus on the public sector to and are focused on completing and fulfilling the different stages of the design, build, and operate process to provide a comprehensive GIS-centric solution for the public sector.  (more…)

AerialSphere Offers 360-Degree Aerial Panoramic Imagery at Higher Elevation and More 

Monday, July 18th, 2022

GISCafe CEO Sanjay Gangal recently interviewed Suzi Shoemaker, President and Chief Operating Officer at AerialSphere and owner of a Australian Shepherd/heeler mix, about AerialSphere, a 360-degree aerial panoramic imagery provider.

Sanjay: Suzi, tell us about AerialSphere.

SS: AerialSphere is a 360-degree aerial panoramic imagery provider, which includes geolocated information within every pixel of the image, giving the viewer the opportunity to overlay any type of data that has location information included.

SG: Okay, and how did AerialSphere get started?

SS: AerialSphere got started when two aerial photographers and entrepreneurs, one of those aerial photographers was an inventor, were introduced to each other right about the time Google Street View became popular. One of the entrepreneurs took a look at that and said, “Hey, I’ve done some drone work with some 360-cameras, but wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this with aerial imagery and be able to provide a mass capture imagery over major metropolitan areas, so that you could utilize the imagery to be able to do something very similar, but from a different perspective?”

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The Leica AP20 AutoPole Addresses Customer Challenges with Total Stations

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Sanjay Gangal, CEO and president of AECCafe recently conducted an interview with Hans-Martin Zogg, Business Director of Total Stations at Leica Geosystems, which is part of Hexagon. Zogg spoke about the new Leica AP20 AutoPole which is product solution designed to increase the productivity of Leica Total Station users, and boost speed, accuracy and safety on the jobsite.

Sanjay: Tell us about the Leica AP20 AutoPole.

Han-Martin: The Leica AP20 AutoPole is an absolutely unique solution, which we have just announced. The AP20 is an enhancement to the productivity of our Total Station users, and is easy to use. When we develop product solutions at Leica Geosystems, we always want to address actual customer challenges. And with the AP20, we actually address three main customer challenges, which occur when customers are using Total Stations in the Total Station workflow. The first challenge is, when you measure the Total Stations, actually you need to hold the prism pole always vertical. So this slows up the measurement process.
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Autonomous Vehicles, Mapping and Moving On

Friday, March 25th, 2022

It is an interesting time to be working in the GIS industry, and I feel grateful for having experienced the past 25+ years immersed in it from an editorial perspective.

DRIVE Map details using radar scan

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Missouri Department of Health Uses GIS to Track COVID-19 Viral Load in Wastewater

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Methods of tracking Covid-19 are becoming more specific and exact as time goes on. With concerns of the spread of the COVID- 19 and its variants as well as the lack of comprehensive testing programs, many locations are turning to wastewater testing to effectively track the “viral load” of COVID-19 in their communities and help guide the battle against the spread of COVID-19. In the state of Missouri, officials are using GIS and mapping to track all the data around the spread of COVID-19 and guide policy and planning decisions.

In the state of Missouri, officials are using GIS and mapping to track all the data around the spread of COVID-19 and guide policy and planning decisions.

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GISCafe Voice Industry Predictions 2022 – Part 5

Friday, March 4th, 2022

In this final installment of GISCafe Voice Industry Predictions for 2022, we can see more of multiple topics geospatial will need to address in the coming years. Whether countries are developing or not, they will have levels of requirements for automation and geospatial technology. Tersus and HSR Health outline the need for geospatial technology in the areas of farming, healthcare, disease management, safety and construction. These are exciting times for those developing new ways of addressing old and new challenges.

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GISCafe Voice Industry Predictions 2022 – Part 4

Friday, February 18th, 2022

Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, maximizing the value of Digital Twins, higher refresh rate on satellite data, and a new group of users: geospatial immigrants are among this week’s 2022 Industry Predictions. The industry needs to ensure two things for this category of users who don’t care if the data is geospatial or anything about it – firstly that users are getting the right data for their needs, and secondly that they are able to access it easily.

courtesy of Getmapping

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