Standard for measuring cities’ performance

ISO has published new international standards for measuring and improving the performance of cities. When it was first published in 2014, ISO 37120 Indicators for city services and quality of life in communities was the first set of internationally standardised city indicators providing a uniform approach to what is measured and how. This enabled cities […]

Drone light show has commercial operators seeing Absa red

Commercial drone operators cry foul as drone light show sidesteps Part 101 commercial drone regulation. As part of its rebranding exercise, Absa partnered with Intel’s Drone Team for a drone light show above the Johannesburg CBD to display the bank’s new logo. The orchestrated 300-drone performance in July left the audience in awe, but drew […]

Latest in open geospatial standards and pilot projects

The last few weeks have been busy for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international consortium that develops publicly available geospatial standards, which has announced a number of initiatives and candidate standards to support interoperable solutions that geo-enable the web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Borehole and associated data interoperability experiment Interested parties […]

Workshop explores ocean economy in the Indian Ocean Region

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted a workshop during April under the Blue Economy theme titled “Sea Change: Socio-Economic and Sustainability Goals on National Ocean Strategies”. The event took place on 10 April 2018 at the SAIIA head office in Johannesburg and was attended by local and international participants from government, civil […]

Open geospatial info as part of the record of science

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which aims to foster access, sharing and discoverability of geo-information, including software, data, conference abstracts, and conference video recordings. The agreement results from previous collaborations since 2014 regarding the preservation of open […]

Celebrating engineering excellence

The CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, dubbed the Oscars of the Engineering World, will be held on 15 August 2018 at Vodacom World, in Midrand. Sponsored by Aon South Africa, it is one of the highlights in the engineering and construction industry calendar. This year, CESA expanded the award’s categories to include The Lifetime Industry […]

Landmark retrieval competition puts AI to the test

Prof. Miroslaw Bober and his team (Mikel Bober-Irizar and Dr Sameed Husain) from the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey have won the Google Landmark Retrieval Challenge. The challenge was to develop the most accurate AI technology to automatically identify landmarks and retrieve relevant photographs from a database. […]

Web feature service modernised

The latest version of the Web Feature Service standard is open for public comment. WFS 3.0 aligns with the current architecture of the web and the joint OGC-W3C Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices. It offers the capability to retrieve, create, modify and query spatial data on the Web. The key changes relate to […]