Earth observation satellite with AI ready for launch

A few months from now will see the launch of the first European satellite to demonstrate how onboard artificial intelligence can improve the efficiency of sending earth observation data back to earth. Dubbed ɸ-Sat, or PhiSat, this artificial intelligence technology will fly on one of the two cubesats that make up the FSSCat mission – […]

Europe invests in growing its space-based service economy

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed an agreement to cooperate on supporting investment in the European space-based service economy. The agreement was signed as part of celebrations at GSA headquarters in Prague on 10 September 2019 to mark the agency’s 15th anniversary. With the new agreement, the GSA […]

Helping African countries move to digital censuses

Technology is playing a major role in the 2020 round of African Censuses with over 50% of countries planning to conduct a digital census according to an assessment conducted by the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Moving digital sounds simple. However, it is far from simple as the introduction of technology brings with it […]

Conference shows advances and applications of open source geospatial software

The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial 2019 (FOSS4G 2019) and the QGIS contributors’ meeting recently took place in Bucharest, Romania. Kartoza’s Gavin Fleming and  Tim Sutton along with three other South Africans from the University of Pretoria attended the event. Thanks in part to the travel grant programme, many people attended it from […]

Government takes a district-based approach to service delivery

The first pilot site of the district-based coordination model is to be officially launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa at a Presidential Imbizo in OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday 17 September 2019. The model aims to address the challenge of government working in silos resulting in a lack of coherent planning […]

Drone registration fees to be amended

As part of a various amendments under the “Twentieth Amendment of the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2019”, Part 101: Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) fees are being adjusted. The amendments follow recommendations made by the Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARCom), to amend the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011. Also to be amended are the Technical Standards, including […]

Smart cities take centre stage at cadastre and land management meeting

The annual meeting of FIG Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) in Seoul, South Korea, from 5 to 9 August 2019 saw more than 100 people from 23 countries participate and sharing their knowledge and experience in the field of cadastre, land administration and geospatial information. The meeting featured high-quality technical presentations, discussions and camaraderie […]

Pan-African satellite constellation under discussion

Four African countries are planning to launch satellites to survey Africa’s resources, including vegetation, farmland and water. The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) will lead the project, called the Africa Resource Management Constellation (ARMC), on behalf of South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Kenya, with the ultimate aim of helping to protect these resources. The […]

Unlocking affordable soil moisture management for local farmers

The South African Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and Institute for Geodesy and Cartography (IGIK) in Poland recently signed a collaborative research agreement investigating the use of Sentinel-1 radar imagery for soil moisture management on farms as well as monitoring crop development and yield prediction. The development of an affordable new system to locate hidden soil […]

Video challenge seeks geospatial ethics concepts

The American Geographical Society (AGS) EthicalGEO Initiative seeks to encourage thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, practitioners, students, and everyday citizens and bring them into a global dialogue about the ethical challenges and opportunities posed by the many geospatial technologies and data sources that are reshaping our society. Just as the EthicalAI dialogue has enabled a broad-based […]