NOAA celebrates 25 years of developing climate services in Africa

Twenty five years ago Africa was faced with severe drought, resulting in famine across the continent and challenges for governments as they struggled to cope with the disaster. In response, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) pioneered the African Desk – a US contribution to the World Meteorological Organization […]

Digital farming’s inroads into South African agriculture

Farmers, investors and entrepreneurs in agriculture are not new to digital technology, but the recent NAMPO Harvest Day trade show held this week in Bothaville, Free State, indicates how advanced and popular these solutions have become. The term “precision farming” describes the important role that geospatial technologies such as GNSS and satellite imagery play in […]

Release of ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

In April, the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence presented their ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence. This follows the publication of the guidelines’ first draft in December 2018 on which more than 500 comments were received through an open consultation. According to the guidelines, trustworthy artificial intelligence should be: Lawful – respecting […]

SA joins global project on fourth industrial revolution

South Africa and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have signed an accord to establish an affiliate centre of the WEF’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre (C4IR). The WEF established the C4IR in San Francisco in the USA in March 2017, as a hub for global, multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate […]

Implementation guidelines of autonomous systems in mining published

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has published the Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining. The document offers a broad view of the implementation of these systems, which are being used more and more frequently due to their potential for making the mining industry safer and more productive. It covers all aspects […]

OSM recognised with award for its social benefit

OpenStreetMap (OSM) was selected as the winner of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) 2018 Award for Projects of Social Benefit. The FSF’s founder and president Richard Stallman presented OSM with the award during the LibrePlanet 2019 Conference. The award is a custom-made piece of art: a golden-looking record that had on its label the four […]

Second GPS III satellite readies for launch

The US Air Force’s second new GPS III satellite, bringing higher-power, more accurate and harder-to-jam signals to the GPS constellation, is ready for its July 2019 launch. The US Air Force nicknamed the GPS III SV02 “Magellan” after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. It is the most powerful and resilient GPS satellite ever put on orbit. […]

Partnership to leverage geospatial knowledge for ICT infrastructure development

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced a partnership for making information and communication technologies available to all. The organisations will work towards promoting and fostering knowledge exchange and expertise for best practices in the field of ICT and geospatial technologies for a sustainable digital economy. WGIC represents the […]

Standard helps local government with sustainable development

Newly revised guidelines help governments to improve their activities and align them with local needs and expectations for healthier, happier communities. The public sector is the largest service provider in any country, offering a broad array of services that directly affect residents’ lives. The challenges are many, not least balancing the expectations of citizens with […]

Surveyors talk tariffs, productivity and private practice principles

The South African Geomatics Institute’s (SAGI) Northern Branches met for its annual general meeting on 5 April 2019 at the Tshwane University of Technology, where they also held a workshop on running a private practice the day prior. In his capacity as a representative of the South African Geomatics Council (SAGC), Peter Newmarch gave attendees […]