Articles: PositionIT

Earth observation challenge seeks mining solutions

The South African Earth Observation (SAEO) Open Innovation Challenge is now open for entries. This year’s challenge is geared towards finding ideas that assist in advancing the societal and commercial competitiveness of the South African mining industry, while considering the improvement of its environmental impact. This challenge is hosted by satellite data provider DigitalGlobe, the […]

Geospatial Round-up – Sept/Oct 2019

Next-gen GPS satellites launched The US Air Force and its mission partners has launched the second Global Positioning Systems (GPS) III satellite during August 2019. The Lockheed Martin-built satellite is known as “Magellan”, in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator. Magellan will join the current GPS constellation comprised of 31 operational spacecraft, and will […]

Major improvements to airborne urban mapping solution

Leica Geosystems introduced its CityMapper-2, a hybrid oblique imaging and lidar sensor for fast and efficient digitalisation of cities. As part of the company’s RealCity solution, which combines the sensor with the Leica HxMap high-performance processing workflow, the solution is designed to provide faster updates while preserving image quality over a wide range of flying […]

Versatile fixed-wing drone portfolio showcased

Sensefly showcased its dynamic range of fixed-wing drone solutions and sensors at InterGEO 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. The company’s eBee X drone took centre stage at its stand, where surveyors and engineers were able to learn how the technology can be used to map large and small areas faster and more efficiently than with traditional […]

Rapid urban mapping system product range expanded

The ZEB Discovery is Geoslam’s latest rapid urban mapping system, which integrates point cloud data with high resolution imagery. The system uses simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) technology and NCTech’s iStar Pulsar panoramic camera for ultra-high definition image capture. Combining the two data sources into one view offers a new way to visualise reality for a […]

New waveform lidar product range launched

Riegl Laser Systems has launched and showcased an extensive range of waveform lidar products at this year’s InterGEO in Stuttgart, Germany. Its new VQ-780II and VQ-1560II airborne laser scanning systems (with a pulse repetition rate of 2 MHz and 4 MHz respectively) increases productivity for both high-point-density mapping and ultra-wide-area mapping. Furthermore, the VP-1 Helicopter […]

Cloud-based service makes high-res aerial imagery accessible

Vexcel Imaging, a provider of aerial camera systems, mobile mapping platforms and fully integrated photogrammetry software, has launched a high quality and up-to-date aerial image library for Europe. Starting in Germany, the cloud-based image library, now available via subscription service, enables companies, public safety organisations and government agencies to save a significant amount of time […]

High-accuracy handheld AR takes data visualisation outdoors

Trimble introduced its SiteVision system, an outdoor augmented reality (AR) solution that enables users to visualise 2D and 3D data on virtually any project site with cellular or internet connectivity for easier and more efficient planning, collaboration and reporting. Combining hardware and software in an integrated, lightweight handheld or pole-mounted solution, users can view 3D […]

Visualising data to improve communication and understand business

This article will explore some workflows for answering pertinent business questions using data and best practice visualisation principles, focusing on a last-mile, home-delivery logistics business case. While Tableau software is used, the general principles can apply to any software used. As mapping technologies have advanced and high-powered functionality is incorporated more and more into end-user […]

Using spatial information to develop business opportunities

Africa has attracted much attention from foreign markets trying to build new relationships and remove trade barriers through economic, development and investment opportunities as the world explores this vast untapped continent which is full of potential and new business areas. This article illustrates how information platforms such as Market Decision’s AfricaProfiler bridges the gap between […]