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Assessing legal risks in moving to the cloud

Many businesses are moving to cloud computing to reap the benefits it provides, from scalability and agility to the ability to analyse data and interpret it in such a way that can help meet client demands. However, before moving any business functions to the cloud, a business must assess legal issues that will have an […]

Basic spatial unit frame developed to spatially harmonise datasets

The development of the Basic Spatial Unit (BSU) frame, the grid shown in the map below, is a first step in shedding new light on the complexity of the South African landscape and seascape. A technical team from Stats SA, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), and the National Geo-spatial Information (NGI) component of […]

Standard for urban resilience in development

Work on a new International Standard for urban resilience, led by the United Nations, has just kicked off, aiming to help local governments build safer and more sustainable urban environments. The new ISO standard for urban resilience is aimed at supporting national and local governments build their capacity to face the new challenges arising from […]

SA’s role in global effort to survey earth in a day

In 2005, a father and son surveying-duo from Florida, USA had the idea to unite the surveying world through an online community, www.landsurveyorsunited.com, a community which has grown in numbers over the years and now has almost 15 000 members globally. Sadly, only 24 of those members are South African. Other African countries with land […]

Report explores state and prospects of location-based marketing

Following its 2018 report, location data company Factual has again commissioned Lawless Research to survey location data buyers, with the aim of uncovering trends in location data usage and diving deeper into specific use cases and applications. The company has launched its 2019 Location-Based Marketing Report, which includes the following findings: Location data continues to […]

Latest African space industry report shows sector growth

Market research analysts Space in Africa has released the African Space Industry Report – 2019 Edition, which covers Africa’s journey in space from 1998 through May 2019. It explains how the industry has already reached over $7-billion of annual revenues and is projected to grow at a 7,3% compound annual growth rate to exceed $10-billion […]

South African drone industry interest group launched

The South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SAFU) was launched in Kyalami in Johannesburg on 20 June 2019, to establish a platform for collaboration between regulatory authorities such as the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the drone industry. The federation’s membership comprises private drone companies, and was founded by NTSU Aviation Solutions […]

Promoting land surveying with a global mapping effort

This week, 16 to 23 June 2019, the global organisation Land Surveyors United is celebrating International Land Surveyors Week. During this week professional land surveyors and surveying students globally celebrate the value of professional land surveyors in society, promote public awareness and introduce careers in surveying to the next generation. There are dedicated days of […]

Developing an integrated data service ecosystem

For the past year, SAEON’s uLwazi Node has been developing a data services ecosystem and websites for climate change adaptation for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Each service serves as an individual component for a different aspect of climate adaptation, including adaptation monitoring and evaluation, climate change response, and detailing disaster impact along with […]

Workshop discusses space resource utilisation of African countries

On 23 and 24 May 2019, a group of space agency, space industry, and academic experts from across Africa, as well as from the United States, Luxembourg, and Japan gathered in Pretoria, South Africa, to discuss  space resources in the context of African space activities and policy. This discussion on space mineral resources was timely […]