Posts tagged as 2019

SA hosts international standard bodies in ISO assembly

South Africa will host a total 114 National Standards Bodies (NSBs) when they gather at the 42nd General Assembly of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) set to get underway from 15 to 20 September 2019. The influence of standards on global economic trade relations will be under discussion at the assembly which kicks off […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Location platform receives accolade for second year running

In 2018, Here Technologies took the top spot as highest-ranking vendor in the location platform market, toppling Google in the Ovum Location Platform Index. The data and location platform has done so again in the firm’s 2019 index. The company has made innovative and collaborative developments from growing its global team to expanding its products […]

New satellite technologies receive development funding

UrtheCast Corp has been selected to receive $2–million from the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Space Technology Development Program (STDP), in two separate agreements of $1–million each, for the development of new satellite technologies. The work is expected to start immediately and will be carried out over the next three years. The first CSA STDP contribution […]

Pitney Bowes sells its software business

Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of ecommerce, shipping, mailing, data, and financial services, has entered into an agreement to sell its software solutions business to Syncsort for $700-million in cash. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the calendar year, pending regulatory approvals and […]

Sentinel-6A ocean satellite completed and ready for testing

Airbus has completed the ocean satellite Copernicus Sentinel-6A, and which will over the next six months undergo an extensive series of tests to prove its readiness for space. It is scheduled to be launched in November 2020. The satellite will carry out high-precision measurements of ocean surface topography. It will measure its distance to the […]

City of Joburg creates opportunities through a revised land use scheme

A revised Land Use Scheme that considers the environment first and most importantly Joburg’s Land Use Scheme, has been operational from 1 February 2019. The land use scheme allows citizens to build another dwelling on their property or use a residential property for business if it’s zone 1, 2, 3 or 4. The city prepares […]

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 […]