Posts tagged as 2019

Summit to focus on African urban development

The spotlight will be on Africa and its urban development this week as more than 250 executives and professionals in the built environment sector are set to attend the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Summit Africa event in Sandton Central, Johannesburg. The summit will kicks off with a technical building tour, sponsored by AECOM […]

UAV lidar platform showcased at international conferences

Following the successful release of its new compact lidar platform at AUVSI 2019, Teledyne Optech, a Teledyne Technologies company, has attended two more conferences during May 2019 – SPAR 3D Expo and Conference and GEO Business 2019 – to exhibit its latest lidar survey and mapping solutions. Delegate at both conferences and the opportunity to learn […]

New satellites, contracts and programmes for cubesat company

In April, Planet launched 20 next-generation Dove satellites into orbit. The Flock 4a satellites were placed into a 500km sun synchronous orbit with a mid-morning crossing time. A few days later the satellite company announced that the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has extended its 2018 contract and renewed it for an additional six months […]

Manufacturing agreement boosts lidar sensor production

Velodyne Lidar signed an agreement with Nikon Corporation, under which Sendai Nikon Corporation, a Nikon subsidiary, will manufacture lidar sensors for Velodyne with plans to start mass production in the second half of 2019. The partnership cements Velodyne’s manufacturing plan and expands its lead in the global lidar sensor market. Mass production of its high-performance […]

Turning drone data into digital assets

DJI Terra, a new software tool that transforms drone data into digital 3D models and maps for analysis and decision making enables businesses and organisations using DJI drone technology to capture, visualise and analyse aerial images for a wide variety of applications across the public safety, construction, infrastructure, agriculture and film industries. The software allows […]

Seminar upskills students in managing and analysing research data

A two-day seminar for students on the research data lifecycle, hosted by SANParks Scientific Services, was held at the Cape Research Centre in February 2019. The seminar was led by Dr Jasper Slingsby from the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) Fynbos Node. He worked through an example of the research data lifecycle as applied […]

EU backs business incubator and projects to boost SA space industry

European Space Agency representatives joined SANSA for a workshop in Hermanus in January 2019. The goal of the workshop was to define joint projects that would be beneficial to both agencies. One such potential project is a ESA/SANSA business centre to support the development of downstream applications within the space industry, to be hosted at […]

WGIC and UNSD collaboration strengthens global geo-info ecosystem

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), signed an agreement to collaborate and work towards demonstrating the comprehensive value and utility of geospatial knowledge and data systems as core enablers for attainment of the global […]

Workshop discusses National Spatial Development Framework

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, hosted the National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) Indaba on 12 April 2019 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand under the theme: “Moving South Africa forward, towards the desired Spatial Future”. Addressing the delegates, she said that spatial planning is important in a young democracy. “As a […]

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 […]