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OGC updates container format GeoPackage and approves indoor mapping format

25 Feb - 19:35 SAST
The OGC has made minor updates to GeoPackage version 1.2.1, and adopted Apple's Indoor Mapping Data Format as an OGC standard.
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Catalyst’s new cloud solution processes Earth observation imagery where it is stored

22 Feb - 12:08 SAST
Microservices is a library of geospatial workflows and algorithms optimised to process Earth image data on the cloud at scale.
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Topcon-accredited service centre relocates to Woodmead

19 Feb - 15:22 SAST
The newly established WorldsView Service Centre – the only Topcon-accredited service centre in South Africa – is relocating to WorldsView House in Woodmead, Johannesburg.
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SenseFly launches eBee Ag fixed-wing drone for agriculture mapping

15 Feb - 23:40 SAST
The eBee Ag can help agriculture professionals overcome the challenges they face in the field related to planning, plant health and crop monitoring.
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Carto’s BigQuery Tiler simplifies map tilesets for Google BigQuery to drive cloud native spatial infrastructure

11 Feb - 21:20 SAST
Carto BigQuery Tiler for visualising large spatial datasets lets users generate and serve tilesets directly on their data warehouse, making BigQuery an effective spatial data mapping platform.
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GeoCue releases its True View 515 integrated lidar and photogrammetry system for small drones

10 Feb - 19:10 SAST
The True View 515 is an all-purpose 3D imaging system designed for small unmanned aerial systems, and integrates lidar with photogrammetry.
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Juniper System introduces more customisation options for its rugged handheld computers

10 Feb - 18:02 SAST
Juniper Systems has announced a product customisation programme for its line of ultra-rugged handheld computers and sub-meter GNSS receiver.
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Trimble and Esri collaborate to bring location-based products and services to the global forestry market

2 Feb - 17:26 SAST
In a new collaborating Esri is integrating its Geospatial Cloud platform into Trimble's Connected Forest solutions to provide visibility and traceability for the forest industry.
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SenseFly launches eBee Geo mapping drone, e-Learning platform and operator certification program

1 Feb - 06:52 SAST
SenseFly expanded its eBee X drone solution with the launch of the eBee Geo, aimed at surveyors and GIS professionals.
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Ghana launches national map of forests and land use

28 Jan - 07:09 SAST
The map uses satellite data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites, a large number of field samples and measurements cross-referenced using machine learning techniques.
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ESA releases long-term dataset to analyse global fire trends

21 Jan - 12:33 SAST
Maps of burned area derived from satellite data help improve fire-emission inventories to quantify the impact of fires on air quality, climate and its critical component, the global carbon cycle.
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Geographical modelling of transit deserts in Cape Town

19 Jan - 12:50 SAST
by Marianne Vanderschuren, Robert Cameron, Alexandra Newlands and Herrie Schalekamp from the University of Cape Town In this open access article (available here), the authors apply work on transit deserts...
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Golden Software enhances Surfer visualisation functionality for better data insights

12 Jan - 10:10 SAST
Golden Software has enhanced visualisation and automation functions in the new version of its Surfer gridding, contouring and 3D surface mapping package, giving users more options for displaying scientific data.
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Our World in Data is now tracking Covid-19 vaccinations globally

8 Jan - 13:27 SAST
In December 2020, Our World in Data has started tracking another essential metric: Covid-19 vaccinations.
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Phase One unveils PAS 880 large format nadir and oblique aerial camera system

15 Dec - 11:18 SAST
The system integrates a 280 MP nadir camera with four oblique 150 MP cameras into a single pod to simultaneously capture photogrammetric 2D and 3D digital imagery.
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South Africa’s statistical agency maps communities vulnerable to Covid-19

14 Dec - 17:32 SAST
The South African Covid-19 Vulnerability Index aims to identify populations that face multiple risks and who are considered most vulnerable.
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Radiant Earth Foundation releases its STAC API 1.0

11 Dec - 20:22 SAST
Radiant Earth Foundation has released its first Spatio Temporal Asset Catalogue (STAC) API as version 1.0.0-beta
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GIS mapping project sets out to provide Uganda with data for water infrastructure improvements

2 Dec - 13:03 SAST
For the Uganda water system project, high accuracy GIS solutions will support the inventory of about 120 water installations, and ultimately a master plan to address the limited water capacity in Uganda.
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Manual for the valuation of unregistered land opens for public consultation

27 Nov - 14:20 SAST
Information from FIG As part of the UN-Habitat – Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), together with the International Professional Bodies Cluster, works on a...
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HxGN MinePlan 2020 Release 2 adds integration and functionality

26 Nov - 12:39 SAST
By Ian Leones, Hexagon Mining MinePlan’s second major update of 2020 brings new functionality, improved performance and new integration possibilities. Reserves 4.0’s new interface streamlines the setup process, benefitting users...
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African Statistics Day 2020 focuses on statistics and data in building a peaceful Africa

25 Nov - 13:29 SAST
Statistics can be used to create the conditions that are conductive to Africa’s development.
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OGC features API adds more coordinate reference systems

25 Nov - 12:40 SAST
OGC APIs spatially enable web APIs in a consistent way by enabling a way to share and access location information that is consistent with the architecture of the web.
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Copernicus satellite to monitor sea-level rise launched

21 Nov - 11:22 SAST
The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has been launched into orbit around Earth. Using radar altimetry, this new satellite is set to provide a new overview of ocean topography and...
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Mapping competition invites entries that focus on the impact of land use on local communities

18 Nov - 16:29 SAST
The RCMRD and Esri have announced the 2020 Map Competition on the impact of land use on local communities.
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Topcon donates GNSS and survey equipment to bridge building effort in Rwanda

17 Nov - 14:50 SAST
Topcon is supporting the Bridges to Prosperity organisation that builds trail bridges to improve the lives of people in rural areas.
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NavVis introduces cloud processing for laser scanning workflows

17 Nov - 10:28 SAST
This cloud-based tool enables users to convert laser scans into survey-grade, photo-realistic point clouds from data captured by the company’s mobile mapping systems.
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Digital Earth Africa data moved to Amazon Web Services facility in Cape Town to optimise availability and accessibility

16 Nov - 17:19 SAST
The movement of Sentinel-2 data to the AWS facility in Cape Town allows DE Africa to store data closer to users, enabling them to access and analyse information faster.
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New chair Janusha Singh talks about her priorities for growing GISSA and the geo-industry’s prominence

9 Nov - 12:43 SAST
Janusha Singh was recently appointed as the Geo-Information Society of South Africa chairperson for 2020/2021, and shared her aspirations for the organisation in this interview.
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Kenya’s GIS community is using geospatial solutions to reduce the digital gender divide

6 Nov - 17:58 SAST
To bridge the gender divide, Women in GIS Kenya developed a location intelligence platform to provide a complete picture of the impacts of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups.
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Global air pollution maps now available

6 Nov - 09:48 SAST
A new online platform for tracking of air pollution worldwide is now available to the public. The maps, which use data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, show the averaged nitrogen dioxide concentrations using a...
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Esri, UN and GEO Blue Planet release global water health tool to help coastal nations improve ocean quality

4 Nov - 14:07 SAST
The tool uses real-time analysis enabling countries to monitor coastal water quality and use that information to guide policy and reduce pollution from land sources.
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Novum Intel becomes Novum Intelligence, launches new services

2 Nov - 23:35 SAST
Eagle-eyed audience members will have noticed the subtle change in our company name, logo and domain name from Novum Intel to the full name, Novum Intelligence.
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Free GIS course empowers unemployed youth in South Africa

1 Nov - 19:16 SAST
Esri South Africa is offering free access to Esri geospatial technology for one year through a special offering for unemployed youth (18 – 35 years old).
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Zimbabwe Flying Labs launches as local technology and innovation hub

21 Oct - 15:48 SAST
A team of local experts in Zimbabwe formed and launched Zimbabwe Flying Labs, a technology and innovation hub working to solve social challenges and meet local needs through drones and robotics.
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DJI launches two new drone payloads for aerial surveying

20 Oct - 11:50 SAST
DJI unveiled two new payloads for its Matrice 300 RTK commercial drone platform: the Zenmuse L1 lidar solution and Zenmuse P1 full frame camera.
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Bentley Systems expands alliance with Microsoft to accelerate infrastructure digital twins for urban planning and smart cities

19 Oct - 07:09 SAST
Bentley Systems and Microsoft Corp announced an expansion of a strategic alliance focused on advancing infrastructure for smart city urban planning and smart construction.
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Google releases version 4.0 of the Maps and Places SDKs for iOS

14 Oct - 21:36 SAST
Google today released the new versions of Maps and Places SDKs for iOS. With version 4.0, both SDKs now support apps for devices running a minimum version of iOS 10.
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Carto integrates mapping library and relaunches its developer centre

14 Oct - 19:34 SAST
A complete Carto module is now available as part of the framework, allowing developers to use Carto APIs when building apps using the framework.
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Esri introduces ready-to-use geospatial deep learning models through ArcGIS Online

13 Oct - 21:18 SAST
Esri has announced the release of ready-to-use geospatial artificial intelligence (AI) models on the ArcGIS Living Atlas. The company has added three models.
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Maxar extends satellite imagery basemaps contract with Esri and expands rights for app developers

13 Oct - 20:22 SAST
The satellite imagery provider continues to be Esri’s foundation imagery provider, supplying high-resolution satellite imagery for the Living Atlas of the World.
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Topcon’s new GT-1200 and GT-600 robotic total stations complete hybrid positioning workflow

13 Oct - 19:33 SAST
Topcon Positioning Group’s new GT Series robotic total stations, the GT-1200 and GT-600, are now available in multiple accuracy levels. The total stations form part of a full workflow solution, known as Hybrid Positioning...
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YellowScan integrates Livox Horizon lidar into its Mapper UAV solution

13 Oct - 12:45 SAST
YellowScan has updated its Mapper lidar scanner by integrating DJI’s Livox Horizon laser scanner into a solution.
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Riegl’s latest aerial lidar solutions feature intersecting scan planes

9 Oct - 15:58 SAST
Riegl has unveiled four new lidar systems at this year’s InterGEO conference – two for unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs (the Riegl VUX-120 and miniVUX-3UAV) and two larger aerial systems for manned aircraft (the...
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Gexcel releases Heron MS Twin dual lidar mobile mapping system

7 Oct - 12:02 SAST
Gexcel’s Heron MS Twin is a double lidar sensor mobile mapping system, equipped with a 5K RGB panoramic camera. It is suitable for many environments and applications.
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SkyWatch and Picterra partner to automate satellite monitoring and change detection

5 Oct - 11:58 SAST
With this partnership, Picterra’s customers can now automatically monitor their areas of interest for change by combining EarthCache’s automated tasking requests with Picterra’s automated detection algorithms.
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Using gridded population data for inclusive mapping and sustainable development

1 Oct - 13:12 SAST
Gridded population data have emerged as an important resource for delivering actionable data.
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African contestants take top prizes at global satellite data labelling contest

25 Sep - 20:52 SAST
Participants were asked to identify cloudy pixels in Sentinel-2 scenes, to help develop a large-scale accurate cloud detection training dataset.
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Trimble TCU5 onboard controller automates S Series total station workflow

24 Sep - 17:55 SAST
Trimble’s new TCU5 onboard controller completes the company’s S Series (S5, S7, S9 and S9HP) total stations workflow by enabling automatic tracking-and-focusing of instrument.
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Esri and AfroChampions partner to promote GIS in Africa, drive economic transformation

24 Sep - 12:17 SAST
Information from Esri Geospatial software developer Esri announced a joint initiative with AfroChampions, a Pan-African non-profit that aims to promote policies that foster private-public collaboration for Africa’s economic transformation.  This...
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Esri and AfroChampions partner to promote GIS in Africa for economic development

24 Sep - 10:22 SAST
GIS software developer, Esri, announced a joint initiative with AfroChampions, a Pan-African non-profit that aims to promote policies that foster private-public collaboration for Africa’s economic transformation.
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Deal unlocks universal access to high-resolution satellite imagery for anyone to monitoring tropical deforestation

23 Sep - 19:56 SAST
Universal access to high-resolution satellite monitoring of the tropics supports efforts to stop the destruction of the world’s rainforests.
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South African national water quantity data now available for all government departments in spatial and non-spatial formats

21 Sep - 14:34 SAST
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has signed a multi-user government licencing agreement to distribute GeoTerraImage’s Mzansi Amanzi national monthly water data products to all South African government departments and their consultants.
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Space-tech challenge opens submissions for local talent to develop Africa’s geospatial readiness

15 Sep - 12:56 SAST
Space-Tech Challenge 2020 is now open for submissions from innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses across Africa. The challenge aims to drive Africa's geospatial readiness through local talent, and targets downstream space-tech applications in agriculture,...
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Pointly launches cloud-based 3D point cloud classification tool

14 Sep - 11:24 SAST
Pointly is a software-as-a-service solution which uses AI to manage and classify 3D point clouds.
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Oracle Database releases two automatic and scalable contact tracing APIs

13 Sep - 13:14 SAST
Oracle has released two automatic and scalable contact tracing APIs (PL/SQL table functions), included in every Oracle Database license.
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Bentley Systems’ new cloud service improves geotechnical information management

10 Sep - 17:12 SAST
Bentley Systems’ new cloud service, OpenGround Cloud, enables geotechnical professionals to access geotechnical data for better engineering decision support and to improve collaboration across the supply chain and across multidisciplinary project teams.
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Golden Software improves Surfer file handling for faster mapping

9 Sep - 12:05 SAST
Golden Software, a developer of 2D and 3D scientific modelling packages, has improved mapping in the latest version of its Surfer gridding, contouring, and 3D surface mapping product.
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Virtual Surveyor expands functionality in free version of drone surveying software

8 Sep - 12:45 SAST
Originally offered as a free viewing tool for imagery and elevation models captured by drones, the entry-level “Valley” plan now enables surveyors to create topographic line surveys for small-area projects, and create engineering CAD...
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GHGSat’s greenhouse gas detecting satellite reaches orbit to establish new constellation

3 Sep - 21:34 SAST
GHGSat-C1, or “Iris”, was launched into an orbit of 515 km and is the first of a new constellation of satellites that detect emissions at a very high resolution. By the end of 2022,...
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Planet completes high-res SkySat constellation and launches 26 medium-res SuperDoves satellites

3 Sep - 17:01 SAST
On 18 August 2020, Planet’s SkySats 19, 20 and 21 high-res satellites were launched, followed by the launch of 26 SuperDoves medium-res satellites on 3 September 2020.
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Kongsberg Geospatial and Vricon integrate high-res 3D data into ground control station for drone safety in urban environments

3 Sep - 13:47 SAST
Information from Kongsberg Geospatial Kongsberg Geospatial and Vricon have integrated their technologies to improve drone mission safety in urban environments. Vricon’s global high-res 3D terrain data integration into Kongsberg Geospatial’s...
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Trimble R12i GNSS receiver incorporates tilt compensation

1 Sep - 12:33 SAST
Trimble’s R12i GNSS receiver incorporates IMU-based tilt compensation using TIP technology, enabling measurements with a titled survey rod.
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South Africa’s planned Space Infrastructure Hub will use space data as a development tool

31 Aug - 16:27 SAST
Information from SANSA The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been awarded R4.47 billion in additional funding over the next three years to develop a Space Infrastructure Hub. The...
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How open map data is bringing transparency to the apparel industry

31 Aug - 15:09 SAST
The Open Apparel Registry is an open data map of facilities in the apparel industry which apparel brands, civil society organisations, academic researchers, journalists, and other groups use to understand the global apparel supply...
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Harald Blue launches contact tracing solution with asset tracking functionality

27 Aug - 11:12 SAST
Harald Blue has launched a Bluetooth token contact tracing solution into the Southern African market. A future option allowing the beacon to be attached to equipment also allows it to be used for asset...
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Radiant Earth Foundation leadership transition

26 Aug - 18:10 SAST
Anne Hale Miglarese hands over the executive directorship to chief data scientist Hamed Alemohammad, and Jerry Johnston becomes the chairman of the board of directors.
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Ericsson and UNICEF partner to map school internet connectivity globally

26 Aug - 17:41 SAST
Ericsson and UNICEF have partnered to map school connectivity in 35 countries by the end of 2023 as a first step towards providing every child with access to digital learning opportunities.
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Vexcel Imaging updates the performance of its aerial photogrammetry software in UltraMap 5.0

26 Aug - 10:28 SAST
This update features a new digital terrain model algorithm based on automatic semantic image segmentation and intelligent filtering, which now generates DSMs and DTMs for export at a higher quality than before.
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GroundWork adds validation, magic wand and other features to speed up image classification for machine learning

25 Aug - 11:11 SAST
Improvements in GroundWork includes validation, the introduction of a “magic wand” to speed up labelling, and a global label view and clickable task map.
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Mapillary map features now available globally in OpenStreetMap

24 Aug - 19:24 SAST
By Chris Beddow, Mapillary All Mapillary map features are now available in OpenStreetMap (OSM) tools with recent upgrades to JOSM and iD editors, also reflected in the RapiD editor. Mapillary...
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GeoSlam launches Hub 6.1 pointcloud software

20 Aug - 12:04 SAST
GeoSlam launched the latest version of its pointcloud processing software, Hub 6.1. This version includes Adjust to Control functionality, a new version of Draw, improvements in processing, new parameters and bug fixes.
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Acecore integrates Phase One Industrial cameras into its drones

18 Aug - 18:10 SAST
Phase One Industrial has signed an agreement with Acecore Technologies to integrate its iXM series cameras with Acecore’s drones. The company developed the iXM series for UAV-based aerial imaging.
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Hexagon adds visual positioning technology to its survey-grade GNSS RTK rover

18 Aug - 15:36 SAST
Through sensor fusion of satellite (GNSS), motion (IMU), and image (camera) technology, the GNSS RTK rover enables the measurement of points from images. This lets professionals difficult to reach areas likes trenches, high power...
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Water scarcity in Africa: Analysis of seawater solar desalination applicability by GIS

18 Aug - 12:26 SAST
In Africa, seawater solar desalination systems offer an opportunity to address increasing water demand. However, many environmental, economic, demographic, and climatic factors should be taken into consideration in the planning of the areas where...
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Mapping fast-growing informal settlements in Africa to reveal where roads and infrastructure are most needed

18 Aug - 07:02 SAST
The Million Neighborhoods Map is a visual tool that provides a comprehensive look at informal settlements across Africa, helping to identify communities most in need of roads, power, water, sanitation and other infrastructure.
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Cesium and OpenStreetMap launch global 3D building layer of more than 350 million buildings

18 Aug - 00:14 SAST
The new Cesium OpenStreetMap Buildings is a global 3D building layer of more than 350-million buildings derived entirely from OpenStreetMap (OSM).
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New BlackSky satellites captures sub-metre images over South Africa within 58 hours of launch

17 Aug - 23:48 SAST
BlackSky, a provider of global monitoring services, geospatial intelligence and satellite imagery, has completed initial system checkouts and has begun delivering imagery from its fifth and sixth satellites 58 hours after launch.
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African institutions to benefit from free access to Copernicus data

13 Aug - 13:19 SAST
The African Union Commission and the European Commission are about to roll out an initiative that will avail African institutions free access to Copernicus data, based on an agreement signed in 2018.
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Carto partnership with Google Cloud enables scalable spatial data infrastructure

12 Aug - 23:43 SAST
As a Google Cloud Partner, Carto is now available the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace. Carto BigQuery Tiler beta has also been released to visualise large location datasets inside BigQuery.
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Tableau 2020.3 enhances spatial analyses, data preparation and data source connectivity

12 Aug - 20:24 SAST
Tableau 2020.3 simplifies complex analytics such as predictions or spatial joins, has the ability to write to external databases and introduces partner-built integrations.
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Teledyne Optech introduces Galaxy CM2000 airborne lidar sensor for corridor mapping

12 Aug - 13:40 SAST
Teledyne Optech has extended its Galaxy product line to include the CM2000, a new sensor designed for corridor mapping.
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Project owners help drive construction digitisation and data efforts

10 Aug - 05:59 SAST
Project owners increasingly regard data as the key driver of a project’s value and are demanding that their contractors and suppliers align with their digital ambitions.
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Maxar releases open data response to the Mauritius oil spill

8 Aug - 13:57 SAST
As part of its Open Data Program, Maxar is supporting the humanitarian community and response efforts by providing open access satellite imagery of the affected areas.
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Wingtra continues expanding its African footprint with partner in Morocco

7 Aug - 12:11 SAST
The Swiss-based company entered the market in 2017, and has been expanding its footprint across Africa through various partnerships, the latest with Morocco-based Leica Geosystems SARL.
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gvSIG Online introduces a custom geocoder for local place names

7 Aug - 11:05 SAST
The latest version of gvSIG Online, an open source GIS platform, introduces custom geocoding and elevation profiles.
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Esri offers students free access to GIS software and lessons for one year starting September 2020

6 Aug - 11:19 SAST
From 1 September 2020, the Learn ArcGIS Student Program will provide free access for one year to software, lessons, and a community of learners to qualified students globally.
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Pix4Dfields 1.8 offers advanced layer visualisation

6 Aug - 01:39 SAST
The latest Pix4Dfields update offers multiple functions to help users focus on the data that is important, including histogram equalisation and dynamic range to get more control over the data values of interest.
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Enhanced geology and mine design in Maptek’s Vulcan 2020

5 Aug - 12:14 SAST
Maptek has released Vulcan 2020, featuring integrated geology and optimised mine design.
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Spectra Geospatial and Aplitop collaborate on tunnelling survey solution

4 Aug - 22:21 SAST
Spectra Geospatial is collaborating with Aplitop to provide surveyors and geospatial professionals with a complete hardware and software solution for performing tunnel construction surveys.
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Spatial finance techniques empower investors and governments

31 Jul - 16:23 SAST
The Climate and Nature Sovereign Index lets investors assess climate and nature risks of sovereign debt investments.
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Climate and Nature Sovereign Index: Framework for a clear assessment of environmental risk

31 Jul - 12:26 SAST
The pilot Climate and Nature Sovereign Index (CNSI) is an important first step to harness the power of sovereign debt investing to help safeguard the natural world.
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Fugro starts shallow water phase for 2Africa fibre-optic subsea cable project

30 Jul - 19:17 SAST
Fugro has begun their shallow water campaign for the “2Africa” subsea fibre-optic cable project which, once installed, will connect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe and deliver more than the total...
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A new paradigm for business of data

29 Jul - 19:15 SAST
Data is the lifeblood of the digital economy. This report captures replicable learnings and practices from organisations leading the way in ushering in a new business paradigm for data that empowers stakeholders, is grounded...
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New satellite pinpoints industrial methane emissions

29 Jul - 18:33 SAST
GHGSat’s demonstration satellite (“Claire”), aided by ESA’s Sentinel 5P, has now collected more than 60 000 methane measurements of industrial facilities around the world.
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Geode Connect data collection app for Windows and Android receives an update

29 Jul - 17:56 SAST
The Geode Connect app lets users to connect and control a Geode sub-metre GPS receiver with their mobile device. Features already launched in the iOS app are now available in the Windows and Android...
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Radiant Earth Foundation releases benchmark land cover training data for Africa

28 Jul - 15:14 SAST
Radiant Earth Foundation has released “LandCoverNet,” a human-labelled global land cover classification training dataset. This release contains data across Africa, which accounts for ~1/5 of the global dataset.
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NavVis IndoorViewer 2.7 adds annotations and auditing to aid virtual planning and collaboration

28 Jul - 12:02 SAST
The recent release of NavVis IndoorViewer 3D visualisation software lets building stakeholders annotate, export and share measurements.
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HawkEye 360’s radio signal monitoring service now delivers daily signal geolocation data for large regions

28 Jul - 11:52 SAST
HawkEye 360 Inc has announced a daily Regional Awareness Subscription (RAS) service which leveraging its RFGeo product. The service allows its customers to identify, monitor, and analyse radio frequency signal behaviour over time.
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Copernicus Emergency Management Service is monitoring Uganda flooding

27 Jul - 17:49 SAST
Copernicus EMS has been requested to produce delineation mapping at regular intervals (September, December, March, April, July) since September 2019 and produce a rapid analysis of the current situation concerning floods and flood traces...
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Spatially-disaggregated crop production statistics data released for Sub-Saharan Africa for 2017

27 Jul - 14:55 SAST
The International Food Policy Research Institute has published a new version of Spatially-Disaggregated Crop Production Statistics Data for Sub-Saharan Africa for 2017. This new regional update, available to download from the IFPRI Dataverse, marks...
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Carlson launches its redesigned BRx7 multi-frequency GNSS receiver

27 Jul - 11:10 SAST
Carlson Software new multi-frequency, multi-GNSS BRx7 smart antenna is suitable to a variety of operating modes, and can be deployed as a base with additional access to BeiDou phase 3 satellites in a base-rover...
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WeRobotics spins off Flying Labs as an independent organisation

27 Jul - 09:19 SAST
Based on responses from regional calls and the recent Virtual Flying Labs Retreat, it has been decided to co-create as an independent legal entity, deeply rooted in the Global South, led entirely by...
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Madagascar joins the Flying Labs network

23 Jul - 18:34 SAST
Malagasy company AerialMetric is leading Madagascar Flying Labs, which joins the larger network of local knowledge hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build on existing expertise in drones, data and AI.
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Airbus retires its SPOT 1–5 image production and distribution service

22 Jul - 16:56 SAST
From 1 August 2020, SPOT 1-5 data will no longer be available in its catalogue and therefore it will not be possible to order this through the company’s GeoStore web ordering portal or traditionally...
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A guide for data owners for providing data to OpenStreetMap

22 Jul - 13:25 SAST
OpenStreetMap has published a how-to guide for other organisations that want to contribute their data to OSM.
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Conserving our common heritage: The role of spatial finance in the protection of world heritage

21 Jul - 05:02 SAST
Spatial finance methods enable the systematic screening for industrial activities in World Heritage Sites, and thus allow responsible finance institutions to honour their commitments to protect World Heritage and other sensitive sites.
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The status of Earth observation & Geo-Information Sciences in Africa – trends and challenges

17 Jul - 15:38 SAST
The African continent is bound to become more dependent on the space industry for job creation, poverty alleviation and sustainable resource management. These were some of the findings in a paper recently published by...
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Lessons learned from regional temporal land cover mapping

16 Jul - 17:27 SAST
Land use and land cover change is a leading driver of habitat loss and ecosystem degradation, and it is therefore essential that accurate, consistent time series land cover maps are developed to identify and...
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Coalition formed to combine artificial intelligence with satellites to monitor global greenhouse gas emissions in real time

15 Jul - 21:20 SAST
The Climate TRACE tool will allow independently verified emissions monitoring to enable transparency and accountability, along with other applications and benefits.
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UP42 Partners with Vultus on precision agriculture technologies

15 Jul - 12:38 SAST
UP42 customers can now use the Vultus Fertilization Zoning Maps algorithms for crop management, with more agricultural technologies coming soon.
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BIM Institute takes new direction under new leadership as the BIM Academy launches its online syllabus

15 Jul - 12:37 SAST
The BIM Institute has appointed Gregory Mofokeng, the secretary-general of the Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE), as its new director from July 2020. The institute has also spun of its education...
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Seven projects from Africa selected for GEO and Google Earth Engine open data funding programme

13 Jul - 20:33 SAST
GEO and Google Earth Engine selected 32 projects from 22 countries to receive funding for its open Earth data challenge.
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Planet and Esri expand satellite partnership

13 Jul - 15:06 SAST
Planet is expanding its partnership with GIS software developer, Esri, allowing users to buy Planet imagery directly within the GIS software.
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ProStar joins Trimble’s GIS business partner programme to benefit utility mapping

8 Jul - 12:12 SAST
ProStar provides field crews with a mobile data collection solution designed to capture, record and provide real-time visualisation of the precise locations of subsurface infrastructure, while using a centralised database to store and share...
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South Africa’s Spatial Information Committee opens nominations for new members

3 Jul - 14:52 SAST
South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development are accepting nominations for members to serve on the Committee for Spatial Information. Nominations close in the first week of August 2020.
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GeoSlam releases ZEB Horizon vehicle mount for urban mapping

1 Jul - 17:20 SAST
GeoSlam has released a new vehicle mount for its ZEB Horizon lidar scanner, allowing for rapid data collection in urban areas. The vehicle mount is available to purchase through its channel partner network.
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The role of spatial finance in the protection of world heritage

1 Jul - 04:39 SAST
Financial service providers can help prevent the exploitation of World Heritage Sites by using spatial analysis to gain a clear overview of economic activity in areas of global ecological significance.
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SenseFly eMotion 3.13 automates drone flight log management and expands night flight support

24 Jun - 11:47 SAST
SenseFly has released the latest version of its flight planning and monitoring software, eMotion 3.13.0. This version includes additional support for night flights, better drone flight log memory management and other user interface changes.
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You can now test your product’s GML in JPEG 2000 compliance

19 Jun - 17:11 SAST
Information from OGC The Executable Test Suite for version 2.0 of the GML in JPEG 2000 (GMLJP2) Part 1: Core encoding standard is now available through the Open Geospatial Consortium...
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Hexagon connects slope stability monitoring with mine operations

16 Jun - 00:54 SAST
The integration of systems from Hexagon Mining and IDS GeoRadar allows real-time equipment visualisation with timely alerts about hazardous areas for people and machinery.
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Digital Earth Africa releases analysis-ready satellite data for all of Africa to support COVID-19 response

15 Jun - 20:26 SAST
Digital Eart Africa has made a large amount of ESA’s Sentinel-2 satellite data available in a format that makes it accessible and suitable for general use. This imagery is particularly useful because of its...
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Virtual Surveyor drone surveying software aids earthworks monitoring at construction sites

15 Jun - 12:56 SAST
Virtual Surveyor has introduced new functionality in Version 7.3 of its drone surveying software to create a workflow for monitoring earthworks progress at construction sites.
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OGC adopts open source spatial data management standard HDF5

15 Jun - 10:00 SAST
HDF5 provides a flexible, extensible, and efficient data model, programming interface, and storage model for keeping and managing spatial data.
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Picterra introduces a QGIS Plugin that allows users to access automated imagery processing from within their current workflows

12 Jun - 18:44 SAST
Picterra has released the beta version of its QGIS plugin to complement its online platform and to enable users to integrate Picterra into their workflow.
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Pix4D launches photogrammetry cloud processing solutions for surveying and construction site monitoring

9 Jun - 15:30 SAST
Pix4D’s two new mapping platforms, Pix4Dcloud and Pix4Dcloud Advanced, for online surveying and construction site monitoring. These can be purchased independently from any desktop software to generate 2D maps and 3D models for online-only...
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Planet announces 50 cm SkySat imagery, tasking dashboard and up to twelve revisits

9 Jun - 11:57 SAST
Planet has unveiled three new releases as part of its overall tasking offerings. Combined, these releases not only enhance the core imagery for analysis, but also reduce friction to acquire that data.
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Power-efficient positioning for the Internet of Things

5 Jun - 16:24 SAST
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has published a white paper on “Power-efficient positioning for the Internet of Things”, providing an overview of GNSS technologies that are relevant for low-power IoT applications, including those that...
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Worldsview Technologies acquires Precision Device Distributors to expand Topcon servicing in Southern Africa

5 Jun - 12:45 SAST
Worldsview Technologies has acquired Precision Device Distributors, an authorised service centre for Topcon Positioning Systems, ensuring that Topcon Positioning servicing is now available in Southern Africa throuh PDD’s local service centre with factory-trained technicians....
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Cadasta Foundation collaborates with the Global Land Alliance to promote land tenure security

4 Jun - 13:39 SAST
Cadasta Foundation and Global Land Alliance (GLA) have signed a memorandum of understanding to mutually support and advocate for land tenure security for vulnerable and marginalised communities around the world.
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Bentley Systems and Legion temporarily waive subscription fees to help building and facilities managers meet social distancing demands

4 Jun - 13:34 SAST
Bentley Systems has opened its Legion Simulator and OpenBuildings Station Designer software, including waiving new subscription fees, through 30 September 2020 for facilities managers to incorporate pedestrian simulation methodologies across their planning, design, and...
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Critical security patch for ArcGIS Enterprise portal

3 Jun - 13:02 SAST
A critical Server-Side Request Forgery (SSRF) vulnerability has been discovered in ArcGIS Enterprise portal, affecting all versions prior to ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8. Esri has released the Portal for ArcGIS Security 2020 Update 1, which...
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Extension to OGC moving features standard enables JSON encoding

2 Jun - 13:56 SAST
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the Moving Features Encoding Extension – JSON for adoption as an official OGC Standard. It defines how to encode and share the movements of geographic features by...
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Leica Map360 v4.0 introduces three editions to digitise and document crash or crime scenes

2 Jun - 13:05 SAST
Leica Map360 v4.0 crash and crime scene diagramming and reconstruction software has a new user experience and interface, and comes in three editions for specific workflows.
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Monitoring vehicle mobility patterns in South Africa during lockdown using satellite imagery

1 Jun - 12:28 SAST
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been using satellite imagery to measure vehicle mobility on the roads and at shopping centres during South Africa’s lockdown, a national measure intended to slow the...
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African Land Policy Centre calls for digitised land registries

28 May - 19:17 SAST
Speaking during a webinar organised by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies to discuss African land rights in the time of the coronavirus, Kagwanja said COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of millions...
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Solv3D becomes an Esri specialty and marketplace provider

28 May - 12:01 SAST
Solv3D, a provider of 3D processing, geospatial data visualisation and collaboration solutions, has been recognised by Esri as a release ready specialty partner and has also been approved as an ArcGIS Marketplace provider.
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Esri joins Microsoft-GEO BON biodiversity grant initiative

28 May - 11:53 SAST
Esri is supporting the Microsoft-GEO BON (Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network) grant initiative known as Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) on the Cloud.
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Fugro detours for Ifremer’s Mayotte underwater volcano survey

27 May - 02:14 SAST
A Fugro vessel heading from the Netherlands to South Africa has made a ten-day detour to support Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, in monitoring a giant active underwater volcano...
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GIS Cloud adds ability to archive and restore maps

26 May - 02:28 SAST
Users of GIS Cloud’s Map Editor and Mobile Data Collection Portal (MDCP) web applications can now archive and restore their maps and projects. The “Delete Map” option is replaced with a new “Archive Map”...
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NBS publishes its tenth National BIM Report

26 May - 02:19 SAST
This year’s 2020 BIM report marks the tenth year of asking the industry for their views about BIM. The latest report reflects the views of over 1000 industry professionals, and shows how usage and...
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WeRobotics offers revamped online course on drones in humanitarian action

26 May - 01:57 SAST
WeRobotics has announced a revamped and updated version of its peer-reviewed online training on the use of drones in humanitarian action.
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GraphHopper Routing Engine 1.0 brings customisable routing to OpenStreetMap

25 May - 13:25 SAST
Version 1.0 of the open source GraphHopper routing engine has just been released. The new release contains a fast alternative routes feature, as well as a new customisable routing that allows users to modify...
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New drone surveying features available from Microdrones

22 May - 14:25 SAST
Microdrones is adding new features to its survey drone systems. These include mdInfinity, a cloud-based ecosystem that will enable users to remotely process geospatial data, including trajectory processing, georeferencing, boresight calibration, strip adjustment, precision...
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UltraCam Osprey 4.1 improves image quality and flight collection efficiency for city mapping and modelling

20 May - 16:43 SAST
Vexcel Imaging has announced its next generation UltraCam Osprey 4.1, a large-format aerial camera for the simultaneous collection of photogrammetric-grade nadir and oblique imagery.
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Aiding healthy bee populations with advanced analytics, machine learning and mapping

20 May - 14:55 SAST
With the number of bee colonies drastically declining around the world, SAS is using technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and visual analytics to help maintain and support healthy bee...
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Geomatica remote sensing and photogrammetry software now available as subscription service in the cloud

19 May - 14:18 SAST
PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced the availability of Geomatica Cloud on the Cloudeo marketplace.
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Mapping energy solutions in a Ugandan refugee settlement

19 May - 12:59 SAST
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team carried out an extensive mapping exercise of all energy-saving solutions shops in Bidibidi settlement to understand the existing market and inform the improvement of access to quality energy-saving products...
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Digital Twin Consortium forms to create standard terminology, reference architectures and share use cases across industries

18 May - 14:31 SAST
Non-profit trade association Object Management Group along with founders Ansys, Dell Technologies, Lendlease and Microsoft, has formed the Digital Twin Consortium.
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Using earth observation to head off a locust invasion

18 May - 13:48 SAST
NASA-funded scientists are partnering with the UN and relief organisations to better understand where locusts are likely to swarm. Using remote sensing observations of soil moisture and vegetation, researchers are tracking how environmental conditions...
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Leica Geosystems partners globally with Pointfuse and Planon to drive automation in built environment management

14 May - 18:04 SAST
Information from Leica Geosystems Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems have announced a global cooperation and development agreement that streamlines the use of reality capture in digital construction, space management and visualisation...
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Trimble ManhattanOne cloud software provides greater control of real estate portfolios and financials

13 May - 20:26 SAST
Trimble introduced its next-generation integrated workplace management system (IWMS) with the launch of ManhattanOne software suite. Built for the cloud, it centralises real estate functions and data analyses for real estate performance, decision-making and...
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Parrot and DroneSense partner to equip public safety UAS programs

12 May - 20:14 SAST
Drone group Parrot has partnered with software company DroneSense to enable public safety UAS teams to use the full suite of DroneSense capabilities for the needs of first responders with their Anafi aircraft.
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Aeolus wind data is now available in near-real time for numerical weather prediction

12 May - 18:53 SAST
ESA’s Aeolus satellite mission data is now being distributed publicly to forecasting services and scientific users in less than three hours of measurements being made from space.
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NavVis VLX readies mobile mapping for mainstream use in surveying

12 May - 13:38 SAST
NavVis launched the VLX, a wearable mapping system that captures high-quality data even in complex built environments such as construction sites, staircases and small rooms.
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Right to Care assists South Africa in limiting the spread of Covid-19 by using GIS

12 May - 04:30 SAST
Right to Care is supporting the South African Department of Health with its coronavirus response by providing training and technical assistance including coordination, dedicated disaster management, GIS mapping, enhanced surveillance, case identification and contact...
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Cadcorp takes desktop GIS to the cloud

11 May - 23:17 SAST
Cadcorp has extended its cloud services to include SIS Desktop. There are many benefits to hosting desktop GIS in the cloud, and the company is offering packages that are flexible to each organisation's IT...
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Esri joins BSI and announces support of AEC workflows

11 May - 15:55 SAST
Esri has joined BuildingSmart International (BSI) as a multinational member, and will contribute to delivering successful BSI projects which benefit the global community of AEC and GIS practitioners. By partnering with BSI and with...
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DJI introduces Matrice 300 RTK drone with hybrid camera and multi-pilot control

7 May - 17:38 SAST
DJI's Matrice 300 RTK (M300 RTK) industrial drone with the Zenmuse H20 Series hybrid, multi-sensor camera features AI capabilities, six directional sensing and positioning system, a UAV health management system, 55 minutes flight time...
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Latest Trimble Access gives surveyors an Android OS option

7 May - 17:29 SAST
Trimble’s Access 2020 field software is now available on the Trimble TDC600 rugged mobile device powered by Android. This combination offers surveyors the ability to use their familiar workflows and survey instruments while using...
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Velodyne Lidar signs multi-year sales agreement with GeoSlam

7 May - 16:09 SAST
Velodyne Lidar announced a multi-year sales agreement with GeoSlam, a 3D geospatial technology solutions company which uses the company’s lidar sensors in its Zeb-Horizon mobile scanner for 3D mapping of indoor and underground environments...
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Tableau 2020.2 adds KPI metrics, data model for multi-source analysis and Esri support

7 May - 15:12 SAST
Tableau 2020.2 adds a new data model for the analysis of complex data with no coding or scripting skills required, and introduces Metrics for customers to monitor KPIs. Customers can access these features, as...
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Maps to identify Kenya’s high risk Covid-19 populations

7 May - 07:09 SAST
Women in GIS Kenya, a non-profit organisation, has published a new interactive map at ward level to identify Kenya’s high risk Covid-19 populations. Understanding the spatial dynamics of populations at grid level is important...
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Improved task manager and integrated ID editor improves humanitarian mapping

6 May - 14:07 SAST
The new “teams” enhancement enables mappers and validators alike to team up and collaborate on projects. Like before, mapping projects are connected to one organisation or community. But now, organisations can manage their own...
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Analysis: Does the 2020 iPad Pro lidar sensor improve spatial tracking?

6 May - 13:52 SAST
vGIS, a developer of augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) solutions for field services, has evaluated whether the new 2020 iPad Pro’s lidar sensor improves spatial tracking. Here are their findings.
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Grant programme opens for novel approaches to biodiversity monitoring in the cloud

5 May - 11:38 SAST
Microsoft’s AI for Earth program and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network secretariat are launching a new $1 million grant program seeking projects that develop novel approaches to biodiversity monitoring.
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Qinertia PPK software now supports third-party IMUs and offers a GNSS post-processing license

4 May - 22:00 SAST
SBG Systems’ in-house INS/GNSS PPK software, Qinertia, now covers all surveyors’ projects by offering a license dedicated to GNSS post-processing. Available globally, Qinertia supports all major GNSS receivers and is now open to third-party...
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Carlson Software releases FiX1 fixed installation scanner to automate stockpile measurement

4 May - 16:01 SAST
Carlson Software has released the FiX1fixed installation scanner for volumetric scanning and stockpile measurement. Designed as a permanent installation, the scanner is used to automate the delivery of volumetric data without the need for...
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Mapbox SDKs update JavaScript library and add lane detections

1 May - 21:39 SAST
Mapbox has announced updates its GL JS to v1.10.0 to support mobile gestures and improved line labels, as well as adding lane detection to its Vision SDK.
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Earth Observations and Geospatial Science in Service of Sustainable Development Goals

1 May - 07:47 SAST
“Earth Observations and Geospatial Science in Service of Sustainable Development Goals: 12th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment”, published by Springer, provides insight into...
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Trimble introduces Android-based paving control software for asphalt pavers

30 Apr - 19:14 SAST
Trimble’s Roadworks 2D Paving Control Platform for asphalt pavers, an automatic screed control system, can improve the accuracy and productivity in applications of asphalt paving. The software runs on the Android operating system.
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Online SAR tool allows free natural-hazard visualisation

28 Apr - 17:44 SAST
A team of scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Satellite Facility released SARVIEWS 2.0, a free online service to monitor and visualise data from earthquakes and volcanoes.
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Trimble Business Center v5.30 features new CAD Command Line and other enhancements

27 Apr - 18:53 SAST
Trimble Business Center v5.30 was released this week featuring a new CAD Command Line, point feature extraction enhancements, new surface tools and updated road and tunnel workflows.
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RICS ramps up its mediation service as South Africa compels dispute mediation

27 Apr - 16:46 SAST
A recent amendment by the Rules Board for Courts of Law now compels South Africans to consider mediation as a solution for any legal matter before going to court. The Royal Institution of Chartered...
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Mapillary introduces global dataset for lifelong place recognition

27 Apr - 15:42 SAST
Mapillary has released its Street-Level Sequences Dataset, a diverse publicly available dataset for lifelong place recognition. The dataset enables benchmarking and training machine learning models for large-scale lifelong place recognition. The dataset is available...
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Novum Intel – a new voice for Africa’s geospatial and location intelligence industry

27 Apr - 12:09 SAST
Novum Intel created an intelligently-designed, comprehensive news and information service platform for geospatial and location intelligence professionals across Africa. Through multimedia (video, audio, text and infographic) articles, we aim to build a strong and...
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Amazon Web Services launches new data centre in South Africa

22 Apr - 19:09 SAST
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened its AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region, which has three availability zones – each with independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networking. Developers,...
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MAPublisher 10.6 adds new spatial join, line plotting and map measurement features

22 Apr - 15:13 SAST
Both Windows and Mac users can explore the new and improved features MAPublisher 10.6 offers with the latest version of Adobe Illustrator. These include a new spatial join feature, improved line plotting and map...
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Data principles to remember in the COVID-19 response

21 Apr - 17:16 SAST
During the COVID-19 pandemic our lives are dictated by data modelling, data visualisation, and a data-led decision-making process that needs to follow a few basic principles to get the most from data.
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South African National Space Agency seeks earth observation industry input on COVID-19 response tools

20 Apr - 19:58 SAST
SANSA is engaging with the local Earth observation industry to identify how the agency could partner on existing Earth observation products and to offer support/funding to fast track further development of products to support...
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UP42 supports organisations responding to COVID-19

20 Apr - 18:38 SAST
By opening up its platform and marketplace of Earth observation data and analytics for free the company hopes to support those working on developing and deploying projects dedicated to the COVID-19 response to achieve...
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COVID-19 data for a resilient Africa

20 Apr - 07:59 SAST
The ECA-GPSDD partnership will receive capacity support from Data for Now, a coalition of partners that includes the UN’s Statistics Division, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the World Bank along with GPSDD.
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Micromine expands mine planning tools in its latest upgrade

20 Apr - 00:09 SAST
The MM2020.5 upgrade extends the tools available to help mine planners and designers prepare prospective regions more accurately. The enhancements focus on the software’s design tools for mine designers, planners and engineers in both...
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OpenStreetMap Foundation opens 2020 microgrant applications

19 Apr - 07:20 SAST
The OSM Foundation has opened its new Microgrant Program, for which it invites bold, community-driven, and impactive OpenStreetMap project ideas that will benefit from a microgrant of up to €5000. The call for microgrant...
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Open data on COVID-19 now available in Carto’s Data Observatory

17 Apr - 07:35 SAST
To empower professionals with more tools to analyse and provide a better response to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carto is now providing open access to some key datasets for COVID-19 research as...
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Maptek’s global mine measurement teams train in Africa

16 Apr - 23:52 SAST
Earlier this year representatives from Maptek South Africa, Europe/UK and Russia undertook an extensive Mine Measurement training course in Johannesburg, South Africa. The ten-day course covered all Maptek mine measurement hardware – R3 series...
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Crop detection in Africa competition winners announced

16 Apr - 23:33 SAST
Five data scientists emerged as winners of Radiant Earth Foundation’s competition, in partnership with Zindi Africa, to create a machine learning model that classifies farm fields in Kenya by crop type using time series...
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Aecom launches virtual public consultation tool

16 Apr - 15:46 SAST
Aecom has launched a virtual public consultation tool. Through the new platform, a virtual event can be personalised to show consultation materials, including virtual reality and sound demonstrations, videos, maps, plans and pop-up banners....
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Over 500K downloads for ESA’s SNAP toolbox

16 Apr - 06:59 SAST
A software toolbox that provide users with the tools they need to process satellite data has been downloaded more than 500 000 times in less than five years.
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Microsoft is building a planetary computer

15 Apr - 15:36 SAST
Microsoft is entering the next phase of its AI for Earth program, dedicated to building a Planetary Computer platform. This will provide the AI for Earth community (which includes nearly 500 organisations in 81...
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The International Geodesign Collaboration

15 Apr - 08:23 SAST
Esri Press has published “The International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Design”. This book shows how researchers, scientists, designers, and students from around the world can use common geodesign principles to work together.
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Ghana launches COVID-19 tracker app

15 Apr - 07:53 SAST
Ghana’s vice president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, in collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Communications, has launched a new app designed to help in tracing people who have come into contact with COVID-19 positive individuals.
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Bentley Systems waives ProjectWise 365 subscription fees to support engineers working from home

15 Apr - 07:48 SAST
Bentley Systems has waiving subscription fees for its ProjectWise 365 cloud service through 30 September 2020, to virtually connect infrastructure project participants forced to work from home.
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Golden Software simplifies Surfer workflows for faster gridding

14 Apr - 08:36 SAST
Golden Software, a developer of affordable 2D and 3D scientific modelling packages, has streamlined many workflows in the latest version of its Surfer gridding, contouring, and 3D surface mapping product.
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Updated Landsat sample products and metadata information now available

13 Apr - 07:08 SAST
The USGS is approaching the final phases of preparing to process and make available Landsat Collection 2 to the user community in mid-2020.
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Cross-Atlantic partners use Earth observation solutions to reduce illegal gold mining in the tropical forests of Ghana and Peru

10 Apr - 12:33 SAST
SERVIR’s branches in Peru and Ghana are using Earth observation data for detection illegal gold mining to protect tropical forests in both countries.
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Discussion paper considers BIM and GIS integration through data standards

9 Apr - 14:31 SAST
As part of their Integrated Digital Built Environment joint working group, the OGC and BSI have published “Built environment data standards and their integration: an analysis of IFC, CityGML and LandInfra”.
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Ghana Institution of Surveyors contribute funds and software to address country’s COVID-19 pandemic

7 Apr - 18:27 SAST
Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) is supporting the country’s COVID-19 outbreak with funding and contact tracing software.
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NavVis IndoorViewer 2.6 democratises point cloud measurements

7 Apr - 16:11 SAST
The latest release of NavVis IndoorViewer 3D building visualisation software features a new measurement tool and e57 point cloud support.
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UN to offer free access to smart mapping software during Coronavirus pandemic

7 Apr - 15:52 SAST
Esri has partnered with the United Nations to offer its mapping and analytics technology for member states to help access and visualise the data needed as they combat the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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Image segmentation and classification labelling for geospatial imagery

7 Apr - 14:49 SAST
GroundWork is a tool that creates training data for machine learning models run on geospatial imagery. The company has been using it internally for six months already, and is now opening access to everyone...
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Using 3D solutions to improve design tolerances on building projects gone awry

6 Apr - 16:32 SAST
A mixed-use, multi-structure development project in South Africa had gone terribly wrong, leaving the project owner unsure how to proceed. The future of the project rested on the accuracy of the new as-built to...
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SANSA uses satellite imagery to map COVID-19 risk areas in South Africa

3 Apr - 15:49 SAST
SANSA has been mapping and monitoring human settlement developments in the country using high-resolution imagery to provide base data that can be used to support campaigns aimed at managing the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
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Chad inaugurates its first geodetic pillar

3 Apr - 10:38 SAST
The Minister of Spatial Planning, Housing Development and Town Planning inaugurated Chad’s first geodetic pillar on 16 March 2020.
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Submissions open for Copernicus Masters 2020

1 Apr - 12:39 SAST
The Copernicus Masters 2020 competition seeks innovative solutions that use Earth observation data to tackle challenges faced by business and society. From 1 April 2020 until 30 June 2020, participants can submit their innovative...
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Picterra’s new portal enables easy access to satellite and aerial imagery

31 Mar - 17:55 SAST
Picterra has made access to existing aerial and satellite data an easy task via its portal: Here users can find free data ready to import to the Picterra platform for extraction and analyses....
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SOLV3D update adds volume measurements and image adjustments

31 Mar - 17:41 SAST
3D processing, geospatial data visualisation and collaboration solutions provider, SOLV3D, has announce the availability of version of its Encompass software and version 3.0.2 of its Engine software.
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Virtual Surveyor drone software automatically identifies dangerous slope angles

31 Mar - 16:11 SAST
Virtual Surveyor has introduced a new feature in Version 7.2 of its drone surveying software that automatically highlights terrain slopes that exceed dangerous (user-specified) steepness thresholds.
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Pix4D introduces its next generation of photogrammetry tools

31 Mar - 12:40 SAST
Pix4D’s commercial release of its next-generation software includes Pix4Dsurvey, Pix4Dmatic, Pix4Dinspect, and Pix4Dscan. The company is also introducing the new Pix4D Training platform.
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Leica Geosystems’ 3D laser scanning bundle streamlines workflow and Autodesk integration

31 Mar - 12:38 SAST
Leica Geosystems announced a new 3D laser scanning bundle for the Leica BLK360 and greater integration with Autodesk ecosystem.
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South African government sets up COVID-19 research data platform

29 Mar - 11:37 SAST
A team of experts are working on creating a range of data warehouses, including the current geographic spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, health vulnerabilities and location of health and other facilities, among other things.
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IDS GeoRadar and Worldsensing launch a mining monitoring package

26 Mar - 16:11 SAST
Worldsensing and IDS GeoRadar, a Hexagon company, have cooperated to launch a comprehensive mine safety monitoring system. The integrated system will offer surface, sub-surface and geospatial monitoring in a single package, simplifying contracting and...
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Tableau opens COVID-19 Data Resource Hub

26 Mar - 14:37 SAST
Tableau Foundation, together with the Tableau Community and partners, has created a free, publicly-accessible COVID-19 Data Resource Hub. It contains resources to help anyone visualise and analyse the most recent data on the coronavirus...
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Beta iOS app connects UgCS desktop software to DJI drones

25 Mar - 17:28 SAST
SPH Engineering, the developer of UgCS, has released the iOS version of the UgCS for DJI middleware, required to connect DJI drones with UgCS desktop. DJI is a closed system that does not allow...
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Parrot and DroneLogbook partner to simplify drone data logging

25 Mar - 16:01 SAST
Parrot announced the addition of enhanced flight data tracking to its Anafi drone through a partnership with DroneLogbook, which will allow pilots to keep track of their equipment’s performance, schedule necessary maintenance, as well...
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Phase One Industrial announces its 280 MP large format aerial solution

23 Mar - 18:32 SAST
Phase One Industrial has launched its 280MP Aerial Solution, a large format aerial imaging system that offers a high image capture rate and dynamic range, increasing overall quality and accuracy of the final photogrammetric...
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Mapbox deprecates its Studio Classic styles

20 Mar - 18:28 SAST
From 1 June 2020, Mapbox will turn off the ability to request a Classic map style from its Legacy Maps and Legacy Static Images APIs, meaning Classic map styles will no longer load in...
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Apple’s new iPad Pro has a lidar scanner for AR

18 Mar - 21:36 SAST
The lidar scanner enables measures the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 metres away, works both indoors and outdoors, and operates at the photon level at nano-second speeds. New depth frameworks in iPadOS...
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How mine surveyors created self-service data for every user on one of Africa’s largest coal mines

18 Mar - 16:28 SAST
When Thys Smith, Exxaro’s survey manager on Grootegeluk coal mine, realised that 60% of his work day comprised serving information request about geospatial data, he tasked draughtsman Beyers du Randt to start work on...
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A great place to be seen

18 Mar - 16:13 SAST
Want to get prime space on the premiere location intelligence news site in Africa? Then booking a sponsored post is just the option you want! This paid advertorial gives you...
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Be everywhere at once

18 Mar - 16:13 SAST
Want to get prime space on the premiere location intelligence news site in Africa? Then booking a sponsored post is just the option you want! This paid advertorial gives you...
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Three organisations receive funding to advance land rights and tenure security

17 Mar - 12:55 SAST
The first round of Cadasta Foundation’s Data Accelerator Grant has been released to three organisations to advance land rights and tenure security for vulnerable populations around the world. The recipients are Collaborative Media Advocacy...
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GIS Cloud offers free technology and support for COVID-19 projects

16 Mar - 18:12 SAST
GIS Cloud’s technology can be useful to those working with spatial data related to the Coronavirus, from gathering information in the field to making strategic decisions.
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Farming by Satellite 2020 competition opens for applications

13 Mar - 22:08 SAST
The 2020 edition of the Farming by Satellite Prize includes a Special Africa Prize, which aims to encourage young Africans to develop satellite-based solutions that cater to the specific needs and resources of communities...
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Leica Geosystems updates its machine control, adds machine integrations and extends cloud-based workflows

12 Mar - 17:16 SAST
Leica Geosystems has updated its iCon machine control software for its Site software, added new machine integrations and extended its ConX cloud-based workflows.
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Africa joins ActInSpace space-tech hackathon taking place in November 2020

11 Mar - 22:15 SAST
CNES and the African Aeronautics and Space Organisation (AASO) have signed an agreement to develop the ActInSpace international hackathon in Africa. The fourth edition of the hackathon will be held on 12 and 14...
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Aerobotics analysis helps relieve vineyard water stress

11 Mar - 17:15 SAST
By Janna Rubin, Aerobotics An agricultural service provider used Aerobotics projects to help one of its table grape clients to spot two blocks of low moisture content, to help better...
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Carto provides free visualisation software for organisations fighting COVID-19

11 Mar - 17:00 SAST
Carto is making its mapping platform available to public and private sector organisations fighting the coronavirus outbreak via its grants program.
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Trimble’s Tekla 2020 BIM software enables real-time project collaboration

11 Mar - 07:51 SAST
Trimble has introduced the latest versions of its Tekla software solutions for advanced building information modelling, structural engineering and steel fabrication management.
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Avenza Maps 3.9 mobile apps integrate what3words

11 Mar - 07:04 SAST
Avenza Maps version 3.9 is now available for users on iOS and Android devices. This update includes the integration of what3word and GPX Import for users on Pro and Plus plans.
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Luciad 2020 improves 3D and analytics capabilities, adds API

10 Mar - 19:14 SAST
Hexagon Geospatial has launched Luciad 2020, an update to its platform for building location intelligence and real-time, situational awareness applications. The update improves 3D visualisation and analysis capabilities. It also extends the portfolio with...
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Trimble Earthworks adds horizontal steering control, AR and training app

10 Mar - 08:05 SAST
Trimble’s Earthworks Grade Control Platform version 2.0 comes with new features for all machine types, along with the release of the Trimble Earthworks Assistant App for in-cab learning material.
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Carlson introduces its RT4 rugged tablet data collector

9 Mar - 17:17 SAST
Carlson Software has released the RT4 tablet-style data collector, a rugged handheld and offers performance increases from its predecessor, the RT3, and backed by the company’s technical support.
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Parrot and Survae pair enterprise drone imagery with interactive mapping

5 Mar - 18:41 SAST
Drone company Parrot has partnered with software firm Survae to combine its Anafi and Anafi Thermal drones with Survae’s video and image processing software.
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Gexcel Reconstructor 4.2 advances processing of mobile mapping data

27 Feb - 18:05 SAST
Gexcel’s new release of Reconstructor introduces improvements for mining, tunnelling, construction, and infrastructure applications with new workflows designed to guide customers to final deliverables from the surveying data.
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Tableau 2020.1 offers dynamic parameters, viz–animations and admin tools

26 Feb - 11:02 SAST
Tableau 2020.1 adds new features such as Dynamic Parameters and viz animations, and increases flexibility for administrators with Login-Based License Management, and improvements to the Data Management Add-on and Server Management Add-on.
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1Spatial’s new mobile data collection platform and 1Integrate v2.6 release

24 Feb - 17:12 SAST
1Spatial, a geospatial software and solutions company, has released 1Integrate v2.6. The company also announced its new Location Mobile App Platform (LMAP), which enables spatial data collection in the field.
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Measure Ground Control drone software is now powered by Pix4D

23 Feb - 18:36 SAST
Measure’s latest iteration of its drone software platform, Measure Ground Control, adds data processing and mapping tools powered by Pix4D to its existing suite of management capabilities and flight application.
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Blue Marble Geographics releases Global Mapper 21.1 with lidar module

19 Feb - 07:11 SAST
Blue Marble Geographics has released version 21.1 of its GIS software, Global Mapper, and advanced point cloud processing add-on, the Lidar Module.
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Leica Geosystem Nova MS60 fuses total station with 3D scanning

18 Feb - 11:06 SAST
Leica Geosystems’ new Leica Nova MS60 multistation is a total station with advanced imaging, scanning capabilities and GNSS connectivity. It combines upgraded 3D laser scanning capabilities, GNSS connectivity and digital imaging with a high-end...
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Guide to location tracking technologies for underground mines

17 Feb - 13:33 SAST
Section 9.2 of the GMG Underground Mine Communications Infrastructure Guidelines Part III: General Guidelines provides a high-level overview of why tracking technologies are valuable in underground mines and the options that they have.
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New Spatial features in Oracle Database 20c

14 Feb - 17:26 SAST
Oracle Database 20c is now available for preview on Oracle Cloud (Database Cloud Service Virtual Machine). As with every major release, it includes new features and enhancements that extend its multi-model capabilities. This release...
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Partnership develops AI apps for Anafi drones

13 Feb - 17:25 SAST
European drone group, Parrot, has partnered with web and app development consultants, RIIS, to develop custom applications of artificial intelligence for Parrot’s Anafi drone platform.
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Cadcorp ads Power BI integration and optimises user experience

13 Feb - 16:48 SAST
Cadcorp SIS 9 incorporates several bug fixes, software updates and performance enhancements to Cadcorp SIS Desktop and Cadcorp SIS WebMap.
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Arvizio launches multi-user XR for CAD, BIM and point cloud visualisation

13 Feb - 13:51 SAST
Arvizio launched XR Connect, a suite of services for secure multi-location edge and cloud collaboration for enterprise XR (extended reality). The XR Platform is a complete solution for optimisation, visualisation and collaboration using 3D...
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Zambian health platform to monitor antimicrobial resistance

13 Feb - 12:29 SAST
The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics and the Zambia National Public Health Institute have launched the Zambia One Health Surveillance Platform for Antimicrobial Resistance. Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health threat. The platform...
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Picterra incorporates testing areas into workflow

12 Feb - 18:53 SAST
Picterra has released a new feature, Testing Areas, which is now an integral part of the workflow for training a detector. Its purpose is to visually assess the results while building the detector.
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OGC publishes Open Routing API Pilot results

12 Feb - 17:23 SAST
The Open Routing API Pilot addresses interoperability issues and developed methods for routing services to incorporate diverse data, routing engines, and routing algorithms in a standardised way, even while operating in denied, degraded, intermittent,...
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Trimble divests majority of Mining Information Systems to Herga Group

11 Feb - 22:00 SAST
Information from Trimble Trimble has sold its majority ownership of Mining Information Systems (MIS) to Herga Group, headquartered in Brisbane, Australia. The Herga Group has been a Trimble dealer for...
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German Chancellor fellowships now open to South Africa

11 Feb - 17:56 SAST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced during her visit to Pretoria that the sponsorship programme for young professionals is now open for 2021 applications. Young professionals from South Africa will be able to apply for...
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Web tool will help Egypt facilitate SDGs, Agenda 2063 Implementation

11 Feb - 17:34 SAST
The tool aligns development plans with both the 2030 and 2063 agendas by enabling common reporting on progress in achieving the goals, targets and indicators of these plans and agendas. It also allows performance...
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Automatically detect and count animals on aerial imagery

11 Feb - 17:28 SAST
Information from Picterra Measuring animal populations is often the first step in conservation efforts for taking well-prepared, effective action. The problem researchers face is how to detect and count animals...
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Drone2Map for ArcGIS 2.1 improves elevation models

11 Feb - 11:15 SAST
The latest release of Esri’s drone mapping software, Drone2Map for ArcGIS 2.1, is now available and includes new tools, workflows, and capabilities. Highlights of the update include elevation model improvements, camera model updates, new...
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Fugro awarded contract for Pecan field surveys offshore Ghana

10 Feb - 17:13 SAST
Aker Energy has awarded Fugro a contract for geotechnical and geophysical survey services in relation to the Pecan field, offshore Ghana. The surveys will obtain critical seabed and sub-seabed information to facilitate the planning...
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Enhancing Pléiades and SPOT imagery for better object detection

7 Feb - 12:42 SAST
The Super-resolution algorithm uses machine learning (convolutional neural network) to increase the sharpness of low-resolution images, making it easier to extract information from. This is an important pre-processing step before using machine learning object...
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GIS Cloud Publisher for QGIS released

6 Feb - 18:19 SAST
Information from GIS Cloud The GIS Cloud Publisher for QGIS plugin is now available for download. This QGIS plugin allows users to transfer maps from QGIS to GIS Cloud while...
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Oracle Graph Server and Client 20.1 is now available

4 Feb - 18:00 SAST
Information from Oracle Oracle Graph Server and Client 20.1, which includes property graph features for Oracle Database, is now available for download. The software package works with Oracle Database, and...
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Inpixon enhances indoor map creation and management

30 Jan - 17:45 SAST
Information from Inpixon Inpixon, a company specialising in delivering indoor intelligence, has released its latest mapping platform, Jibestream 4.12. The update offers new and enhanced features to streamline the creation,...
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Maptiler adds disputed borders and language support

30 Jan - 17:43 SAST
The new release of Maptiler’s open-source map publishing project, OpenMapTiles 3.11, introduces disputed borders, roads under construction, adds support for Kurdish and Amharic language and brings multiple other improvements and bug fixes. New tiles...
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Three insights from The State of Spatial Data Science 2020 report

29 Jan - 17:47 SAST
In order to understand the trends and shifts for Spatial Data Science across these industries, Carto has invited thought leaders from enterprise organisations across the globe to participate in the State of Spatial Data...
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Hexagon’s M.App X 2020 delivers 3D display modes and accelerates visualisation

28 Jan - 17:41 SAST
The creators of Hexagon Geospatial’s M.App X software adopted the term “shoebox” for the digital area in which users organise their imagery to pay homage to this dated, yet creative, means of storing film...
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SenseFly’s eMotion adds multispectral PPK for precision agriculture

27 Jan - 17:06 SAST
The latest update of SenseFly’s eMotion flight planning software adds multispectral PPK functionality and an updated user interface.
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GeoSLAM helps engineering company streamline decommissioning project

27 Jan - 11:26 SAST
Aurecon used GeoSLAM’s ZEB Revo RT, Pano and Horizon scanners for the final stage decommissioning of the Athlone Power Station in Cape Town. The entire facility was scanned in three days of site visits,...
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Data science partnership establishes platform for social benefit

23 Jan - 17:52 SAST
The new seeks to build the capacity of non-profit organisations with training resources, access to datasets and open-sourced tools that help these organisations harness the power of data insights and analytics to enhance...
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Ivory Coast selects IGN FI to modernise its land administration system

23 Jan - 17:20 SAST
The project is organised around nine interdependent components, which will eventually lead to the setting up of an Integrated Urban Land Administration System (IULAS). This will form a common basis for the various public...
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Municipal boundary determination process underway

23 Jan - 17:15 SAST
The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) will embark on nationwide public consultations on the first draft sets of electoral wards in preparation for next year’s local government elections.
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Southern African land policy reform discussed in Botswana

23 Jan - 15:40 SAST
The issue of access to land by women, youth and other marginalised groups was on top of the agenda at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s Sub regional Office for Southern Africa (SRO-SA)...
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Galileo now replying to SOS messages worldwide

23 Jan - 13:24 SAST
Besides providing global navigation services, Europe’s Galileo satellite constellation is contributing to saving more than 2000 lives annually by relaying SOS messages to first responders. From now on the satellites will reply to these...
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Python library speeds up spatial analysis

21 Jan - 17:58 SAST
To speed up spatial analysis, Carto has introduced CARTOframes 1.0, a Python library that enables data scientists and analysts to integrate Carto maps, data, and analysis into their data science workflows.
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State of the Map 2020 scholarships applications now open

18 Jan - 17:39 SAST
The State of the Map conference is the annual, international conference of OpenStreetMap (OSM), organised by the OpenStreetMap Foundation. All OSM enthusiasts are invited to the gathering in Cape Town, from 3 to 5...
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RapidEye satellite constellation to be retired in March 2020

16 Jan - 17:01 SAST
Planet’s RapidEye constellation will be retired at the end of March 2020, after 11 years of gathering imagery. The constellation contributed to Planet’s global Earth observation dataset since the company acquired it from BlackBridge...
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Mapping schools globally to enable internet connectivity

15 Jan - 15:36 SAST
A recent training programme in Jolly Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda, sought ways to identify and map the location of a learning institution and the level of internet connectivity available.
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Carlson Software introduces laser scanner for surveying and mining

14 Jan - 16:55 SAST
Carlson Software has released its Scan2K Laser Scanner, a solution for creating accurate 3D survey data up to a range of 2 000 metres (“2K”).
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African Drone and Data Academy kicks of training in Malawi

14 Jan - 12:57 SAST
In January 2020, The African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA) opened in Lilongwe, Malawi, to provide young people with drone, data, and entrepreneurship skills to respond to development needs in health, agriculture, the environment,...
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Global wind data now in daily weather forecasts

10 Jan - 13:13 SAST
ESA’s Aeolus satellite is the first to provide profiles of Earth’s wind in cloud-free air globally, carries the first instrument of its kind, and uses a novel approach to measuring the wind from space....
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Hexagon Mining acquires Blast Movement Technology

8 Jan - 19:25 SAST
Hexagon Mining, a sensor, software and autonomous solutions company, has acquired Blast Movement Technology (BMT), which specialises in blast movement monitoring and analysis for open pit mines.
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Juniper Systems launches Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet

3 Jan - 17:08 SAST
Juniper Systems has released the Mesa 3 Rugged Table running Android, following the release of the Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet running Windows 10 earlier in January 2020.
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Drone Professional 1

1 Jan - 18:09 SAST
Drone Professional 1 brings together 16 global drone experts to provide readers with the latest thinking on drone technology, best practice and business success.
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Cadastre Principles and Practice

1 Jan - 18:02 SAST
Cadastre Principles and Practice, written by Roger Fisher and Jennifer Whittal, is a comprehensive reference text for aspiring and practicing professional land surveyors, those in the real property business, and those involved in land...
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Satellite navigation for drones explored in white paper

19 Dec - 15:35 SAST
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has published a white paper on the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) for Drones Operations, which considers GNSS as essential for the safe and reliable navigation of drones.
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City model competition winner announced

17 Dec - 17:32 SAST
The CityGML Challenge was conducted under the Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Innovation Program, and tasked software developers to configure visualisation software tools to support the capabilities of CityGML version 3, including dynamic data feeds...
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Satnav watching over rugby players

13 Dec - 13:42 SAST
Information from ESA As France’s top rugby players scrum, run and tackle they are being tracked by more than just TV cameras and the watching eyes of the crowd. Satnav-based...
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Trimble extends GNSS reach of LTI laser rangefinders for GIS mobile workers

11 Dec - 15:42 SAST
Trimble’s TerraFlex field software now supports remote feature capture with Laser Technology Inc (LTI) TruPulse 200 series and 360° series laser rangefinders.
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Open geospatial training data released for crop type machine learning

9 Dec - 19:04 SAST
Radiant MLHub debuted its cloud-based open library of earth observation training data with “crop type” training data for major crops in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
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Industry body launched to grow South Africa’s geospatial sector

3 Dec - 17:50 SAST
To accelerate the continent’s readiness to benefit from space tech, key industry stakeholders with support from the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), have launched ZASpace Inc. The industry forum will facilitate structured investment...
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