Software Licences - Getting Agitated

Unlicensed software, not to be confused with open source, has been costing the big players millions. Now, with the switch to the cloud, the pirates will be the ones getting agitated, notes Adena Schutzberg. I got pretty agitated some months ago when several writers (who should know better) and their editors at technical publications (who also should know better) published articles that stated that open source GIS software has no licence. This, the authors argued, made the software superior to software that has a licence. Open source software does carry a licence. Per the Open Software Initiative, open source software... (read more)
2017-04-04 04:49:43

BAE Systems Enhances Geospatial Software

BAE Systems has integrated capabilities called Movement Intelligence, or MOVINT, into its Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) line of software, helping analysts to more easily identify intelligence threats using motion sensors. These new capabilities, which include complex multi-tracking analytics, interpret movement and activity from video, radar, and other types of motion sensors, enabling analysts to efficiently track people, vehicles, and other objects of interest. Detection and tracking of key targets and activities often requires analysts to painstakingly monitor, review, and interpret large volumes of data and imagery from multiple sensors, compromising the effectiveness of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. Eliminating the... (read more)
2017-06-09 02:37:46

DroneDeploy Releases Cloud Photogrammetry Software

DroneDeploy, a drone software platform with the largest drone data repository in the world, has announced the release of Map Engine - the industry’s first machine learning-driven photogrammetry software. The release came after a successful beta period where it processed 30K maps per month for more than 4,000 clients across 180 countries. Map Engine generates high-resolution maps and 3D models from drone imagery collected in the construction, energy, agriculture, and surveying sectors. The new processing engine leverages the latest cloud infrastructure and machine learning technology to deliver high-quality results and help customers reduce costs. "Map Engine tracks billions of points... (read more)
2018-08-22 01:13:10

Luminous Group Software to Revolutionise Fire Safety

Luminous Group, the 3D technology specialists, has launched its new RIVO software using mixed reality solutions to transform asset mapping for the oil and gas, facilities management and construction industries. The system can also be applied to enhance fire safety by drawing up critical information in real time, be it emergency evacuation points or fire routes. Their newly branded RIVO package utilises Microsoft’s Inside Out tracking and is accessed using a Microsoft HoloLens headset for the user. The device, which is currently being utilised by the likes of NASA and Jaguar Land Rover, can remember real world locations and scan... (read more)
2018-01-19 10:11:50

Is Map Reading Being Sedated by Software?

The Royal Institution of Navigation has warned that we are becoming too dependent on satnavs and smartphones. It believes that traditional navigation skills encourage independent thought based on calculation and selfreliance. It wants UK schools to encourage the teaching of basic navigation as a way to develop character, independence and an appreciation of maths and science. Robin Waters looks at the warning and the press reaction. Maps are one way in which geospatial information can be presented to a user. To those of us that enjoy using or have at least been trained to use maps they are often the... (read more)
2017-01-05 04:00:23

Simple GIS Software Releases Client Version 10

Simple GIS Software has announced the release of version 10 of its Simple GIS Client Application, a light but powerful desktop GIS system for Windows PCs, laptops, and tablets. Simple GIS Client is an application for Windows platforms without all of the expense of traditional desktop GIS applications. With Simple GIS, users can view, analyse, edit, and author data as well as freely download popular data from the US Census Bureau, OpenStreetMap, and USGS using built in data “wizards”, all from within the software. When combined with its sophisticated spatial and data analytics, users can leverage their data to help... (read more)
2018-01-04 10:23:40

Cianad Software Launch Online Mapping Platform Azimap

Cianad Software has announced the launch of their innovative online mapping platform Azimap which began development in 2014, led by husband and wife team, Ciara and David McQuillan, who spotted a gap in the market for an affordable, easy-to-use yet feature-rich online mapping tool. “Setting Azimap apart from the pack is its suite of advanced spatial analysis tools. Users can capture, create, edit and publish data seamlessly in one complete online GIS. Azimap is fully configurable and ultimately removes the requirement for multiple expensive desktop GIS software licenses” reveals the managing director. The initial development of the software was supported by... (read more)
2017-01-14 05:06:08

Topcon Announce Integrated Mass Data Processing Software

Topcon Positioning Group has announced its MAGNET system of software solutions has expanded to offer a package designed to consolidate and facilitate the working environment for point cloud data processing and visualization — MAGNET Collage. The system offers an “all-in-one” solution for professionals using laser scanners, mobile mapping devices, modern paving scanners, and traditional surveying instruments. “With MAGNET Collage, mass data users with multiple sensors, such as mobile and static instruments, can stay in one software environment to process point cloud data and imagery,” said Jason Hallett, vice president of Topcon global product management. “Traditionally, each mass data sensor would... (read more)
2017-03-14 10:37:12

Merrick Releases Remote Sensing Software Suite

Merrick & Company, specialised in Lidar, digital orthophotography, hyperspectral imaging and geographic information systems (GIS) data integration, has launched Version 2017 of the Merrick Advanced Remote Sensing (MARS) software suite. The MARS software suite provides comprehensive support for Lidar point cloud visualisation, data management, automated data processing, Lidar quality control and geospatial data production. The newest version of MARS provides many software enhancements and new features, which improve LAS 1.4 data throughput and application usability. This release focuses on significant improvements to the QC Module to include automated reporting for the USGS NGP Lidar Base Specification Version 1.2, including a very... (read more)
2017-04-19 04:44:48

Skyline Software Systems Releases Update for PhotoMesh

Skyline Software Systems Inc has announced the second generation of the PhotoMesh software suite as part of its new SkylineGlobe products, incorporating breakthrough edge-extraction algorithms, noise removal, improved colour texturing, and optimized point cloud densification for the highest geometric quality. Utilizing revolutionary parallel processing techniques and access to Cloud Web Services, Skyline can produce high-quality 3D PhotoMesh with unlimited scale, surpassing a processing capacity of 1 million Megapixels per day. “The release introduces enhancements to the leading 3D production tool in the market, providing users with much greater capabilities,” stated Skyline’s President Robert Peters. “Improvements in automation, performance, and user... (read more)
2017-02-15 04:47:38
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