ASPRS Establishes the First UAS Mapping Calibration Test Course

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Mobile App Helps Battle Graffiti in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Community Life Improvement Program is using Esri’s Collector mobile app to empower their data collection in management.

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Civil servants called to sign up for government-funded data courses

Civil servants are being offered free data training ‘vouchers’ as part of the open data initiative.

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20 Most Promising GIS Solution Providers for 2014

Esri is chosen as one of the 20 most promising GIS solution providers for 2014.

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Royal Institute Hosts New Navigation Conference


The Royal Institute of Navigation is launching a new international conference series, tackling some of the biggest issues across the domains of modern navigation: land, sea, air and space.

The RIN is now accepting abstracts for the conference.

The International Navigation Conference 2015, set for February 24-26, 2-15, is planned as a first event in a new series of world-class conferences. The first conference will highlight the state of the art in fields such as GNSS and Galileo, indoor positioning, autonomous transport, security and resilience of navigation in the world of cyber attacks, and new quantum technologies. The event will

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Arianespace, ESA Sign Contract for New Galileo Launches

The contract for Arianespace's three Ariane 5 launches to orbit a total of 12 Galileo FOC satellites was signed at the Guiana Space Center by Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël (seated, at left) and Didier Faivre, ESA director of the Galileo Program and Navigation-related Activities. Joining them were ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Daniel Calleja Crespo, director general for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA), acting on behalf of the European Commission, have signed a contract for three launch services with Ariane 5 ES to step up deployment of Galileo satellites.

With this new launch contract and thanks to the performance of Ariane 5 ES, a total of 12 Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites will be launched using three dedicated Ariane 5 ES launch vehicles, each carrying four satellites. The Ariane 5 ES launches will take place from 2015 onwards.

Arianespace will be responsible for ensuring all of the 22 FOC satellites manufactured by the German group

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NovAtel Introduces New IMU to SPAN Line of GNSS Products

NovAtel IMU-ISA-100C.

NovAtel IMU-ISA-100C.

NovAtel Inc. has added the IMU-ISA-100C as an inertial measurement unit (IMU) option to its SPAN GNSS+INS line of positioning products. The IMU-ISA-100C is a high-performance, near navigation-grade IMU designed for platform stabilization, general-purpose navigation, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and ground mobile-mapping applications.

Commercially exportable, the IMU-ISA-100C integrates easily with a NovAtel SPAN capable receiver to provide a tightly coupled 3D navigation solution, NovAtel said. Offering customers continuous position, velocity and attitude (roll, pitch and azimuth) measurements, a SPAN system is stable and available even through periods when satellite signals are blocked or unavailable.

With the IMU-ISA-100C, customers

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GeoDecisions' Brian J. Smith in the Spotlight at Esri International User Conference

Aug 22, 2014 — In an interview with Esri®, Brian J. Smith, vice president of commercial sales and delivery with GeoDecisions, discussed the …

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Trimble Releases Software for Real-Time Construction Equipment Inspection

Trimble has announced three new asset inspection software solutions for heavy civil contractors—Trimble Inspector, Trimble Inspector Pro and Trimble Asset Manager.

Trimble Inspector is a free mobile app that allows equipment managers to easily inspect assets in real-time using their smartphone or tablet.

Trimble Inspector Pro, the premium, subscription version of Trimble Inspector, is used to wirelessly aggregate and share asset condition across multiple sites using Trimble Asset Manager office software.

Trimble Asset Manager software gives contractors the ability to store the inspection data of all assets in a centralized, Web-based database for accurate reporting and documentation.

“Contractors can achieve significant cost

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Trimble Enhances Cloud-based Software for Smart Water Infrastructure

Trimble has introduced the latest version of its smart water infrastructure mapping and work management software — Trimble Connect version 1.8. The latest release of the cloud-based, geographic information system (GIS)-centric software includes a suite of applications that allow water, wastewater and stormwater utilities to visualize and efficiently manage their network maintenance and data collection activities.

Trimble Connect software leverages Trimble’s GNSS rugged mobile devices and Esri’s GIS technologies to accurately map, locate and assess the condition of critical infrastructure assets, allowing utilities to keep their field infrastructure data up-to-date and accurate. Offered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription, the

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Topcon Releases Next-Generation 3D Laser Scanners

GLS-2000 laser scanner by Topcon.

GLS-2000 laser scanner by Topcon.

Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of the newest edition to the GLS line of laser scanners, ­ the GLS-2000. Featuring an expanded field of view, the GLS-2000 is designed to pair with ScanMaster v3.0 software for quickly capturing and processing 3D point-cloud data.

“The GLS-2000 is the fastest and most versatile scanning system in its class,” said Charles Rihner, vice president for the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group. “With a scan range of more than 350 meters, the GLS-2000 is capable of accurately capturing long-distance measurements in applications where access is limited due to

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ArcGIS 10.1 SP1, 10.2.1, and 10.2.2 Web Adaptor for IIS Security (August 2014) Patch

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IC tomorrow offers £210k to entrepreneurs in Connected Cities contest

IC tomorrow offers £210k to entrepreneurs in Connected Cities contest

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Maryland offers property maps through Open Data Initiative

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GeoDecisions’ Brian J. Smith in the Spotlight at Esri International User Conference

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Where the wealth is: Houston's wealthiest ZIP codes look more alike

Esri data rates the 25 wealthiest ZIP codes in Houston.

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Spending on Smart Grid Technologies Will Total Nearly $600 Billion From 2014 through 2023

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Galileo Launch Successful, Satellites Deployed

Soyuz Flight VS09, carrying Europe's fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, lifts off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Soyuz Flight VS09, carrying Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, lifts off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Soyuz Flight VS09, carrying Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, today (August 22, 12:27:11 UTC/14:27:11 CEST.)

All the stages of the Soyuz vehicle performed as planned, with the Fregat upper stage releasing the satellites into their target orbit close to 23,500 km altitude, 3 hours 47 minutes after liftoff.

These new satellites joined four Galileo satellites already in orbit, launched in October 2011 and October 2012 respectively. This first quartet were In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites,

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QZSS May Expand to Meet Japan’s Surveillance Needs

The Japan News is reporting that the Japanese Committee on the National Space Policy has compiled a draft proposal that includes increasing the number of quasi-zenith satellites (QZSS), Japan’s satellite navigation system, from the current single satellite to a total of four.

Currently, Japan is operating only one quasi-zenith satellite, named Michibiki.

The increase would be made to strengthen Japan’s overall surveillance systems, in light of developments such as China’s maritime expansion. “China’s high-pressure maritime advances have become a menace to the security of countries in Asia. Continued vigilance is also required against North Korea’s missile launches and nuclear weapons

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Wealthiest Houston-Area ZIP Codes

Esri data ranks the wealthiest ZIP codes in Houston, Texas.

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