New Navigation System with 10 Centimeter accuracy: more accurate than GPS

An alternative positioning system that is more robust and accurate than GPS, especially in urban settings has been developed by researchers of Delft University of Technology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and VSL. The working prototype that demonstrated this new mobile network infrastructure achieved an accuracy of 10 centimeters. This new technology is important for the implementation of a wide range of advanced location-based applications, including autonomous vehicles, quantum communication, and next-generation mobile communication systems. The results will be published today (November […]

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‘Electronic nose’ – New invention could help forest fires ‘ultra-early’ warning

In the summer of 2021, wildfires caused a “disaster without precedence” in the Italian island of Sardinia, burning over 28,000 hectares (69,000 acres) of land and displacing thousands from their homes. Almost half of the affected land burned in a single catastrophic fire that affected the Montiferru region, near the island’s western coast. Now, Montiferru is one of a dozen forest areas across the world that are testing out a new “ultra-early” warning system for wildfires, developed by a German […]

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Google Maps translate feature will speak local place-names

Google Translate text-to-speech options let you communicate during foreign travel. Traveling the world but don’t speak the local language? Google Maps should be a bit more useful soon, thanks to some new integration with Google Translate. Typically if you’re in a foreign-language country, Google Maps will show the English place-name followed by the name in the local language below it. Sometime this month, Google Maps will get a new speaker button next to the local place-name, which will fire up Google Translate’s text-to-speech […]

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Three GIS trends that governments must embrace

As part of the Esri team that supports state government for the adoption of geographic information system (GIS) technology, we get the opportunity to work with a variety of state government agencies who are leading the way in adopting the latest trends and advancements in the field of location intelligence. There are three major trends emerging today in implementing these technologies across a variety of agencies: mobility, community engagement and machine learning, which is a subset of artificial intelligence. These trends […]

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Redefining the possible: Africa’s largest Uranium mine surveying with WingtraOne drone

Extra tight deadlines, harsh weather conditions and the biggest Uranium mine in Africa in sight – these were the project conditions that met Strydom & Associates in the Namib Desert. Luckily, with the help of a UAV, surveyors were able to successfully perform a mine surveying task and conduct the needed volumetric measurement over a 15 sq. km. open pit mine in a single day. For a country that barely occupies 0.16% of Earth’s surface, Namibia produces a significant share of world’s Uranium […]

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Google Maps lets users add wheelchair accessibility details for locations

Back in December, Google finally added accessibility details to Maps. It was a long awaited addition, but an extremely welcome one for the more than three million people in the U.S. who require wheelchair accessibility. As we noted at the time, however, the available information still left a lot to be desired. Maps has currently collected accessibility data for almost seven million places, but even with databases like Wheelmap, there were still some pretty big gaps across the country. This week, Google’s […]

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The next Generation desktop GIS: ArcGIS Pro 2.0

ArcGIS Pro 2.0, Esri’s next-generation desktop GIS, has been released and is available from My Esri. Now is the perfect time to upgrade to ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS Pro 2.0 brings more of your highly requested workflows to the table, features new innovations not available in any other desktop GIS, and is more tightly integrated with the rest of the ArcGIS platform. Highly Requested Workflows Your favorite workflows are now easier and more powerful in ArcGIS Pro 2.0. You can now […]

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Introducing Utility Network for ArcGIS

We are moving toward a starkly different society – a sort of new wave that will be driven by limited resources. To thrive, we must recycle, eliminate waste, and be more efficient. Who will be affected by this new wave? Utility, pipeline, and telecommunications companies. They currently deal with lower emissions requirements, millions of new sensors, rooftop solar panels, aging and obsolete assets, limited funding, conservation, real-time pricing, smart meters, smart grids, lower revenue, big data, reduced skill sets, and […]

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Urbanising the ‘smart’ way

Cities have become nerve centres for economic growth and development, which has brought a large influx of rural-urban migration. City infrastructure, however, has not kept pace with the growing urban population, and this has resulted in inadequate availability of clean water, sanitation facilities, energy and efficient transport systems. A report from the McKinsey Global Institute estimates a need for a staggering $7 trillion investment in infrastructure, housing and commercial space by 2030 for Southeast Asian cities – a target that […]

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Survey123 for ArcGIS: Smarter Forms, Smarter Field Work

Survey123 for ArcGIS is a simple and intuitive form-centric data gathering solution that makes creating, sharing, and analyzing surveys possible in just three easy steps: Ask Questions: Quickly design powerful surveys and publish them into ArcGIS. Get the Answers: Enable your workforce with the Survey123 for ArcGIS mobile app to capture answers in the field. Make the Best Decisions: Analyze answers from the field in ArcGIS to support decision making. Features The Mobile App: Availble for smartphones, tablets, and desktops. Lightweight, intuitive, and can […]

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