Users of EuroGeographics pan-European open data will benefit from a series of enhancements to the latest release of EuroGlobalMap. Forty-five members of the Association for the European National Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities have contributed to the 1:1 million scale dataset which includes an administrative theme providing boundary information. It also features a settlement theme with the addition of populated places and populated place ID for built up area feature classes. www.eurogeographics.org
Ordnance Survey International and Deimos Space UK are to work with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai to help the United Arab Emirates (UAE) improve how it plans and manages its natural resources and infrastructure. OS International will establish a strategy for the development of a single source of digital geospatial data for UAE government departments to enable a variety of key policy initiatives. Advanced data analytic tools developed by Deimos Space UK and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre will demonstrate the value of new geospatial data extracted from high-resolution satellite imagery. os.uk/international
Hyderabad launches geo-tagging
Hyderabad may soon become the first city in India to have unique house addresses based on the geo-spatial location of each home. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has begun the process of allotting digital house numbers for all dwelling units in the city. The agency for executing the project is expected to be identified and finalised soon. Once the project is over, anyone can locate a house by keying in the unique house number of a particular dwelling unit in a cellphone app, which will then provide directions to that house. Since the project is based on a geospatial solution, the app will provide navigation details and address location services within the GHMC’s jurisdiction. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) chose a Hyderabadbased company for aerial mapping of the city to study its rooftop solar energy generation prospects.
The aerial mapping exercise will use the light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology, which is said to be a first in the country. An aircraft will fl y over the city, sending pulses of light, which will get refl ected back from objects on the ground. Bescom has partnered with the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) for the project. www.thehindu.com