DigitalGlobe: High-resolution imagery for handheld GPS, releases Ortho Product Series
DigitalGlobe is to provide high-resolution imagery for DeLorme’s Earthmate series, including the PN-30, PN-40 and PN-60 models. Hikers, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts will be able to update their GPS device with accurate imagery. Its Ortho Vision line is designed for professional users in need of quality images for analysis and identification. Images classified as Ortho Vision Premium will feature less than 3% cloud cover; geometric breaks less than one meter and tonally balanced imagery in addition to no haze, pollution or fog.
Food grain output in India seems stagnant for 10 years
A nine-member team of scientists from NASA, the Boston University and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, analyzed the satellite remote sensing data from 1982-2006 and has confirmed that the growth rate of food grain production in India has been stagnant in the last decade.
Remote Sensing Applications (e-Book)
National Remote Sensing Center, India has brought out a book on “Remote Sensing Applications” covering land, water, atmosphere and natural disasters. The book has been compiled and edited by P.S. Roy, R.S Dwivedi and D. Vijayan. The book can be viewed/downloaded at
Topcon’s IP-S2 HD Mapping System Topcon Positioning Systems has released the IP-S2 HD Mapping System – a vehicle-mounted surveying and mapping system featuring a high-definition LiDAR scanner. It includes high-precision GNSS receivers, IMU, vehicle wheel encoder, 360-degree digital cameras and Velodyne’s HDL-64E S2.2 LiDAR scanner.
Water resources conservation in China using ERDAS IMAGINE
The Ministry of Water Resources, China recently announced a project that uses ERDAS IMAGINE to facilitate conserving and protecting China’s water resources. It is being used to identify the areas where the water is being adversely affected by soil erosion.
FARO introduces break resistant SMR
FARO Technologies announced the release of its break resistant spherically mounted retroreflector as a part of their newly expanded line of laser tracker targets. These new targets are available in three models: standard accuracy, long range, and high performance.
Global Forest Monitoring service
DMCii’s Global Forest Monitoring service uses satellite imagery to produce easily understood maps of forest cover change. The service’s wide-area forest surveys can be updated annually, monthly – or more often still for areas judged most at risk – delivering the timely data necessary for operational management. It is based around a constellation of six satellites known as the Disaster Monitoring Constellation which work together to provide rapid mapping services.
Cooperation to promote satellite technology application
JAXA, Japan and the ADB has agreed to cooperate in providing technical assistance to ADB supported projects using satellite data and will work on capacity development on the use of satellite data through the training of persons from national institutions in Asia and the Pacific region.
Image analysis toolbox for ESRI® ArcGIS® platform
ITT Corporation announced the third phase of its software technology with the ArcGIS. Building on the multiyear integration of the two platforms, this latest phase will give ArcGIS users the ability to access ENVI tools for analyzing geospatial imagery directly from within the ArcGIS desktop and server environments.
DALSA announces expanded capabilities
DALSA announced expanded capabilities including backside illumination (BSI) in custom image sensors for aerospace applications in earth observation and remote sensing. New technologies in multispectral filters allow DALSA to capture images from not only the traditional RGB visible color bands but also a number of near-infrared bands in a single compact and cost effective package. The new custom back side thinning capability enables the high quantum efficiency. www.dalsa.com
African observatories will gather biodiversity data
Scientists are pooling remote-sensing satellite data and GIS services for two pan-African digital observatories that will provide accurate and readily accessible information on biodiversity and forest cover for policymakers. Under a grant the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is supporting the development of the observatories. One is the Observatory for the Forests of Central Africa; the other is the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas.
Inventory of Russian forest using space technologies
Satellite imagery based on the State Forest Inventory Program on behalf of the Russian Federal Forestry Agency is being acquired by ScanEx Research & Development Center. VHR data from SPOT 5 and Formosat-2 satellites (resolution: 2,5m) covering a territory of more than 128 million ha will be delivered in the coming months.