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Blue Marble Geographics announces partnership with COPTRZ

Blue Marble Geographics® has announced its first official partnership with a UK GIS-focused company — COPTRZ, UK Commercial Drone Experts. Providing comprehensive support to businesses interested in using drones, COPTRZ will now include Blue Marble’s GIS software and point cloud processing software Global Mapper® and the LiDAR Module® to its portfolio of surveying solutions.

Esri partners with OSI

Esri has announced its partnership with Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI). Their joint customers in the electric, gas, and water utility industries will now be able to leverage both Esri’s ArcGIS Utility Network Management as part of their GIS and OSI’s monarch operational technology (OT) platform. OSI has extensive experience in leveraging Esri GIS network models as an input to OSI’s real-time OT solutions built on the monarch platform. www.esri.com

Hasse receives N.J. conservation award for vast online mapping project

Rowan University Professor of Geography John Hasse and a team of researchers have compiled a massive trove of New Jersey land use data and moved it all online for easy access, a project that will benefit students, journalists, municipal officials, developers and residents for decades to come. The project spawned numerous research offshoots including the New Jersey Conservation Blueprint to help guide development in the state and to preserve valuable and often sensitive parcels for future generations.

Hasse described NJ MAP as an interactive atlas, a 21st Century resource that makes finding detailed ecological and environmental information easy, and puts it literally in the palm of one’s hand, be it from a laptop, a desktop computer or a smartphone. He said the NJ MAP program and side projects such as the Conservation Blueprint not only help illustrate the state in an unprecedented way but also are helping to save resources, financial as well as physical.

NOAA, Ocean Infinity to advance ocean exploration and mapping

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and Ocean Infinity have announced a new agreement to develop deep-water autonomous technologies that can gather ultra-high-resolution ocean information.

The four-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between NOAA and Ocean Infinity will also focus on advancing telepresence or the transmission of ocean information in real time to public and academic audiences as well as new data-collection and processing methods to increase the value and relevance of deep-ocean data. www.workboat.com

Cloud-based geospatial data refinery and modeling platform

Descartes Labs has announced the availability of the Descartes Labs Platform, the industry’s first-ever cloud-based geospatial analytics platform. It provides enterprises with a real-time geospatial data catalog and flexible modeling environment – all in one complete package.

This modeling tool enables forecasting capabilities across industries, including agriculture, energy, sustainability, mining, shipping, financial services, and insurance, to facilitate everything from agricultural monitoring to mineral exploration. DescartesLabs.com

Renoworks enters into agreement with EagleView

Renoworks Software Inc. has announced the integration of aerial measurement data from EagleView into the Renoworks FastTrack Platform. The agreement allows Renoworks to integrate EagleView’s patented measurements with Renoworks FastTrack, the all-in-one 3D modeling, visualization, and measurement solution for the construction and remodeling industry, enabling Renoworks to broaden its customer base and provide additional solutions to multiple industry stakeholders, including manufacturers, dealers, contractors, and retailers, in both residential and commercial construction projects. www.renoworks.com

The Netherlands DGeo subscribes to Maxar’s SecureWatch platform

Maxar Technologies has announced the Defence Geographic Agency (DGeo) of The Netherlands Ministry of Defence signed a multi-million dollar, multiyear subscription to SecureWatch, the company’s cloud-based geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) platform.

DGeo will leverage SecureWatch to enrich its geospatial foundation data holdings and derivative product portfolio that aid critical decision-making within The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD). Through SecureWatch, DGeo will have access to Maxar’s 110-petabyte, highresolution satellite imagery library, daily imagery collections, Vivid and Metro imagery mosaics, FirstLook service and synthetic aperture radar data from MDA’s RADARSAT-2 satellite. www.maxar.com

Public grants fund to accelerate Blockchain development

Nervos Network has announced a public grants fund to fuel ecosystem growth and development for its permission less layer one blockchain—the Nervos Common Knowledge Base (CKB). To provide participating individuals, teams, and projects with the resources necessary to develop and deploy new solutions on the network, Nervos is committing $30 million USD in grants to be awarded across multiple project categories ranging from infrastructure development to decentralized applications.

As an open source public blockchain, Nervos is striving for a completely decentralized ecosystem. The new grants fund will allow Nervos to promote blockchain innovation and facilitate collaboration across the wider developer community. Through the grants program, blockchain teams and projects will be able to make significant contributions toward building out the infrastructure of Nervos Network and help further expand the ecosystem. www.nervos.org

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