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Esri India continues support to the users amid COVID-19 spread

Esri India is geared up to provide remote technical support. The technical support engineers are operating from their homes but will be able to take calls on the tollfree number, respond to emails or web based technical support requests within its standard response times. As part of the global Disaster Response Program (DRP), Esri India is providing the ArcGIS Hub Coronavirus Response template at no cost through a complimentary six-month ArcGIS Online subscription with ArcGIS Hub.

Esri offers students free access to software

Esri will provide free access to its ArcGIS platform and learning resources through the website to support college and university students who no longer have access to campus computer labs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Students will receive access to ArcGIS Online and over 20 apps including ArcGIS Pro, along with a library of lessons to continue their learning and complete courses. Access is available globally to students ages 18 and over.

PAR Government Systems introduces commercial version of GV3.0

PAR Government Systems (“PAR Government”) has re-launched the popular GV3.0® raster imagery and full-motion video viewing package as a commercial product. The new release is an enhanced version of the GV3.0 geospatial visualization tool once available only to the U.S. Defense and Intelligence, and GEOINT community.

Originally developed by PAR Government as a government-off-the-shelf (GOTS) application, GV3.0 is used to view raster imagery and full-motion video typically captured by geospatial collection sensors aboard aircraft, drones and satellites. A stand-alone application, GV3.0 reads many data files common in the GIS and GEOINT communities, including the National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF)and NATO Secondary Imagery Format (NSIF).

KOREC and NCTech launch KlearView360°

KOREC and NCTech have announced the launch of KlearView360°, a streamlined, hosted system designed for the identification of assets, defects or changes within images collected by vehicle or backpack. Developed as a cost-effective solution, KlearView360° makes vehiclemounted asset inspection accessible to local authorities and many others.

The system is a joint partnership between the two companies, combining NCTech’s iSTAR Pulsar+ high-resolution camera for capturing 360° imagery at carriageway speeds with KOREC’s K-Portal cloud-based hosting solution for live progress monitoring of a project and the assignment of work orders.

WIU EAGIS Department and GIS Center create statewide COVID-19 dashboard

The Western Illinois University GIS Center, in cooperation with the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Geographic Information Sciences (EAGIS), have assembled a statewide web map to monitor the spread
of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Illinois.

Assembling the map began when Renée Büker, GIS Center specialist, created a map of cases in west central Illinois at the request of Fulton County Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Helle. Later, the Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) requested the GIS Center construct a web map that could be posted on the organization’s web site.

Christopher Sutton, EAGIS cartography and GIS professor, was brought in to consult with map visualization for the online Covid-19 map and WIU GIS Center Director and ILGISA President Chad Sperry built an online dashboard to accompany the map to summarize statewide totals. The map highlights counties where cases have been reported and symbolizes the number of cases. By using a web environment, the map can be rapidly distributed and users can pan and zoom around the map to focus on particular areas of the map.

Plexscape’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, Plexscape, developers of Plex.Earth®, one of the most popular AutoCAD tools for the acceleration of architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) projects, is doubling its customers’ licenses at no extra cost, for the next 3 months. This initiative aims to help thousands of Plex. Earth users in more than 120 countries worldwide to have a smooth transition to the new remote work conditions by installing the software on their home computers or laptops, free of charge.

Descartes Labs unveils its advanced mineral exploration package

Descartes Labs, a New Mexico-based geospatial analytics company, has announced the availability of their
Advanced Mineral Exploration Package, a specialized data platform and modeling workbench for exploration geology and data science teams to access remote sensing and machine learning capabilities globally.
The Advanced Mineral Exploration Package lets clients integrate in-house data with the platform, giving them access to the most advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in the industry.
Descartes Labs provides the only platform that combines NASA’s Advanced Space borne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) global data set with the massive super computing resources required to fully leverage it for mineral deposit targeting. The Advanced Mineral Exploration Package provides comprehensive coverage for mineral mapping on a global scale, facilitating new discoveries and accelerating mineral exploration timelines.

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