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Rwanda joins ADB supported remote data collection initiative

Rwanda has embraced the Remote Appraisal, Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation (RASME) initiative, a tool that enhances project-related data collection in remote areas. It is the first East African country to do so and the seventh overall in the continent.

The initiative is a partnership of the African Development Bank’s IT Department (CHIS), the World Bank’s Geo-Enabling initiative for Monitoring and Supervision, and KoBoToolbox Foundation, a non-governmental organization affiliated with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

RASME enables Bank staff, including task and sector managers, country and regional program officers, and government officials, to compile project information directly from the field, using a smartphone, tablet or laptop, drones and satellites. The data is gathered in various formats, including text, video, graphics and even survey responses. www.afdb.org

Strong progress being made on the UK’s Geospatial Strategy

Rolling out the National Underground Assets Register, piloting public sector access to commercial satellite data and publishing expert guidance on investing in location data are among the key priorities for the Geospatial Commission over the next year.

The Geospatial Commission has published on 22 June its plan for 2022/23, which sets out priorities for the coming year and reflects on the growing use of location data as a strategic national asset to support levelling up, help meet net zero targets and drive science and technology innovation.

The Geospatial Commission’s priorities for the coming year are:

• Continuing to rollout the National Underground Assets Register (NUAR) to build a shared, national underground utilities data asset to improve safe digging and UK-wide infrastructure delivery, realizing at least £345 million of economic value each year

• Piloting public sector access to commercial satellite data, to better understand whether collective access will help overcome barriers to the wider public sector adoption of Earth Observation data

• Publishing guidance about how to make an effective case for investing in location data, ensuring that its full value is well understood, assessed, and articulated.

www.gov.uk

1Spatial improves portal to simplify data handling

1Spatial are improving their data submission portal, 1Data Gateway, to further simplify and minimize data handling within their solutions.

Following one of 1Spatial’s key Location Master Data Management principles – Simplify and Minimise Data Handling – many enhancements to 1Data Gateway 2.6 focus on reducing processing time. This latest release has seen the 1Spatial Team adding schema management enhancements to make complex data submissions even simpler to manage, accept and process. https://1spatial.com/au/

Oil India selects Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks have been selected by Oil India Limited for upgrades to its data center and campus networks to support the company’s sustainability goals and digital transformation journey that will contribute to India’s vision of energy independence.

Juniper’s QFX5120 Series Switches were deployed in the data centers at Oil India’s headquarters in Duliajan, Assam, while the combination of QFX5120 and QFX5110 Switches serve as a resilient campus core. Oil India also selected the EX4300 Series Switches for its campus distribution layer and adopted a Spine-Leaf architecture with EVPN-VXLAN for the campus core.

Basemap has signed a £3.2 Million contract with Ordnance Survey (OS)

Basemap has signed a £3.2 Million contract with Ordnance Survey (OS) to provide data for The Public Sector Geospatial Agreement.

PSGA is a contract between the Geospatial Commission, on behalf of the public sector in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ordnance Survey and it provides the route for public sector members to access, use and share location data. Basemap’s Speed Limit data is the most detailed dataset for roads in Great Britain and its Average Speed data offers 100% coverage across all of Great Britain’s roads. www.basemap.com

NavVis & Magic Leap partner to enable enterprise-ready 3D mapping

NavVis and Magic Leap have announced a strategic partnership to deliver large-scale Augmented Reality (AR) applications in complex enterprise environments.

Combining Magic Leap’s advanced spatial computing platform with NavVis’s mobile mapping systems and spatial data platform, the two companies aim to enhance the use of AR applications across key industries, including automotive and manufacturing, with comprehensive, photorealistic, and accurate 3D digital twin data. www.magicleap.com

ICE launches the ESG Geo-Analyzer

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc has launched the ICE ESG GeoAnalyzer, which leverages ICE’s geospatial data modelling to provide climate risk and social impact data and analytics for properties and communities throughout the U.S.

The ICE ESG Geo-Analyzer is an on-demand platform that takes userprovided location data including street address, latitude / longitude, or zip code to analyze the climate risk and social impact characteristics surrounding any location or portfolio of properties, within the contiguous U.S. It can be used to analyze commercial and residential properties, whole loan portfolios and real estate holdings, and the assetbacked securities or business and corporate operations tied to those locations. The ICE ESG Geo-Analyzer will cover additional geographies globally in 2023. www.theice.com

SAP customers control their Data in the Cloud

Thales announced a new cloud data protection solution that will protect SAP customers’ sensitive data in SAP applications in public cloud environments. Together, the two companies are offering new capabilities that enable security teams to own and centralize the control of their encryption keys across public clouds while helping meet compliance and regulatory requirements.

Envitia Partnership with Italian geospatial companyGeoSolutions

Envitia has partnered with Italian Geospatial Company GeoSolutions to provide exclusive enterprise-level deployment, integration and support for its open-source tools in the UK. The partnership will see Envitia support its suite of products in the UK, including GeoServer, Mapstore, and Geonode. These tools provide critical functionality for companies to share, process, and edit geospatial data, manage, and securely share maps, and create, save, browse and share maps using content from sources. envitia.com

Siemens partnership with Esri Siemens

Smart Infrastructure has partnered with Esri to expand its ecosystem of partners for its grid software business. The partnership hopes to enhance capabilities for the planning, operations and maintenance of power networks at grid operators by combining Esri’s mapping and spatial analytics software and Siemens’ electrical topology expertise.

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