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VisionMap Ltd has announced that its A3 digital aerial camera imagery is now supported by Intergraph’s LPS photogrammetry software. This new compatibility provides LPS users the ability to perform stereo compilation with A3 imagery for mapping applications. LPS joins a group of photogrammetric suites that support A3 imagery, including DAT/EM, Socet Set, Photomod, ESPA, Atlas, Orbit GIS, and MultiVision.
Aerial survey specialist Bluesky is funding research into the development and use of a new system to map Britain’s cities and towns at night. It is expected that the new system, mounted on survey aircraft, will accurately record the location of street lights, illuminated road signs and other night-time sources of light providing an accurate resource for asset inventories, light pollution assessment and energy optimisation measurements.
Pitney Bowes Inc. opened another R&D centre in Pune, India, which will be the second centre for the company in the country, and will focus on research and development for its global portfolio, including Volly – a digital mailbox solution.
KTS Plantation Sdn Bhd is set to become the first forest management unit (FMU) to implement wildlife monitoring and enforcement programme using Management Information System (MIST). The MIST is a GIS database, which enables all data to be linked spatially. Raymond Alfred, head of conservation and research of Borneo Conservation Trust, explained that with the implementation of MIST, it is possible to not only compare standardised indicators for anti-encroaching effectiveness between teams, conservation sites and time periods, but also to view results on maps that show where events occur and how often they occur in certain areas.
MusartE Continuendo Foundation (The Netherlands), Infectious Disease Research Foundation (The Netherlands) and the Wellcome Trust jointly produced and released the Atlas of Human Infectious Diseases. It is a collection of up-todate maps presenting the status of major human infections around the world.
Associate Professor Daniel Janies, an expert in computational genomics at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (OSU), USA and his colleagues had developed SUPRAMAP, a webbased application that synthesizes large, in 2007 to track the spread and evolution of pandemic (H1N1) and avian infl uenza (H5N1). Now, they developed a new client software application, GEOGENES (www. geogenes.org), to expand the capabilities of SUPRAMAP. Currently this service is hosted on large shared systems at OSC, the center’s fl agship HP Intel Xeon Oakley Cluster, their IBM Opteron Glenn Cluster and on a smaller dedicated cluster at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.
The General Director of the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) Musaed Al-Asousi launched the GIS project. This system allows PACI to perform its role in the best possible manner by using modern technology to combine maps, building data, and the available institutions in the Civil Information System. PACI will support institutions like the Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Public Authority for Industry, Environment Public Authority and other institutions.
The US Congress recognised the challenge of coordinating and sharing geospatial data from the local, county, and state level with the national level, and vice versa, but “challenges to coordinating how geospatial data are acquired and used – collecting duplicative data sets, for example — at the local, state and federal levels, in collaboration with the private sector, are not yet resolved,” concluded a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report.
The report, Issues and Challenges for Federal Geospatial Information, written by Peter Folger, a CRS specialist in energy and natural resources policy, stated that, “The cost to the federal government of gathering and coordinating geospatial information has been an ongoing concern. As much as 80 percent of government information has a geospatial component, according to various sources,” and “the federal government’s role has changed from being a primary provider of authoritative geospatial information to coordinating and managing geospatial data and facilitating partnerships.”
The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG), China, will launch a campaign against publication of maps with information that could undermine sovereignty and state security. The campaign, co-launched by 13 departments, including the NASMG, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Foreign Ministry, will be formally launched in June and last until October. The campaign will also strengthen supervision over the market for terrestrial globes to prevent unauthorised production. In addition, a network to safeguard geodata will be established through the joint efforts of several departments in order to prevent illegal mapping activity.
Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-Wet), India, launched wind assessment project to measure the potential of wind energy at a height of 100 meters in 75 locations and at 120 meters height in 4 locations. This phase will look for land availability through GIS along with a ‘landuse land-cover’ map, indicating the type of land cover which provides easy access to the wind power producers. It will also mark suitable land areas that are available for wind farming, using geographical instruments and applications like ‘Google maps’. www.economictimes.com
The government of New South Wales, Australia, is ramping up its ICT reforms agenda—with plans to drag key agencies out of the “dark ages” into 21st century technology and service delivery programs by rolling out GIS based mobile apps, electronic maps, real-time access to open data, and a private government cloud tapping into virtualised and shared services. ICT Strategy 2012 focuses on creating open government, improving access to government data in an openaccess environment, fast-tracking investment in cloud and virtualisation technology, and modernising information management programs.
The state government of Sarawak, Malaysia, allocated USD 300 million for the development of its land information system (LIS), in response to the growing demand for geospatial information, driven by population growth, ruralurban migration, improvement and expansion of physical infrastructures, and other related factors. The LIS, which was developed by the Land and Survey Department, integrates all spatial information and is supported by cadastral and topographic data.