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IRNSS Interface Control Document released by ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has released the Signal-in-Space Interface Control Document (ICD) for Standard Positioning Service (SPS) for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). Currently under development, the IRNSS constellation will serve as India’s domestic Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The first two of seven satellites, IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

The Signal-in-Space ICD for SPS provides information for research and development purposes to facilitate commercial applications for the satellites.

IRNSS is designed to provide a Standard Positioning Service (SPS) and a Restricted Service (RS). Once completed, it is expected to provide position data with accuracy of better than 20 meters in India — the primary service area. The constellation will also cover 1,500 km outside the country for extended regional coverage.

UN recognition for disaster resilience apps

Software developers from around the world were recognized at the UN Climate Summit for their ingenuity in devising life-saving apps for use in reducing the impact of extreme weather events on cities and coastal communities. Entries to the Esri Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge included apps which allow communities to measure the impact of permafrost melt and storm water on vital infrastructure, to access sealevel rise and landslide forecasts, and an app which allows disaster-affected citizens to check out evacuation routes, shelter locations, and much more.

Rio Tinto accelerates productivity drive with 3d mapping technology

Rio Tinto is set to capture a crucial advantage in the recovery of mineral deposits, with the launch of its threedimensional mapping technology to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of mining operations. The RTVis™ 3D software provides pinpoint accurate mapping which improves efficiency of mining activity by ensuring it is tightly focused on removing high value ore, significantly reducing both waste and operational costs.

Program for printing 3D maps for the blind

Japan’s cartographic authorities said software will be developed that will allow users to download data from the Internet and, using a 3D printer, produce low-cost tactile maps for the visually impaired of different parts of the country.

The software will ensure that highways, walkways and railway lines can be differentiated in the final product. The program’s data will allow users to print streets that are raised one millimeter off the surface and can be easily detected with the fingers. Plans are in the works to introduce topographical features, such as uneven surfaces and hills, so these maps can be used in courses for the blind focused on earthquake- or tsunami-related evacuations and other emergencies.

The Great Wall of China in 3D

The project of modeling the Great Wall of China in 3D was officially launched on September 16, 2014. It will be supervised by China’s Ministry of Culture and State Administration of Cultural Heritage and funded by China Great Wall Society and UNESCO. Three years will be dedicated to create the whole 6,000km length of the Great Wall of China and its surroundings in 3D, in high resolution.

SuperPad assists Public Works Planning in Liberia

Supergeo Technologies has announced that SuperPad assists Ministry of Public Works in Monrovia, Liberia in geospatial data collecting and updating to improve rural regional living conditions. SuperPad 3.1a is the professional mobile GIS and data collection application, specially designed for Windows Mobile devices. It can help field surveyors to easily capture, display, edit, and manage field data. With SuperPad 3.1a, damaged and old data can be accurately updated for officers to make proper policy in time.

Odisha, India for common pool of Geo-spatial Info

The Odisha Government has decided to chalk out a Data Sharing Policy to bring all geo-spatial information generated by Odisha Space Application Centre (ORSAC), administrative departments and State-run agencies to a common pool. ORSAC along with a group comprising representatives of Revenue and Disaster Management, IT Departments and National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) will develop the policy which will include protocols on sourcing, sharing, pricing, uploading and alteration of the spatial data. The State SDI will also be linked to NSDI for ?? ow of information.

Nigeria okays N485 Trillion Infrastructure Master Plan

A thirty-year National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP) that would cost N485 trillion was ratified by the Federal Government of Nigeria.The approved document which is to serve as a blueprint for accelerated integrated infrastructure development in the country from 2014 to 2043 was endorsed at the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The plan which would cover a period of 30 years is expected to take $3.05 trillion (N485 trillion) to execute.

Thailand land survey to be ten times faster

Officials from Thailand’s Treasury Department can soon update information on the use of state land more accurately and efficiently on the field with a new GIS. The department is currently testing the system using 1000 mobile devices. Field officers surveying state land can access the department’s database and update information in real-time. Besides enabling officers to take photos of the land, the devices accurately track locations using GPS. The department expects the system to speed up land survey projects by 10 times.

Indonesia launches open data portal

The Indonesian government has officially launched its open data portal starting off with 700 datasets from 24 agencies.

The portal aims to promote a more credible government, better public services and encourage innovation in the society. The portal also features visualisations which citizens and government agencies have made using the open datasets, so that users without data skills can benefit from the portal as well. Another section on the website has applications which the government and citizens have developed using open data. The portal is currently in beta and will later become

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