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GEMNet project

Ordnance Survey is teaming up with the Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent technology and innovation company, on the GEMNet project to understand the nature and extent of interference on GNSS. GEMNet’s primary objective is to discover the magnitude and characteristics of GNSS interference, and support UK industry in developing solutions to eliminate the effect of this interference on GNSS receivers. The project has several objectives including collating compelling and independent evidence of interference on GNSS receivers; developing an early understanding of the impact of interference on GNSS users and target industry organisations to join future phases of the project. The results gained will support industry and academic efforts to develop ways to combat threats for transport, critical infrastructure and many other applications.

India’s first GIS Mapbased real estate report

CommonFloor has come up with GIS Map-based real estate report which highlights key trends witnessed in Chennai real estate market in 2014. Titled “Real Insights 2014: Annual Realty Report,” besides the usual analysis on property sizes and prices, the report also evaluates the overall rental market (rental yield), top localities based on user preference and fastest moving rental markets as per consumer demand, amongst others. Additionally, the report also highlights the key emerging trends that will shape realty market in 2015. www.commonfloor.com

Yotta Launches In-Cab Waste Management Solution

A new in-cab waste management system from Yotta is set to transform the delivery of refuse collection services. Mayrise In-Cab uses a vehicle mounted mini- PC to integrate with the Mayrise Waste back office system giving frontline staff access to the latest service and reference information. Utilising GPS, mobile and WiFi technology the Yotta solution further supports crews in the field with real time messaging, reporting and event logging. The integrated mobile and back office system also allows office based staff to monitor the progress of crews in the field with their location and logged events displayed in real time against a map backdrop. www.yotta.co.uk

Man held for videography without permission in Varanasi, India

A navigation information service provider’s employee had to spend a night in police lock up after he tried to collect data of city localities through videography recently. The employee had failed to seek district administration’s prior permission for the task.

According to reports, a car with three video cameras and other equipment was found moving on city roads. The car raised people’s suspicion who immediately informed the police. Later, the police seized the car and arrested the person handling cameras and other equipment.

It was found that the person was working for ‘mapmyindia’, a company engaged in digital map data, navigation, tracking, GPS and GIS based systems integration services. It was later found that the company has license from the Government of India and other agencies concerned for data collection. He was later released. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

Surat Municipal Corporation makes its Web GIS services public

Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) from the state of Gujarat, India has launched a GIS portal for the public to gain access to Town Planning maps and to apply for development permissions for a plot or a property. This newly launched initiative is available to public at http://gis. suratmunicipal.org/. Users can register using a mobile number and a valid email address to access the services.

National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration Romania to update its IT system

Teamnet International, the IT & GIS solutions provider has won a RON 43,03 million contract to update IT system of National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration, Romania. The project that would be implemented over a timeframe of 15 months aims to strengthen integrated cadastre and land registry system to be compatible with INSPIRE Directive E-Terra3. Mediafax

Esri adds geodemographic information for 57 countries

Esri announced that geodemographic information for 57 additional countries has been added to its ready-to-use ArcGIS apps including Esri Business Analyst Online (BAO) and Esri Community Analyst. Up-to-date population, income, employment, and consumer spending information helps businesses— including retailers, real estate brokers, merchandisers, supply chain managers, and marketers—better understand local markets all around the world. The newly added countries include those in Latin America and Africa, bringing the total number of countries to 137. In addition, Canadian data has been updated to include 2014 updates, and Australia, France, Germany, and India now have advanced datasets and new reports including household, population, and summary data.

Yemen to launch digital agricultural, soil and water maps

President of the Agricultural Research Corporation of Yemen, Dr. Mansour Mohammed has announced that it will launch the agricultural map, soil and water maps of the Republic of Yemen during the current year 2015. He said that the launch of this map will bring in a significant economic boom to agricultural investment in general, and agriculture and food production in particular. The digital maps will cover the whole Yemeni territory with information on soil and plants, nature and the climate that will be a great tool to investors, decisionmakers and local authorities who can obtain digital information for any area in the map easily. althawranews.net

Advanced data management capabilities to NGA by BAE

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded BAE Systems the Information Store (iSToRE) contract to provide advanced data management capabilities to support the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG). The iSToRE is the NSG’s knowledge management solution that consolidates, stores, and archives geospatial intelligence products, making data easily accessible to multiple agencies and defense commands worldwide. www.baesystems.com

BMW and HERE’s latest collaborations

BMW has announced the latest applications it has enabled with help of HERE related to maps, navigation and collaboration. The BMW i3 is equipped with cloud-based connectivity and a HERE app that synchronises digital devices such as a smartphone with the vehicle’s navigation system. Right from planning trips over mobile or a PC to syncing those trips with the car navigation system, updating maps on the fly and sharing tips with family or friends – these are some of the new capabilities. The app further goes onestep ahead, and even can monitor the fuel levels.

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