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Satellite remote sensing used in water protection in Myanmar

Satellite remote sensing has transformed environmental law enforcers into clairvoyants with the help of an app on drinking water sources developed by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

The drinking water source enforcement app integrates satellite remote sensing images, water environment problems spotted by satellite, water protection zone boundary’s spatial data, water environment problems found by provinces and cities themselves and law enforcement data at the scene, and sends environmental problem lists to law enforcers at the scene to guide their work.

The app was used during the nationwide inspection on water sources in 2018 and the law enforcement during water sources inspection at county level this year.

The remote sensing can also be used in making electric and visual files for water source protection zones after matching the satellite remote sensing images and the ground situation. Such work has been trialed in four cities. In the future, satellite remote sensing will become a normal method in everyday law enforcement of water sources and longterm supervise.

Indian Railways to adopt modern technology that detects track faults

The Central Railway may soon adopt light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology in order to detect track fractures and faults at the click of a button.

The LIDAR technology will capture fractures as well as missing keys of the section. Indian Railways to take step to detect track faults in minutes! The Central Railway zone of Indian Railways may soon adopt LIDAR technology soon. At present, gangmen and keymen carry out this maintenance work.

Last year in December, it was reported that a state-of-the-art technology, Automated Train Examination System (ATES) has been introduced by the Mechanical Branch of Central Railways’ Nagpur Division. The system was introduced in order to eliminate the need for manual monitoring. It was for the first time that such a system, developed by the Konkan Railway Corporation Limited, has been used in the Central Railway zone. The system, which has been manufactured under Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, checks every passing train through the track on which it is installed. The system warns the railway officials immediately about cases of hot axle as well as brake binding.

SSTL announces new Earth Observation data contract with Airbus

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Airbus to provide high resolution optical data from the SSTL S1-4, an Earth observation satellite which was launched in September 2018.

SSTL will retain ownership and in orbit satellite operation, and will lease imaging payload capacity to Airbus for the lifetime of the satellite, designed to be in excess of 7 years. The new contract will contribute high-resolution panchromatic and multispectral optical data into the Airbus portfolio, which already includes image data from seven satellites manufactured by SSTL, the DMC Constellation and the TripleSat Constellation.

Terra Drone and KDDI launch drone infrastructure inspection services

Terra Drone Corporation and KDDI Corporation has launchd safe, fast, and cost-effective infrastructure inspection services using drones. The solution uses drones with high-resolution cameras to monitor the structural health of industrial systems, such as, wind turbines, telecom and transmission steel towers, smokestacks, and bridges.

The data management and report generation is further automated via Terra Inspection software, an online platform based on Terra UTM autonomous flight system and Terra Mapper 3D modeling system (SfM).

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