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Astrata Acquires China-Based Yamei from Trimble

Singapore based Astrata Group Pte. Ltd. announced today that an affiliate has bought the Chinese company Yamei Electronics Technology Company (Changchun) Ltd. from Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB).

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Swinglet CAM Used to Map Lava Flow in Hawai’i

On Oct. 22, 2014, in a collaborative partnership with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense and the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the flight team from the UH Hilo Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) Laboratory used a senseFly swinglet CAM, carrying an RGB camera payload, to collect high resolution still images of the lava’s active flow front.

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JMP&A Names Hawley As New Manager For Communications

John M. Palatiello & Associates, (JMP&A) Inc. today announced Beth Hawley has joined the firm as Communications Manager.

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An Automated Solution for Vegetation Mapping

With its 27 member states, the European Union (EU) has some 12 million farmers who strive to reliably produce crops to feed about 500 million consumers, while simultaneously protecting the environment. 

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GIS Trends Survey

GIS began to take off in the early 1980s when software-makers integrated mapping into computer-aided technology.

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KBM, Inc. Expands Aerial Mapping Services Using Leica Technology

State-of-the-art integrated solution enables engineering and photogrammetry firm to provide clients with cost-effective, high-resolution LiDAR and digital imagery for projects of all sizes.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems Survey Available for Download

 Aerial Services completed a market survey of existing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in September 2012 and then updated it in May 2014. 

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Storing GIS Applications in the Public Cloud

Spatial data is implicitly storage-intensive, and therein lies the rub, to paraphrase Shakespeare. 

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FAA Names Six Test Sites For Drones

 Six test sites for unmanned aerial systems (drones) have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

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University of North Dakota Approved for UAS Testing

 According to, the University of North Dakota has been approved to start researching unmanned aircraft systems.

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HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.


POB October 2014 Cover

2014 October

In this October 2014 issue of POB, we explore cities across Europe pursuing new sustainable energy policies. Also, read how 3D laser scanning produces a winning topographic survey for a high school football field and running track.

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