Visual Intelligence took the big prize last week at the 8th annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards ceremony in Alexandria, Va. The geospatial company won the Grand Award with their patented new method for coupling sensors into a single housing. Visual Intelligence's iOne SRK allows for reconfiguration of the sensors to meet the unique Geospatial demands of their clients. The ceremony took place at the 2014 Geospatial and Engineering International Marketing Conference on Sept. 25.
GeoDataPoint sits down with Optech founder Dr. Allan Carswell to discuss technological advances over the past 40 years as well as what to expect in the future at Optech's headquarters in Ontario. Optech celebrated the company's 40th anniversary this year with an Open House and UAV Day in July at their headquarters.
This week's most fascinating find is "Don't Fly Drones Here," an interactive map by open-source mapping tool MapBox that highlights off-limit zones for UAV owners in the United States and Canada based on local regulations — including areas with airports, military bases and national parks
This week, we begin with a return to drones and wildfires as the Federal Aviation Administration for the first time approves the use of drones to monitor Washington wildfires. Also of interest: the best drone photography of the year; MIT researchers create LiDAR system for photographers; 3D app for iPad; Obama unveils 3D mapping initiative; and more.
This week, national media outlets have been talking about everything from drones to LiDAR to cloud-based mapping to driverless cars. Time magazine has some polarizing commentary exploring the public perception of "good drones" vs. "bad drones."
"National Geographic" has an amazing feature on a team of explorers who used 3D laser scanning technology to create a map of some of the world's largest caves in China. The images are stunning. The magazine's website has the scans and even offers a 3D tour of the caves.
In the January 2020 issue of POB, find out how surveying and monitoring played a key role in Long Island Rail Road's much-anticipated main corridor track addition. Also in this issue, learn about emerging trends for drones in 2020.