Co-creating Geospatial Economy in a Digital World

Author: Remco Takken

TomTom to Enable Loop’s AI-Based Auto Insurance

July 30, 2021

TomTom, the mapmaker and location technology specialist, will provide the community-driven auto insurance provider Loop with its speed profiles, traffic stats and maps to help Loop customers make safer driving choices and receive insurance rates that are based on fair, bias-free criteria.

UCLG report “Towards the Localization of the SDGs”

July 22, 2021

The report “Towards the Localization of the SDGs”, facilitated by UCLG, provides an analysis of LRGs’ efforts to respond to the pandemic in cities and territories worldwide, as well as their connections with the SDGs under review.

OGC API Virtual Code Sprint July 2021

July 16, 2021

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites software developers to the July 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint, to be held from July 21st to July 23rd, 2021.

ITU: a message to the 21st Century for 50 years now

July 15, 2021

ITU Telecom World started out life in Geneva in 1971, with “a message to the 21st century”. In 1971 ICT was all about telecoms; voice over a fixed infrastructure, run by national operators out of government departments.

Maxar completes power & propulsion element preliminary design review

July 14, 2021

Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure company Maxar Technologies announced that the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) it is developing for NASA’s lunar Gateway has passed its first Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and remains on track for launch in 2024.

ITU points to AI for human-centric disaster risk reduction (VIDEO)

July 12, 2021

International cooperation will be vital to reduce global disaster risks, agreed the participants at a recent workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for natural disaster management convened by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and UN Environment (UNEP).

Bentley Systems announces Seequent’s acquisition of Aarhus GeoSoftware

July 8, 2021

WGIC member Bentley Systems announced that its Seequent business unit has acquired
Danish company Aarhus GeoSoftware, a developer of geophysical software. The acquisition
extends Seequent’s solutions for operational ground water management, and for sustainability
projects involving exploration, contaminants, and infrastructure resilience.

OGC seeks Public Comments on Zarr and CoverageJSON

July 6, 2021

Zarr can represent very large array datasets in a simple, scalable way, and is compatible with cloud object storage – making it ideal for analysis-ready geospatial data. CoverageJSON has been demonstrated to be an effective, efficient format, friendly to web and application developers. Both are considered for OGC adoption.

Fugro provides real-time GNSS to small satellite

July 4, 2021

Loft Orbital, which flies and operates customer payloads on its YAM series of small satellites, launched their YAM-2 satellite, the first in space to be equipped with Fugro’s SpaceStar next-generation positioning technology.

Esri Releases 2020 Global Land Cover Map

July 1, 2021

Esri released a high-resolution, 2020 global land cover map as part of the company’s Living Atlas. The map was built using European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-2 satellite imagery, and developed using a new machine learning workflow teaming with new Esri Silver Partner Impact Observatory, as well as long-time partner Microsoft.

‘ARIES for SEEA’ Launch

July 1, 2021

On Thursday, 29 April 2021, 9-10 AM (NY time), the offcial launch of the ARIES for SEEA Explorer took place. It’s a new open-source and user-friendly digital technology which enables standardized and customizable ecosystem accounting.