GIS: The Biggest Little Drone Market in the World

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by • 29 October 2014

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a two-day symposium on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) hosted by the Northern California American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The event was held in Reno, Nevada, (otherwise known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”), and its purpose was to assemble UAS experts and enthusiasts to share information, showcase new technologies, and demonstrate systems in action – systems that support geographic information systems (GIS). Presentations covered a wide range of topics, including everything from vehicles, to software, to data collection, to workflow, cameras, and sensors. You can find my presentation here.

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Drone pilot settles controversial, 3-year case against FAA

Lorenzo Francheschi-Bicchierai in www.mashable .com

The controversial case in which a drone pilot fought the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for almost three years — and almost changed the rules of the game — is finally over. It ended in a tie.

Raphael Pirker, also known as “Trappy,” announced that he settled his case against the FAA on Thursday, agreeing to pay $1,100. That put an end to a case in which the FAA had fined Pirker for allegedly flying his drone “recklessly” while filming a commercial at the University of Virginia.  Click to read more.

Amazon Is Making It Easier to Publish Your Own Kindle Textbooks

Sam Frizell in www.time.com  22 Jan 2015

Amazon announced Thursday that it’s making it possible for authors to create and distribute digital textbooks using its self-publishing tool, Kindle Direct Publishing.

The e-commerce giant expects the new initiative mostly to be used by independent authors, particularly those who have regained the rights to their textbooks, or smaller publishers. The self-published textbooks, Amazon expects, would be purchased and read mostly by higher education students.

“A professor might have an extra packet for their class that they could upload and make digitally available,” says a spokeswoman for Amazon.

Textbook writers will be paid on Amazon’s familiar royalty scheme: for all textbooks priced under $9.99, authors will earn 70% of the royalties. For all textbooks $10 and over, authors receive just 35%. That model helps Amazon encourage authors to price their books under $10. However, it’s unclear whether that model will disadvantage writers of textbooks, which are traditionally much more expensive than your average novel or non-fiction book.

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Learn the Fundamentals of ArcGIS Pro, New from Esri

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January 29, 2015

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (PST)

Jan 21, 2015 — Esri’s new release of ArcGIS 10.3 includes ArcGIS Pro, a desktop application that will help geographic information system (GIS) professionals complete their GIS projects faster and more easily than ever.

ArcGIS Pro provides all the tools you need to author and edit both 2D and 3D maps, perform analysis, view maps side by side, create multiple layouts from one or more 2D and 3D maps, and then share your work with others. You can use data from either your network or online sources in the application.

To familiarize yourself with ArcGIS Pro, tune in to the Esri live training seminar Streamline GIS Workflows with ArcGIS Pro on January 29, 2015. The presenters will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of the application along with the workflows you need to understand to start using it.

After viewing the seminar, you will understand how to

·        Build a project with ArcGIS Pro that will organize all your work in one place.

·        Import documents into ArcGIS Pro from ArcGIS for Desktop’s ArcMap and ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension’s ArcScene applications.

·        Connect to geodatabases and other data sources from within the ArcGIS Pro application.

·        Manage, edit, and analyze GIS data quickly and efficiently.

·        Author 2D and 3D maps and layouts.

·        Share content as web layers to your ArcGIS Online organizational or internal portal.

ArcGIS Pro is a 64-bit multithreaded application that, combined with an intuitive ribbon-based interface, is a strong addition to the ArcGIS platform. If you are a GIS professional, attending this seminar will give you a jump-start on how to get the most out of this exciting new technology.

Commercial UAV EXPO

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Commercial UAV Expo is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial UAV market in North America covering industries including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Engineering & Infrastructure;  Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Security, Emergency Response, and more. It is organized by SPAR Point Group. It will take place October 5-7, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.expouav.com.  Read the full article here.

 

BaySpec Introduces World’s Smallest UAV-Optimized Hyperspectral Imager

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — BaySpec, Inc., a leading provider of miniaturized spectral engines, introduces the OCI-UAV™, a new ultra-compact version of its  award winning OCI-Series Hyperspectral Imagers.  (OCI is a phonetic spelling of “All Seeing Eye”.)

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OCI-UAV™ Series Hyperspectral Imager

The  OCI-UAV™ hyperspectral camera is designed specifically for use on unmanned aerial vehicles/systems (UAV/UAS), remotely operated vehicles (ROV), or anywhere needed. Without compromising performance in this small form factor, the OCI-UAV™ with miniature single-board-computer acquires Visible-Near Infrared VIS-NIR hyperspectral data with continuous spectral and spatial coverage.

Operating the OCI-UAV™ is automatic and requires minimal human set-up. The OCI-UAV™ design features signification reduction in size (camera head only 8 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm weighing approximately 0.4 lbs, ~180 g), with a computer, and faster data transfer rate (up to 120 fps) with automatic data capturing and processing.

Key Features/Benefits:

  • Effortless integration to existing camera-ready systems
  • True push-broom (OCI-UAV-1000™) and snapshot (OCI-UAV-2000™) with computer and storage packaged together in an extremely compact package, specifically design for UAV/ROV applications
  • Fast frame rate up to 120 fps
  • Innovative non-slit design significantly reduces system complexity
  • Less dependent on image orthorectification
  • Real-time image data preview
  • Ready-to-fly UAV system with Mission Planner available  Click to read more.