DroneDeploy Announce 1 Million Acres of Drone Data

Sensors & Systems

Written by DroneDeployPublished: 17 November 2015-

DroneDeploy, a Silicon Valley tech company that develops software for commercial drones, announced today a milestone of 1 million acres of drone data and have launched their software for free to anyone in over 120 countries.

CEO Mike Winn explains: “Historically, most drone publicity has been related to one-off examples, or what might happen. What we’re announcing today is hundreds of real people, getting real results with DroneDeploy. 40% of our user’s data is related to agriculture, enabling farmers to get a bird’s eye view of their fields,” says Winn. The data, collected and processed with DroneDeploy, has enabled their customers to identify pests, water damage, irrigation issues, and determine the right time to harvest.

DroneDeploy is also announcing what it believes to be the world’s longest commercial drone map. Over 114,000 images were processed from 869 flights over Mexican highways in a project executed by DroneDeploy mapper Sergio Serrato of Skylab Industries. “DroneDeploy’s scalability is what enabled us to complete this data collection operation on time,” recounts Serrato. “We undertook a huge project to create a highly accurate map of 1,000 kilometers of highway. Our first image processing solution just couldn’t handle the huge volume of data. We’re happy we found DroneDeploy.”

DroneDeploy was built with the ability to scale—supporting large fleets of drones. “Now that our technology’s scalability has been proven, we migrate out of beta,” informs Nick Pilkington, CTO. “Today, we’re launching our service with a free tier, enabling anyone to produce high-quality maps and 3D models.”

DroneDeploy’s free mobile app is currently available for Android devices through Google Play and lets users automate mapping flights for drones manufactured by DJI. An iOS app is slated for release in the coming weeks.

About DroneDeploy

Founded in 2013, DroneDeploy is a San Francisco-based startup that provides cloud-control software solutions for drones which include automated flight safety checks, workflows, and real-time mapping and data processing. The company has partnered with leading drone manufacturers like DJI to provide its software to end users in a variety of industries, including agriculture, real estate, mining, construction and many other commercial and consumer arenas.

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7 Great iPad Apps for Learning Geography

From Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

November 26, 2015
Below are some great iPad apps to helps students in their geography learning. We have particularly focused on apps that provide interactive content to engage students and keep them motivated. These apps provide a number of interesting games, quizzes, reference resources and several other materials that can potentially bring life to geography learning. Have a look and share with us your feedback.

1- Learn World Geography

‘Wish you knew your world maps and capitals better? Brainscape helps you learn them faster than any other program, using the latest in cognitive science techniques. Rather than creating frivolous games or distracting quizzes to try to make learning “fun,” Brainscape provides a scientifically optimized algorithm to repeat flashcards in just the right pattern for your brain’s maximum absorption, based on YOUR confidence. ’

2- iLearn Geography

‘The iLearn Geography app is an amalgamation of our world’s most beautiful and interesting landmarks, brought to life by a wonderfully intuitive and creative user interface. These range from natural rivers, waterfalls and volcanoes, to manmade statues, buildings and cities.’

3- TapQuiz Maps World 

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Mapping GDP Growth

From City Lab

Where U.S. Metro Economies Are Growing or Shrinking

America’s national GDP grew 2.3 percent in 2014, but not every city fared equally well.

Central Wyoming College Offers Free Tuition…

and Scholarships to GIS Students

By Jim Baumann and Carla Wheeler
Esri Writers

Wyoming wants you.

Or more accurately, Central Wyoming College (CWC) in the city of Riverton (pop. 10,953), wants you to get a degree in geospatial information science and technology (GIST) from CWC so you can put your geospatial skills to work in Wyoming.

The school wants you so much, it is offering free tuition through a state program to qualified Wyoming residents, and scholarships to nonresidents, if they earn a credential, a certificate, or an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in GIST from CWC. In exchange, the students must work in-state, usually in temporary, full-time paid positions during the summer or in part-time jobs during the school year, to help meet Wyoming’s need for GIST-trained technicians.

Why is CWC willing to make such a generous offer to students who want to study GIS, GPS, remote sensing, and other geospatial technologies?

“Statistics from the US Department of Labor identified geospatial information technology as a rapidly growing field, and virtually all natural-resource jobs in Wyoming require it,” said Jacki Klancher, facilitator for CWC’s GIST program. “There are at least six jobs posted in the state right now that demand GIS as part of the employees’ skill set, and the need for these skills in virtually every job sector is only growing. So the challenge was, how do we entice more students to study GIST at our college?”CWC students work on a project that will involve the use of ground penetrating radar, GPS, and Esri ArcGIS. They are on the Dinwoody Glacier in the Wind River Range.

The answer: scholarships through CWC and the Pre-hire Economic Development Grant from Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, which provides in-state students with free tuition in exchange for working on GIS projects within Wyoming. Klancher successfully applied for the grant last year.

To read more:

CWC Scholarship


Visualize Your Water Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Observing Systems and Esri, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Education, are launching the Visualize Your Water Challenge in just a few weeks. On December 9th, 2015, high school students are invited to tell the story of nutrient pollution in their local waterway using mapping tools and visualizations.

Help spread the word by sharing the details below with your GIS networks. Folks are also encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter at #VizUrWater.

If you have any questions, please contact vizurwater@epa.gov.

Coursera: Univ. of Pennsylvania-Designing Cities

About this Course
Each module in Designing Cities will focus on a different aspect of city design including: How Today’s City Evolved; The Ideas That Shape Cities; Tools for Designing Cities; Making Cities Sustainable; Cities in the Information Age; Preserving Older Cities; Designing New Cities, Districts and Neighborhoods; The Challenges of Informal Cities and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods; and Visionary Cities. Materials will be presented by the instructors and guest faculty from PennDesign through a series of five or more lessons per module, each typically 10-12 minutes long. The first lesson in each module will be a roundtable discussion among professors Stefan Al, Jonathan Barnett, and Gary Hack introducing the big issues associated with the subject. Each succeeding module will be a self-contained illustrated presentation of a set of ideas and images. There will be a list of suggested readings for those who wish to follow up on the ideas in each module. Everyone enrolled in Designing Cities will be expected to complete 3 assignments. These will be posted on the course site and they will be in the form of peer assessments. There will be a great deal to be learned from the ideas participants submit, reflecting cities of all sizes and circumstances across the globe so once you submit your assignment, you’ll be able to see what your peers have done.

For more info:

Designing Cities