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eNewsletter June 2013

Imaging Notes Re-launches as New Magazine: Apogeo Spatial!

Imaging Notes magazine is now Apogeo Spatial, which launched this week at HxGN LIVE (the annual Hexagon Global Network Conference)! 

You will receive Apogeo in the mail within a few weeks. If you like what you see, please renew your subscription before August 1. Note: Your User ID and Password are printed on your address label, as shown on this login page.

The Apogeo Spatial mission is to communicate the power of geospatial tools and technologies in managing the world’s scarce resources and environment, so that the global population has security—of water, food and energy. The quarterly editorial themes of the Location Media Alliance publications align with these themes. Go to www.locationalliance.net to subscribe, to download our media kit, and to read more about the alliance publications: Apogeo Spatial, Sensors & Systems, Informed Infrastructure, LBx Journal, and Asian Surveying & Mapping

Apogeo focuses on long-term sustainability and security of the planet and people. We provide visual intelligence elevating global awareness. Business, government and academic professionals find the information—and inspiration—for using geospatial tools to build a more sustainable world. With the fresh, relevant insights from expert contributors, stunning visuals and clear examples of the technologies, those who make critical policy and business decisions about the world’s resources will understand the power of remotely sensed data. See www.apogeospatial.com.

Hexagon News

Leica Nova Solution Launches: A New Dimension in Measurement Technology

Leica Geosystems is pleased to announce Leica Nova and the revolutionary Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation. Leica Nova is a game-changing measurement solution designed to provide users with a complete and seamless workflow. It integrates advanced measurement technology, modern and intuitive field software, intelligent office software, and Leica Geosystems’ first class services to give users the ability to make faster, smarter decisions, across an unprecedented range of applications. The flagship of the new solution is the Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation, the world’s first MultiStation that combines scanning, total station, imaging and GNSS positioning in one instrument to deliver fast and reliable results. 

Leica Nova is a revolutionary solution using advanced measuring technology that provides unchallenged accuracy and quality, yet is easy to use for an unprecedented range of applications. The Leica Nova solution covers the complete process from capturing and visualizing data, to creating intelligent deliverables that shape the world. Whether users measure objects on a construction site, quickly calculate volumes, monitor a dam or a bridge, capture an accident scene with digital imaging or scan a façade, Leica Nova perfectly integrates all these capabilities in one compact, flexible solution. 

Leica Nova MS50 – the world’s first MultiStation for an unprecedented range of applications 

For the first time, the Leica Nova MS50 combines every significant measuring technology in one device and opens the door to a fascinating new dimension of the geospatial world. All functions, including precision 3D scanning, extensive and precise total station capabilities, digital imagery and GNSS connectivity are now brought together in the world’s first MultiStation. The new mergeTEC technology fuses innovative hardware capabilities with comprehensive data management solutions. Images are synchronized with scans, and scans are tied into total station measurements, making it the easiest way to manage complex 3D data. 

The Leica Nova MS50 integrates 3D point cloud measurements into regular survey workflows. Users can collect and visualize their topographic survey data with detailed high-precision scans. They save time by computing results and verifying the integrity and completeness of data immediately in the field, hence avoiding costly reworking or returns. Ultimately, users benefit from better decisions with richer and more detailed data.

High-precision sensors and an extensive advanced software portfolio

Also part of the innovative new Leica Nova solution are the Leica Nova TS50 high-precision total station and Nova TM50 monitoring station, as well as an extensive portfolio of software: 

  • With the new Leica Infinity software, users can seamlessly manage, visualize, process and georeference combined total station, imaging and scanning data from the Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation and other Leica Geosystems sensors. 
  • For AutoCAD users who have never before worked with rich point clouds or 3D datasets, the new Leica MultiWorx for AutoCAD plug-in software offers a simple way to integrate point cloud processing into existing workflows. 
  • Leica Cyclone and Leica GeoMoS as well as numerous other software packages from partners such as MicroSurvey and Listech can also be integrated into the workflow to meet specific needs.


The Leica Nova sensors and software are immediately available. Detailed information can be obtained from all Leica Geosystems sales representatives and authorized distribution partners. For more information about the Leica Nova solution, please visit: www.leica-geosystems.com/nova 

Watch cool videos about the new Leica Nova solution at: www.leica-geosystems.com/nova_on_youtube 

Smart Agriculture Software Enables Brazilian Sugar Mill to Automate Line Generation for Crop Rows

Usina Açucareira Guaíra, one of the largest sugar mills in Brazil, recently implemented a Smart Agriculture system for automatic generation of lines for crop rows. Smart Agriculture provides better security and reliability for planting, pulverization and harvesting, and increases the number of planting lines for crop rows per hectare when compared to the conventional method. By using the automatic pilot, Usina Açucareira Guaíra is able to increase the number of lines for crop rows, increasing the amount of sugar cane that can be produced.

Read the article.

News from LBx Journal

Who Is Looking Out for Your Location Data Privacy?

The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) recently released a report rating technology companies’ stewardship of users’ personal data. Twitter and Sonic Inc. received high marks while Verizon, AT&T and Apple received low or no marks. The EFF looked at six privacy best practices categories, which you can read about here: http://www.lbxjournal.com/articles/who-looking-out-your-location-data-privacy/260436 

Location Data Privacy Guidelines Released

Location data privacy is under scrutiny as much as financial and medical records are. Now is the time to be proactive and manage your risk exposure. Comprehensive recommendations and a risk assessment scorecard cover enterprise location applications as well as consumer location-based services.


Women in Location Profiled

LBx Journal special section profiles 18 women in the location field, at all levels of their careers! Included are Nancy Colleton, Anne Miglarese, Preetha Pulusani, Natalie Cutsforth, Amy Fobes, Amy Shapero, and more… 

Note: Apogeo subscribers get 20% off with this coupon code: APOGEO


LBx Infographic – The Economic Impact of Geo Services

Twenty years ago, we used paper maps and printed guides to help us navigate the world. Today, the most advanced digital mapping technologies—satellite imagery, GPS devices, location data and of course Google Maps—are much more accessible. This sea change in mapping technology is improving our lives and helping businesses realize untold efficiencies.

The transformation of the maps we use every day is driven by a growing industry that creates jobs and economic growth globally. To present a clearer picture of the importance of the geo-services industry, we commissioned studies from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Oxera. What we found is that maps make a big economic splash around the world.


News from Sensors & Systems

Landsat 8 Satellite Begins Watch


New Approach to Improve the Integration of Earth Observation Data


Drones Provide Humanitarian Aid in Haiti


Long-Term Federal Investments Improve Severe Weather Prediction


Geospatial World Leadership Awards for 2012 Announced


New National Strategy for Civil Earth Observations

A White House report released this spring offers a framework for improving the federal government's Earth-observation enterprise. The National Science and Technology Council published the report, entitled "A National Strategy for Civil Earth Observations.” It notes that 11 different federal organizations currently conduct Earth-observation programs. The challenges of meeting the demand for data, as well as managing both the data itself and the complex tools needed to collect that data have grown. The report lays out a process for judging and making decisions about Earth-observation investments based on their value in key areas such as weather, agriculture, water resources and disaster response. 

The Obama administration sees the strategy as providing the groundwork for a plan that will guide future investments in Earth-observation systems, as well as supporting U.S. participation in the multi-national Group on Earth Observations.


Earth Monitoring Competition: Copernicus Masters to Award EUR 350,000 in Prizes and Satellite Data

The European Earth Monitoring Competition “Copernicus Masters” is rewarding ideas and innovative solutions benefiting business and society based on Earth observation data. Entries will be accepted in nine categories from June 1-Sept. 15, 2013. Since 2011, the Copernicus Masters (previously known as GMES Masters) annually recognizes the best projects and business ideas for applications based on Earth observation data. In this year's edition, the partners of the Copernicus Masters (the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), T-Systems International GmbH, European Space Imaging GmbH, and Astrium Services) are awarding prizes in nine categories valued at a total of EUR 350,000. 

Joining the Copernicus Masters as a partner for the first time this year is BMW Group Research and Technology, whose ConnectedDrive prize will go to the best new idea for combining Earth observation data and in-vehicle sensor data. Entries in this category can work both ways: using data as a means of enhancing in-vehicle services, or vehicles as a data source for Earth monitoring services.

The competition, which is organized by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, is also supported by the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs and the European Commission. In addition to cash prizes, the winners will gain access to satellite imagery, start-up support, and technical consulting.

The Earth observation program Copernicus (previously known as GMES) is one of the two flagship projects in Europe's space policy. Its operational phase is expected to begin in January 2014. The program's monitoring infrastructure consists of a space component, comprising also the so-called Sentinels, and supplementary in-situ systems, such as ground- or sea-based sensors. The program's purpose is to collect information on the oceans, land, the atmosphere, and climate change; process it; and make it timely and continuously available to businesses, public authorities, and citizens. Earth monitoring satellites, for instance, deliver data on water temperature, air quality, UV radiation, and much more, all of which can be integrated into a wide variety of applications.

The winner of last year's Copernicus Masters was the Dutch company BlackShore with its crowdsourcing platform, Cerberus, combining satellite imagery with serious gaming to help mapping in quite a variety of areas – a real boon for climate research, for example. "Cerberus processes raw satellite data in a completely new way: Thanks to crowdsourcing support, it's able to map large areas much more quickly and thoroughly than conventional methods," explains BlackShore's founder Hans van't Woud.

The Copernicus Masters is directed towards developers, entrepreneurs, SMEs, and students with new, market-oriented ideas for using Earth monitoring data. Those interested can register online at www.copernicus-masters.com and submit descriptions of their application ideas to a secure online database until September 15, 2013. The website also provides all of the necessary information on the competition's partners, the terms of participation, and the prizes to be won. The winners will then be recognized at a festive awards ceremony to be held on November 5, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

To learn more about the Copernicus program, please visit: www.esa.int/gmes and www.copernicus.eu

Airborne? Spacebourne? It's Melbourne for IGARSS 2013!

With the 2013 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2013) less than two months away (July 21-26), now is the time to register. This year’s global summit will showcase leading research from all over the globe with over 1,800 papers and posters. This is a flagship conference of the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Bringing IGARSS to the Asia-Pacific region recognizes the growth in remote sensing there. The ideas, networking and opportunities formed at this conference will make a significant contribution to our future. 

Be sure not to miss Senator Kate Lundy MP, Australia’s lead Minister for Space, opening the conference, as she discusses Australia's new Satellite Utilization Policy. China’s Professor Guo Huadong will outline China's latest developments in his keynote address. Dr. Chris Pigram will showcase some of Australia's latest developments in remote sensing applications. IEEE President Dr. Peter Staecker and GRSS President Professor Melba Crawford will present the global picture of activity in this field. Professor Mike Goodchild is one of the world's pre-eminent thinkers in geographic information sciences. He will challenge us with his thoughts on the changing relationship between traditional GIS science and remote sensing. Dr. Rob Vertessy has some fascinating observations to make about recently-evolving developments in meteorology.

Details of all keynote speakers can be found at http://igarss2013.org/Keynote_Speakers.asp

The conference speakers will focus on “Building a Sustainable Earth through Remote Sensing.” For more details of the program visit http://igarss2013.org/SymposiumProgram.asp.

The conference will also feature a comprehensive summer school and a good selection of tutorials (http://www.igarss2013.org/Tutorials.asp). The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Summer School will be hosted by RMIT University (July 18-19). Expert speakers will cover airborne LiDAR, multi-temporal image analysis, hyperspectral image processing, thematic mapping from SAR imagery, and calibration of airborne radar. Seats in the summer school are limited. A comprehensive list of presenters can be found at http://igarss2013.org/SummerSchool.asp.

The tutorials program is packed with exciting topics, including advanced classification techniques, earth observation data mining, remote sensing using reflected Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals, 3D and 4D SAR tomography and much more, all of which can be found at http://igarss2013.org/Tutorials.asp.

IGARSS will also allow attendees to interact with dozens of exhibitors including Geoscience Australia, CRCSI, Headwall Photonics, HyVista, IEEE GRSS, Spatial Scientific, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, RapidEye and so much more. If your organization would like to exhibit, please go to http://www.igarss2013.org/Exhibition.asp. There are still some excellent sponsorship opportunities available. Details of these are at http://www.igarss2013.org/Sponsorship.asp.

IGARSS 2013 will definitely not be all about work. The Local Organizing Committee has worked extremely hard to keep everyone entertained. The social program promises to be very exciting. Perhaps you would like to have a try at the prestigious annual IGARSS Soccer World Cup? Maybe you have a keen eye for creatures of the sea? If so, you can visit the Melbourne Aquarium and enjoy a delicious meal as well. You may be interested in a fascinating day touring communities deeply affected by the 2009 Black Saturday forest fires, hosted by Victoria’s former chief forest fire officer. The Symposium Dinner is being held in the iconic Plaza Ballroom. Situated in Melbourne's famous Regent Theatre, the prestigious ballroom is reminiscent of the grand European ballrooms of the 19th century. This venue offers a unique snapshot of Melbourne from days gone by. 

It is all there and much more, so be sure to check out what IGARSS can offer you at http://igarss2013.org/SocialProgram.asp.

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