Monthly Archives: January 2018

Smart Cities and Lidar

What technology is at the core of autonomous vehicles and smart cities? You guessed it – lidar. At least five years ago I predicted that lidar would become more important than GPS, but I never thought it would be at … Continue reading

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Point Cloud City Follow-up

I attended the Point Cloud City Funding Opportunity webinar delivered today by NIST  – very impressive. It sounds like a tremendous opportunity for entities that are interested in indoor mapping and location based services. NIST is encouraging public/private partnerships to … Continue reading

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Point Cloud City Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Public Safety Communications Research division of NIST is is hosting a webinar to provide general information and discuss important considerations for the NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – Point Cloud City Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The webinar … Continue reading

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Free Lidar Terrain Data

MassGIS has lidar terrain and elevation data for the entire state of Massachusetts. The data can be used for for emergency response, drainage studies and hydrologic / floodplain modeling, development suitability analysis and infrastructure planning, identification of structures and other … Continue reading

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Monitoring Construction Using AI

The innovation continues to come out of the San Francisco Bay area. This time it is a start-up using lidar to monitor construction projects with robots and  AI. Doxel came out of stealth this week with a US $4.5 million … Continue reading

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Driverless Trucks This Year

It sounds like long haul trucking is taking the lead in demonstrating the ability to operate autonomously at high speed over long distances. Reports from yet another start-up – tuSimple has plans to commercialize their technology in both the U.S. … Continue reading

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How Accurate is Your Drone? Real World Results

By Mike Tully, ASI Aerial Services and the Iowa Department of Transportation completed a UAS project in 2017 that tested the positional accuracy of several Unmanned Aerial Systems (camera and lidar). In this highly informative article Mike Tully presents a … Continue reading

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Lidar Flight Planner

Phoenix Lidar Systems recently announced the release of their Phoenix Flight Planner that can be used to optimize your LiDAR mission parameters before you fly. The beta software allows to calculate your flight plan, review estimated LiDAR data quality, and … Continue reading

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Big Data and Lidar

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing new solutions for the responsible and sustainable use of the resources of agriculture, forestry and fishery, as part of an international consortium. The main goal is to use Big Data particularly … Continue reading

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Free Airborne Lidar Data Webinar

Join the New York State GIS Association for a webinar titled ‘What’s the Point in LiDAR’ presented by David McKittrick of Blue Marble Geographics. This webinar is FREE and open to all, regardless of membership in the Association. Date: Tuesday … Continue reading

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