As you may be already aware, the political situation in Thailand is still crisis and growing. On behalf of the committee of Asia GIS 2014, we would like to announce that the 10th International Conference on Asia GIS has been postponed to April or May 2014, due to the protest. Previous dates of February were deemed risky as the protest leader announced that Bangkok will be closed and the organizers are highly concern for your safety.
PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today that is has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Satrec Initiative, a leading solution provider for Earth observation missions, based in Daejeon, South Korea.
Proteus FZC, a provider of satellite-derived marine mapping solutions, has teamed with TCarta Marine LLC to offer complete bathymetric data sets from the shallow near-shore coastal zone out to the continental shelf.
StreetMapper is being deployed to laser map city centres and transportation networks across India. The world’s most accurate mobile laser mapping system StreetMapper has been purchased by Geokno, a technology company specialising in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) following the recent announcement of another 400 million dollars of funding to boost investment in Indian infrastructure.
Perth residents can now see how their hometown stacks up against the world’s greatest cities via a ground-breaking online project, which compares life in global urban centres. Developed by mapping giant Esri, Richard Saul Wurman – the founder of the iconic conference TED – and Radical Media, the Urban Observatory website features interactive maps that enable users to explore factors such as population distribution, land-use and even road speed limits in the most prominent cities on the planet.
Perth has become the first Australian city to join the global network, which also includes the likes of New York, London and Tokyo.
Esri Australia Business Manager Tom Gardner said the Urban Observatory provided an insight into the key elements that make up great metropolitan locations.
“The only way to understand the complexities and challenges of large cities is to compare them with other areas,” Mr Gardner said.
“The Urban Observatory is powerful because it visualises the physical, demographic and cultural patterns of some of the greatest urban centres in the world via the universal language of maps.
“Comparing cities in this way can inspire ideas about how to meet challenges rapidly growing cities like Perth face, such as sustainability, housing density, population aging and traffic movements.
“City planners and developers can also compare and contrast to gain a better understanding of city structures and urban growth.”
The Urban Observatory consists of live, dynamic maps that feature layers of wide ranging data of each city.
Users can position the maps of three cities side by side in a common scale and compare categories such as work, movement, people, public and systems.
Mr Gardner said it is a compelling way to communicate Perth’s future plans with the broader public – as well as a way for them to identify key comparisons with other cities around the world.
“We’ve worked closely with organisations such as the Department of Planning, Main Roads Western Australia, Public Transportation Authority, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, to ensure a wide range of rich, up-to-date information is available for the public to access,” Mr Gardner said.
“By mapping and analysing this data, the Urban Observatory will help Perth answer key questions for its future, such as how demand can be met for housing and infrastructure.”
The Urban Observatory can be viewed by clicking here.