The recent deployment of Beidou navigation satellites and accompanying technology has led to unprecedented improvements in accuracy and availability of GNSS signals in the Asia-Pacific region. In the past, satellite navigation equipment has exhibited poor performance within canyons, alongside buildings, hills, foliage and other obstructions, however this is now improved with this new GNSS constellation.
At a recent symposium on remote sensing, T. Ramasami, Union Secretary for the Department of Science, indicated that the government is planning to establish a National GIS Organisation to aggregate, maintain and verify GIS data. The central clearinghouse would also aid access by stakeholders and the public.
The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has recently launched a helicopter-borne electromagnetic survey in Patna for accurate and comprehensive assessment of groundwater resources of the district. A helicopter will collect important data of the subsurface geology and groundwater occurrence up to a depth of 300 metres.
Trimble Navigation, Ltd. has had a continued presence in China, and after 15 years of business development, it has become their largest overseas market. Trimble, based in Sunnyvale, California, kicked off its Dimensions China 2013 conference in Beijing recently with more than 2,000 registered attendees from across China and neighboring countries. It is the company's second Dimensions conference in China since 2009 and China is the only place outside of the US where Trimble holds such a conference.
There’s a fascinating transformation underway in how map platforms are being marketed toward individuals and organizations. The consumer platforms (Google, Microsoft Bing Maps, Apple, etc.) have warred for some time over who has the better maps, navigation and developer tools. The battle to provide a mapping platform across all devices definitely became more interesting when Apple got in the game to combat Google’s tactics that gave Android users greater functionality. Now, we’re seeing more widespread talk of the map as a platform for communication and stories.