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This is a media curation page for the PIRatE Lab's AARR Program.  We are developing practical, low cost programs to monitor resources in our coastal zone (the land near the ocean and the ocean near the land) with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka "drones") overhead and subtidal Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) .  Enjoy!!  
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Pix4D climate contest - Mapping a better future

Pix4D climate contest - Mapping a better future | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Lausanne, Switzerland: Photogrammetry software company Pix4D has launched its first ever Climate Contest. People from around the world are invited to submit a project which uses mapping to investigate or mitigate the climate crisis for the chance to win up to a $3,000USD cash prize and access to Pix4D software. From tracking melting glaciers in …
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Mapper is Using Uber-Precise Road Scanners to Help Develop Autonomous Cars for the Future

Mapper is Using Uber-Precise Road Scanners to Help Develop Autonomous Cars for the Future | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The California company can provide self-driving firms with crucial up-to-date map data thanks to its in-house-built equipment.
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Apple is using drones to make its maps better

Apple is using drones to make its maps better | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Apple is taking to the skies. The company plans to use drones to collect aerial information to improve its Maps app, Bloomberg reported Dec. 1. Apple was granted permission to fly drones by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in March, after applying in Sept. 2015. The company's original application to the FAA does not go into much detai
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You can’t afford it- why drone map making will be a cloud thing - sUAS News

You can’t afford it- why drone map making will be a cloud thing - sUAS News | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The purchase of the supercomputer required to run the latest whizzy whiz software was sort of approved by the ministry of finance, your wife. She will be bewildered next year when you need another. The home PC only gets updated every 3 to 5 years. That’s the reality of making your own maps or 3D …
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Hmmmm...an interesting point and argument.  And clearly the demands for processing are going up and up.  But I think it is also important to say that processor speeds are similarly going up and up.  The fact that we need lots of computing power now doesn't necessarily track with this demand tracking with processor speeds.  For example, in the not too distant future folks made the argument that processing/editing video could never be done on our phones as that was just simply too much.  Or real time augmented reality.  Or any such number of high end, processing-intensive tasks.

To be sure, more and more folks will migrate to the cloud.  But this is not necessarily due to the processing speed.  This has more to do with easy and "turn key" product production.  I suspect for those of us doing innovative or specialist mapping tasks, we will need to preserve our ability to manage and run models on our own devices.

Too often I have heard the "cool aide" talk that everything is going to the cloud.  
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Texas Parks & Wildlife Test UAS Survey of Seagrasses

Texas Parks & Wildlife Test UAS Survey of Seagrasses | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Aerial images from a drone are being evaluated as a method to survey seagrasses scarred by boat propellers. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has partnered with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to determine if using unmanned aircraft systems is as effective as using planes. Dr. Michael Starek, Assistant Professor of Engineering, has been analyzing the images and …
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Navy uses tiny drones to find safe route through Antarctic ice for the first time - sUAS News

Navy uses tiny drones to find safe route through Antarctic ice for the first time - sUAS News | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
HMS Protector has been trialing small drones to help her negotiate the Antarctic ice for the first time. The survey ship, which has just completed her third stint around the frozen continent this austral summer, has launched both a tiny quadcopter and a 3D-printed aircraft equipped with cameras. It’s the first time the Royal Navy…Read more →
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What Are You Flying Over? This App Will Tell You

What Are You Flying Over? This App Will Tell You | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it

Flyover Country uses maps and data from various geological and paleontological databases to identify and give information on the landscape passing beneath a plane. The user will see features tagged on a map corresponding to the ground below. To explain the features in depth, the app relies on cached Wikipedia articles. Since it works solely with a phone’s GPS, there’s no need for a user to purchase in-flight wifi. Sitting in your window seat, you can peer down on natural features like glaciers and man-made features, such as mines, and read articles about them at the same time.

 

Tags: mobility, transportation, technology, physical, geology.

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3DR partners with Autodesk and Sony on aerial analytics

3DR partners with Autodesk and Sony on aerial analytics | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
3DR is releasing a new solution to help users safely, quickly and easily inspect, survey and scan work sites with the company’s Solo smartdrone
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Mapping Density in the U.S.

Mapping Density in the U.S. | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Population density in the US varies wildly from place to place.
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This is a great map to illustrated the clumped distribution of most of our population.  Use of technologies that might interfere with regular human activities (i.e. drones) might be expected to require slightly different requirements/procedures in the concentrated areas relative to the less concentrated areas.

Bridgitte's curator insight, March 2, 2016 9:22 AM

I thought I shared this map or something very similiar a while back in 2013 when it was widely being shared but I couldn't find it.  Many countries have highly concentrated population distributions (like Canada and Australia) and the United States has pockets of extreme density interspersed throughout the country.  On the flip side, vast swaths of the countries are considered empty in terms of population such as this map that shows 1% of the total U.S. population in 42% of the area. and this one of the world that shows uneven patterns.

 

Tags: population, density, mapping, visualization.

Jacob Clauson's curator insight, March 3, 2016 8:31 AM

I thought I shared this map or something very similiar a while back in 2013 when it was widely being shared but I couldn't find it.  Many countries have highly concentrated population distributions (like Canada and Australia) and the United States has pockets of extreme density interspersed throughout the country.  On the flip side, vast swaths of the countries are considered empty in terms of population such as this map that shows 1% of the total U.S. population in 42% of the area. and this one of the world that shows uneven patterns.

 

Tags: population, density, mapping, visualization.

Dewayne Goad's curator insight, March 9, 2016 9:42 AM

I thought I shared this map or something very similiar a while back in 2013 when it was widely being shared but I couldn't find it.  Many countries have highly concentrated population distributions (like Canada and Australia) and the United States has pockets of extreme density interspersed throughout the country.  On the flip side, vast swaths of the countries are considered empty in terms of population such as this map that shows 1% of the total U.S. population in 42% of the area. and this one of the world that shows uneven patterns.

 

Tags: population, density, mapping, visualization.

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UAV Operators Harness The Power Of 3D Visualization and Measurement With 4DMapper

UAV Operators Harness The Power Of 3D Visualization and Measurement With 4DMapper | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
4DMapper is a DIY platform where users can manage, share, deliver, visualise, measure, digitise, animate and collaborate with their data. High resolution 3D data users want to “see” results, and this software allow them to visualize spatial information readily. Typical user group are UAV operators surveying assets such as mines and quarries, but survey departments, environmental…Read more →
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Another example of the push to do mapping and doing that in way that doesn't need ArcGIS or large, traditional desktop software doing the processing on your own CPU.

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Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado, joining a growing movement to restore U.S....
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Soar TGE to generate the world’s first fully decentralised global super-map using drones

Soar TGE to generate the world’s first fully decentralised global super-map using drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Leading Australian geospatial mapping technology company Soar has announced their highly anticipated Token Generation Event (TGE) designed to fund the launch of the world’s first decentralised global platform for the distribution of drone content and maps. The TGE will be facilitated by an international consortium of blockchain advisors including Fidem and Digital Capital Management. The Soar TGE …
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Crikey.. Cartographer from Google

Crikey.. Cartographer from Google | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
An exciting announcement from Google, this will find itself in many places in our world. From stopping drones hitting things to mapping the world they see. I know that its already causing a buzz wi…
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Firefighters are using drones to fight the raging wildfire in Alberta

Firefighters are using drones to fight the raging wildfire in Alberta | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The fire has doubled in size on Saturday, and it's expected to be the costliest natural disaster in Canada's history.
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DroneDeploy Announces New Agriculture Offering and Business Tier

DroneDeploy Announces New Agriculture Offering and Business Tier | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
By Anya Lamb, Marketing Manager @DroneDeploy Today we’re excited to announce new Ag tools and global subscription plans to better meet the needs of our growing DroneDeploy community. There’s something here for everyone. If you’re an existing customer your subscription just got better! If you’re considering DroneDeploy, get ready to put your drone to work!…Read more →
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5D Robotics Acquires Aerial MOB - sUAS News

5D Robotics Acquires Aerial MOB - sUAS News | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
5D Robotics Inc. has announced its acquisition of industrial assets and intellectual property of Aerial MOB LLC. The acquisition has led to the formation of the 5D Aerial division. The division provides precise 3D mapping, photogrammetry, thermal and multi-spectral imagery data, empowering focused analytical solutions to vertical markets including oil and gas, utilities and construction.…Read more →
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DroneDeploy Reveals Commercial Drone Industry Trends

DroneDeploy Reveals Commercial Drone Industry Trends | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Data represents two million acres mapped across 100 countries
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Really cool data.  Like our public opinion poll (which everyone should take; http://bit.ly/1UtrURG), these big picture efforts are key to understanding this sector.  Without this, we rely on the insights from a single manufacturer or supplier.
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Save Our Coastline: Fly Your Drone — aerial acuity — Medium

Save Our Coastline: Fly Your Drone — aerial acuity — Medium | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Scott Jackman of Fly Ag Tech shares his story and key tips for building a drone business
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One of our TNC colleagues here in Ventura County, Lily Verdone, touched on their "Phones and Drones" project briefly in her departmental seminar last week:

 

https://youtu.be/5dUm7bXnSJI

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Geospatial and photogrammetry: When the mapping world and the gaming world collide

Geospatial and  photogrammetry: When the mapping world and the gaming world collide | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The gaming and the mapping world might look like two very distinct industries but when we give a closer look, we can discern some similarities. Both industries are now more than ever benefiting from

Via Fernando Gil
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The Emerging Signs of 3D GIS

The Emerging Signs of 3D GIS | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A Premier resource for Laser Scanning, Airborne and Mobile LiDAR, Short Range Metrology and 3D Imaging Professionals., The Emerging Signs of 3D GIS
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This is simply a cost thing: can we get cheap enough LiDAR instruments to collect data in volumes to make "true" 3D maps with the pixel density needed to render all the small-scale features. 

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