Here's the recent geonews in batch mode, covering the last few weeks (which have been crazy to me).
From the Esri front:
From the Microsoft front:
Discussed over Slashdot:
Directions Mag articles:
In the miscellaneous category:
In the maps category:
Ah... it feels good to be current on geonews once again!
Via email I learned that a week ago ESA released a new version of their open source SAR toolbox named NEST, now at version 4B-1.0. This is their first major update this year. We mentioned NEST releases since 2008.
Supported product formats include:
What's new for version 4B:
Distribution agreement gives ITT rights to distribute leading software application for analyzing data and imagery from synthetic aperture radar satellites.
Boulder, CO – February 4, 2011 – ITT Visual Information Solutions (ITT VIS), a subsidiary of ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT), and a developer of software products for data visualization and image analysis, announced it has signed an agreement with sarmap SA of Switzerland to distribute sarmap’s SARscape software products worldwide. A popular add-on for ITT’s ENVI software product for image analysis, SARscape provides ENVI users with the ability to read, process, analyze and output information from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data and imagery. SAR is an increasingly popular type of geospatial data and imagery that is used in a wide range of applications because of its unique ability to provide information about an area regardless of time of day or weather conditions.
“We at ITT VIS are committed to providing geospatial professionals with the superior software tools and technologies needed to get actionable information from all imagery and data types in use today,” said Richard Cooke, president of ITT Visual Information Solutions. “As partners with sarmap, we can now provide ENVI users worldwide with a proven solution that allows image analysts to effectively and accurately analyze SAR data and easily integrate the resulting information with other geospatial data.”
“Our company goal has been to provide the best technology and algorithms for analyzing SAR data and imagery,” said Francesco Holecz, CEO of sarmap SA. “ITT’s ENVI product has been our platform for delivering these robust tools from the beginning, and our partnership with ITT VIS ensures that our SAR tools can be distributed to image analysts worldwide allowing them to take full advantage of this versatile, growing data type.”
SAR data, which first became commercially available in the United States in the 1990s, is a data type acquired from airborne and space-borne imaging platforms that can produce two or three-dimensional datasets of surface areas regardless of atmospheric conditions. When combined with spectral imagery, SAR data provides an additional layer of contextual information about a geographic area of interest. Users of ENVI and SARscape will have the ability to process and analyze both spectral and radar data to make more informed decisions.
For more information about SARscape, visit www.ittvis.com/ProductServices/ENVI/SARscape.aspx.
About ITT Visual Information Solutions
ITT Visual Information Solutions, a subsidiary of ITT Corporation, provides integrated software solutions that help scientists, engineers, researchers, and medical professionals turn complex data into useful information. The company’s 150,000 customers from more than 80 countries use IDL, ENVI and IAS to analyze data and imagery and deploy imaging applications. ITT Visual Information Solutions’ products are used in a variety of industries, including remote sensing, engineering, earth sciences, aerospace, defense and intelligence, medical imaging, oil and gas exploration and biotechnology. Combined with a host of support services including training, consulting and technical support, ITT Visual Information Solutions offers the most complete data visualization, image analysis and image delivery solutions available. For more information visit: www.ittvis.com.
About sarmap SA
sarmap S.A. is a Swiss company founded in January 1998 to provide products and services development in the field of remote sensing (SAR and optical), particularly airborne and spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data processing. Training courses are also offered to extend the understanding of the utilization of SAR data, products and services. Application areas of expertise include Digital Elevation Model, agriculture, forestry, ground deformation, and change detection. In the past 10 years, sarmap has been involved in around 80 projects: approximately 2/3 on algorithm/product/service developments at the European Space Agency. The remaining 1/3 focused on the developments of innovative remote sensing based products/services for the World Bank, EC Joint Research Centre, JAXA, and private sector (re-insurance and forestry sector in primis). sarmap is the developer of SARscape®, a remote sensing software package for the processing of airborne / spaceborne SAR data integrated with ENVI.
About ITT Corporation
ITT Corporation is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company reported 2010 revenue of $11 billion.www.itt.com