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Esri UC: How CityEngine powered Disney’s Zootopia

July 10, 2017By

Brandon Jarratt took GIS professionals behind the scenes of animated city creation at the Esri User Conference, being held this week in San Diego. Jarratt served as general technical director for Disney’s Zootopia, which won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Jarrett took the stage during the plenary session to describe how the Zootopia team used Esri CityEngine software to create the... read more

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‘Maps are alive’: Highlights from the Esri UC plenary

July 10, 2017By

“Maps are alive,” declared Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president, on the plenary stage at the world’s largest GIS event. The 38th annual Esri User Conference is taking place July 10–14 at the San Diego Convention Center. We are on the cusp of a data and information explosion, Dangermond explained while introducing the conference theme “The Science of Where.” “We... read more

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ArcGIS Pro 2.0 offers innovations, streamlined workflows

July 10, 2017By

ArcGIS Pro 2.0, Esri’s next-generation desktop geographic information system (GIS), is now available. This latest version provides more highly requested workflows and features new innovations. It is also more tightly integrated with the rest of the ArcGIS platform, so that users can complete more of their workflows solely in ArcGIS Pro. Jack Dangermond, Esri president, introduced major features of the upgrade at the... read more

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Sygic incorporates augmented reality into GPS navigation app

July 7, 2017By

Advanced GPS navigation app Sygic has released its new augmented reality (AR) feature. More than 200 million Sygic users worldwide can engage with AR for an improved navigation experience on the road. Sygic’s new AR feature uses a smartphone’s GPS and camera to implement its augmented reality-powered GPS navigation system. With the AR feature, the driver no longer needs to follow a map... read more

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Trimble Catalyst brings high-accuracy positioning to Android devices

July 6, 2017By

The Trimble Catalyst software-defined GNSS receiver for Android devices is now available through Trimble’s global distribution network. Through Catalyst and a special antenna, customers can access positioning-as-a-service to collect geolocation data with Trimble or third-party apps on smartphones, tablets and mobile handhelds. When combined with a plug-and-play digital antenna and subscription to the Catalyst service, the receiver provides on-demand GNSS... read more

Esri CityEngine 2017 designed for efficient urban planning

July 5, 2017By

Esri has released Esri CityEngine 2017 with a variety of new features. This latest version of Esri’s 3D modeling software offers new features that let planners and architects compare different scenarios and visualize them with dashboards to view how each would affect the same geographic area — all in real time. With the updates available in the new version of... read more

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ArcGIS Web AppBuilder receives major widget updates

July 5, 2017By

Major changes have been added to the ArcGIS Web AppBuilder in its June 2017 update, in the form of new widgets. For those who use the AppBuilder for creating applications rather than using ArcGIS for Developers, widgets serve as a mainstay for mapping application projects. For the summer update, eight new core widgets are now available for users. Here’s a quick overview of what’s... read more

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Consortium records scintillation on Galileo signals in Antarctica

July 5, 2017By

At the end of 2016, the DemoGRAPE consortium observed, for the first time ever, ionospheric scintillations on Galileo signals in Antarctica, using Septentrio’s PolaRx5S GNSS reference receiver. DemoGRAPE investigates improvement of high-precision satellite positioning with a view to developing scientific and technological applications in Antarctica. At higher latitudes, GNSS signal degradation due to ionospheric activity is more pronounced. The more... read more