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Red Cross Recruits Volunteers to Map Ebola Outbreak Regions

October 16, 2014By
A GIS expert helps the Doctors without Borders epidemiological team respond to the ebola outbreak.

The American Red Cross Geographic Information System team is enlisting volunteers to help map areas in Africa hard hit by the ebola virus. The Red Cross is attempting to get ahead of the virus by creating detailed maps of rural towns and villages so officials can track the deadly virus as it spreads, according to ABC news. Volunteers have been drafted to study satellite... read more

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Juniper’s New Rugged Handheld Designed for Data-Collecting Efficiency

October 10, 2014By

Juniper Systems announced its newest rugged handheld computer, the Allegro 2, at the InterGeo 2014 trade show, held September 7-9 in Berlin. The handheld is the latest in the company’s Allegro product line, “with every bit of reliability,” the company says, but now with some major advancements. According to Juniper Systems, the Allegro 2 was designed for data-intensive applications, with meticulous attention paid... read more

Juniper Systems, Effigis Provide Sub-Meter GPS Accuracy

September 30, 2014By
The Juniper Archer 2.

Rugged handheld manufacturer Juniper Systems and Effigis, a geomatics solutions provider, have partnered to provide a powerful solution to capture and post-process GPS data to attain sub-meter accuracy. Effigis’ OnPOZ Precision Positioning Software suite takes advantage of the superior GNSS performance of Juniper Systems’ Archer 2 rugged handheld to collect high-accuracy GPS data. First, EZTag CE software is used on... read more

Handheld Group Launches Nautiz X8 Rugged Device

September 23, 2014By
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Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has launched the Nautiz X8 rugged PDA. The Nautiz X8 is a handheld computer with superior processing power, screen performance and battery life, the company said. It is built for tough field conditions primarily in GIS, land surveying, public safety, forestry and the military. The Nautiz X8 is built to enable efficient and reliable data collection in... read more

CartoPac 5.0 Optimized for Windows 8 to Manage Data in the Field

September 2, 2014By

CartoPac International Inc. has announced a major new release of the CartoPac Mobile Platform. CartoPac 5.0 extends the mobile platform with support for Windows 8 and introduces the CartoPac Workflow Manager, which provides a structured process to manage the use of geospatial data across the enterprise. CartoPac will demonstrate the applications and technologies of Version 5.0 in the free CartoPac Mobility... read more

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GPS Helps Solve Mystery of Sliding Rocks

August 28, 2014By
Rarely formed sheets of ice push rocks across a dry lake in Death Valley.

In Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, California, hundreds of rocks — some weighing as much as 700 pounds — seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters. Though many phenomena were speculated (hurricane-force winds, dust devils, slick algal films, thick sheets of ice), no one knew what caused the movement. To solve the mystery,... read more

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GPS Network Shows Drought in the U.S. West

August 27, 2014By
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A network of GPS stations in the western United States is revealing the severity of the drought in that region. Compared to the nine years before the drought, the GPS data show that the western United States has lost 240 gigatons of water, which is enough to flood the entire region in 10 centimeters of water. Investigating ground positioning data from... read more

Trimble Offers GNSS Reference Receiver, Seismic Recorder

August 25, 2014By
The Trimble SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system.

Trimble has introduced an integrated GNSS reference receiver, broadband seismic recorder and a force-balance triaxial accelerometer for infrastructure and precise scientific applications. The Trimble SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system provides real-time GNSS positioning and seismic data for earthquake early warning and volcano monitoring as well as infrastructure monitoring for buildings, bridges, dams, as well as other natural and manmade structures. The announcement was made at... read more