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Mapping as a Service

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Fueled by the convergence of cloud computing, digital automation, and internet distribution, subscription mapping creates new opportunities. Subscription aerial mapping sets out to rid the industry of its dated legacies. One in particular is the commissioning of aerial mapping projects. The process can be bureaucratic, expensive, and subject to a long approval. This could lead to delays and inconsistency in data deliveries, which is especially critical for end-users whose aerial imagery needs are based on seasonal conditions. A second legacy is that single-project aerial mapping is not economically viable for industries such as solar and construction that want pockets of…

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Eagles to tackle rogue drones in the UK.

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The Metropolitan Police says it is considering using eagles to intercept drones amid concerns the aircraft are increasingly used to commit crime. The force’s interest in using the birds of prey follows trials in the Netherlands. Drones – pilot-less aircraft which are controlled remotely – are used by police forces to capture footage on difficult terrain, including cliffs. But there are concerns criminals are also using the new technology. In November, the Ministry of Justice said a drone used to smuggle mobile phones, SIM cards and drugs into the grounds of HMP Manchester had been recovered by guards. ‘Gimmick’ The…

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US Drone Registration

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U.S. rules are about to radically change for operators of unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones: People will have to register them, federal officials said. The Department of Transportation took the first step Monday, by announcing formation of a task force to create a registration process. Registration could begin as soon as the holiday season, DOT officials said Monday at a Washington news conference. The idea is to help build a culture of accountability and responsibility among drone operators, DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, said In a statement. Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta put it another way: “When they don’t fly…

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