The Geospatial World Forum took place this past week in Amsterdam, drawing an international crowd of more than 1,000 geospatial technology leaders from 78 countries. This is the fourth event in a series, and the first time the event has taken place outside of India. The European location served well to elevate the participation and the program, with a high degree of sessions aimed at cutting-edge policy and technology frontiers, including the sustainable development of the developing world. The conference drew CEO-level participation from many geospatial organizations, representation from mapping agencies worldwide, and top-level participation from the Indian government, including an integral role for India's 11th president, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
For the first time Singaporean authorities have given permission for a photogrammetric UAV mapping/modeling flight over an important area of the city. In the context of the SEC-FCL (Future Cities Laboratory) project a pilot study is conducted with the goal to generate a high quality 3D city model of the NUS campus from UAV images. 800 images were needed to cover the area. Data processing is in progress.
In this article we look at the e-mobility initiative BALLADE and show how the success of such efforts will depend on many different Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) working together to "tune" the Smart Grid for efficient communication of location information.