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Sanborn Expands Industry-Leading Nationwide Data Coverage

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 1, 2015 — The Sanborn Map Company (Sanborn) continues to grow its world-class product offerings with the addition of more than 41,000 square miles of fresh oblique imagery covering 150 U.S. metropolitan markets.

University Students to Compete in Final of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge Competition Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

LONDON, July 1, 2015 — Students from 13 universities across the U.K. will compete in a fly-off to determine the winner of this year's Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) challenge competition.

PCI Geomatics Launches Customer Support Website at

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, July 1, 2015 — PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today that it launched a dedicated customer support website at

Spire Raises $40M in Series B Financing

June 30, 2015—Spire, a satellite-powered data company, today announced it closed a $40 million Series B round of funding led by Promus Ventures with participation from new investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Jump Capital, as well as existing investors RRE Ventures and Lemnos Labs, among others. To date, Spire has secured just over $80 million through three rounds of funding. With the new funds, the company will support further growth and expand its constellation from 20 satellites in 2015 to more than 100 by the end of 2017.

The latest round of financing comes at a time when the need for advancements in weather and maritime data is at an all-time high. With the potentially catastrophic 2016 Weather Gap right around the corner, Spire offers a solution to the $2.4 trillion dollar global problem. Emerging as a leader in the ‘Space Race 2.0’, Spire is the only commercial weather data provider with scheduled launches in 2015. The company will begin deploying its satellites on a near monthly basis beginning September 2015.

“With a highly entrepreneurial San Francisco team developing a true multi-sensor, nano-sat platform, Spire is the poster child of New Space,“ said BVP partner David Cowan, who recently served on the board of Skybox Imaging (acquired by Google). ”Spire has advanced from startup to deployment faster than any space venture we’ve seen—at this rate it will quickly become the largest constellation known to man."

The company’s satellites employ advanced software defined radios to collect global remote sensing data with a focus on the three-quarters of the Earth that is covered by oceans or considered remote. The current generation of Spire satellites focus primarily on weather tracking, climate science, global supply chain monitoring, and broader maritime domain awareness. And with a resilient global infrastructure already in place, Spire will soon deliver five times the amount of weather data and four times more frequently updated maritime data than previously possible through other means.

“I continue to be massively impressed by the customer traction at Spire,” said Mike Collett, Founder and Managing Director of Promus Ventures, who will be joining the Board of Directors. “Peter and his team have developed a clear value proposition with their approach to high frequency remote sensing data and they are adding blue chip customers, both public and private, at a notable pace. Many of those same customers never before considered purchasing this type of data, precisely because they could not do anything without the frequency and reliability that Spire is bringing to the market.”

The implications of better data are immense, and range from saving lives to saving literally billions of dollars that businesses, governments and consumers lose due to unpredictable weather or maritime accidents each and every year. By the end of 2015, Spire will have 20 satellites in orbit and 20 ground stations across the globe providing customers with data from any point on Earth delivered every 30-minutes. From Alaska to Dubai, Spire’s global ground station network is the most advanced of its kind for LEO satellite communication and data distribution.

“The last 12 months have been full of fast deliberate growth for Spire where we’ve opened offices in Singapore and Glasgow amongst incredibly strong customer traction”, said Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire. “These funds reinforce our ability to sustain exceptional innovation and hire the world’s top talent.”

About Spire Global, Inc.

Spire is a satellite-powered data company that tackles the world’s most unpredictable business challenges with truly global data solutions. By providing unique data from any point on Earth, every hour, Spire offers a competitive advantage for organizations that require insight into areas such as global trade, weather, shipping and supply chain, illegal fishing, and maritime domain awareness. To learn more, visit:

LFM Software Introduces Capabilities to Add Intelligence to Laser Scan Data

Manchester, UK, June 29, 2015—LFM Software announced today that it is launching major enhancements to its laser scan technology portfolio with new releases of LFM NetView and LFM Server. The introduction of new 3D mark-up functionality to both products allows users to add, access and share asset intelligence in the form of tag identifiers, attributes and comments as well as links to associated documents and information. Alongside these new capabilities also comes vastly improved access to massive laser scan projects, supported by cloud and tablet enablement. These deliver the as-operated asset conditions to the desktops and mobile devices of all asset stakeholders allowing for secure global collaboration across multiple project teams and partner companies.

5th International Conference on Sensor Networks – SENSORNETS 2016

June 30, 2015 — The fifth edition of the SENSORNETS conference (5th International Conference on Sensor Networks) organized by INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication) will take place from the 17th to the 19th February 2015 in Rome, Italy.

First-of-its-kind Advanced Remote Sensing Textbook Available Now

NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2015—Riverside Research, a not-for-profit company primarily serving the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, partnered with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) to publish "The Phenomenology of Intelligence-focused Remote Sensing" – an unclassifed textbook providing a never-before-seen breadth and depth of specialized information relevant to geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) disciplines. As an accredited provider of intelligence education and a leading technical advisor in the development and application of full-spectrum GEOINT capabilities, Riverside Research is thrilled to bring this much-needed resource to the GEOINT community.

Interior's Northeast Climate Science Center Releases Report to Help State Wildlife Managers Alleviate Impacts of Climate Change

AMHERST, Mass., June 29, 2015—Interior Department’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.  

DelNorte and OceanWise deliver Tidal Level System to RNLI

June 30, 2015 — DelNorte in conjunction with OceanWise has delivered a new on-line tidal level system to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to assist its crews to safely launch its rescue craft from its new Lifeboat station at Portishead, Avon, UK. 

Bluesky Mapshop Now Serving British Geological Survey Data

Leicestershire, June 30, 2015 — An agreement between the British Geological Survey (BGS) and aerial mapping company Bluesky is allowing for a range of geological and geohazard map layers to be made available online at

Wild Horses Are Watched By Flying Drone

Prague, June 30, 2015 — Using the latest techniques in these days continues a scientific programme of wild horses return project coordinated by European Wildlife organisation.

Good Call as T-Mobile Take Delivery of First Drone From Aerialtronics

June 30, 2015 — Telecoms ​companies can save time and significant operation costs when inspecting mobile communication towers with drones, according to Jeffrey Leentjes, network specialist at T-Mobile.

Australian Land Survey Firm Increases Map Quality by SuperGIS Desktop

June 30, 2015 — Supergeo Technologies, the leading GIS software and solution provider, announces that SuperGIS Desktop assists Mesurage Group Pty Ltd, Australia to process surveyed data for value-added applications and services.

Caliper Offers Updated Germany Data for Maptitude

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS (USA), June 30, 2015 — Caliper is excited to announce an updated Germany Data Package! The product includes a wealth of data and functionality not available in any other software.

Upcoming Conference Takes Aim at Invasive Aquatic Plants

LAWRENCE, Kansas, June 29, 2015 – Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) announced plans to participate in the upcoming 55th annual meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) scheduled for July 12-15 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Sentinel-2 Delivers First Images

June 29, 2015—Just four days after being lofted into orbit, Europe’s Sentinel-2A satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the ‘colour vision’ that it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

Exprodat Supports the 2015 Esri User Conference

June 29, 2015—Exprodat, the oil and gas ArcGIS platform specialist, will be supporting the Esri Petroleum and Mining User Group social event at the forthcoming User Group meeting in San Diego to further demonstrate the continuing close relationship between the two companies.

OGC Requests Comment on Draft Charter for Hydrologic Features Standards Working Group

June 29, 2015 — Members of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) request comments on the draft charter for an OGC Hydrologic Features (HY_Features) Standards Working Group (SWG).

Cranfield University Uses VR in Bid to Become Centre for Doctoral Training

June 29, 2015 — Cranfield University researchers received NERC funding through the ‘Big Data Capital Call’ for GeoVisionary software plus a Virtalis ActiveMove portable Virtual Reality (VR) system. 

USGS Welcomes European Space Agency’s New Land Observing Satellite

June 29, 2015 — The U.S. Geological Survey salutes the European Space Agency (ESA) on the successful June 23 launch of its Sentinel-2A satellite, the second satellite to be launched in Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring program. 

USGIF Announces 2015 Award Program Recipients

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2015 —The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) today announced the six recipients of its 2015 Awards Program on the main stage at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium. The USGIF Awards Program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds.

Blue Canopy Debuts Social Media Analytics Solution for Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism at GEOINT 2015

RESTON,  Virginia , June 29, 2015 — Blue Canopy Group, LLC., a leading Big Data  Analytics, Enterprise IT consultancy and service provider, has selected  GEOINT, the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Forum (USGIF) annual  conference, to debut their social media analytics solution that  leverages societal events to monitor national security and emerging  threats for the intelligence community.

Arithmetica’s Spherevision Reveals Henry VIII’s Excesses in Stunning 360 Degrees

Shepperton  Studios, June 26, 2015 — A 360 degree video recording system from Arithmetica has  been used to create an educational yet entertaining 360 film about the wanton  excesses of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace.

Point Grey Adds High Resolution 12 MP CCD Model to Grasshopper(R)3 USB3 Vision Camera Line

Richmond, BC, Canada, June 26, 2015 — Point Grey, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced the addition of a new 12 MP CCD model to its Grasshopper®3 USB3 Vision™ camera line.

OGC Seeks Public Comment on OGC Web Coverage Service - Transaction Operation Extension

June 26, 2015 — The OGC membership seeks public comment on the candidate OGC® Web Coverage Service (WCS) - Transaction operation extension, version 2.0.

USGIF Names 2015 Lundahl-Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Washington, D.C., June 26, 2015 —This morning, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF), as the 2015 recipient of the USGIF Arthur C. Lundahl–Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. Peach is the 11th individual to receive this prestigious award and was recognized during the GEOINT 2015 Symposium general session.

Avineon Announces New Professional Certifications

McLean, Virginia, June 26, 2015 — Avineon, Inc. (Avineon), a global provider of information technology, geospatial, and engineering support services, is pleased to announce three members of its professional staff have earned new certifications.

EarthDefine Releases High Resolution Tree Map for California

ISSAQUAH, Wash., June 26, 2015 — EarthDefine, a provider of high-resolution spatial data products, has created a seamless 1 meter resolution tree cover dataset for California.

Leica Geosystems Be Captivated LIVE Tours Transport Surveyors and Engineers to the Future

NORCROSS, GA, June 25, 2015 — In response to the tremendous interest in the Leica Captivate Experience following its debut at HxGN LIVE 2015 in Las Vegas, Leica Geosystems is launching the Be Captivated Live Tours in locations around the U.S. and Canada.

DOI, USDA, EPA, NOAA and USACE Announce Additional Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative Sites to Prepare Natural Resources for Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2015 — The Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today recognized three new collaborative landscape partnerships across the country.