Trending towards the Internet of Things

iot-250x150According to the INTERGEO report for 2016 “Geospatial technologies are definitely trending towards the Internet of Things”.

The Internet of Things, or IoT describe how more and more things are connecting to the internet. Things like your fridge, your phone, washing machine and now even your watch. On an enterprise-level, examples include smart meters in the utilities market, and tilt sensors in rail monitoring. All of these devices are producing incredible geospatial data streams. And this data is invaluable because, when analysed, it can provide patterns that enable intelligent decision-making.

Positioning systems such as GNSS and internal measurement units will be part of a broader hierarchy network of sensors, control devices and user interaction. Positioning and visualising technologies, already are a critical component in autonomous vehicles. They rely on GNSS for real-time positioning and accurate, detailed maps to negotiate urban and rural areas.

Plus positioning and visualising technologies will expand into other applications in transport. Freight haulers, for example, can use Internet-connected sensors for position, temperature and other data to track the location and status of perishable cargo.

The applications go further than transport, too. Designers are starting to include smart features into their buildings, like blinds that automatically move to block the sun, and a building that conserves energy by finding a way to heat or cool naturally.

And even out onto the street, solving traffic and congestion issues, as well as parking in cities. Imagine a bridge that will provide you with up-to-date information on its congestion. The IoT is already being tested in the USA to synchronize traffic signals. They are also testing sensors in the roads to provide drivers with up-to-date parking information.

With the IoT growing and expanding into all areas and its solutions becoming expected conveniences, it becomes important for those in all areas to be aware of it and that it almost certainly will impact their work in the future.

Trimble SX10 on show at INTERGEO

Intergeo-FIAt INTERGEO recently, Trimble presented the SX10, one revolutionary machine with full total station technology plus a high precision scanner.

Todd Steiner, product marketing director in the Trimble Geospatial Division, spoke about the benefits that the SX10 could bring. Including how its ability as a scanner could save you time in the field. For example, if you are out doing a boundary survey and notice that their might be an encroachment you can use the scanner element to frame up and scan the encroachment and take that information back to the office without any more effort. No need to get a specialist back to the site, or even to go back yourself.

Todd also detailed how the integrated survey feature also allows you to collect accurate GNSS measurements while the SX10 is scanning. You can double your efficiency by, for example, walking the edge of the pavement, while the SX10 is working. This information is then all collected in the same job.

Another point that Todd made was that there is no registration required with Trimble Access. As you are following a survey workflow all pointclouds are tied to your survey stations.

Hear all the ways that the SX10 can benefit you in Todd’s full presentation at INTERGEO below and contact us if you would like to learn more.

Lessons from INTERGEO 2015

INTERGEO is the world’s leading conference trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. This year it was held in Stuttgart, Germany between the 15th and the 17th of September and hosted over 16 000 visitors from 92 countries and over 500 exhibitors.

INTERGEO is an ideal opportunity for learning what is happening in the geospatial industry internationally from attendee’s key takeaways. This year’s key takeaways are listed below.

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Speaking of exciting and new products, Trimble took advantage of their substantial presence at INTERGEO to launch some exciting, new products of their own.

R2-FI Trimble R2 GNSS receiver
The Trimble R2 is a versatile GNSS receiver that provides a flexible and easy-to-use solution for Survey and GIS professionals who require accurate positioning information for their workflows. Read more.
TDL2-4-FI Trimble Data Link 2.4 GHz Radio
The TDL2.4 Radio provides a wireless connection to a controller (without internal radio) via a Bluetooth connection and connects to the Trimble Total station through the Trimble typical 2.4 GHz connection. Read more.
zx5--FI Trimble ZX5 Multirotor UAS
The ZX5 is durable, easy to set up and ideal for mapping smaller spaces and obstructed environments. Data captured by the ZX5 can be imported into Trimble Business Center Photogrammetry Module. Read more.
TrimbleEdgewise_FI Trimble EdgewiseTrimble EdgeWise is powerful 3D Laser Scanning software that rapidly extracts features from point clouds and produces intelligent models with industry standard dimensions. Read more.
RemoteSensingSuite_FI Trimble Remote Sensing Suite
The Trimble Remote Sensing Suite addresses the needs of professionals generating high quality data, models and analytics from satellite based imagery. Read more.
TrimbleCommunity-FI Trimble Community
The Trimble Community is a place where customers can access rich Trimble content. The purpose of this community is to create, share, and deploy content; drive conversation and collaboration. Read more.

Ronald Bisio, General Manager Geospatial Trimble, was an expert speaker at INTERGEO and after the press conference spoke with INTERGEO TV about data capture and more importantly making that data useful. Watch the full conversation in the video below.

If you would like to learn more about what went on at INTERGEO 2015, check out their detailed website.