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New Venture Focuses on Image Processing & the UAS Industry

The GPS Group Focuses on Image Processing Services & Consulting to The UAS Industry

TORONTO, Ontario (August 30th, 2015) – A group of geospatial veterans have identified the need to address the global commercial UAS/drone mapping market and have formed The GPS Group to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding segment within the geospatial and mapping industry.

the GPS GroupThe GPS Group takes a unique approach to delivering custom image processing services. Many companies are supplying products derived from “black box” solutions that don’t permit operator intervention or incremental editing of the results, The GPS Group goes a step beyond and provides fully customized products and solutions using commercial-grade photogrammetry software products.

“Drones offer a timely, high resolution alternative to conventional imaging platforms and have the ability to get very high quality geospatial information in front of decision makers quickly and affordably,” said Mike Agnes, managing partner of The GPS Group “However, what must also be considered as part of a successful UAS implementation are the techniques and tools used to create those products”

Although they are a new company, its founding partners have well-established track records in the industry. Each member of the team brings complementary and extensive geospatial experience to their clients projects, including commercial UAS operations, remote sensing + GIS, consulting, and geospatial software solutions.

In addition, the company provides coaching and managed services to meet the unique needs of its target market. “UAS professionals and those thinking about embracing this technology, with all of its nuances and special needs, require the same level of sophistication, if not more, than the rest of the commercial mapping industry; we strive to provide these services from a single trusted source,” adds John Dobson, partner and technical operations manager“ By providing option of managed services, this gives our clients the ability to leverage our expertise and experience at a fraction of the cost of implementing them alone.”

The GPS Group brings a deep understanding of the photogrammetric process and are excited to apply their knowledge to the UAS community. In fact, the partners view their service capabilities and market knowledge as having significant value to anyone seeking to establish a UAS solution within their organizations.

Being a good corporate citizen is also important to the company. Hence, they plan to devote a percentage of its available resources to supporting non-profit groups who are seeking to incorporate UAS for the betterment of their organization’s goals.

About The GPS Group:

Every day, The GPS Group helps companies who are seeking to add insight and clarity to the geospatial products they develop for themselves and their clients. The GPS Group specializes in custom image processing services for UAV / drone operators who are looking for a higher standard of accuracy for their terrain and orthoimagery products.

Learn more at www.gpsgroup.ca or by emailing contact@gpsgroup.ca.

Contact: Mike Agnes, Partner

Email: agnes@gpsgroup.ca
Web: www.gpsgroup.ca
Twitter: @thegpsgroup

Jack Hild from Digital Globe at DGI 2013

Jack Hild, Interim Chief Information Officer for Digital Globe speaks to DGI’s Online Editor Dan Mellins-Cohen at DGI 2013 about the  use of imagery and their use of geospatial information. Context from the video included below … 

Jack Hild from Digital Globe at DGI 2013

Maybe you could tell us a bit more about your chosen topic this morning?

The presentation today really talked about the four areas of commercial imagery. It goes from looking at the advances in resolution and accuracy, which are pushing towards the limits right now. I talked a little bit about the speed, so the time it takes to take an image and then get it to a user, dramatic improvements in that over the last five years or so. Then I closed with talking about content, content is really what it’s all about these days. [Lancehead 00:00:56] started it 40 years ago, but we’re seeing more advances in sensors and more and more people are figuring out ways to manipulate all of those bands to discover new things.

So this is really, I think, one of the biggest things, this interoperability and collaboration. What are some of the biggest projects that you’re working on collaboratively and in that what some of the biggest challenges have been?

Obviously collaboration’s a huge theme here, I’ll do a real quick shout out for the NGCP, because I’ve heard so much about that over the last couple of days. Probably the best collaborative geospatial effort in the world.
From a Digitalglobe stand point, we’ve got one product that we’re really excited about, it’s called Global [Base Map 00:01:39]. If you think of individual country mosaics that are seamless, they’re gorgeous pictures of a country. Those are some of the things that we’re really focussing on.
What we’re expecting to do over the next year is move to a time where every day when images are collected, they’re merged into these country databases so that you truly get a constantly refreshing picture of the world. We think there’s a lot of opportunities both for government and commercial users for that.

I think one of the biggest changes that I’ve noticed certainly at DGI is this move that it’s become more than just defence. As you said, it’s governmental, it’s institutional, we’re suddenly seeing a lot more of the emergency services and similar getting involved. What kind of changes have you seen as one of the vendor companies?

Certainly I would agree with you, it’s been really interesting to watch the commercial. Governments are very mature in their use of imagery and their use of geospatial information. More and more we’re seeing commercial companies, who didn’t even realise that it was important, are finding that they can do their business better and more efficiently by using geospatial information.
Certainly the emergency [preparedness 00:02:49] and the emergency response [is key]. That’s one of the things that Digitalglobe can offer, is with our satellite constellation, we can get pictures quickly over emergency areas. We’ve developed some products that countries and companies have bought so that they can respond when there’s some emergency over their particular area of interest.

GeoAlberta – Ga3 – Geospatial: anywhere, anytime for anyone!

GeoAlberta – Ga3 – Geospatial – anywhere, anytime for anyone

Date: May 7-9, 2012GeoAlberta - Ga3 - Geospatial - anywhere, anytime for anyone
Location: Coast Plaza Hotel – Calgary, Alberta
Registration: registration@geoalberta.com or see the registration page

Details: GeoAlberta has become the Premier Geospatial Information Conference for Geomatics professionals in Western Canada. This years event titled “Ga3 – Geospatial – anywhere, anytime for anyone!” will be the 10th Anniversary and planned to reflect the new Geomatics world around us.

“Geospatial information has become part of everyday life and is a growing world wide phenomenon. No longer is Geospatial Information the preserve of highly skilled professionals, instead many people in society use it on a daily basis, sometimes unknowinly.

Real-time, interactive and mobile GPS/GIS technologies has created new real-time geographic analysis and real-time geography. Such developments have led to advances in the ways spatial information is collected, mapped and used by an expanding user community. They are now at the heart of a vast array of real-time interactive mobile computing, geolocation applications and asset management, along with wireless geographic services that are revolutionizing the role of geography and geospatial information in everyday society.

Discover how it all works together from traditional mapping and survey technology to new web technologies and smart devices. Learn from industry leaders how geospatial information is emerging, evolving and imminent in today’s society.”

The 10th GeoAlberta Conference will be titled “Geospatial – anywhere, anytime for anyone” to reflect the changes in how Geospatial Information is used and how it is available all the time. It is expected that close to 450 professionals will come together in Calgary this May to discuss Geospatial Information, celebrate and explore new opportunites. The event is made possible thanks to combined efforts of four Western Geomatics associations: the Alberta Geomatics Group, GeoEdmonton, Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) Alberta Chapter and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Alberta Chapter.

Registration begins in February with members of the four Western Geomatics associations mentioned above able to save up to $200 if they register before the early bird deadline and speakers and presenters can save up to half of their registration fees.

They are also promoting Cartography contest where schools can submit maps that they have generated for a chance to win money. The competition is open to students or in Grade 9 thru 12. The top maps will be exhibited at the GeoAlberta conference with chances to win up to $1000.

Help celebrate GeoAlberta’s 10th Anniversary by attending or presenting at this years GeoAlberta – Geospatial Information Conference in Calgary. For more information, direct requests to info@geoalberta.com or check out the conference web site for updates.

[source: GeoAlberta.com]