Road mapping in Brazil with mapKITE confirms high accuracy with minimal ground surveying

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The Rodovia Raposo Tavares (SP-270, SP, Brazil) has cradled a new mapKITE mapping mission, carried out by ENGEMAP and jointly computed with GeoNumerics: results confirm mapKITE as a cm-level accurate 3D corridor mapping method.

Castelldefels (Spain) and Assis (SP, Brazil), 8 January 2019. ENGEMAP and GeoNumerics have finalized the accuracy evaluation of a mapKITE mission conducted on the SP-270 motorway (Rodovia Raposo Tavares, SP, Brazil) on 25 May 2018. The goal of the evaluation was to confirm the advantages of the mapKITE method and its Kinematic Ground Control Point (KGCP) concept over the “conventional” corridor mapping method in a typical operational mapping scenario. As expected, mapKITE and the conventional method delivered comparable accuracy results the difference being that the latter requires a dense set of surveyed Ground Control Points (GCPs) while mapKITE does the job with almost no GCPs.

GeoNumerics invited to present mapKITE at the H2020 Space Info Day

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GeoNumerics was invited to present the mapKITE project and technology at the Horizon 2020 International Space Information Day, held at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), in Prague, on 12 October 2018.

Castelldefels, 14 October 2018. GeoNumerics is proud to inform that its past Horizon 2020 project mapKITE was presented by Ismael Colomina, company’s CEO, on occasion of the Horizon 2020 International Space Information Day, organized and hosted by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), in Prague, on 12 October 2018. The GSA selected mapKITE together with two other projects, FOSTER ITS and GOEASY, to showcase past and ongoing R&D dealing with innovative applications of the satellite navigation systems Galileo and EGNOS.

MapKITE, an invention of GeoNumerics, is a new method for simultaneous aerial and terrestrial geodata acquisition for 3D mapping of corridors (highways, railways and waterways) and urban areas. In a mapKITE mission, geodata is acquired from the air –from a drone– and from the ground –from a van, with a mobile mapping system– where the drone follows the van at an approximate constant height above ground. The method goes beyond traditional mapping using drones; it is a new mapping concept as it introduces a new surveying paradigm, new mathematical models, new ways of fusing sensors and a new “map” product. MapKITE is protected by the Spanish patent 201231200 and U.S. patent no. 14/417,435, and with pending patents in Brazil and Europe.

GeoNumerics meets with Ferrovial in Madrid

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On 27 and 28 November, GeoNumerics had the opportunity to present its technology and business model to Ferrovial at the Impact Hub Gobernador in Madrid, Spain.

The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and Ferrovial partnered for a business acceleration event directed at companies working on sustainable approaches to urban mobility, user experience (airports and toll roads), energy efficiency and new technologies for the construction sector. After a selection process, 21 companies funded by the EIC pilot were selected to present their projects to an audience of Ferrovial representatives and key partners and engage in one-to-one meetings with relevant corporate stakeholders.

Ferrovial’s innovation strategy works on an open innovation model, based on cooperation with external partners who are capable of complementing company needs and capacities, with the aim of accelerating the deployment of new solutions and processes to the market. This is also one of the main objectives behind the Corporate Days promoted by the EIC pilot Business Acceleration Services.

Dealing with climate change is also a drone matter: last test campaign of project HYCOS.

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GeoNumericsGEOSAT and Telespazio France have concluded a geo-data collection campaign at Cap Ferret, France, to measure coastal erosion at the Atlantic French coast, based on GeoNumerics' patented mapKITE concept.

On September, 20th and 21st, the project HYCOS concluded its last test campaign by operating a tandem system composed by a Mobile Mapping System (MMS) from French company GEOSAT and a drone equipped with navigation and remote sensing equipment, operated by Octocam-maps. The goal was to collect aerial and terrestrial 3D simultaneous geo-data and compare it to a similar acquisition performed in March, 2018. By doing so, HYCOS is addressing the hybridization of multi-platform, multi-resolution observation methods (satellite, drone and mobile mapping) to measure coastal erosion at the Atlantic French coast. HYCOS becomes therefore one more application of mapKITE, the novel air/ground 3D mapping technology patented by GeoNumerics.

The tests specifically covered the area of Cap Ferret, a popular French coastal area, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Arcachon, in which natural erosion combined with the severe winter storms in recent years has made the site particularly unstable and dangerous. Naturally, the project has arisen the interest of local authorities and press, and has been featured on local TV.