GNSS positioning technology has advanced considerably since it was first introduced into the market for high-accuracy positioning. Gone are the days of GPS-only receivers, long observations for post-processing, 10+ pound receiver configurations, car batteries needed to provide external power and cables connecting everything in sight.
The Hexagon Imagery Program was announced last year at the HxGN 2014 User Conference. I recently had the chance to speak with Belai Beshah, CTO of Valtus (www.valtus.com), to learn why a GIS professional should select to use the Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP) as basemap layer for GIS data collection. Why not just use free imagery from the public domain?
I was first introduced to “GPS” in 1985 walking across the campus of Rockwell International’s Anaheim, California facility. I met a guy wearing a giant backpack with a “handheld” display unit the size of a shoe.
As the geospatial industry is set to grow significantly over the next 5 – 10 years, the value we place on geospatial data is going to increase and be valued within an organisation in the same way other strategic information is.
When the importance of accurate (positional and attribute) spatial data is high on the agenda then the creation and maintenance of this information is brought into question.