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AW3D rendition of Chicago metro. Photo: NTT Data.

NTT Data, DigitalGlobe Extend GBDX Agreement for 3D Models

NTT DATA announced an agreement with DigitalGlobe to extend their strategic partnership to produce large-scale 3D vector building model datasets, called AW3D Metro. This will combine NTT DATA’s elevation expertise with DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution imagery and platform capabilities to create 3D datasets that offer significant coverage and rapid delivery timelines. NTT DATA will create off-the-shelf 3D […]

By | August 31, 2017

A Vitti Logistics load in Mexico being GPS tracked by FourKites. Photo: FourKites.

Vitti Logistics Selects FourKites for Real-time Freight Tracking

FourKites, a real-time supply chain visibility platform connected to more than four million assets in North America, will help Vitti Logistics, a Third Party Logistics (3PL) provider to companies in Mexico and the United States, deliver differentiated customer value through real-time tracking and exception management across Mexico. According to Vitti, the partnership also marks a […]

By | August 31, 2017

Google's self-driving car prototype, Waymo. Photo: Flickr, smoothgroover22.

Should Autonomous Cars Share the Wheel with Humans?

Some research has shown that autonomous cars lacking a steering wheel or brakes may in fact be safer than a vehicle in which human drivers can take manual control. Should car companies follow Google’s approach and remove the human element entirely, or is a more gradual approach most appropriate to bring this technology into the […]

By | August 28, 2017

University of Ottawa, Canada, campus. Photo: University of Ottawa.

Researchers Successfully Perform First 4D Quantum Encryption

For the first time, researchers have sent a quantum-secured message containing more than one bit of information per photon through the air above a city. The demonstration showed that it could one day be practical to use high-capacity, free-space quantum communication to create a highly secure link between ground-based networks and satellites, a requirement for […]

By | August 25, 2017

Southwire Cable-in-Conduit. Photo: Southwire.

Southwire Tracking System Improves Materials Management for Utilities

Southwire, one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers, now offers satellite-based tracking of its cable products. Unlike cellular-based beacons which operate at shorter ranges, the Southwire Automated Materials Management (SAMM) system features satellite-based trackers that work anywhere outdoors with a view of the sky. Trackers are pre-installed on cable reels to save utility […]

By | August 23, 2017

ViaLight's micro laser terminal. Photo: ViaLight Communications.

ViaLight to Develop Laser Terminals for AWN IFC Network

ViaLight Communications has signed a design and manufacturing agreement with California-based Airborne Wireless Network (AWN), an important step toward integrating VLC’s series of airborne laser communication terminals into the Inifinitus Super Highway, a proposed fully-meshed airborne broadband system. According to ViaLight, laser is 100 percent secure from jamming as well as interception, and remains stealthy […]

By | August 23, 2017

Kratos Monics Enterprise screen shot.s

Kratos’ SatID Helps to Improve Interference Mitigation

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced that its satID satellite interference geolocation product offers a Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network geolocation capability to combat Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) interference. According to Kratos, the satID product can locate satellite interference within 5 km of the source. The TDMA geolocation module enables satID to classify the […]

By | August 23, 2017

Headquarters of Elbit Systems' American subsidiary. Photo: Elbit Systems.

Hughes Infringed an Elbit Systems Patent, Jury Rules

In response to media inquiries, Elbit confirmed that on Aug. 7, a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found Hughes Network Systems to have infringed one of its patents, which generally relates to high-speed satellite communications. The jury awarded Elbit Systems damages of approximately $21 million plus interest. However, the court has yet […]

By | August 21, 2017

L-band antenna at Redu ground station. Photo: ESA.

NSR Projects Satellite Ground Segment to Reach $158 Billion by 2026

Analysts at Northern Sky Research (NSR) have forecast 2016 to 2026 revenues for commercial satellite ground equipment to surpass $158 billion, according to the second edition of its Commercial Satellite Ground Segment report. In the report, NSR states satellite TV continues to be the largest segment by shipments and revenues, with Set-Top Boxes (STBs) and […]

By | August 21, 2017

The Millstone Hill radar facility at MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts. Photo: MIT/Shun-Rong Zhang.

How Does the Eclipse Affect Satellites? MIT Plans to Research

Atmospheric scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Haystack Observatory will investigate the effects of the eclipse on space weather. According to the researchers, the eclipse will generate waves called Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs) in the upper atmosphere. The eclipse will thus grant them the opportunity to learn more about the atmospheric response to […]

By | August 21, 2017

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