Citizen science is on the increase. Using their own observations and mobile devices, citizens can provide a new data stream of local information about their environment, complementing existing systems and data sources.
Ground Truth 2.0 is a 3-year EC funded project that is setting up and validating six citizen observatories in real conditions, in four European and two African demonstration cases. The project is demonstrating that such observatories are technologically feasible, can be implemented sustainably and that they have many societal and economic benefits. The ultimate objective is the global market uptake of the concept and the enabling technologies.
Upande is one of the project partners in the Kenyan case study, alongside IHE, TAHMO and Gavagai.
The Kenyan case is integrating exiting tools present among the various stakeholders in the Masaai-Mara ecosystem that deal with biodiversity and livelihood in general.
Google recently announced plans to deprecate its primary geospatial enterprise solutions, namely Google Earth Enterprise, Google Earth API and Google Maps Engine/API. This means these services will no longer be supported early 2016.
For organizations using these services, alternatives need to start being considered today. In 2014, Upande became a Luciad Certified Partner. Luciad offers the possibility for customers of Google’s geospatial enterprise solutions to migrate free of charge to Luciad’s geospatial ecosystem. With Luciad, Google users with applications for logistics, track and trace, tourism, traffic management, planning, asset management or any other type of activity can easily migrate to Luciad and instantly benefit from an expansive feature set.
- Data management and fusion: serve custom vector and raster data throughout an enterprise and serve all applications with tiled data Extensive set of supported formats and standards out of the box
- High performance 3-D globes
- Ease of use to navigate the globe, animate transitions, add labels for optimal user experience
- State-of-the-art support for KML And much more…
Please contact us if these changes are affecting you and/or if you wish to explore how we can help you transition smoothly and get acquainted with Luciad products.
Upande has recently further expanded its frontiers by taking on a project in Nigeria together with Benjamin Knight & Associates and the Ministry of Lands of Enugu State government. The project dubbed 'Enugu Virtual Streets' not only gives panoramic interactive navigation of the streets of Enugu, but also gives access to thousands of POIs (points of interest), land marks, business listings, etc. collected through partner company Global Geomatics. This data will be made accessible through a website and a series of apps for platforms including Android, iPhone/iPad and BlackBerry as well as through SMS.
We are happy to announce the signing of a contract through WWF for offering various technical services to the Integrated Water Resource Allocation Programme (IWRAP) project.
IWRAP was started to spearhead efforts to boost effective water regulation and governance, sustainable land and natural resource use, and sustainable development in the Lake Naivasha Basin and the catchment areas. IWRAP is funded by the Dutch Embassy of Nairobi and is a partnership involving WRMA, Imarisha, WWF, Deltares and ITC.