February 29, 2024

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Christchurch, NZ Looking to Deploy Innovative Aerial Photography Tech

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New Zealand is currently seeking new and innovative, disruptive technology that will revolutionise the way Christchurch obtains aerial imagery. Aerial imagery technology will provide the Christchurch City Council with crucial information to make informed decisions on anything from air pollution to water level fluctuations to disaster management and recovery.

Aerial photography is used to assess and map landscape change, which is an important part of ecosystem management. Images collected from a great height above the earth are used to help people make better decisions about what should be done on the ground. To develop new methods to capture these images, the Christchurch Aerospace Challenge was established today and is being offered through a collaboration between ChristchurchNZ and the Christchurch City Council, with the University of Canterbury and a research organisation enthusiastically supporting it.

Christchurch City Councils of the Smart Christchurch Programme Manager stated the aerial technology currently available can be slow and costly. “Turnaround time between capturing the images and delivery can be anywhere between six to nine months and poor weather conditions can add further delays. We’re wanting to work with the innovative aerospace start-ups, businesses, and research that abound here in Christchurch, and across New Zealand, who could help us create an efficient, higher quality, timely and value-for-money solution.”

Applicants for the Aerospace Challenge must propose an idea that will revolutionise aerial imaging capturing hardware and software. Submissions must also allow for public access to data, be environmentally sustainable, and be capable of producing a prototype that can be optimised within the Challenge timeline, which is due on December 6.

In January 2022, a judging panel will choose four applications who will each get a $10,000 grant to build their proposal, which will subsequently assist in the design of a digital replica of Christchurch to be used for planning and advanced data analysis. “We’ve got an amazing depth and breadth of aerospace businesses and talent here in Christchurch. We want to tap into some of that expertise to help deliver technology that brings value for the whole city, while at the same time supporting the sector,” mentioned the ChristchurchNZ Business Attraction Manager

In addition, over the course of a weekend in April, the takiwaehere – New Zealand geospatial hackathon drew a lot of attention. This 24-hour event was hosted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) of New Zealand and a satellite imagery company to encourage students to develop new solutions using high-resolution satellite imagery and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to address pressing challenges. The hackathon is the first result of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was struck between MBIE and a firm that provides high-resolution satellite imagery.

The New Zealand Geospatial Hackathon, like many other government initiatives in New Zealand, has a Mori cultural name and meaning. TakiWaehere is a reimagining of the phrase hackathon that refers to a group of people (taki-) collaborating on a technical coding project (waehere).

As the geospatial market’s needs evolve, data products must evolve to provide more options that meet a broader range of needs. Technological progress is essential for the sector to stay up with changing needs while also providing new opportunities.

A report stated a technique known as photogrammetry (q.v.), which involves the simultaneous projection of the overlapping views, makes possible the preparation of contour maps or three-dimensional models of the terrestrial surface that has been photographed.

Valuable data on topography, geology, hydrology, soil and vegetation, meteorology, ocean currents, and fish resources have become accessible with the use of satellite technology and expert interpretation. Views of cloud patterns obtained from orbiting satellites are valuable in weather forecasting. Aerial photography also has vital military reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering applications.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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