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Tamme van der Wal
AeroVision B.V.
The Netherlands


Tamme van der Wal graduated from Wageningen University in 1992 in geomatics and agro-meteorology. He started his career in food security forecasting and agricultural policy related research. He works on GIS systems in the support of the Common Agricultural Policy, Remote Sensing for land and agricultural monitoring, and several projects in the Galileo programme concerning precision farming and other applications in the agricultural domain. He stimulates innovations through geo-spatial technology and focusses on user needs, business improvement, information system design and stakeholder involvement. Tamme is coordinator of UNIFARM, a forum of agricultural users to express and defend needs for satellite navigation.

Use of UAS in crop monitoring
Crop monitoring will be a large market for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the years to come. Crop monitoring has a long history starting from the first images of Landsat satellite 40 years ago till the wealth of satellite imagery available today. Despite the enormous developments in satellite Remote Sensing and growth of the number of satellites, one problem remained: cloud cover. Clouds obscure the earth and prevent crop sensing services to farmers, in many regions in the world. One solution to overcome this cloud hindrance is the use of UAS mounted cameras that mimic the same process as with satellites. There easy deployment can make sure that the right image is taken at the right moment. UAS is an extender to satellite based services. The sensing information tells the farmer if his crop needs fertiliser or irrigation and where to apply it. Timely information can safe farmers a lot of money and bring them extra yields. The benefits of UAS based agricultural sensing can even further be explored when applications arise utilising the specific characteristics of the platform and the camera, for instance plant individual sensing. FieldCopter investigates crop monitoring perspectives and provides state-of-the-art multi-spectral cameras on UAS that deliver the right information in the right time on the right spot, developing a complete solution for UAS sensing. Based on existing components and algorithms, FieldCopter benefits from the miniaturised camera technology and navigation aids to create a system that can be used by farmers, advisors and service providers to provide the state of the crop.
Dr. Armando Guevara
President and CEO
Visual Intelligence

Dr. Armando Guevara holds Bachelor Science Degrees in Systems Engineering and Geography; Master in Computer Science and PhD in Computer Science / Computational Geometry and GIS. Dr. Guevara possesses a unique combination of technology and business savvy with a solid record of leading accomplishments in the geospatial industry at companies like ESRI where he was one of the early developers of the ArcGIS system, Intergraph and Gtt NetCorp where he participated in the launch of commercial geoimaging satellites. He is a recognized pioneer, technology creator and invited international speaker with prolific writings "On the Spatial Enabling of Information", “Adaptable, Scalable Spatial Architectures” and "The Science of Where". Currently Dr. Guevara is President and CEO of Visual Intelligence, company based in Houston-Texas that has created, based on the iOne STKA, the most economical, best performing, multi functional line of digital metric geoimaging sensor products for aerial, ground and mobile applications.

The iOne STKA® Software Technology
Visual intelligence (VI) has designed a modular and scalable software-centric geoimaging sensor tool kit architecture called “iOne STKATM”. With the iOne STKA, VI can readily develop all kinds of 2D-3D geoimaging sensors for aerial, terrestrial and mobile applications using one single architectural foundation. The iOne STKA is poised to innovate mass consumer geospatial apps (geospatial/locational gadgets) and rapidly become an intrinsic part of the evolution of this growing “science of where” era of “geospatial intelligence” and  “social geospatial enabling of 2D-3D information”.
VI is now exploring with miniaturized designs of the iOneTM ARCATM to be used on mobile devices such as phones (e.g. iOne in the iPhone and iPad) for “social 2D-3D mapping”, but collecting, without increasing manufacturing costs, beyond a picture, collecting accurate and precise metric imagery for all kinds of web content, engineering, architectural, planning etc. - apps for “Geoimaging the world online”.
The VI IP and developments of the iOne STKA are backed by a very strong patent portfolio (please see for more details). This software-centric digital geoimaging technology is versatile to be fit on very small drones or handheld devices, and has been certified by the US Government’s USGS Sensor Type Certification. The miniaturized versions are in the category of close range (horizontal) photogrammetry (interior mapping) – hence folks on the street would potentially be able to take pictures that are accurately measureable - xyz engineering content at your fingertips (at the price of a commodity picture).

Software Technology & IP unique attributes and value:
  1. ARCA geometry enables geoimaging with the largest swath thru smallest aperture enabling “a pixel vacuum cleaner”. From traditional mapping sensors (airborne planes, helicopters or UAVs) to miniaturized ones (e.g. mobile phones).
  2. Modular and Scalable Software Foundation based on the Object Oriented paradigm. Multi-core and multi-threaded aware for fastest processors and GPU leveraging. C++ and C Sharp written. Uses advanced and innovative Pixelgrammetry, Computer Vision and Computing Intelligence methods.
  3. Virtual Frame Generation (enabling multiple camera cones to behave like a single “giant” frame”) from any number of optical sensors –with precise radiometric and geometric accuracy; engineering quality.
  4. Fully Automated Image Triangulation and Correlation.
  5. Automated feature extraction and geo-tagging. Evolving “knowledge-based” software.
  6. Automated NADIR and Oblique ortho generation with re-useable software components to do “on-board near real time or masked” ortho and future 3D change detection.
Simon Casey
Sales Manager
European Space Imaging

European Space Imaging (EUSI) and the Earth Observation Center at German Aerospace Center (DLR) have established a fully operational near real-time service on behalf of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), for detecting vessels and vessel activities using very high resolution optical satellite imagery. The rapid access to satellite data and derived information is requested by EMSA to support maritime situational awareness, e.g. reducing the risk of maritime accidents, marine pollution from ships and the loss of human life at sea. Very High Resolution Satellite data with a spatial resolution of less than 1 metre forms the basis for a near real-time service with image delivery in less than one hour after an acquisition. In addition, value adding services are provided to aid EMSA in delivering timely information on vessel locations and activities to EU member states. Value added services use a semi-automatic operational procedure to deliver results within one and half hours after image acquisition. In this presentation an overview of the OpSSERVE service (Optical Satellite Service for EMSA) and its near real-time processing chain is given. Use of UAS in Crop Monitoring.
Dr Noordin Ahmad
Deputy Director General
National Space Agency

Spatial Based Workflow Management for E-Government
Field tracking and data recording has historically been a disconnected process. Field crews collect or enter data and then send it back to the main office to be analyzed. Communication is limited and workflows are being managed manually. Spatial based workflow management has shown to be a potential tools to improve workflow efficiency. It allows field and indoor work to be integrated together with tracking and information tracing. Workflow processes are always involved in E-government service. A well-defined spatial based process helps to complete the implementation of workflow management for E-government to archive more effective work plans and managements. This paper provides the experience a prototype study carried out to proof the efficiency of this system. Challenges and experiences gained are highlighted.
Kristian Jaakkola
Managing Director & Founder
Spatineo Inc

Real-time Monitoring and Reporting of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure
INSPIRE legislation sets strict quality, availability and reporting standards on geospatial web services. Spatineo has created an innovative real-time virtual bot network that covers the global spatial data infrastructure. Spatineo performance real-time monitoring of all public spatial web services around the world. Based on this data Spatineo provides two ground-breaking solutions. Spatineo Directory is a world-wide and cost-free search engine of all available spatial web service and geospatial data. Spatineo Directory is similar to INSPIRE geoportal created by the EU Commission but Spatineo Directory includes a wider selection of services and the real-time availability data based on active monitoring. Spatineo Monitor is a commercial service and shows exactly how spatial web services are performing and who are using them. Spatineo Monitor gives analysis on availability, usage and quality of service. Spatineo Monitor verifies INSPIRE compliance with quality of service assurance, interface and metadata validation, uptime monitoring and automated INSPIRE reports. The benefit of using Spatineo Monitor is to create significant cost saving in operating the spatial web services and to improve the quality of service to the users and thus perhaps generate more revenues with the service. The usage analytics of Spatineo Monitor gives the required data for such benefit analysis.
Manuel de la Calle
Glob3 mobile

Glob3 mobile. A New Approach to Mobile GIS 3D
G3M (Glob3 mobile) is a new Framework developed from scratch by IGO Software using the know how acquired developing glob3 and the first version of glob3 mobile. G3M wants to be the reference framework for developing 3d GIS mobile solutions. G3M has been developed taking mobile-only issues into consideration (Performance, Usability, Fragmentation, etc...). In addition, using the same core we have developed a html5 version in order to run in standard browsers in a near future. The used architecture is one of the key features of this project. The core is only developed in C++ and works in iOS platform. This code is translated to java in order to use in Android and webGL (GWT). Using well-known object oriented Design Patterns (Abstract factory, Builder, Template method, etc) we was able to create an extensible core system, that can be ported to new platforms with relative easy-to-implement native-implementation of few classes. The result is the possibility of build native applications in iOS, Android and webGL using the very same API.
Michiel van Eupen
Wageningen UR
The Netherlands

QUICKScan: A Participatory Spatial Analysis Tool to Facilitate Policy Assessments

Policy assessments seek to analyse potential effects of new policies before those policies are adopted. There is a trend towards evidence-based policy making drawing policy assessment knowledge into the cyclic policy process of: scoping (where is the problem, how severe is it, who is affected and do we need to intervene?), evidence gathering (and identify knowledge gaps), doing an assessment (develop policy options and assess their likely impacts), implement the policy and review and amend it. QUICKScan provides you the instruments for exploring policy options and assessing impacts with stakeholders and experts in a fast and transparent way. Using facilitated workshops participants will obtain a common understanding of policy impacts by jointly defining alternative options and combining their collective knowledge with available scientific data in a participatory modelling approach. Usable material is gathered during workshop preparation and includes administrative, statistical, and spatial data from satellite imagery, spatial plans and from results of scientific models. By capturing expert and tacit knowledge from the participants in rules, and linking those to the available data, each alternative response is modelled and can directly be simulated. The fast and transparent approach allows to do multiple iterations in each workshop.
Seb Lessware
Product Manager

Following a degree in Computer Science and Cybernetics, Seb started as a software engineer at Laser-Scan in 1997 and has now had 16 years of technical experience in geospatial software and data management. As a principal software engineer Seb secured expertise in Oracle Spatial and topology management and became product manager for 1Spatial's Radius Topology product. As Laser-Scan became 1Spatial, Seb became an established expert in the definition of spatial data business rules for validating, fixing and transforming spatial data. Now a product manager for a number of the products in 1Spatial’s Management Suite, Seb combines awareness of customer needs and industry drivers with technical insight to enable customers to achieve their vision. Seb’s wide range of skills allows him to contribute to many aspects of the business including customer discussions, solution architecture design, user interface design, competitive tender responses, product management, requirements analysis, marketing collateral and consultancy.

Maintaining National Spatial Data Holdings with Process Automation
This session will show how the 1Spatial Management Suite facilitates the creation and management of national spatial data holdings through automation. With its innovative data management approach it enables NMCAs to:
• efficiently accommodate high levels of real-world change
• rapidly derive new data products and services in response to changing needs and demands
• consistently managedata quality and accuracy to guaranteed standards.

This session will also provide a demonstration of 1Spatial’s new data capture product, 1Edit. This innovative Windows 8 application provides users with on-the-fly topological editing, on-the-fly data validation, change-only-update data export and fully integrates with field survey tools - all utilising the new Windows 8 touch gesture interface.

National spatial data holdings are critical to decision makingand depend on accurate and up-to-date information which has been managed to a guaranteed standard. Organisations (such asNational Mapping and Cadastral Agencies, utilities companies, defence and government departments) that create and maintain these big spatial data holdings face a number of important challenges, including: • operating efficiently in a competitive and demanding environment
• being flexible and innovative in a rapidly changing marketplace
• managing the size and complexity of these big spatial data holdings with a high rate of real-world change
• ensuring they produce high-quality and accurate data products and services.

As a result of these challenges, many organisations are evolving from being suppliers of traditional mapping products generated from legacy cartographic databases, to being authoritative suppliers of rich, intelligent data and data services from real-word feature databases. This evolution challenges conventional data management approaches.