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.
Upande has collected hundreds of panoramic scenes through sister company Kontent's 360tours product. Some panoramics were captured from the air using UAV technology. Upande is also in the process of a detailed orthophoto production for the entire metropolis area using UAV technology. More information on the partners involved, the apps developed and links will be posted after the launch early next year.
After having been featured on Google's recently launched MoreThanAMap website featuring Upande as 1 of the 6 global developers, we have gotten further great exposure from CNN who have featured our work in their blog post titled Improving the world, one map at a time.
At the end of this month we will receive further exposure through Google's Geo Developer Blog. Great recognition for our work and kudos to the team for having made this all happen!!
Virtual Kenya is an online interactive platform, with related materials (in DVD) for those with no access to the Internet. It is designed to provide improved access to high quality spatial data and mapping technology to allow more people to use and interact with spatial data in their educational and professional pursuits.
This is achieved through various:
- Google mashups and dashboards on a range of themes
- Environmental interactive virtual tours and educational resources
- Downloadable and interactive map data
We are very excited to announce that Upande staff will be participating in the upcoming Data Journalism Bootcamps in Tanzania and Ghana, both in October 2012, partnering with The World Bank Institute and Africa Media Initiative.
Our role will be to introduce journalists to data scraping and cleaning tools, as well as analysis and visualization tools that can help tell the story the data contains.
We are honoured to be part of this series which will complement the work we already did with these partners in Moldova and South Africa.
Google has today launched an exciting platform morethanamap.com to showcase what developers around the world have done with Google Maps API. Here at Upande we were lucky enough to be interviewed as part of this initiative and show off our work. Kudos to our great team! More to follow!