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Digitizing the World

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Real-time communication and collaboration lie at the heart of a new generation of high-definition (HD) digital maps that react quickly to changes in the real world. Autonomous vehicles and construction-site surveys are among the applications that are driving companies toward high-precision mapping performed almost in real time.

James Dean, founder and director of technology applications at London, U.K.-based startup SenSat, says, "Digitizing the world is incredibly important. We can make better, faster decisions from that digitized information than is possible with traditional means"


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