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The Government of Cantabria develops a digital twin of the territory

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The Government of Cantabria has created a digital twin of the territory of the Community autonomous. This twin is a virtual replica of Cantabria, in three dimensions, and to which all those who wish can access it through the Internet. By doing so, Internet users will see, as with other digital twins, a representation of the real world in digital format.

This digital twin of Cantabria is being used to measure various parameters in relation to the territory. Among other things, it serves to know how tall the vegetation is on average in the Community, since it represents the real thing. You can also know what part of the land is covered with vegetation, or the organic matter that is in it. These data, which at first may seem of little relevance, are much more important than it seems. For example, they can be used to find out how much wood can be obtained in a certain area, or to find out how much fuel there is for the development of a fire.

Another area in which this digital twin can be useful is in security. With it it is possible to know how the terrain will respond in extreme weather situations. For example, in a flood. And in urban space management, for example, since it allows to know exactly the morphology of each building and where its eaves are, or the difference between heights, it allows interventions to be planned in much more detail in emergency situations.

On the other hand, with this replica a connection can be established with different simulation processes. To do this, this digital twin allows the creation of models that try to imitate the functioning of nature, the territory and the relationship between the two. This opens up even more possibilities for the digital twin, and gives it more value.

Until now it has been used to analyze the vegetation cover of the Community. From this analysis a new map of land uses and land cover has been born, with a high level of detail that is impossible to achieve with other systems. And thanks to this, the map is used to optimize various models of the territory that try to discover, for example, in what state of conservation is the nature of a certain point on the ground. Also how other more complex phenomena are carried out, such as ecological connectivity in the Cantabrian region.

The dissemination of its geography is not new for the Government of Cantabria, which years ago opened a map portal for the region, in addition to developing an app: Cantabria maps. With both services you can consult all kinds of data and aspects of the territory. Thanks to this, the authorities of the region they had a cloud of LiDAR points that exceeds 48,000. This laser technique is used to detect objects, as well as the exact and precise distance to them.

These data were captured in 2018, thanks to a collaboration agreement signed between the Government of Cantabria and the National Center for Geographic Information, an entity that depends on the National Geographic Institute (IGN). So they thought about making them available to the public, but accessing and viewing them was difficult. For this reason, the Cantabrian authorities studied the possibility of making them accessible through the Internet, on a website.

The team that was in charge of developing this digital twin for the aforementioned purpose began the project by optimizing the available data and assigning different colors to the cloud of points they received, with the aim that they all had their tone as marked by various aerial images of the land available to them. Once this process was finished, the buildings were given a solid volume, to fill in the gaps left in the cloud of points, and make the digital twin realistic.

In addition, according to comments from the Government, «In order to give a solid form to the more than 600,000 buildings that Cantabria has, many of them with irregular and complex shapes, we needed to go a step further. We had done successful tests years ago with what we call ‘3D primitives’, basic cubic shapes of the buildings, without the true shape of the roofs and without colors, but it was time to apply better algorithms to achieve a more approximate definition of the buildings. to reality”.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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