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Asian Remote Sensing Industry Coming on Strong

Asian Remote Sensing Industry Coming on Strong
A glimpse of 2006-2016 NOAA report about Asian industry

Global Marketing Insights, Inc., USA

The Asian Remote Sensing industry is strong and growing. In a follow-on to a 2005 study, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service) of the US, Canadian and European Remote Sensing industries, a comprehensive study of the Asian Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technology industries was completed in 2006 by Global Marketing Insights, Inc. This focused on: Aerial Film, Aerial Digital, Aerial Sensor, Satellite, Software/Hardware, Commercial End User, Government End User and Academic End User.

The final report is based on 408 completed online survey respondents and 50 personal interviews. Identifying the most utilised remote sensing technologies the study also includes a 5-and 10-year analysis of Asian political, economic, and technical trends impacting the remote sensing industry.

These important findings demonstrate the great influence of the Asian remote sensing community on the global development of the industry. The chart (Fig 1) highlights the responses from the remote sensing and geospatial technology end user sectors.

Asian Remote Sensing Technical, Environmental, Economic and Political Trends
All of the respondents were asked to identify the Technical Advances they see impacting their businesses in the years 2011 and 2016. In 2011, Greater Ground Resolution, Improved Airborne GPS Units and Technology Integration were the top three advances selected. (Table 1). In 2016, Even Greater Ground Resolution continued to be a primary concern; however, Continued Increased Channels and Bands, and Even Better Processing Software were the second and third most-frequently selected trends.

There was more diversity in the top selections for the 2016 technical advances than in 2011. The Software/Hardware sector chose Greater Computer Processing Speed, and the Academic sector chose Continued Increased Channels and Bands. These selections reflect the specific interests of each sector. For example, the ability to collect more channels and bands in the imagery would provide new opportunities for research in the academic world, while the software/hardware industry is focused on the speed and efficiency of their products.

The Political, Economic and Environmental trends that are likely to have the greatest impact over the next ten years include Remote Sensing Data Becoming a Commodity followed closely by National Defense /Homeland Security. Some of these trends could have negative effects on certain sectors, while having positive effects on others. For example, the increased interest in homeland security may result in restricted access data distribution, but the demand for data from the government will spur growth among data providers.