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Organisations will benefit by adding location to workflows – Jeff Yates, DAT/EM Systems International

Jeff Yates, General Manager, DAT/EM Systems International, US
Jeff Yates, General Manager, DAT/EM Systems International, US

Any AI being or cataloging system needs to know “where” they are in the world. This location data can assist all businesses and governments in optimizing their production or maintenance and ultimately help make important business decisions.

IT and engineering firms are some of the groups that can benefit the most from adding location to their workflows. IT companies are moving a lot of data around to various hubs and they are also managing users and servers in different locations. Engineering firms have enormous amounts of infrastructure that they build, manage and inspect. By visualizing this data in their real, 3D, physical location, it makes management easier and ultimately saves time.

Rapidly changing technology is going to benefit those individuals and businesses that can adapt, re-educate, choose the right course and ride the wave of new technologies. Higher wages and a higher standard of living will come to those who adapt and train for the future.

Technology is ever evolving

As technology itself changes so do the entry points to geospatial technologies. Take basic photogrammetry for example. Decades ago the hardware to produce a photogrammetrically compiled map was so specialized it required specially trained technicians to install and calibrate ‘analogue’. By contrast, a modern, PC-based digital photogrammetric stereoplotter, both hardware and software, can be installed in a couple hours by a reasonably trained IT person.

Similarly, UAV technology for mapping purposes has already become a lower-cost alternative to traditional aircraft so that engineering firms that used to contract for their flying are performing that function internally. In the process they are saving the cost of hiring a manned aircraft and bringing new revenue to their firm. VR is another exciting new technology that holds tremendous opportunities for both the entertainment and engineering communities.

As the use of geospatial information spreads to other industries, there will be an ever-increasing requirement for the software to keep improving due to customer demands and expectations. DAT/EM serves its 500 plus clients in more than 70 countries by building and maintaining valuable systems, staying alert to industry trends and advances, and always leading by example with quality products and services. We hope our clients and partners will join us in embracing the 4th industrial revolution and leading the world to utilize location data in responsible and thought-provoking methods.