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What are the challenges in implementation of geospatial technologies?

While geospatial technology enhances efficiency and productivity, lack of awareness among the user community and lack of human resource for technology provider are few dominant challenges

Every decision undergoes a process of analysing the pros and cons of the decision. Similarly adoption of every technology has its own pros and cons. The implementation increases when the pros exceed the cons.

Similarly, the use of geospatial technology comes with its own pros and Cons. The Global Geospatial Industry Outlook, an exclusive study by Geospatial Media and Communications, studies these pros and cons in detail. The report also studies 50 economies on the user adoption of geospatial, how geospatial technologies function within the digital platform and also the changing product landscape of the geospatial industry fabric.

Pros of the adoption of geospatial technology

Investment in geospatial is a onetime investment.  As soon as the data is collected it can be used for further analysis in the long run. Geospatial, after two decades of advent continues to remain dynamic. The adoption rate of geospatial, in the recent years, continues to increase at an accelerating rate as more and more users realised the benefits derived over the years, adoption of geospatial technology has enhanced the efficiency of the process / project. The guaranteed increase in efficiency leads to increased productivity thus resulting in increased value addition to the users of geospatial technology. Implementation of geospatial technology imparts the elite nature of the provided solutions.

The spatial data along with other meta data can be extensively managed with the help of robust spatial analytics tools. For example, the various aspects of a city can be recorded along with the location of each and every aspect of the city such as the drainage system, lighting of the city, traffic management, monitoring of encroachment activities, etc. can be done effectively within one single window. This kind of dynamic and reliable nature helps users to increase their productivity and credibility of the products / solutions.

The other benefits include effective planning, strict monitoring and enhanced transparency in the whole process.  The benefits are inter-related to each other. Once we are able to realise one particular benefit, it automatically leads to the chain of benefits. This dimension of the geospatial technology when combined with the evolving technologies like Big Data, cloud and IoT, brings about revolutionary changes.

Cons in the adoption of geospatial technology

The biggest con of geospatial industry is the lack of awareness about the robustness of the technology. This is the biggest barrier for people looking to exploit the technology to its fullest potential. Not knowing of the substantial applications makes it even harder for people to use the technology. When the awareness level is created then we can see an increase in the implementation of technology. On the other hand, technology providers perceive that lack of human resource as the biggest hindrance to provide or develop an effective solution. Geospatial technology implementation requires specialised skillset, knowledge and understanding. The hands on expertise should be there in order to endure the complexity of the problems to provide prompt and effective solutions.

With respect to geospatial technology the challenges faced can be categorised in to two different levels. One is from the users’ perspective, and the other from the technology providers’ perspective. The gap between both the challenges projects the difference that is prevailing in the industry. This gap needs to be bridged in order for the technology to inefficiently thrive and sustain. The adoption of technology promises certain benefits like increased efficiency and productivity.

Challenges faced by the users of geospatial technology

Challenges faced can be seen in two comportment, one from users’ point of view and the other challenges faced by the technology providers. From the users’ perspective, lack of awareness amongst the clients even today remains to be the highest rated challenge. Frequently changing project scope, the legal and financial hardships, lack of trained manpower and also the bureaucracy in the procurement process are the major challenges faced. From the technology providers’ perspective, lack of skilled labour is the main challenge followed by higher cost, lack of budget, system , lack of understanding and finally lack of awareness. We can see an interesting difference in the sub parameters of the challenges faced by each category. The technology providers see the lack of awareness as the least affecting whereas the users project them to be the highest affecting. This difference can be bridged only when there is constant interaction and understanding of the perspective between the two communities.

How technology providers face challenges in geospatial community

In conclusion, the Geospatial technology has a lot of pros with respect to the cons. This shows that the technology has a very wide potential applicability and explains the fact that it has embedded with other technologies and sustains and grows with the technology advancement. The challenges that are existing in the user community needs to be addressed by the technology providers and vice versa for the industry to flourish even more.

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