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Geospatial World Leadership Awards honor the best in the industry

The Netherlands: The Geospatial World Leadership Awards 2015 were presented during Geospatial World Forum on May 25, 2016 at World Trade Centre, Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The ceremony saw the best minds/organizations of the industry being felicitated amidst appreciation from the peer community. The eminent jury comprised of Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group On Earth Observations (Geo), Switzerland; Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist, Google, United Kingdom; Prof. Josef Strobl, Head Of Department, GIS, University Of Salzburg, Austria; and Rob van de Velde, Director, Geonovum, The Netherlands.

Here are the glimpses from the awards night that were presented by Alessandro Annoni Head of the Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit at JRC and Rob van de Velde, Director of Geonovum, The Netherlands.

1Geospatial Technology Company of the Year 2015: Urthecast

Fabrizio Pirondini (L), Chief Executive Officer Deimos Imaging receiving the award[/caption]

Urthecast has been a pioneer in installing sensors and cameras at International Space Station, opening a new avenue for earth observation through leveraging existing platforms and infrastructure in space. Urthecast’s enhanced capabilities in terms of real-time images and high-definition video streaming has created larger market for earth observation and geospatial industry in the filed of monitoring and analyzing events and incidents almost live. Innovations at Urthecast has been recognized and acknowledged by several large end user agencies including National GeoIntelligence Agency and its acquisition of Deimos has added significant operational, processing and delivery capabilities.

2Geospatial Solutions Company of the Year 2015: Rolta India Limited

Reida Elwannas (L), President at Rolta Middle East receiving the award

Rolta’s pursuit of being a knowledge company has been well supported by investments in developing scientific and technological competence and infrastructure, and human resource leadership at every level. It has moved up the value chain consistently and has obtained significant number of patents across different industries including IT, engineering and communication, and has delivered comprehensive solutions in the field of defense, homeland security, transportation, business analytics, energy, and plant management worldwide. Rolta has been very successful in unleashing the power of location and geospatial information across business enterprises and government functions.

3Geospatial Startup of the Year 2015: What3Words

Chris Sheldrick (L), Co-founder & CEO accepting the award for What3Words

What3Words secured series of investments over last few years and attracted a pool of experts to join its team. Consistent investments by different types of investors have given strength and credibility to its unique concept of brining innovation in universal addressing system. 2015 has been an exceptional year for What3Words as it has successfully communicated its agenda and offering to the world community. It has grabbed the attention of international media and multilateral organizations like World Bank and United Nations. What3Words has also entered into series of partnerships and collaborations with geospatial stakeholders last year, extending its outreach and coverage.

4Geospatial Content Company of the Year 2015: HERE

Jocelyne Michel (L), Head of Map and Content for EMEA, HERE honoring the award

HERE maps are adding significant value and making difference to geospatial industry through its rich and dynamic map content. Over last few years, HERE has emerged as the leading map content provider adding several layers of dynamic real-time information and serving the same through cloud platform. The company has also extended its content strategy to indoor mapping and navigation markets, empowering a new era of location analytics, e-commerce and target advertising.

5Public Agency of the Year 2015: National Geo-spatial Information (NGI), Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) South Africa

Dr Derek Clarke, NGI-DRDLR, South Africa on receiving the award

NGI is recognized for its extensive efforts in South Africa and beyond in the following areas: digital aerial imagery and maps, national control network survey information, spatial data infrastructure and survey and geospatial advisory services. NGI is playing a key role in the development of geospatial technologies not only within the country but also across Africa, especially in knowledge sharing and capacity building.

6Research Institute of the Year 2015: Delft University of Technology

Prof. Peter van Oosterom (L), TU Delft, The Netherlands, receiving the award

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands is playing a crucial role in the field of geospatial technology and it’s applications. Known as the premier GIS science research institute, TU Delft’s contribution in the fields of 3D geoinformation, geomatics applications in civil engineering and urbanism has been vital.

7Geospatial Business Leader of the Year 2015: Ola Rollén, President and CEO, Hexagon AB

Johann Jessenk (R), accepting the award on behalf of Ola Rollen

Ola Rollén has shown extraordinary leadership and stewardship in integrating several companies under Hexagon AB that have successfully transformed and aligned with emerging business models. While working towards transformation, his vision has helped various businesses in the company to reduce operational costs and maintain growing profits. Rollén’s knowledge and farsightedness have helped Hexagon shape and drive the global geospatial industry through its comprehensive geospatial technology portfolio and end-to-end solutions.

8Geospatial Ambassador of the Year 2015: Greg Scott, UN-GGIM

Greg Scott (L) accepting the Geospatial Ambassador award

Greg Scott’s professional knowledge, coordination capabilities, and advocacy have played a vital role in establishing themes and processes of UN-GGIM in addressing sustainable development challenges. He has been extremely hands-on and has played a major role in addressing challenges of the geospatial community.

9Lifetime Achievement Award – Prof. Henk Scholten

Prof Henk Scholten (R) on accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof Henk Scholten’s contribution as a teacher, entrepreneur and advocate of geospatial technologies is ranging over 4 decades. Scholten has been passionate about providing new perspective to geography by combining it with mathematics that has opened a new era of modeling, predicting, enhancing overall understanding of the world we live in. Having very unique social characteristics and instincts, he has immensely contributed in overall development of geospatial community worldwide.