Cape Town: With an appropriate theme, Transforming geospatial knowledge into action, Africa Geospatial Forum 2013 opened to an august gathering of geospatial professionals from across the African continent in the beautiful Cape Town on Tuesday.
Pali Lehohla, Statistician General, Statistics SA, South Africa, said that very sophisticated technology and knowledge tools are being increasingly used to explore the planet, its resources and the environment for the survival of mankind. However, the consequences of increasing human activity and exploitation of natural resources are quite obvious in global warming, degradation of resources etc. He opined that it is important to utilise the technology options available very judiciously and make them relevant to the development.
Giving the industry address, Juergen Dold, President, Hexagon Geosystems said that Africa is big and is endowed with huge deposits of natural resources adding that data, however, is the new natural resource. Today, the world needs knowledge and not just data and hence the need to move from traditional GIS to dynamic GIS, he said. Substantiating his stance, Juergen stressed the need to evolve ‘smart’ solutions for manufacturing, transportation, resources and safety to face the challenges that would be presented by the 21st century. He concluded saying that Hexagon has all the solutions that fuse the real world with digital world, transforming geospatial information into knowledge and actionable intelligence to the users at speeds unimaginable just a few years ago.
Earlier, Dr Derek Clarke, Chief Director, National Geospatial Information, Department of Rural Development and Land reforms welcomed the gathering. He said the United Nations too recognises the need for geospatial information management – at local, national and global levels – through its initiative Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).
In his introductory remarks, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media & Communications, the organisers of the event made a presentation on the evolution, trends and business directions of geospatial ecosystem. Niraj, Director-Middle East and Africa presented the vote of thanks.
Source: Our Correspondent