Karlsruhe, Germany: Cloud computing will be one of the key topics at INTERGEO, which is scheduled to be held during October 9 – 11, 2012 in Hanover, Germany. INTERGEO is known as a leading conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. DVW – Gesellschaft für Geodäsie, Geoinformation und Landmanagement e.V. is the host of INTERGEO.
According to an official press statement, during the conference experts will explain how capturing, processing, archiving and presenting data can be made available on an entirely new basis using cloud computing. Accessing GIS via the cloud unlocks a whole new range of uses and makes them more accessible to new user groups who have found existing solutions too complex and ultimately too expensive.
About benefits of cloud, Otmar Didinger, President of the Rheinland-Pfalz Regional Authority for Surveying and Geoinformation, said, “It solves the issue of how they can access information without having to worry about where it is located.” Didinger cited WebAtlasDE. As part of this national pilot project, the Regional Surveying Authorities in Germany are providing access to their geodata. Merged into a single standardised national inventory, this geodata forms the basis of a web service. Similar to Google Maps, users surf a map that covers the whole of Germany and is based largely on the very latest official data, presented in a more professional format. Authorities, companies and citizens can access the store of geodata at WebAtlasDE (e.g. via www.geoportal.de) and combine it with their own information. This creates an excellent basis for making a whole range of decisions relating to everything from infrastructure management to sales campaigns.
Johannes Schöniger was the man responsible for the ambitious aim of making a high-performance IT system – a cloud solution – available in a short space of time. As Strategic Account Director Geoinformation Germany at Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH, he was certain of one thing in particular: “Cloud Computing is a pioneering and sustainable operator model. Just as with geoinformation, it’s no longer a question of whether or not we want cloud computing. Instead, we have to choose whether to actively engage with it and look to the future or not. If we do, we can ride the wave, if we don’t, it will come crashing down on us sooner or later.” Schöniger is in no doubt: “Cloud computing will dominate the GIS environment over the coming years.”