Forum highlights evolving dimensions of GIS technology

Forum highlights evolving dimensions of GIS technology

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Dubai: The first day of the Middle East Geospatial Forum saw huge participation by the industry, government organisations as well as the academia. Mark Reichardt, President and CEO, OGC, USA chaired the first plenary on ‘Evolving Dimensions of Geospatial Technologies’ at the Middle East Geospatial Forum held in Dubai. Abdul Karim Al Raeesi, Director of Strategy & Planning, ADSIC, Abu Dhabi gave a brief overview of the e-government initiatives undertaken by the organisation. He said that Abu Dhabi government through the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure is advancing its vision of a geo smart city. “ADSIC aims to make the city of Abu Dhabi geospatially mature by implementing various e-governance initiatives in a phased manner,” he said.

Brig. Eng. Kamel Buti Al Suwaidi, Director General, Department of Operations, Dubai Police outlined how his department uses modern technologies to fight crime and provide various citizen services to the residents of Dubai. He gave details about the GIS-based incident management system of Dubai Police which locates and detects caller’s location in a map. The system is available in different languages like Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Urdu. The 3D model of Dubai developed by the Dubai Police gives a realistic view of the city and offers great planning capabilities. He also talked about the various other initiatives of the department like heart patient service, handicap service, elderly people service and the smartphone application of Dubai Police which have been instrumental in making it one of the best police agencies in the world.

Chris Gibson, Vice President, Trimble, USA talked about the evolving nature of geospatial technology. With the help of some examples he explained how this technology is creating incremental value for the geospatial professionals and the industry end users. “Geospatial technology is moving from the process of simply collecting the data towards processing and modelling that data to offer decision support system,” he said.

Chris Gibson @TrimbleNews showcasing the evolving geospatial workflows and its value to various at #MEGF2014 pic.twitter.com/nGsWBPRxEX

— Gaurav Sharma (@geodreams) February 3, 2014

Johann Jessenk, EMEA Regional Manager, Middle East and Afrcia, Intergraph Corporation, Austria highlighted how GIS technology is helping in adapting several changes across the globe. He revealed that one can bridge the gap between the real and virtual world by combining and integrating data from the sensors.

Steven Hagan, Senior Vice President, Oracle Corporation, USA revealed that the mankind will generate around 35 zetabytes of data by 2020. As a result there is an urgent need to process, analyse and store this data and Oracle Corporation can help business and governments in doing this.

Richard Humphrey, Senior Director, Autodesk, USA highlighted that around 60% of major infrastructure projects fail to meet their budge criteria. This problem can be solved by the 3D modelling technology which allows for radical acceleration of the planning, design, visualisation and simulation processes for infrastructure.

Richard Humphrey @autodesk on the future of geo enabled design at #MEGF2014 pic.twitter.com/LzajsVTGNq

— Gaurav Sharma (@geodreams) February 3, 2014

An exhibition was also held at the conference where companies from all over the region showcased some of the latest developments taking place in the field.

Source: Our Correspondent