Geospatial players talk of transforming global challenges into opportunities

Geospatial players talk of transforming global challenges into opportunities


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A holistic approach is required to unlock the full potential of geospatial information in the Asia Pacific region. Speaking at the Asia Geospatial Forum 2013 here, major geospatial industry leaders also highlighted the need to transform global challenges into geospatial opportunities as they listed out the various benefits of geospatial technology that APAC region could take advantage of.

Pointing out that the Asia Pacific region hosts about half the world’s population and yet comprises about 30% of total land mass, Matthew Smith, President, Hexagon Geosystems, APAC, said population pressure, urbanisation, growing energy demand and natural disasters are creating unprecedented opportunity for geospatial players in this region. Smart technology can help the region mitigate its problems and ensure growth.

He went on to demonstrate through a presentation how geospatial solutions can create smart solutions in sectors like building cities, mining, agriculture, etc. Smith also pointed to the humongous amount of data we are creating in the process. “Data is the new natural resource. And more data leads to more complexities. Smart solutions can solve this problem.”

Trimble Vice President Chris Gibson identified construction as the biggest market in Asia. Stating that geospatial technology helps us to solve some of the biggest challenges of the humanity, Gibson said if implemented properly, it can offer economic breakthroughs, reduce environmental impact and ensure quality, safety, compliance. Sensor integration, real-time processing, extra storage from Big Data, connectivity via cloud computing and 3d modelling and visualisation and integration were some of the advanced technology trends, he added.

Speaking on the need for clear communication, Gunjan Sahni, Graphics Solutions Business PPS APJ, Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific, said customers don’t bother about technology; they want effective ways of communication. He listed out that HP has built a comprehensive product suite — advanced line of data analysis and communications systems, heavy processing, large format printing and HP workstations — to meet this requirement. These products are mobile, web-connected, cloud-enabled and are intuitive by design making access to projects on the go.

Joseph Arezone, Senior Vice-President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, FARO Technologies, said the company wasn’t into geospatial till a few years back. Then three years ago, it launched a small, light and cheap laser scanner and changed the entire 3D laser scanning market. “The demand for 3D has gone beyond the engineering community and is creating new 3D communities while reshaping existing ones,” he said. However, he was quick to admit that the market is still in its infancy as people still depend on photogrammetry to a large extent even though technology disruptions by companies like FARO have brought down the costs substantially.

Brian Nicholls, Executive Director, AAM, also spoke on transforming global challenges into geospatial opportunities and called for expansion of geospatial information (GI) content. He identified consistent GI storage, improvement in GI delivery, GI integrations and GI integrity as primary areas of focus.

Source: Our Correspondent