Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: “Information from geospatial technology is useful for research organisations, governments, utility companies and including those who provide emergency services. Reliable and more accessible geospatial data will allow for better decision making and can function as an enabler for the private sector to add value to its services,” said Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Chief Minister, State of Sabah in Malaysia.
Musa was speaking during Map Malaysia 2011 in Kota Kinabalu. The two-day event, starting today, is jointly-organised by GIS Development — a Geospatial communications network company — and the Land and Survey Department. The theme of the event is “Empowering Nation through Geospatial.”
He observed that from its traditional applications, geospatial technology applications have diverted into the business, design and engineering, social networking, energy emission estimation and climate change sectors, among others. He said it has become a people’s technology, following its integration with mobile telecommunications and the internet. He added that GIS has been identified as an enabling technology.
In Malaysia, Musa said geospatial data has shown great market potential because it is not applied in survey and mapping but also in investigating types of resources such as agriculture, environment assessment, regional planning, public facility management, traffic and other services.
“A proactive government and a driven private sector have created an environment of synergy in the region, essential for the exponential growth of the geospatial field,” he said. On the other hand, he said the geospatial sector would also have to continue to strive to change and become better and more useful for its users.
During the event, Datuk Osman Jamal, Director, Sabah Land and Survey Department, informed that the Department is currently working on a 3D model for flood management in this state which will be completed within the next five years.