Rotterdam: Geospatial Media and Communications conferred its annual Geospatial World Awards to 19 organisations from the domain and it’s end-user agencies for developing innovative geospatial tools and products; implementing conducive policies and applying geospatial technologies for delivering efficient results in the most resource efficient manner. The annual awards were given in three categories – Geospatial World Excellence Awards (for applications), Geospatial World Policy Awards (for policy implementation) and Geospatial World Innovation Awards (for technology innovation).
Over 200 award nominations were received from the call for nominations from the world over, which were judged by a panel of expert judges including Matt Ball, Founder and Editor, Vector1 Media, USA; Robert Samborski, Private Consultant and former CEO, GITA, USA; Geoff Zeiss, Director OGC and Former Director – Autodesk, Canada; Prof. Arup Dasgupta, Managing Editor Geospatial World Magazine, India and Dr. Hrishikesh Samant, Associate Prof & Head, Dept of Geology, St. Xavier”s College, India.
The awards were conferred during the Awards Night and Gala Dinner function of Geospatial World Forum 2013.
The winners for Geospatial World Excellence Awards are:
–Disaster Management and Mitigation: Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency – USA and Previstar Inc. received award for their mobile application ”Incident Resource Management System – CPS Mobile” which helps the State of Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, to respond to any incident very quickly by identifying the closest resource (equipment and human) and quickly request them and deploy them via their mobile device no matter where they are.
–Agriculture: Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and Sovzond Company Ltd. Russia received award for ”System of State Land Monitoring” which automates the Agricultural Land Atlas and The Remote Sensing Monitoring System, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of vegetation and soil data collection as well as the quality of the acquired data, allowing the government, enterprises and farmers to get most credible information about agricultural lands thereby improving the effectiveness of agricultural lands management in Russia.
–Environment Protection, Monitoring and Management: Australian National Water Commission And Sinclair Knight Merz received award for ”National Atlas of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems” which is benefitting people involved in agriculture, mining, CSG, shale gas and tight gas developments, along with the government regulation of those industries including researchers thereby supporting policy-makers, land managers and water resource managers take decisions which ensure environment protection.
–Visitor Information Systems: Saudi Authority for Tourism and Antiquities, Saudi Arabia received award for design, development and implementation of the ”Tourism Map – GIS Based Tourism Information Portal” that provides a map based, dynamic and interactive information to visitors and tourists, resulting in a informed, an enriching, experience.
–Transportation Management: Land Transport Authority of Singapore received award for ” GIS@LTA ” initiative which has developed a Land Transport GIS Hub for the enterprise, capable of meshing engineering design with transport planning, to improve road and construction safety and information services to commuters and motorists, which also incorporates the ”Black Spot Programme” that identifies accident-prone areas, which has yielded significant reduction in traffic accidents.
–Urban Planning: Norrkopings Kommun, Sweden and Agency9, Sweden received award for application of ”Web-based 3D Visualisation for Project Communication and Collaboration in Urban Planning” of Norrkopings Kommun, Sweden, thereby attracting citizens to participate in the urban planning process.
–Land Management: Shenzhen Municipal Commission of Urban Planning and Land Resources received award for developing and implementing ”China”s first city geo-database”, with distributed large scale spatial information integrating 3D city landscape model and VR technology to represent and register land rights and demonstrate China”s success of exploring non-western urban GIS practice pattern.
–Enterprise GIS (Land Records): Directorate of Settlement and Land Records, Government of Goa, India received award for developing and utilising ”Dharnaksh – the Land Records Portal”, making Goa the first state in India to implement a robust, reliable and people friendly land records management system which offers the citizen certified copies of land records and rights of any cadastre parcel in the state.
-Resources Management: Water: Azersu OJSC And Odakent Ltd, Azerbaijan received award for developing and utilising ”GeoSP@TIAList” for management of water and wastewater Infrastructure of Azerbaijan thereby dramatically improving the life quality standards through better water supply and sanitation which has also helped conserve this precious resource.
–Utility Services – Water Distribution & Transmission: EPCOR Water Services Inc, Canada received award for developing and integrating its spatial database with its work management database. The solution is then used to manage and prioritise work in water distribution and transmission thereby improving the reliability and functioning of the water utility services within the City of Edmonton.
–City Planning and Land Management: Al Ain Municipality received award for ”Building Permits through GIS ” designed to address in real time all inquiries, designs, extensions, revisions, or operational changes required for the issuance of building permits, thereby drastically improving the efficiency of the entire process of planning and managing the City of Al Ain.
The winners of the Geospatial World Policy Award are:
–Standards: Agentschap voor Geografische Informatie Vlaanderen (AGIV), Belgium received award for establishing and adopting the ”Central Reference Address database – CRAB”, an authentic standardised geographical data source, offering sufficient quality guarantee, giving evidence of a distinct management thereby making communication like post deliveries, emergency interventions, administration, more efficient.
–SDI: Coordinating Agency for Federal Geographical Information, Switzerland received award for establishing the ”geo.admin.ch: the geoportal of the Swiss Confederation” using open source and open standards, software in a cloud environment. This methodology has also been successfully emulated by a number of nations thereby allowing their citizens and authorities fast spatial data access. The geo.admin.ch has resulted in a fourfold increase in public investment and private market related to spatial data.
–Knowledge Transfer: United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and NASA (Earth Science Division-Applied Sciences Program) received award for their technology and knowledge transfer initiative – ”NASA Applied Sciences Program” from their Earth Sciences Division where efforts to pioneer innovative methods to apply Earth observations to support the economy, safety of life and property, and quality of life are the goal. The Program supports global efforts at both applied research and targeted decision-support projects in Resources, Health & Air Quality, Ecological Forecasting, Climate, and Agriculture.
–Geospatial Information Act: Indonesia Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) received award for drafting the ”Geospatial Information Act” which was accepted and passed by the President of the Republic of Indonesia as the ”Geospatial Information Law”, wherein the ”right of people, both individually and corporately, to get the appropriate geospatial information and use it for the purposes of the public is assured”, thereby setting an example for the rest of world to emulate.
–3D Standards: Kadaster, The Netherlands and Geonovum, The Netherlands received award for being the harbingers in establishing and implementing a ”National Standard for 3D Geo-information” by integrating the national 2D standard with the 3D City GML OGC standard, and the development of a toolkit for implementing 3D standard according to ISO for country wide implementation of 3D geo-information.
The winners of the Geospatial World Innovation award are:
–Image Data Management and Processing: Rasdaman GmbH, Germany received award for ”Rasdaman – raster data manager” a high-performance Big Data Analytics engine which supports flexible and fast ad-hoc retrieval of massive multi-dimensional raster data, leading to a democratization of data and increased availability on all levels, this in turn allowing researchers gain new insights, companies establish new business models, and governments improve citizen information.
–Sensors: Visual Intelligence LLP, USA received award for ”iOne Sensor Tool Kit Architecture”, which bring on-demand sensor capabilities to better meet current and future mission needs for wide area surveillance, multi-sensor intelligence, and high metric accuracy using digital geo-imaging sensors that can deliver required intelligence for forestry and agriculture, pollution, land and water management, mineralogy, and other resource planning.
–Surveying: RIEGL LMS Gmbh, Austria received award for ”RIEGL VQ-820-GU” hydrographic Airborne laser Scanner, specifically designed for repetitive surveying of inshore waters to evaluate reservoir sedimentation, river degradation and also sea beds or lake beds. Its high spatial resolution, scan speed and wide field of view make it second to none in this category of laser scanners.