Germany: Geoinformation is the global language that decision-makers all understand. This places the geoinformation sector, with its technologies and solutions, in a key position to deliver information that can be used to make decisions. The sector has strong wind in its sails – as the growth seen at INTERGEO 2015 clearly demonstrates. With 15 percent more exhibitors and floorspace, its broad international scope and thoroughly robust economic outlook, INTERGEO radiates the full dynamism of this innovation-focused industry.
There's no need for any crystal ball to predict geoinformation's continuing growth. Cutting-edge applications to meet society’s needs for mobility, intelligent cities, digital construction, a sustainable energy supply, climate protection and disaster relief management all rely quite heavily on geoinformation. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl-Friedrich Thöne, President of host organisation DVW – Gesellschaft für Geodäsie, Geoinformation und Landmanagement e.V. (German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management), says: “Geoinformation is the servant of society – an indispensable motor for its sustainability and future-proof business sector. What's more, the end-to-end integration of geoinformation into diverse business processes lends the sector further force thanks to its ability to accelerate and simplify processes and reduce costs.” Process optimisation and input into decision-making processes are the key tasks the geoinformation sector has proudly presented at INTERGEO in Stuttgart.
INTERGEO 2015: Unstinting growth
The facts and figures for this year's INTERGEO speak entirely for themselves. As it draws to a close today, the 21st INTERGEO has scored 15 percent growth in exhibitors and floorspace and attracted a very impressive 16,500 visitors. Many of the exhibitors have remarked upon the senior executive status of the contacts they have made at INTERGEO. The fact that half of the exhibitors travelled from abroad reflects INTERGEO's top calibre as leading international trade fair for geoinformation technology. One of the zones where foreign exhibitors really made their mark was the “UK Pavilion”, which joined the trade fair again for the second time this year.
Objective: Customised results
The sector makes a concerted effort to integrate and implement developments in mainstream IT. The result is simple, user-friendly, intuitive solutions that seek to deliver customised responses to customers' requirements and those of Geospatial 4.0. “Our technology must respond to the needs of an expanding global population. And we're very optimistic we can do just that. INTERGEO, the key event where our international users gather under one roof, gave us the chance to demonstrate how we optimise workflows and simplify processes for our customers' benefit,” said Eduardo Falcón, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the GeoPositioning Solutions Group at Topcon Positioning Group.
Interaerial SOLUTIONS: Platform for innovative businesses
The launch of the special exhibition zone interaerial SOLUTIONS the INTERGEO cements its status as the international communications hub for applications devoted to Unmanned Aerial Systems. Cina Molawi, a first-time exhibitor at INTERGEO with his start-up company “Sitebots”, reported that “INTERGEO is just the right platform for young, innovative companies involved in UAS. INTERGEO covers a broad spectrum of the industry – we welcomed a high proportion of decision-makers to our stand and succeeded in firmly positioning our products.”
A keen eye on: Recruiting young talent
Once again, one of the key concerns of many of the businesses at this year's INTERGEO was the shortage of specialists – and the trade fair is becoming an increasingly important recruitment forum. “We have to actively combat the shortage of specialists and join forces with universities and companies to attract young talent,” says DVW President Thöne.
INTERGEO 2016: Keen interest in Hamburg
As one INTERGEO draws to a close, the next INTERGEO already beckons. With its future-oriented focus on digital construction and smart cities, INTERGEO 2016 is moving to Hamburg. The city is already renowned for its international flair and as a key centre of trade, architecture and innovation. “We have already received plenty of advance bookings for exhibition space,” says Christoph Hinte, INTERGEO's organiser and Managing Director of HINTE GmbH. The signs are all positive for INTERGEO 2016!