INTERGEO really was the geospatial event of the year 2015 – as the results of its exhibitor and visitor survey confirm. Some 96 percent of visitors judged the event a success. Around 84 percent* of exhibitors had formed a positive overall impression of INTERGEO by the time its doors closed. “INTERGEO, held once again in conjunction with the German Cartographers’ Day, has written another chapter in its enduring success story! With 15 percent more exhibitors and exhibition area and 16,500 visitors, INTERGEO, the world’s leading trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, has just delivered its best ever results. The 15 percent more exhibitors and floor space in Stuttgart, its constantly broadening international scope, and a thoroughly positive appraisal of the economic climate from exhibitors and customers alike all indicate positive growth in this sector,” says Prof. Karl-Friedrich Thöne, President of host organisation DVW – the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management.
At the INTERGEO conference, there was keen interest in topics such as the national geoinformation strategy, INSPIRE, mobility, the management of major construction projects, and strategies for and examples of intelligent land usage. Block presentations on Big Data solutions and the geo-aspects of the Internet of Things were seen as particularly innovative.
“Catching up with associates and customer care is interspersed with plenty of discussions with new contacts – INTERGEO is and will remain one of the sector’s key annual events. This will boost our annual sales and also help us to further expand our market presence,” said Michael Arthen, Managing Director of CycloMedia Deutschland GmbH. Ronald Heinze, who oversees magazines at INTERGEO’s media partner, the VDE publishing house, says INTERGEO demonstrates far-reaching innovative potential. The Wichmann Innovations Award (presented at INTERGEO) was more hotly contested this year than ever before, which just goes to show that the sector is brimming with innovative potential.
The wide range of participants included manufacturers of surveying equipment, apparatus and accessories and suppliers of surveying solutions and services (76%)*, exhibitors showcasing geodata and geoservices (23%), and suppliers of cartography and digital maps (12%) and GIS software and services (51%). Suppliers of photogrammetric products and services accounted for 41 percent and exhibitors from the field of education and training 12 percent of exhibitors. The number of companies exhibiting unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has kept on increasing. UAS were cited by around 18 percent of exhibitors as part of their business at INTERGEO. (*Multiple responses were allowed in the survey.) For the first time this year, unmanned aircraft systems were showcased at the dedicated interaerial SOLUTIONS communications platform. Exhibitors and visitors clearly appreciated the combination of exhibition zone, aerial show and presentations program.
There was a high level of senior executives in attendance this year. More than 50 percent of the visitors have a say in their companies’ buying decisions. The survey reveals that 72.5 percent of exhibitors anticipate good follow-up business resulting from their INTERGEO appearance. This year, again, more than one-third of visitors travelled from abroad to attend INTERGEO. A record-breaking 12% in total came from Asia alone! One-fifth (21%) of all visitors came from either Asia, Africa or America. The strong international attendance met exhibitors’ expectations. After all, 74 percent of exhibitors attribute great importance to INTERGEO’s international status.