Doha, Qatar: Today, many technologies are converging and making geospatial technologies more relevant for the end-users, observed Dean Angelides, Corporate Director, International Operations, Esri. On the second day of Map Middle East 2011, Angelides was addressing the third plenary of the event. He stressed on the integration of social media and crowd sourcing with examples like earthquake in Japan. He opined that Web-based and mobile-based geospatial platforms are a rapidly emerging trend and we all are part of global network of geo-professionals. He also stated that GIS interoperability is maturing.
In addition, Angelides stated, “GIS is already successful by creating systematic geographic knowledge. It is successful in environment management, forest carbon management, disaster response, socio/economic analysis, etc.” According to Aangelides, we live in a rapidly changing world where we need a new approach to deal with different issues. Geospatial technologies are providing foundation in many applications like land information management, infrastructure management, demographic analysis, planning decisions, crime analysis and land use.
Stefano Morisi, Vice President (EMEA), Bentley Systems Inc., said, “Utilities are the largest infrastructures in the world; the value of the various networks is equivalent to 5 percent of World GDP. It is a very dense and fragile infrastructure with the highest concentration in the cities where 50 percent of the world population lives. It will be 70 percent by 2050. Utilities are the foundation for all the other infrastructures, therefore smart networks are the basis for smarter cities, smart buildings, intelligent transportation systems etc. And, geospatial technology is in the core of smart infrastructure.”
Morisi stressed, “Water is more vital for human life than oil. Only 2.5 percent of water of the planet is usable. More than 20 percent of the world’s people will not have access to freshwater by 2020. And, it is a USD 400 billion global industry. This evolution will make Watglobal political process in place that will make water an expensive asset, similar to the process that happened in the 1970s with the first oil crises. For sure it will make the water networks more complex and sophisticated. Enterprise Asset Management System will be the suitable solution in this context.”
Dr. Khalid A. Rahman Al-Haidan, Director of GIS Directorate, Central Informatics Organization (CIO), Kingdom of Bahrain, said “In national interest, GIS Directorate has developed GIS applications for more than 10 ministries towards manifesting Bahrain’s Economic Vision of 2030 of sustainable geospatial development for the future benefit and progress of Bahraini citizens and the economy.” He also elaborated on functionalities of Bahrain Spatial Data Infrastructure Portal (BSDI), Bahrain Locator Website and other GIS applications for Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Development.
In his presentation, Mansoor Al Malki from Qatar Statistics Authority explained how geospatial technologies and statistics can be integrated in maintaining administrative records and support the national development strategies. According to Malki, some of the key beneficiaries of geo-referenced statistic data are Statistics Authority, General Secretariat for Development Planning, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning, Ministry of Business and Commerce and Supreme Council of the family.
Source: Our correspondent