Geospatial technology is ubiquitous and the expanse of its reach in multiple fields is growing rapidly. Most technologies require a spatial component and it is one of the pillars of emerging technologies. Be it our day-to-day activities or cutting edge futuristic research, none can be visualized without geospatial information. In 2019, new trends in geospatial technology would have an impact on multiple sectors. Let's have a look at the major geospatial trends for 2019.
The report, funded by the Geospatial Commission and published by PUBLIC, an organisation that helps technology start-ups work better with the public sector, analyses commercial opportunities for use of geospatial and location data, considers the maturity of each technology in the UK, and provides numerous case studies and success stories. Geospatial and location data is a valuable tool for both the public and private sectors, helping them make better decisions, which could range from tackling crime hotspots or finding the quickest routes for emergency services, to deciding where best to locate warehouses. The Geospatial Commission was launched in 2017, and supported by £80m of funding over that time to drive the move to use this data more productively. This work builds on wider Cabinet Office plans for cross-government digital transformation, including a new Technology Innovation Strategy, launched in June, which sets out the government's approach to boosting the adoption of new technologies across the public sector. Minister for the cabinet office, Oliver Dowden, said: "Government investment in geospatial data is helping to grow our economy and improve public services. I welcome this report and look forward to taking the opportunities of geospatial technology even further."
Visual intelligence firm Geospatial Insight, has raised £3.5 million from private equity company Foresight Williams and VenturesOne investments. The money will be used to improve its machine learning capabilities, boost its additional product streams and develop visual intelligence customer solutions. Geospatial, founded in 2012, aim to give corporations and governments accurate real time data to tackle some of the world's most challenging problems, such as crop shortages, deforestation and tracking greenhouse gas emissions by using satellites and drones. Their programme also aims to spot trends and gain insight into global events by bringing together data from satellites, drones and aircraft. Machine learning gives computers the ability to learn from repeated data patterns without being programmed.
SenseFly collaborated with Trimble to integrate the drone solutions and make the work easier and efficient. SenseFly is a producer of professional drone solution and recently launched eMotion 3.5 software. "Making work easier and more efficient for geospatial professionals is the goal that drives every solution we develop," says Jean-Christophe Zufferey, Co-founder and CEO of SenseFly. They also stated that they are excited for the collaboration with Trimble for the solution integration. "Enhancements such as new eMotion-to-Trimble Business Centre workflow do exactly that, ensuring that the transition from data collection to acting upon this data is as seamless as possible," stated SenseFly.