I was recently at dinner with a friend, sharing old stories and catching up on the news in each other’s companies. As she was telling a story about travelling around Atlanta during her previous position in a distribution company, she shared one particularly entertaining antidote about getting lost around the I-75/I-85 split in North Atlanta. If you’ve ever driven in this region of the United States, then you know how tricky it can be to navigate. During her story, she made the comment, “… And this was before we had GPS.”
This statement got me thinking just how dependent we’ve all become on geospatial data. How many times have you been on your way to a new location without even looking up the directions until you got in your car or arrived at the train station because you knew it would take only a matter of seconds to input your destination into a GPS? Or how many times have you instantly shared your location on social media posts, especially Instagram, with hundreds or more of your followers? There is even personalised geospatial data in mobile apps, used to help college students get home safely.
What Is Geospatial 4.0?
More and more, geospatial data is being drilled down to the individual user experience. No longer is the one-size-fits-all approach to supplying data sufficient; today’s professionals expect solutions customised to their specific needs.
Hexagon will present these types of solutions at the world’s leading conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, INTERGEO, 15-17 September in Stuttgart, Germany. Focusing on the theme of the event, Geospatial 4.0, Hexagon’s brands will showcase solutions for surveying, engineering and construction professionals that support their specific data processing, interpretation and analysis needs so they can make more informed decisions.
How Hexagon Is Moving to Geospatial 4.0
For the past several years, Hexagon has been strategically positioning itself to provide geospatial solutions that support professionals from concept to maintenance. Today Hexagon technologies encompass the complete geospatial information life cycle – from data capture to industry-specific information delivery. Now our solutions are even more focused on the smart networking of our industry-leading sensors to data and services customisable to the individual user.
As Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén explains, Geospatial 4.0 isn’t just another wave in technology, but a completely new concept in perspective for the industry.
“People – our access to and use of geospatial technologies – are the revolution, creating maps that tell stories with the ability to shape the future rather than merely respond to it.”
What to Expect From Hexagon at INTERGEO
At INTERGEO Hall 4, stands F4.049, D4.035 and D4.045, Hexagon brands will provide hands-on demos and expert Q&A about customisable solutions that are leading the industry into Geospatial 4.0:
- Leica Geosystems will present the newly released Leica Captivate Experience that allows users to interact with revolutionary touch-technology software to create the most realistic 3D models unique to each user’s individual needs.
- Aibotix will introduce its latest GNSS technology on the Aibot X6, enabling pilots to orient their exact positions.
- Hexagon Geospatial will feature the Hexagon Smart M.App, a targeted, lightweight map application that solves real business problems. Each Hexagon Smart M.App combines multi-source content, sophisticated analytics and tailored workflows fused into a dynamic user experience.
- Intergraph SG&I will showcase the new Green GIS initiative, critical infrastructure protection software, an asset management system for public transportation, a web-based planning tool for FTTB networks and smart solutions for municipalities and utilities.
Along with these demos on the trade show floor, Hexagon executives will give thought-provoking presentations on Geospatial 4.0 trends in the industry on 16 September:
- Geospatial Information – A Key Element for Emerging Markets
Rollén will join a panel of CEOs led by Bengt Kjellison of the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management to discuss the global significance of geoinformation.
- From the Sky Into the Cloud
John Welter, president of Leica Geosystems Geospatial Solutions Division, will share how the Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP) is taking the geospatial industry into a new on-demand model of business with crowdsourced aerial imagery.
- Big Data – Even Bigger Answers
Mladen Stojic, Hexagon Geospatial president, will explain how geospatial availability and analytics are key to unlocking the potential within geospatial big data.
Sharing our portfolio of smart customisable solutions and learning how to better support geospatial professionals from around the world as the industry embraces Geospatial 4.0 –now that’s shaping smart change.
Monica Miller Rodgers, APR, is the senior writer for Hexagon Geosystems Marketing Communications. She holds a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University. Follow her on Twitter at @MonicaMRodgers.