As we saw in 2011, the world is changing at a rapid pace. From drastic population expansion to unprecedented levels of natural and man-made disasters, we are dealing with confounding global uncertainties that need to be addressed swiftly and precisely.
As we embrace this new global frontier, geospatial technologies and solutions are clearly the foundation for addressing these issues, managing change and ensuring that we have a safe future for our planet. With the world continuing to be very tumultuous, it is obvious that decision-makers need to access new and highly relevant information through continual, accurate and timely updates to geospatial data.
One of the challenges of dealing with these urgent needs is that there are many silos that exist within large organizations, making the real-time sharing of geospatial information highly difficult.
The key is finding solutions providers who offer capabilities through the whole life-cycle of geospatial information management. This includes content capture to on-demand geo-processing to delivering this actionable data to users whether they are on a desk top or mobile device.
By creating synergies and streamlining workflows, we can actually make geospatial solutions work in a way that will help us better respond to urgent needs. The key is to combine all of the ingredients, which includes having GPS, airborne and laser-scanning sensors provide the data, then feeding it through photogrammetric, GIS and remote-sensing mapping systems. This lifecycle ultimately provides decision-makers, first-responders, field experts and others to be able to make the right decisions at the right time.
Dealing with global uncertainties has been one of the biggest challenges throughout the ages. Thankfully by providing access to the right geospatial information in real-time, we will be able to better respond to natural disasters and manage the ever-changing world we inhabit.