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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Summary of GISCafe Industry Predictions for 2019

January 31st, 2019 by Susan Smith

We have covered a number of companies’ perspectives and predictions for 2019 and each has brought forth an important perspective on where the industry is heading in the New Year. While many of the technologies have been implemented before this time, there appears from these submissions to be even more emphasis on them as they move into 2019.

Examples of this forward trajectory can be seen in the market’s enthusiasm for augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) technology. These tools provide greater visibility into site conditions and can help immensely when it comes to evaluating changes on a jobsite.

Content and data have always been of primary importance in the GIS industry, but we have different ways to express it today. Anticipated is greater adoption of GNSS among GIS users, and greater performance among GNSS users. Widespread adoption of real time data collection is predicted. The use of low-cost and simple data collection such as that made possible by mobile phones and tablets for survey grade/3D location data is expected to increase greatly.

Digital Cities will rely on sensor accuracy, drone technology, cloud technology and “serverless” computing, indoor spatial intelligence and location data tied to sensor analytics. Sensors are used to track location and augment that location with other ambient data such as weather, biometric or other dynamic bits of information. As a result, geoscientists are inundated with highly precise location-based data and associated attribution. Miniaturization of sensors for such systems as used in autonomous vehicles will continue to drive the need for sensor fusion technology.

 The Cloud becomes more important. Organizations of all sizes are increasingly looking to the Cloud as an option for hosting their Enterprise GIS for various reasons such as cost savings.

The size and weight of drones and all electronic components and equipment are shrinking, which drives certain industries such as the medium format aerial mapping industry to lower weight and size as well as higher resolution cameras — the product category in which Phase One Industrial excels.

The UAV mapping industry is morphing as the markets separate and we see more customers who can manage with small UAVs for their tasks and other customers who need manned aircraft to manage their large area coverage jobs.

Massive change in the remote sensing industry is resulting in the democratization and commoditization of low-earth orbit and aerial products. Data that used to be static now flows in all directions. Cloud-based systems will be gathering and analyzing data on an unprecedented scale.

We will see better integration between GIS and CAD, and more happening with geospatial in the area of construction. There will be continued vertical integration between satellite imagery and defence solutions, employing image science and analytics.

Partnerships will continue to provide growth opportunities in developing state-of-the-art technologies.

Cities are implementing intelligent infrastructure solutions to manage fixed and mobile assets to help make their urban environments “smarter” to serve the citizen.

One additional submission below echoes and enhances a lot of what has been noted – the importance of 3D to aerial acquisitions, cost effective solutions for collecting 3D information, and the proliferation of easy-to-use geospatial data viewing and manipulation software packages.

Todd Stennett, CRO, Geomni

Todd Stennett, CRO of Geomni

3D Will Drive Aerial Acquisitions in 2019

“The aerial acquisition sector will be driven by the data needs of 3D modeling applications in 2019 and beyond. Whether the end use is city planning or super-realistic online gaming, 3D data collection has become a standard request by users of airborne geospatial data. Customers are specifically requiring acquisition of photogrammetric-quality imagery and terrain elevation data to meet their needs.

Two innovations in geospatial technology are enabling this market trend. The first is multi-sensor airborne collection systems such as the Leica CityMapper and Lead’Air MIDAR products. Both these systems capture nadir and oblique optical imagery as wells as LiDAR elevation data simultaneously. This single-pass acquisition is an extremely cost-effective solution for collecting accurate 3D information in which the image and elevation data register perfectly. In 2019, expect a greater number of aerial data acquisition RFPs to ask for these systems by name.

The second trend impacting 3D applications is the proliferation of easy-to-use geospatial data viewing and manipulation software packages. Skyline Software, Orbit GT and others have reduced the barrier to entry into the world of complex 3D visualization. These powerful software products have become so easy to learn and apply end users can leverage the rich information content of integrated imagery and elevation data to visualize, simulate and model their 3D environments.

At Geomni, we are gearing up for a year of 3D applications in 2019.”

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