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Geospatial 2020: A Transformational Tipping Point

Through our work in geospatial and location technology we have seen how revolutions in digital mapping, cloud computing, mobile devices and artificial intelligence have transformed how we live, how we work and how we use data – particularly location data. Today we are on the verge of a transformational tipping point, with three ingredients combining to create change and opportunity in equal measure..

In the lead up to the AGIScotland 2020 Conference #SustainableScotland, Informed Solutions Chairman, John Alderson takes a look at 2020 as a potential tipping point for the geospatial industry:

Informed has specialised in delivering innovation and digital transformation by design through our expertise in digital platforms and geospatial and location technology for over 25 years now. We continue to develop services that are used by millions of people across the world every day.

Through our work we have seen how revolutions in digital mapping, cloud computing, mobile devices and artificial intelligence have transformed how we live, how we work and how we use data – particularly location data. Today we are on the verge of a potentially transformational tipping point with three ingredients combining to create change and opportunity in equal measure:

The UK has left the EU – We now have the chance to choose how land is managed in the UK, not just through revenues, but through developing progressive policies on land transformation activities like wilding.

The Rural Economy Policy – There is now an opportunity to look at land differently as an asset and develop responsible and sustainable ways to create a modern land economy.

Digital technology has come of age – the cost of geospatial, satellite and radar technology has fallen significantly to the point where it can be combined with mainstream AI to develop digital services that can be used simply and effectively by citizens. Combine these with digital service techniques like user-centred design and we have a transformative effect.

A good example of this? We recently won a Govtech challenge award to work with Scottish National Heritage to research and identify how it can combine satellite imagery with existing data sets and natural capital models to develop an efficient digital service that land owners can use to better manage developments in protected areas or areas of specific interest.

No person or organisation can realise this opportunity alone.  It is our ability to share ideas, to challenge and encourage one another and to pool resources that make the difference. We cannot innovate unless we collaborate. 

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