Harness the Information of the Changing Earth
Information about the earth, or geospatial information, is increasingly being used to drive critical decisions in organizations of all sizes. Snapshots of geography can be captured from airborne, orbital, terrestrial, or hand sensors and saved as a permanent record of events happening on the earth’s surface. When the earth changes, the ability to understand these changes and rapidly share this information can be critical. Integrating geospatial information with the other forms of data an organization maintains adds immense value.
The Value of Geospatial
From the dawning of the earliest civilizations, there has been a realization of the need to understand our surroundings and relationship with them, coupled with an awareness of the earth’s dynamic state. Today, this same recognition of the changing earth continues to drive the geospatial industry, connecting it with previously untouched and disconnected industries. With the broader awareness of what geospatial technology can do, and the expectation that information should be quickly captured, conveyed, and shared, there is a growing need to respond instantly to change – not just with current data, but with fully integrated, intelligent maps providing real-time, reliable, and actionable information.
The Dynamic GIS
More than ever before, we can sense the real world around us – from space, the air, and the ground. With advances in technology, we can also make sense of captured data with clever algorithms for data fusion, feature extraction, and integration with business intelligence. Storage, database, and server technologies now support the handling of large volumes of data, making it possible to natively use geospatial data in its raw form and leverage the depth of information available in all these sources. Advances in mobile computing and technology extend the use of geographic data and information, empowering billions of individuals to be publishers and users of location-specific data and information.
Geospatial Information Lifecycle
The fusion of sensor technology with software produces the “Information Cloud,” where imagery is fused with 3D point cloud data and connected with real-time, location-based intelligence. The Information Cloud encapsulates and preserves the source content from the various sensor inputs, while feeding the Dynamic GIS. With integrated software solutions; you can transform this data to produce reliable and actionable information. The role of the Dynamic GIS is to leverage the depth of the Information Cloud, enabling software applications to process, share, and deliver the information needed to drive decisions that protect lives, property, and infrastructure.