HxGN LOCAL: Geospatial Defence Summit for Western Europe 2016

HxGN LOCAL: Geospatial Defence Summit for Western Europe 2016

By Yashita Arora on

In its second year, Geospatial Defence Summit (31 May to 02 June, 2016) was a success yet again. Personnel from Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands, joined this conference specifically designed for Western European defence and intelligence, safety and security agencies. The event was held at Vaalserberg, the tri-point where the three countries meet.

Still reeling from terror attacks in Europe in recent times, the defence departments of Western Europe are taxed with quickly upgrading their counter-terrorism measures. The 3-day event was focused on providing defence personnel with the tools to use geospatial intelligence to their advantage with a fully packed agenda.


Pre-event trainings were held on 31 May by GEOSYSTEMS GmbH and Imagem. The hands-on sessions enabled the attendees to interact with technology experts as well as brainstorm ideas.

Keynotes & Presentations

Massimo Pagani, EMEA Executive Director for Hexagon Geospatial, in his keynote emphasised how every day, the world grows more complex, dynamic and dangerous. Technology trends are the driving force to counter the treats through cloud computing, big data, new collectors, sensor fusion, intelligent mobility, actionable analytics, and the internet of things. Hexagon Geospatial provides powerful, highly dynamic, and intuitive products to assist intelligence, military, and defence organisations worldwide. Read more about solutions for Defence & Intelligence.

The presentations were initiated by Irmgard Runkel, GEOSYSTEMS GmbH and Wouter Brokx, Imagem. They elucidated how every bit of intelligence – pre-emptive and post-facto – can prove to be crucial at emergency situations, and Geospatial Intelligence plays a critical role make smart, timely and informed decisions.

This was followed by presentations by speakers from Hexagon Geospatial, Imagem, GEOSYSTEMS GmbH, Sky-Watch, lech-tec, Openstreet Map, ESG, GAF, GEOSYSTEMS France, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, Airbus Defence & Space, and Joint ISTAR Command.

Live Demos

Sky-Watch, a global provider of unmanned aerial systems captured images by flying over Vaalserberg to show the audience how it’s done. This data was then processes using GEOSYSTEMS’ IMAGINE UAV workflow, and can help military organisations process and extract height and position information.

Socials & Activities

All work and no play isn’t fair, but clubbing work and play is great. Apart from cocktail receptions and dinners, the hosts GEOSYSTEMS GmbH and Imagem came up with a treasure-hunt that relies on geo-caching.  Despite the rainy and foggy weather, some of the attendees were able to compete.

All in all, it was a great conference and we thank everyone involved in organising and the attendees for making it a success.

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