Into the heterogeneous age of geospatial information
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Into the heterogeneous age of geospatial information

By Patrick de Groot on

Geospatial information is everywhere today, and it’s no longer confined to specific departments or projects. It’s part of the general flow of information in any professional organization, small and large. In fact, much of the information used today does not even reside inside a GIS anymore, it comes from ERP systems, CRM systems, asset management systems, etc. This transition has not happened overnight, but more over the course of a decade. And this transition introduced new requirements for how geospatial information is accessed and used.

Because information about our surroundings is no longer cooked to order by a specialist, getting from raw data to information should also be available to non-specialists. Business users in most cases do not care about georeferencing, point cloud calculation strategies or how to extract parcels from a database, they simply want an answer to a business question that in the back-end happens to come from a geospatial related fusion of datasources.

Being able to connect to the various datasources and feeding into various business specific systems is vital to deploying a successful architecture. The notion of importing everything into a standard geospatial system and expecting the end user to get his (or her) head around how the software works and what stream of buttons to push to get an answer that’s useable simply is not acceptable anymore. The software needs to follow the user, instead of the other way around.

Hexagon Geospatial addresses this issue very effectively, in 2 distinct ways:

An open architecture that does not constrain an end user to a specific technology stack or format

By decoupling the different components used in GIS, remote sensing and photogrammetry, clients have the option to introduce or replace specific components in their IT landscape without having to touch the other components. For example, some of our clients have replaced their previous raster server by APOLLO Essentials. Because APOLLO Essentials supports a wealth of OGC and other webservice protocols, these clients could leave the rest of their architecture in place and immediately benefit from the new component.

Spatial modelling to transcend the different areas of information and create workflows that provide user-specific answers

By connecting the individual building blocks that constitute a remote sensing, GIS, photogrammetry system and even tap into external systems, users are simply presented with a few questions or even fully automatically receive the answer they want, without every worrying about how the base information got fused together. This speeds up the process tremendously.

The change in demand for geographic information will go further and further, and Hexagon Geospatial recognizes this with their curent technology offering. At Imagem, this allows us to implement the various building blocks at our customers, even if they are not standardized on our portfolio. It creates a best of breed solution, open to interact with other systems. The age of stovepiping is over, the age of fusing technologies is here.