Traditionally the preserve of government and military users geospatial intelligence, based on the combination of remote sensing and geolocation (and mapping) technologies, will continue to transform commercial opportunities for early business adoptors across numerous sectors.
Near real-time imaging of our planet's surface with increased territorial coverage is driving a silent revolution. Data analytics based on an increasing array of remote sensors (like imaging radar, real-time video, IR and multispectral probes) can provide fascinating insights capable of driving more timely and accurate commercial decision-making.
The below report, entitled "Geospatial innovation 2020" provides a snapshot of recent developments in this technology space, with examples mentioned in the report mirroring developments we are seeing among our clients:
- intelligent transport systems
- eco-farming techniques based on satellite dependent robots
- identification of lithium "hotspots" using earth observation of vegetation, minerals and geological data.
- AI-powered ship navigation based on satellite data
- gravity sensing to aid mineral extraction and sinkhole detection
There are many impressive examples inside and outside of this report.
Development of tools for less expert users who are closer to the businesses that use these insights will be a game changer in coming years. The commercial space sector has moved a long way since Walmart transformed retail logistics by early adoption of satellite monitoring of it's supply chain.
"Geospatial innovation is continuing to move beyond the government and military into private-sector areas like telecommunications, transportation, agriculture, public health and safety, where it can be used to improve the quality of everyday life in addition to spurring economic growth."