New Age Technologies to Strengthen Geospatial Insights


In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the integration of frontier technologies with geospatial data and analytics is reshaping industries, governance, and societal interactions, fostering significant economic growth.

Today, cutting-edge innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are amplifying the value proposition of geospatial insights across various domains.

For instance, AI-driven geospatial solutions automate processes, detect patterns, and optimize resource allocation, while blockchain technology enhances the reliability and security of geospatial data transactions.

Meanwhile, the IoT ecosystem provides real-time, granular data streams, enabling unprecedented insights into dynamic spatial phenomena. By harnessing the power of these frontier technologies, stakeholders can unlock new value propositions from geospatial data, drive innovation, and address complex challenges facing our interconnected world.

In this session titled “Frontier Technologies: Amplifying Geospatial Value Impact”, the speakers spoke about the uses of frontier technologies when integrated with geospatial data across sectors.

Moderator, Ronda Schrenk, CEO, USGIF said that the four themes that are common in global discussions around technology and human-machine interaction are:

  • Collaboration and sense of community
  • Integration
  • Innovation
  • Trust

Frontier Technologies in Defense

Sandra Auchter, Director, NGA Denver, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said, “We are working with our military and defence agencies to include AI into their workflows. Due to this, we have been able to increase the fidelity of their targets and improve geolocation accuracy. As the leader of the community, we are not just responsible for national security but we have humanitarian and civil mission areas as well.”

“We are also using AI to map food, water resources and population migration to see patterns of climate vulnerable areas.”

Adding to the points above, Marryam Chaudhry, CEO, XR2Lead said, “AI has blown up amusingly in the past couple of years and now we have figured out ways to use it.

We are using AI and geospatial information in defense and rescue operations particularly for target recognition and reconnaissance. Then it comes to the realm of data security, data secrecy, and data accuracy, there are whole bunch of things that are interconnected. This data is used for urban planning, disaster response and management etc.”

“It is all about data and information, to do anything you need to know where and when the things are happening.

Everything is about location,” she added.

Deborah Davis, Board Member, USGIF and OGC said, “Information and technology is at the core of geospatial. At the private side of the industry the only trend is deluge of data. AI and ML are critical technologies in dealing with this deluge, enabling worthwhile analytics and actionable insights for users across geospatial community.

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