Geospatial Ambit 2024

Novel Transformations in 2024 will take Gen AI to New Heights

Geographic information systems (GIS),  in collaboration with advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data, will enhance the accuracy of business results. This collaborative approach will introduce unique benefits to activities such as choosing optimal locations for infrastructure or business ventures, streamlining complex supply chains, and various other applications spanning key sectors like banking, financial services, retail, manufacturing, and utilities.

As the usability of GIS technology becomes more prominent, we can expect increased adoption in the years ahead, contributing to the realization of the nation’s goal to become a developed country by 2047. The application of AI fused with geospatial data, science, and technology is already accelerating real-world understanding of business opportunities, environmental impacts, and operational risks.

The fusion of real-time data from sensors, social media, and diverse channels with traditional geospatial data will reveal fresh perspectives, facilitating swift decision-making. This integration proves particularly valuable in fields such as traffic management, emergency response, and border security.

The increased utilisation of AI and ML algorithms will assume a more substantial role in automating data analysis, recognising patterns, and extracting practical insights from geospatial data. Consequently, this advancement is poised to notably enhance the efficiency and precision of GEOINT analysis.

Emerging Trends and Future Prospects

The evolution of Geographic information systems(GIS), in India has taken place at a rapid pace, and we will certainly witness even greater adoption in 2024 and beyond. A key enabler here would be the ability to integrate IoT devices with GIS for real-time data collection and analysis. Such capabilities would permit enterprises to gain valuable insights into their operations and achieve better efficiencies.

Further, advancements in spatial analytics and visualisation techniques have also emerged as a major trend, enabling user organisations to analyse data with greater accuracy and make better decisions. Of late, we have been seeing cloud-based, easy-to-use and scale solutions in the GIS arena. These tools can help organisations access GIS data anywhere, any time, on any device, and in a much more affordable manner.

 As Geographic information systems (GIS), becomes more accessible through cloud-based solutions and user-friendly interfaces, its potential for addressing complex challenges, from urban planning to disaster management, grows exponentially. We are looking at trends like the integration of various types of data in GIS systems, data portals to enable easy sharing of data, and Geo-Hubs to create more collaborative working environments and increase community engagement.

With major breakthroughs in AR/VR via product launches like Microsoft’s market trailblazer Halo Lens, Meta’s Quest 3, and the recent launch of Apple’s revolutionary Vision Pro, it’s possible more companies will apply AR/VR to BIM in order to help their GIS specialists and planners experience 360-degree panoramic VR experiences in which they can collaborate and perform their work with greater accuracy.

As we move to 2024, these technological advancements will transform the way geospatial technologies are being consumed. Customized GIS solutions based on Indian datasets that adeptly address India-centric challenges are also going to play a vital role in helping enterprises achieve not only more agility, lower complexity, and reduced costs but also sustainable and inclusive growth.

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