Geospatial intelligence using geographic information systems
Geospatial intelligence is more than just a map with spots; it is an integrated analytical system…
GIS specializes in storing and processing geospatial data, which consists of points, lines and polygons mapped as coordinates. Each spatial feature can be analyzed with different properties and rules governing its behavior. It also has descriptive tables explaining data details and has complex computational spatial tools using the geographic location to determine the relationships between spatial patterns.
Therefore, without GIS, organizations and governments cannot keep pace with developments in smart cities' field and foreseeing the future, including digital twinning.
Whereas, until recently, most geospatial analyzes were performed by GIS specialists and workers in governments and institutions where they collected and stored various data in geospatially possible databases to create advanced analytical models. Yet, currently, geospatial insights are delivered to all users via applications that support the publication of data on the cyberspace, allowing users to access interactive maps through web browsers.
Therefore, the volume of data increased in quality due to its mixing with basic data, which adds value to operations and decisions. Depending on the use case and the required service level agreements, and given the adoption of recent research, interviews with experts, and analytical models that are used in the real world, the geospatial intelligence reveals its power to solve today's problems and anticipate the reality of the future.
How does geospatial intelligence change the way we solve problems in the future?
Geospatial intelligence uses geographic data to enable decision makers to analyze current phenomena and explore the future. There are applications that virtualize geospatial intelligence capabilities in an innovative way, such as applications to choose the most suitable sites for facilities and community service center, in addition to scenarios to resolve the congested real traffic, and site-based insights are used in many ways through which they can devise a set of solutions that are safer and more effective.
Geospatial intelligence also helps to plan and respond to crises and emergencies by providing plans to evacuate the population and reduce damage to cities and citizens. The flexibility of geospatial intelligence helps to coordinate operations between many smart organizations by creating, managing and sharing information, making them smarter, more productive and more efficient.
Why now is the time to consider geospatial intelligence and GIS applications?
It is because of the increasing use of geospatial intelligence by governments and institutions. To obtain a competitive advantage to create new opportunities, 97% of governments and institutions believe that geospatial intelligence is critical to their success, and most say they plan to invest in geospatial intelligence technologies and explore the potential of integrating geospatial information with artificial intelligence to visualize all uses that will reveal new insights and will provide an innovative map of the future.
Where is the gap in the use of geospatial intelligence in the United Arab Emirates?
Nearly all governments, large and medium enterprises collect and store geographical data. However, a large percentage of them considers the use of geospatial intelligence an advantage in its infancy, which makes its implementation difficult for it and achieving its maturity is a great challenge for them. In addition, the specialized nature of GIS usually makes it difficult for others to benefit from it and this leads to the loss of geographic data's value and makes access to it difficult. That is why it is important to overcome the challenge (specialized nature) of finding experts in the field of GIS by highlighting and marketing this specialization so that we can obtain the required expertise.
Moreover, it is necessary to recognize that owning geographic data will not be sufficient - it will need to be harnessed by the right programs, linked to the right data and made available to the right people to enable decision-makers to choose the correct visions.