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GIS and its integration with emerging IT Technologies

Today, data is being created at gigantic rate. Everybody is producing data everywhere, all the time. Every movement is location data. Every transaction whether a text, a call, a social media interaction, a map navigation request, an internet browsing on computer or mobile, CCTV camera feeds, sensor feeds and so much more is a data in itself. With mobile in every hand, location is attached to every transaction and therefore GIS becomes all the more important. 

GIS has been a multi-disciplinary science which merged with the information technology and became an essential tool for decision making. However, now with the millions and billions of records being generated per second cannot be handled easily using the traditional technologies. Big Data comes in picture. Today, Big Data has started to produce new results and trends. GIS allows to visualize and analyze the big data in a way that it reveals patterns, trends and relationships which could not be deciphered from the reports. 

Geomarketing trends can be studied by retailers to see where is the customer, what is the competition and where and what marketing and retail strategies should be adopted. Online selling portals can study and find out who is buying what and from where and thereby focus on their logistics. Banks can visualize and explain the defaulter trends using geography and transaction details. Predictive modeling could help health authorities understand the pattern of any disease’ spread and causes and thereby create mitigation plans and execute.

Like Big Data, there are various other new technologies are surfacing in the mainstream IT which can be integrated with GIS and produce results which were not possible earlier. Integrating the virtual reality with the real GIS data can give an augmented reality. An engineer or surveyor could walk on the road with an app assimilating camera feed in his tablet or mobile with GIS data to see what all lies underground in the direction of his walk. While a SCADA integration might pin-point the fault, augmented reality may help him to reach at the desired fault-point and fix it without much guess work. In this way, Augmented reality (AR) is quickly gaining ground as a solution for visualizing location data in the field, whether for navigation or managing underground infrastructure. The result could be an app that might create a common operational picture for utility field workers, offering a 3D location data by projecting a virtual holograms over physical surroundings by using AR technology.

Lately, GIS has also started applying artificial intelligence into areas such as classification, prediction and segmentation through machine learning. At present, AI is largely accepted as a collection of sophisticated programming techniques studying the nature of intelligence and thereby creating software application of these insights in solving real-world problems. The intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and GIS is creating massive opportunities that weren’t possible before. AI, machine learning and deep learning are helping us make a better world by helping increase crop yield through precision agriculture, to fighting crime by deploying predictive policing models, to predicting when the next big storm will hit and being better equipped to handle it and much more.

By reading the above brief snippets of various newly emerging technologies and how their integration with GIS is creating new jobs, new analytics, new avenues for building solutions, reader may clearly understand that GIS has already moved ahead from its traditional notion. There is a clear need of understanding these newly emerging trends and train a workforce which is ready to accept the challenge and deliver. 

By reading the above brief snippets of various newly emerging technologies and how their integration with GIS is creating new jobs, new analytics, new avenues for building solutions, reader may clearly understand that GIS has already moved ahead from its traditional notion. There is a clear need of understanding these newly emerging trends and train a workforce which is ready to accept the challenge and deliver. 

GISUS is involved in delivering the key concepts through its certificate courses to bridge the gap between education and the industry needs. We are currently running a career advancement and skill development venture called SKILLPLUS under which GSDP (GIS Skill Development Program) is run to deliver courses on:

  • Understanding SAP – GIS Integration
  • Understanding Cloud GIS
  • Understanding Location-aware Artificial Intelligence
  • Understanding Crowd Sourcing in GIS
  • Understanding Big Data & GIS
  • Understanding Internet of Things (IOT) & GIS
  • Understanding Virtual Reality in GIS
  • Understanding 3D GIS

We also talk in our various industry seminars to educate various industries about GIS:

  • Introduction to GIS for Dairy industry professionals
  • Introduction to GIS for Police industry professionals
  • Introduction to GIS for Navigation industry professionals
  • Introduction to GIS for Telecom industry professionals
  • Introduction to Geomarketing

In addition, we deliver trainings in the traditional GIS verticals, such as

  • Municipal Government
  • E-Governance
  • Oil and Gas
  • Transportation etc