International events organiser Montgomery Asia announces today the return of its flagship geospatial and location intelligence event for Southeast Asia, Geo Connect Asia - 24 and 25 March 2021, to be held at Suntec Singapore.
To be held at Suntec Singapore, Geo Connect Asia 2021 will be a focal point for the burgeoning ASEAN geospatial industry, combining an exhibition and range of conferences to provide a forum for an industry which is crucial to regional development. Themed “Global Solutions for Asia’s Geospatial & Location Intelligence Markets”, Geo Connect Asia 2021 will be Southeast Asia’s inaugural geospatial services and location intelligence event.
The rapid and ongoing digitalisation of the global economy has led to a similar acceleration in demand for geospatial intelligence. In what has been dubbed “the Smart Revolution”, the growing ubiquity of smart technologies and big data across many industries has given the geospatial industry an integral role in future economic development, as both businesses and governments demand increasing volumes of geospatial data and more accurate location intelligence. A report by location intelligence platform CARTO found that 94 percent of C-suite respondents noted that their organisations collect and/or store location data, while a third of the same respondents also said that obtaining up-to-date and accurate location data and possessing the most advanced analytical tools are important challenges for their organisations. The Covid-19 pandemic has also highlighted the importance of actionable geospatial intelligence for public health, as governments and public health authorities worldwide have scrambled to contain the pandemic through contact tracing and restriction of movement.
Geospatial solutions in demand as economies rebuild
Geo Connect Asia 2021 builds on the diverse themes and partnerships forged in the lead-up to Geo Connect Asia 2020, and will also feature an expansive yet refocused programme of seminars, co-located events and other activities specially curated for the relevant industries and sectors.
Rupert Owen, Montgomery Asia Event Director and co-founder, said, “We are delighted to announce the relaunch of Geo Connect Asia, a landmark event for the Southeast Asian geospatial and location intelligence space. We had a groundswell of industry backing for Geo Connect Asia 2020, and we appreciate the strong support we received leading up to and following the unfortunate postponement of the 2020 event.” Owen continued, “Geo Connect Asia 2021 will see an increasing number of international exhibitors and leading industry players coming to Southeast Asia to provide technology solutions to the growing ASEAN market, making it the must-attend trade exhibition for geospatial industry stakeholders not only in Southeast Asia but also from all over the world. As the region’s economies look to rebuild momentum, geospatial technologies and the associated data spinoffs will play a vital role in improving decision-making and accountability for both governments and enterprise in a post-Covid-19 world.”
Geo Connect Asia 2021 will feature the two-day GCA21 Conference themed “Mapping the data-driven future economy”, a half-day forum titled The Connected Mine Forum and themed “How to put the Digital into Mining”, as well as a two-day Tech Talk and a Product Showcase.
In addition, Montgomery Asia will be featuring two complementary industry profiles under the umbrella of the main Geo Connect Asia event. They will each provide visitors with a forum devoted to industry verticals that are seeing accelerating demand for geospatial technologies and location intelligence.
Digital Construction Asia (DCA) 2021 is themed, “Delivering digital solutions to the built environment”, and will focus on the use of geospatial technologies to build smarter, greener and with integrated solutions; these will introduce best practices and solutions to address growing demand for an increasingly digitalised building and construction industry.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Asia 2021 will focus on the commercial applications of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles for specific markets where improvements in geospatial data collection, location intelligence, and imagery will enable enhancements in resource management and local, regional and national decision-making.
Geo Connect Asia 2021 has established key partnerships in both the public and private sectors. Knowledge Partners include The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and the UK’s national mapping agency Ordnance Survey. They are joined by a growing list of Supporting Partners that includes GeoWorks, Asia Prop Tech, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Singapore Institute of Building Limited (SIBL), the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV), and the Thai Electrical and Mechanical Contractors Association.
Led by Platinum Sponsor Trimble, exhibitors at Geo Connect Asia 2021 already comprise a strong list of international companies including Fatos, Blue Marble Geographics, Changzhou Futian, the Geospatial Intelligence Centre, Hunan Bynav, ImpulseRadar, Shanghai Merrypal, Space Will, Suzhou Geoleni, Tianjin Setl, Tianjin Wiseman, and Vexcel Imaging.
Thought leaders and industry experts from the geospatial sector will be in attendance, sharing insights, trends and challenges from around the region. These Industry Ambassadors include Ady Ruchiatan, Vice President of the Association of Surveying and Mapping Enterprises for Geospatial Information, Indonesia; Dan Schirren, Head of Business Development, Asia Pacific at Ordnance Survey; Jan Schoderer, Sales Director, APAC at Vexcel Imaging GmbH; John Whitehead, Director of Sales and Distribution, APAC at Trimble Inc; Lanita Idrus, Publisher of The Asia Miner & Director of The Djakarta Mining Club and Coal Club Indonesia; and Ng Siau Yong, Director of the Geospatial and Data Division and Chief Data Officer at the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).
Industry Ambassador Jan Schoderer, Sales Director, APAC at Vexcel Imaging GmbH added, “As we innovate, we must introduce newer and better technologies in a cost-efficient way to allow for wider adoption across industries. Geo Connect Asia 2021 is THE platform to showcase emerging technologies and products and network with the key opinion leaders across APAC in the geospatial services market.”
Geo Connect Asia 2021 will be held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on 24-25 March 2021, and is set to draw over 80 international exhibitors and 2500 professional visitors from the region and beyond. Comprising a two-day conference, forum, technical seminars, and a product exhibition, Geo Connect Asia 2021 will provide a one-stop-shop for exhibitors and visitors alike.
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