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INTERGEO confirms its position for the geospatial industry

By Eric Van Rees - 13th October 2023 - 06:41

INTERGEO EXPO and CONFERENCE has come to a successful close after three days in Berlin.

The international trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management presented itself as a magnet for the international geospatial community and for the diverse application areas of geodata-based solutions.

With almost 17.000 trade visitors from 112 nations, 571 exhibitors from more than 40 countries, over 300 speakers and 841 conference participants from 42 countries, INTERGEO EXPO and CONFERENCE once again proved its position today in Berlin: INTERGEO is the world's leading trade fair and most important international congress platform for all aspects of geodesy, geoinformation and land management. As the market leader, INTERGEO brings together the geospatial community and networks it with its industry users. It is the center of the professional community, the face and communicator of the industry.

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Staiger, President of the organizer DVW e.V. (German Association for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management): "The response of the exhibiting companies and the visitors at the EXPO and the feedback from the CONFERENCE participants confirm our concept. We have positioned strong themes such as Earth Observation and Environmental Monitoring, Smart City, BIM (Building Information Modeling) for Infrastructure, Digital Twins, Maritime Solutions, 4D Geodata and 3D Cadastre. These are all elements of geospatial data-based solutions for sustainable development. With this focus, we have struck a nerve."

From global monitoring to local action
A look at the UN's Sustainable Development Goals shows that 80 percent of the 17 goals and 231 indicators, are spatial related, such as the fight against poverty, clean water, clean energy, sustainable cities, climate protection and life on land and under water. Global Earth Observation technologies such as COPERNICUS and GALILEO serve as information providers for local action. EXPO and CONFERENCE have made it clear: "Global Monitoring and Earth Observation are the basis for understanding interrelationships. In these crisis-ridden times and under the impression of global warming, anyone who has to make very local decisions to limit the effects of climate change is dependent on precise spatial information. Our industry provides it," says Staiger.

Jack Dangermond, founder and CEO of the GIS software group Esri, also pointed out the importance and influence of GIS for the path to a sustainable future in his well-received keynote address: "We need to develop a shared understanding of our planet's ecosystem in order to meet the critical challenges of our time. Sustainability begins with geography because it provides a deep understanding of holistic events. GIS as the foundation for Digital Twins enables us to understand impacts, model scenarios, and derive necessary decisions. We must act because we are living beyond our means. Geospatial data is the foundation for generations to come."

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