The imponderables of Brexit may well have been a staple topic for conversation at last month’s INTERGEO expo in Hamburg, but much more tangible was the number, diversity and enthusiasm of British businesses exhibiting at the world’s premier showcase for surveying, geoinformation and land management (see also pp32-33 this issue).
For the fourth year running, the UK Pavilion hosted by GEOconnexion provided a cost-effective platform for SMEs promoting satellite imagery, point cloud rendering technology, airborne Lidar, spatial Big Data solutions, 360o reality imaging systems, GIS software, INS componentry and more. Also evident was a trend that saw exhibition stands manned by other British companies being clustered around the Pavilion to create a village atmosphere. The national presence was reinforced by the event organisers declaring the UK its first country partner, and by Ordnance Survey’s CEO Nigel Clifford who delivered the opening keynote at the adjoining INTERGEO conference.
The need to promote British exports and forge overseas partnerships will become increasingly important in combatting the uncertainties and anxieties that lay ahead. With a prime site already booked for the Pavilion at next year’s INTERGEO in Berlin, it looks likely that our UK village will be bigger and better than ever!