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Orbica’s Geospatial Platform: How the Powerful Trifecta of Geospatial Technology, Cloud, and AI are Shaping the Future of GIS

Written by Kurt Janssen

27 August 2023

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Discover how Orbica's Geospatial Platform utilises geospatial technology, cloud, and AI to transform traditional GIS, opening doors to unprecedented efficiency and insight.

The geospatial industry is witnessing a paradigm shift as modern geospatial platforms reshape the landscape. The conversation surrounding Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has dramatically evolved, moving from cumbersome, old-school legacy systems to cutting-edge solutions like Orbica's Geospatial Platform.

Traditional legacy GIS applications face a number of issues, like integration difficulties, scalability challenges, high maintenance costs, data security concerns, and inadequate collaboration features. They have often been tied to inflexible, costly frameworks, which hinder innovation and adaptability. This situation has led to demands for change, greater transparency, and an urgent call for technological evolution.

Cloud-native geospatial solutions are emerging as the response to this call. They are highly scalable, elastic, and resilient, promising seamless operations and continuous integration. This revolutionary step in technology not only reduces costs but also augments performance and efficiency. Orbica's Geospatial Platform, as an example, embodies this transformation, shifting from the constraints of legacy GIS to a more agile and proficient cloud-based approach by using AWS Cloud to do so.

This cloud-driven transformation is only the beginning. Modern geospatial platforms are also integrating powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities and placing a strong emphasis on accessibility and collaboration. The fusion of AI with cloud technology allows organisations to unlock the untapped value in their geodata, delivering insights and efficiency previously unimaginable. With AI's power, complex tasks are automated, and innovative solutions are developed, addressing real-world issues in a user-centric manner.

Data management in modern geospatial technology is another vital aspect of this transformation. Ensuring easy and secure data access, integration, and management is a constant challenge. Advanced technologies and carefully designed user interfaces are helping to tackle this challenge, ensuring secure data access without compromising integrity. Authentication and permissioning are instrumental in providing a secure yet accessible framework, promoting data democratisation, which is a key focus of the Orbica geospatial platform.

But modern geospatial technology is not just about accessibility; it also emphasises collaboration. The need for standardisation and interoperability has led to consistent, universally understood data protocols, such as OGC. These standards foster collaboration and unified communication across various geospatial systems, breaking down the barriers often associated with legacy GIS.

This focus on collaboration extends to engaging the user community in the conceptualisation and design process. In the case of Orbica's Geospatial Platform, this approach leads to innovative solutions that address real-world challenges. By intertwining user experience and geospatial insights, comprehensive solutions are created that enhance user satisfaction and solve complex problems.

Furthermore, open conversations and collaborative problem-solving play an integral part in the transformation of geospatial software development. Recognising users' needs and expectations, valuing their input, and identifying their pain points leads to more targeted and effective solutions. The goal is to enhance existing tools and workflows, not replace them. Open APIs enable this by allowing the integration of geospatial data without abandoning existing investments, ensuring cost-effectiveness and driving innovation.

This evolution, led by platforms like Orbica's, is paving the way for a more efficient, user-centric, and democratised future in geospatial technology. The focus on accessibility, standardisation, user experience, and the empowerment of existing systems promises exciting progress.

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