Considering the legacy technology used by the geospatial community, with cloud solutions the professionals can optimize the functionality and leverage point-of-work delivery of data required by the Geospatial professionals.
Mapping Cloud Solutions for
Electronic data and communications is considered as a crucial
element for the contemporary business. However, when we discuss
geospatial technologies, well, it is still in its developing stage. While
IoT applications highlights endpoints set up with sensors as its main
source of data collection, geospatial technology on the other side,
support GPS/GNSS location networks to collect data before moving
the specific data to be processed in the cloud. Here we will discuss
more about geospatial technology and how cloud services can help
Legacy geospatial technology
Geospatial technology has a synergetic relationship with computer
science and now with the need to automate repetitive process and
computer technology, the latest geospatial systems has to be
adopted. Back then, standard project deliverables consisted of
hardcopy drawings and reports.
That means it used legacy approaches to analyze the data, which
was quiet inconvenient and a rather sluggish process as the results
often came as 2D drawings along with written analysis. Thus to make
things more efficient, most of the deliverables were moved to
electronic formats and now CAD files, reports and spreadsheets have
become common in most enterprises.
Now after applying the new approach, geospatial enterprises are
able to share deliverables quickly and smoothly. Right from data
acquisition to information dissemination, nearly all of geospatial
systems are now making modern electronics, communications and
computer systems a part of their industry. As a result, cloud
technology for the management and analysis of geospatial
information will likely deliver better flexibility in organizational
Although the new wave has introduced considerable acquisition in
terms of productivity, the geospatial world has yet to comprehend
the significance of cloud.
Cloud solution advantages to geospatial world
With a vast evolution in the spheres of technology, there are now
cloud-based platforms of software, data and related services
available to better meet the demands of the geospatial industry. The
ingrained technology uses cloud services to support the task engaged
in the geospatial environment such as data collection, data
management, spatial data catalogs, etc. Integration of cloud services
with technologies involved in the geospatial community enables the
organizations to effectively accomplish the task and achieve the
efficiency that is been looked upon by the geospatial professionals in
Let's make this more simpler with an example. So how exactly cloud
proves beneficial here? Cloud computing enables the geospatial
professionals to locate all their essential data under one roof rather
than keeping a chunk of it at different location.
For instance, a surveyor requires a bunch of data to arrange and
execute a particular project and this counts in data from previous
surveys conducted, data from government, maps and other related
information. What's complicated here is all the data is not maintained
at a single location. Some may be held in the surveyor’s possession,
while the rest may come from private organizations, government
bodies and so on.
Cloud technology has helped made this less burdensome. Cloud
service providers offer tools that enables to store mission-critical data
at a single location, making it quicker to find and use the information
specific to the project. This eliminates the need to go through the
bundle of data and formats manually and enables to simplify
standard and time-consuming pre-survey jobs.
With the cloud service, the individual can access the geospatial data
and download it to his system.
Moreover, the solution is a real benefit for those on the field as well
because they can use cloud applications and hosting solutions to
transfer information to streamline workflows and data
management. Field crews can also keep a record of and manage the
location and status of equipment used in field in addition to software
and firmware. The latest software services enables surveyors to
customize system to simplify data collection on several platforms
such as Windows and Android. The best part is that the system can
synchronize field data from multiple crews to a single server.
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