Geospatial technology has had a huge impact on society since the first maps were created in ancient times. While the technology continues to adapt, the definition remains the same; The systems used to collect, analyze, and store geographic information.
Types of Geospatial Technologies
The data collected with geospatial technology combines location and attribute information with the time/life span at which the location and attribute data exists. Global Position Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Remote Sensing (RS) are among the most important geospatial technologies.
Global Position Systems
GPS enables users to determine their exact location throughout the world. To gather this data, GPS devices collect information from satellites that circle the earth twice a day in a precise orbit. These devices provide a variety of uses such as tracking, geotagging, navigation, and surveying.
Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems enable users to create, manage, analyze, and visualize data. GIS, a computer-based tool, provides numerous benefits for organizations. These benefits include improved cost-saving, decision making, asset management, and communication.
For business owners interested in implementing GIS, ETM developed a customized platform, DeepVUE to provide industry-leading map visualizations. DeepVUE expands on Esri cloud-based functionality to incorporate public and proprietary data to expedite and improve decisions.
Remote sensing collects information from a distance through sensors on satellites, drones, and aircraft. These devices first detect and then record a variety of data sets including radiation, exact laser returns, and photos. The recorded data is then used by researchers to facilitate important information that helps to understand the state of our planet.
Importance of Geospatial Technology
From mapping underground galvanized pipes to tracking land anomalies, geospatial technologies are key to the success of many industries. These technologies can help organizations make better decisions for their businesses by helping them prioritize and understand their resources.
Geospatial technologies also play a critical role in our everyday lives. For example, map applications within smartphones and vehicles rely heavily on geospatial data to ensure their maps are accurate and up to date.
About ETM Geospatial Technologies
England-Thims & Miller, Inc. (ETM) Geospatial Technologies builds on our legacy of engineering, planning, construction, and asset management solutions for municipalities, utilities, and private organizations.
Our team of professionals also understands that limited budgets and the rapid pace of digital transformation make it difficult for organizations to stay on top of the important work that needs to be done for a community.
ETM Geospatial Technologies maintains partnerships with industry-leading GIS and Asset Management companies (Esri, Cartegraph) to multiply the effectiveness of systems without the need for integration work. The result is a comprehensive, interactive, web-based mapping system that also improves data-driven problem solving by connecting people, processes, and products, resulting in a better experience.
To learn more about ETM Geospatial Technologies, visit their website at www.etmgeo.com