CROSS-INDUSTRY USER ECOSYSTEM IN ONE PLACE
Geospatial technologies are being used for measuring, monitoring and reporting on the United Nations - Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Supported by clear guidelines from the UN; Governments and the non-profit sector have been able to plan and implement development programs in an informed manner because of the visualisation and analytics offered by geospatial and Earth observation technologies. A variety of datasets are now generated and being made available for free or at price points that make sense to the non-profit sector.
There’s been an increase in the use of innovative tools and technologies to solve some real-life challenges on ground from health care access, to providing resources to farmers, to monitoring climate and how it impacts life on Earth. When combined with other technologies, like drones, AI, Big Data and Cloud, geospatial technology gets further enhanced in its effectiveness.
However, we still have a long way to go before the Digital Ecosystem including AI, IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing, powered by Geospatial technologies are used to their potential to create the world we want. Even when data and services are being made available for development goals, its optimal use may not necessarily be easy for the non-profit sector and the road to geospatial adoption could be fraught with several challenges. To benefit from such systems, NGOs and INGOs need to adopt a geospatial strategy, which needs to be in synergy with their digital strategy.