Geodata is key to smart city applications

HEXAGON – A PRIME EXAMPLE

“We generate, analyse and visualize big data – and we deliver smart city solutions!”

To prepare a city for the future and transform it into a smart city, it is essential to cross boundaries. The smart city doesn’t stop where administrative responsibilities end. Stand-alone solutions, however smart they may be, are not enough to make a smart city. Collaboration across various disciplines is what’s needed. Yet one area stands out as being ideal to take the lead – the geospatial sector.

Geodesists in town halls have always done what is necessary to lay the foundations for smart cities. They are masters of recording and processing large volumes of precise georeferencing and time-related data. There are therefore many reasons for these experts to take on a leading role when a city is looking to become a smart city. This can be seen in pioneering projects such as Hamburg.

Against this background, it comes as no surprise that companies from the geospatial sector are leading the way when it comes to smart cities. A prime example is Hexagon, one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of measuring and geoanalysis technology. “Geodata is key to smart city applications,” says Claudio Simao, Chief Technology Officer, Hexagon AB. Hexagon offers a three-pronged approach to help cities on the path to becoming smart.

Established sensor technology helps create a digital reality – a city’s digital twin. A 5D software platform combines static and real-time data, resulting in a live city experience. Last but not least, use is made of customised workflows and applications, the actual solutions for cities, in the fields of planning, safety and security, healthcare and logistics, for instance. How closely Hexagon supports cities depends on their specific requirements: “In some cases, we supply turnkey solutions,” Simao says. “We provide sensors, create the digital twin, supply software to develop specific workflows and train those in charge.” In other situations, Hexagon works with partners who then develop specific workflows.

Simao explains that cities can benefit from the many years of experience an established geospatial company offers on their route to becoming a smart city: “We generate big data, we analyse big data, we visualise big data – and we offer solutions on that basis.” Hexagon’s continued development shows how closely intertwined the geospatial sector is with the major issue of smart city. To drive progress forward in this area, the combination of SMART CITY SOLUTIONS and INTERGEO, the world’s leading trade fair for geodesy, represents a logical, almost unstoppable symbiosis.

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