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The indoor positioning market reached $6.92 billion in 2017, and is estimated to grow to $23.6 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 27.9% (according to the MarketsandMarkets research). A rise in smartphone penetration and a huge amount of time people spent indoors (nearly 80-90% of all our time!) were the two most significant drivers of indoor positioning sector development, contributing to the increasing demand of indoor navigation technologies in retail, manufacturing, healthcare and other spheres. The most powerful players on this market are Google, Cisco and HERE, which provide so called box solutions. However, a lot of customers are constantly looking for more efficient and personalized products, which opens an opportunity for small technological startups to break into the market and perform sophisticated user-cases. So, how will indoor positioning transform industries in the next few years?

RETAIL – a mix of online and offline shopping experience

A combination of two realities, offline and online, is one of the most exciting ideas for retailers throughout the world. They all want to be like Amazon, a shop without salesmen and cashiers, where customers could choose goods and just go away. Nowadays a lot of retail companies are looking for cutting-edge technologies, capable of enhancing customer impression and complementing it with the online experience.

A well-established Finnish retailer is an example. The company already uses a sophisticated shopping assistant, developed by Navigine and Smartcart, which helps consumers in product searching and choosing. This assistant looks like an ordinary shopping cart equipped with a tablet. A customer takes a cart, chooses a recipe (or downloads his own shopping list) and starts a guided tour through a shop. The advanced navigation system and smart notifications about special offers and store specific information save customers more time and money, as well as provide a personalized shopping experience. As a result, this solution enhances both retailer’s revenue and market share, increases the average bill by 6% and encourages brand awareness and efficiency of marketing and promotion campaigns. The next possible step is automation of payments. While a customer puts products into a smart cart, it calculates a total payment and automatically charges the customer’s credit card. Both shoppers and retailers will benefit from such a system. It will save a lot of time for the former and a lot of money for the latter.

The penetration of indoor positioning technologies in retail will continue this year. I assume that this process will be more smooth than explosive.

Welcome To The Future Of Retail: The Solution Developed By Smartcart & Navigine - YouTube

 

MANUFACTURING – a digital a twin

Contemporary enterprises use a wide range of different digital technologies and tools, such as 3D-printing, artificial intelligence, global automation, robotics, Internet of things, real-time monitoring systems, that are highly valuable for safety enhancement and costs cuts. Forbes predicts that the total revenue of all companies, using so-called Industry 4.0 technologies, will have reached $1.5 billion by 2020, moreover, the efficiency of such enterprises will see a 7-fold rise.

Well-established machine-building holding is an example. A customer was looking for a solution for cost reduction, improving business efficiency and decreasing risks to workers’ lives and health. And we proved that nowadays such problems could be easily solved with the use of advanced digital technologies and innovative software. All staff and vehicles were equipped with smart helmets with BLE protocol support. So the manufacturer obtained an access to a real-time motion system which recorded every worker’s history of movements, marked the building into zones to track movement inside/outside each zone and the number of hits in the zone, facilitated search for employees on the building map. The common web interface ensured an opportunity to correct daily tasks in real time and to react to work process and safety protocol violations immediately. Due to improvement of work discipline, the overall labor efficiency increased by 20%. Labor costs also declined owing to reducing overpayment for fake working hours.

Managers would like to know exactly what is going on in their factory in each period of time. It particularly concerns all moving objects, including people, vehicles or components. And a digital twin serves these purposes the best. Such twin is usually based on big data collected from a production space including such nuances as vibration frequency and sound level, serves these purposes the best.

Healthcare – big size, huge problems

Indoor positioning systems are in a great demand in hospitals and clinics, especially in USA and Europe. Some buildings comprise thousand of square meters, dozens of floors full of thousands of people, both personnel and patients, and are a real challenge for management and optimization. The indoor positioning has an opportunity to make life easier and to enhance financial efficiency, calculating the hospital’s overall financial loss from every time a patient is 15 minutes late. There are three most obvious challenges for indoor positioning technology in healthcare, such as equipment monitoring and control, security enhancement and reducing waiting time for patients. Estimates indicate that hospitals will purchase from 10% to 20% more equipment than actually required due to a lot of cases of misplacing and loosing these high cost equipments. In fact, the cost per bed in hospitals has risen on 90% in the past 15 years to $3,144.2, and one of the reason is that costly assets being regularly misplaced or left in disuse. Navigation within a hospital could be tiring and confusing both for staff and patient. Indoor-positioning technology provides a person with an individual guide and identifies the most appropriate route. Moreover, BLE-technology cuts waiting time, therefore ensures a better experience and higher confidence in the healthcare provider. The last but not least merit of indoor navigation system is an opportunity to control physical access to various wings or offices. Managers can grant or restrict access on an individual basis, adding information to an employee’s real-time keys. The penetration of indoor navigation in the healthcare market has already continued in the USA for three years. Last year it started in Europe too.

Gadgets –live not by smartphone alone

Although smartphones were the only providers of positioning just a few years ago, nowadays a wide range of wearable gadgets (such as smart helmets, trackers, wristlet etc.) support this technology too. Today gadgets are so popular and widespread that producers of these devices are constantly looking for new features and functions. And navigation is the most obvious technology for implementation. I believe that we will all see functional devices with positioning features already this year.

Logistics – a question of business efficiency

Logistics companies need to be very efficient in all operational processes, such as searching of packages, gathering orders, transporting and delivering them. It is crucial to know how much time an employee spends on finding every item, collecting all of them and putting them into a box, how and where he or she moves in the process. Indoor positioning technologies ensure an opportunity to create a real-time motion system, to facilitate searching for employees and controlling their working load, as well as to analyze people’s and vehicles’ routes and to provide data for an informed management decision.

There is a wide range of sophisticated technologies intended for facilitating logistics processes and enhancing business efficiency. Autonomous drones are an example. Modern logistics vehicles are able to navigate independently through an open space, to assemble and disassemble big units of storage, to move them from one place to another, to put boxes on pallets. Technologies implemented in such cars are both really sophisticated and really expensive. RFID and scanners are the most widespread tools for people’s positioning. These small radius technologies register an object’s location while it passes by. However, RFID fails in the reconstruction of the whole trajectory. Bluetooth is the more appropriate and more advanced technology, able to identify not only people’s but also things’ and vehicles’ tracks in real time. And logistics companies commence to adjust and implement this technology.

Power industry – technology for safety

Not only malls, hospitals and manufacture factories, but also power plants could benefit from indoor positioning. Energy companies usually control a lot of remote objects such as small and big electricity stations, as well as administrative buildings. All power plants need to be technically maintained on a regular or sometimes emergency basis. It is crucially important to do all maintenance work in accordance with technical regulations and instructions. And indoor positioning could assist management of power companies in controlling these processes.

A case of MOESC power company is an example. Together with Spaceteam Navigine implemented an advanced indoor/outdoor navigation system which monitors movements of service workers through an electricity station. A special mobile application distributes working tasks, based on teams’ location, and analyzes workers’ tracks. As a result, the safety level was improved and incident reaction time was decreased due to staff positioning and wayfinding, real-time tracking and task scheduling features.

So, what?

Business spent some years on testing and evaluating the advantages of indoor positioning technologies, and right now the majority of companies from various industries have embraced the idea and value of indoor navigation. This year businesses will look for solutions facilitating and reducing the cost of indoor positioning systems implementation. The most significant obstacle for scaling of this technology required hardware installation. A navigation system today is a clever mix of software and hardware (BLE-beacon installed and special gadgets, like smartphones, wristlets, tablets or helmets). We all believe that new Bluetooth 5 technology and new LTE features will push a revolution in the indoor positioning market.

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Are you enthusiastic about location data or anything geospatial, then this is the job portal for you! At Geoawesomeness, we’re working on creating an interactive job portal to connect companies to enthusiastic talent! By the way, we spontaneously post jobs on our LinkedIn throughout the week, so make sure to follow us there!

If your company is looking for new talent and you want to share the opportunity with our community, feel free to submit a job using the online form for us to review and include in our list!

Here are some of the jobs that are currently available:

Featured Job: GIS Developer at World Food Programme
Rome, Italy

The World Food Programme is hiring a GIS Developer! You will be responsible of maintaining and further improve a Web GIS platform implemented by the GIS team for the Logistics Cluster and provide support for the rollout of the GIS infrastructure in country offices and regional bureaux. Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. Want to find out more? More information here.

Featured Job: Senior Front-end Developer at urbanData Analytics
Madrid, Spain

UrbanData Analytics are the Global Real Estate Information & Analytics platform that will provide transparency to the Real Estate market and information to the citizens to take better decisions. Want to know more about them? Read our interview here.

If you enjoy the challenges of state-management in user interfaces using a Redux-like approach with RxJS streams, then this position is perfect for you! Apply here.

Featured Job: Full-stack Developer at urbanData Analytics
Madrid, Spain

urbanData Analytics’ stack and requirements are complex. In particular, their engineering team must combine specialists such as frontend, backend or data engineers with more flexible developers. Does that sound interesting to you? Apply for this exciting position here

Metro: Geospatial Developer
Portland, OR USA

WWF Singapore: Linear Infrastructure & Landscape Intern
Singapore, Singapore

BlueDot:Geomatics Software Developer
Oakville, ON Canada

Tonkin + Taylor: Geospatial Leader
Auckland, New Zealand

Geotab: Software Developer
Oakville, ON Canada

European Space Agency: Head of the Φ-Lab
ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

Pacificorp: Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS)
Portland, OR USA

Crate.io: Frontend Developer
Remote, Berlin, or Dornbirn

UC Berkley: Cartography Lecturer
Berkeley, CA USA

Altus Group: Java Developer
London, UK

University of Twente: Assistant Professor in Photogrammetry
Enschede, Netherlands

Quantum Geospatial: GIS/Digital Cartography Specialist
Colorado Springs, CO USA

IPIS Research: GIS/Data Officer
Antwerp, Belgium

Niantic Inc.: Software Engineer, Front End (Geospatial)
San Francisco, CA USA

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The data available to telecommunication operators (aka MNOs) can be very useful. One of the areas for which the data can be uniquely beneficial is population analytics – the movement & habits of populations in the world around us. That is, partially, because of the ubiquity of mobile phones, and partially, because of the extent of existing telecommunication infrastructure. The data contains insight into where each device connected from and how it moved around. And what is lacks in the precision of e.g. GPS, telco data makes up in the sample size and unique national coverage.

This has remarkable implications for use across sectors. The data can be used for international development or to inform the tourism industry. It can help monitor an outbreak of a disease or plausibly determine the number of people at a protest rally. Another example of telco data used for the public good is to optimize a transportation network between several cities by reliably determining population flows and establishing how many people work and/or have their sleeping location in a given city.

The practical example comes from Slovakia. A big data scale-up Instarea teamed up with Slovakia’s top 3 telco providers (Slovak Telekom, Orange, O2) and the Comenius University (Peter Barlík and Martin Šveda) to provide the Bratislava Integrated Transport (BID) an analysis of commuter patterns in two western-most Slovak regions. The point was to map out the scale and intensity of spatial interactions amongst towns & cities of the region. Or simply, where people live and where do they travel for work.

What do the phones show?

Officially (according to permanent residency statistics), approximately 422,000 people reside in the capital city Bratislava. This number, however, has been long believed to be very unreliable. Bureaucracy and inconvenience cause that many people who live in Bratislava do not register their permanent residence. (In Slovakia, you would need a new ID card every time you move, because it also contains an address. So, residents simply don’t do it.) The city officials knew about this issue but until recently had very few choices than to rely on the official numbers.

50% more people

The analysis unearthed a surprising number. According to the telco data, there are at least 633,000 SIM-cards with the sleeping location in Bratislava. Already an over 200,000 difference in the number of inhabitants. Now, this is a sleeping location. What if you count in another over139,000 SIMcards which commute to Bratislava for work daily (this is somewhat balanced out by approx. What if you count in another over 139,000 SIMcards which commute to Bratislava for work daily (the number will be notably larger because the data were collected only from two regions, but there are people commuting daily from Austria, Hungary and two other Slovak regions). And then, we should not forget about the tourists of whom there are tens of thousands on any given day (and are not represented in the data). Turns out, Bratislava is a significantly larger city than it might be apparent when you look at the official statistics.

The 100 million EUR gap

This is quite a bit more significant than it might seem at first glance. One hundred million euro more significant, to be precise. In Slovakia, money is distributed to municipalities by the number of residents and the difference of 200,000 people goes a long way. The first step was to get the insight and now city officials can focus on policies. These can include changing a parking policy (so that people with permanent residence have cheaper parking) or simplifying the process of changing permanent residence.

Sure, SIM-cards are not people. Most people do have a phone, but some phones have two SIM-cards or some people have two phones. The authors of the study acknowledge this limitation, but argue that when you adjust for the people without phones, such as many children and some elderly the number is about right (as has been shown in some previous studies). Also, the study contained data only for Slovak SIMs, not foreign ones of tourists.

Inter-regional commuter patterns

Another use of the analysis is an unprecedented understanding of the migration within and between the regions. It would have been very difficult to get reliable information about working and sleeping locations, together with routes taken by any other way.The gathered data will be used as a tool for extending the Integrated transport system in the Bratislava region (IDS BK) to neighboring Trnava region. The mobility analysis also showed that 64,000 inhabitants of Trnava region travel to Bratislava city on a daily basis and, on the other hand, 49,000 Bratislava city residents travel to Trnava region every day. This is important because train and bus transportation is preferable to the car on the regions congested roads. But, people cannot take a bus or a train if convenient links are missing. It is thus vital to understand travel patterns and to make informed decisions in routing, timetables, capacity planning and pricing.

Data insights from telecommunication companies are remarkably useful. Aggregated data is no threat to privacy and is a valuable source of information. The information that can make our lives easier, policies more responsive and the funds allocated by need. What needs more work and thought are proper frameworks to compensate the telcos for the data as well as adjust regulatory policy to make such public-good use of data easier.

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The United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency uses its technology for 3D visualization of Map of the World. Internet browser Mozilla leverages the platform to impart real-world 3D data to its mixed reality web framework. The Toyota Research Institute creates dynamic driving simulations using their technology stack to visualize the 3D data captured by autonomous cars. And every Christmas Eve, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) showcases Santa’s magical journey on a 3D globe using their resources.

Cesium, a comprehensive platform for 3D geospatial data, began as an internal project in 2011 at American software company Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI). Today, it is being launched as an independent company in Philadelphia with a $5 million Series A funding to fuel its growth.

Patrick Cozzi, Cesium’s creator and CEO of the AGI spinout, is a known name in the fields of 3D graphics and geospatial technologies. He recognizes the new opportunities which are emerging in nearly every industry because of the wealth of real-world 3D data being collected by LiDAR sensors mounted on satellites, aircraft, drones, cars, and IoT devices.

Add open data policies, crowdsourcing, and AI-generated semantics to the mix and you get high-resolution 3D geospatial data that is more easily available and more frequently refreshed than ever before. “This data needs to be made accessible, shareable, and ultimately usable. This is where Cesium comes in,” Cozzi explains.

By unlocking the potential of real-world 3D data, Cesium empowers developers to easily build 3D data into their apps. The platform allows data providers to share massive datasets like terrain, photogrammetry, and point clouds in seconds with just a link, and turn them into realistic visualizations to glean insights from them.

At the heart of Cesium’s platform are 3D tiling pipelines which transform 3D data into streamable content for both online and offline devices. Cesium is also the creator of 3D Tiles, an open-source visualization engine that got adopted as a community standard by the Open Geospatial Consortium earlier this year.

As Cozzi says, “Whether you are building digital twins for smart cities, AI-powered drone data capture platforms, or mixed reality mission planning for the military, we are designing Cesium — and the ecosystem it enables — to be the foundation on which you can realize your vision with 3D geospatial data. We can’t wait to see where you take it.”

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If your company is looking for new talent and you want to share the opportunity with our community, feel free to submit a job using the online form for us to review and include in our list!

Here are some of the jobs that are currently available:

Featured Job: Senior Front-end Developer
Madrid, Spain

UrbanData Analytics are the Global Real Estate Information & Analytics platform that will provide transparency to the Real Estate market and information to the citizens to take better decisions. Want to know more about them? Read our interview here.

If you enjoy the challenges of state-management in user interfaces using a Redux-like approach with RxJS streams, then this position is perfect for you! Apply here.

Featured Job: Full-stack Developer at urbanData Analytics
Madrid, Spain

urbanData Analytics’ stack and requirements are complex. In particular, their engineering team must combine specialists such as frontend, backend or data engineers with more flexible developers.

Does that sound interesting to you? Apply for this exciting position here.

Telenav: Data Analyst – Intern
Santa Clara, California, United States

Seiler: Mapping Technical Support
Michigan, USA

WGL Holdings, Inc: GIS Manager
Springfield, VA, USA

Trimble: GIS Technician
Princeton, NJ, USA

Argo AI: Software Engineer, Localization & Mapping
Pittsburgh, USA

Gaia GPS: Visual Designer
Remote

2Excel geo: Geospatial Analyst
Northamptonshire, UK

Cesium: Chief Revenue Officer / Sales Leader
Philadelphia, USA

Cadcorp: Technical Services Engineer
Stevenage, UK

EarthCube: GIS Developer
Paris, France

Pro-West GIS: GIS Data Technician
Walker, MN USA

The Drone Racing League: Director, Project Management | Creative Services
New York, USA

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Geoawesomeness by Selene Yang - 1w ago

GeoChicas is a community of mainly Spanish-speaking women from Latin America and Spain, linked to OpenStreetMap (OSM) and related to the geo world and geo technologies, with the main goal of closing the gender gap in the different communities in which they participate through the development and execution of collaborative projects and initiatives among women.

It is an initiative that arose around the annual State of the Map Conference, which is the OpenStreetMap Latin America community gathering in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in November 2016, with the objective of closing the gender gap in the OpenStreetMap community, where it is estimated that women represent 3%[1] of the people who collaborate globally. Geochicas currently has more than 190 participants from 22 different countries; it has presented their work at more than 20 events, conferences and panels, in more than 10 countries, and has led 10 projects in its two years of work.

Goals

As a community the objective is to work and to improve the following aspects:

  • The role of women in the decision-making spaces of the community.
  • The participation of women in community activities.
  • The representation of the interests of women in the community and on the map itself.

To achieve this, different actions are being carried out by Geochicas, from conducting training activities within the group, and the participation in conferences and congresses, to the development of projects with a deep impact on the community and led by women.

Projects

Through two years of continuous work, Geochicas have led different projects in several Latin American countries and Spain. During 2016 and 2017 different mappings were carried out that covered topics from feminicides and oncology clinics in Nicaragua, such as awareness campaigns such as #WomenMappingTheWorld, and the International Survey on Gender Representation in OpenStreetMap, and the mapping of informal shelters after the earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico thanks to the micro-grants program of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

Geochicas has also focused on working to empower women to participate in different events on technology, geography, geomatics, and in this way be able to establish discussion on gender in the different communities of which they are part, while promoting spaces for peer education through the cycles of webinars given by the participants and allied organizations/companies. One of the great accomplishments of Geochicas is the strengthening of networks of alliances between collectives to maximize the work between communities.

#LasCallesDeLasMujeres

It is a project that was born the last March 8th, due to GeoChicas wanting to do something special for that day. This project not only aims to represent the nomenclature of the streets in terms of the gender disparity in their appointments, but also seeks to promote the mobilization of communities, such as Wikipedia, to discuss the roles of women historically and their socio-cultural contributions.

Thus, the group came up with the idea of creating a map to make visible the scarce representation of women in public spaces, specifically on city streets, and in digital spaces. Two things were done:

  1. Creating a world map where the streets named after a man and the streets named after a woman were painted for some cities. In order to make a comparative analysis, it was computed which % each group represented.
  2. Linking each of these famous women with their corresponding article in Wikipedia, to also detect how many of them do not even appear.

All this information can be consulted visually from the project website, https://geochicasosm.github.io/lascallesdelasmujeres/

Technical development

For the technical development, the article by @Aruna Sankaranarayanan from Mapbox, was taken as inspiration and starting point.

To generate the final data that is represented on the map, the project uses initial data obtained from OpenStreetMap and some custom developed scripts.

The process to add a city to the map, consists on the following steps:

  1. Defining the BBOX of the city.
  2. Using the TileReduce library of Mapbox on the data from the OSM QA TILES service offered by Mapbox, to obtain a GeoJSON that will only contain the streets of the city.
  3. Extracting a plain-text list with the names of the streets From this GeoJSON.
  4. Classifying the list by gender (Male/Female). Currently this classification is done using a local database with around 50,000 previously classified names, obtained from public institutions of Spanish-speaking countries.
  5. Once the classification is done, querying the Wikipedia API to link each woman’s name with its corresponding article if it has one.

Once this point has been reached, a manual review of the obtained results is required to detect and correct possible errors.

To finish, it is necessary to cross the obtained data with the initial GeoJSON that contains all the streets of the city,  in order to generate a new GeoJSON that will contain only the streets named after a person, with its corresponding classification by gender and its Wikipedia link. It is in this final step, when the statistical calculations shown on the map are made.

RoadMap

All the code used in the technical process is available in the Geochicas Github repo. The idea is that any interested person can collaborate on it, and even, process the data on their own to incorporate the results on the map.

Given the good reception of the project, next steps involve not only adding more cities, but also improving the data processing and analysis, classifying the women represented (scientists, writers, artists, etc.) and which type of streets they are assigned to.

[1]  Budhathoki, Nama, Zorica Nedovic-Budic, Bertram Bruce, An interdisciplinary frame for understanding Volunteered Geographic Information. 2010

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My name is Rachel Kumwenda. I am a Malawian who has just completed her studies at University of Malawi, Chancellor College, with a major in Geology and a minor in Geography. I first had a chance to attend an international conference in 2018. The conference was Free Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) / HOT summit 2018. It is an annual conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants created effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols. FOSS4G has been held all over the world and draws attendees from over 40 countries.

I was awarded a grant for my travel to Tanzania and received support for food and lodging. This was my first time to cross borders and interact with over 1000 open data enthusiasts from over 40 countries including US, UK, Uganda, Japan, China, Indonesia, India, Zambia to mention a few. The first event in the beautiful city of Dares salaam was the GeoChicas event. I interacted with amazing women in Tech and interacted with several hearing amazing projects and work that are being done for OpenStreet Map and OSGeo. I also had a chance to attend and volunteer for the mapping with flying Robots: 3D reconstruction through photogrammetric alchemy workshop and also attended the map box web map development. Finally, I attended the Esri-Youthmappers workshop at Ardhi University and learnt to create story maps.

The second conference I attended was On 2-4 April. Geospatial World Forum 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is a collaborative and interactive platform, which demonstrates collective and shared vision of the global geospatial community. It is an annual gathering of geospatial professionals and leaders representing the entire geospatial.
I was invited to attend the pre-conference by FARO on the 1st of April. Through the amazing presentations on this day I understood how geospatial technologies are being used in global infrastructure from alignment tools, surface analysis tools to virtually tools.
The first day of the conference on 2nd April opened with a keynote from Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. It was amazing to hear why he developed ArcGIS to solve world’s problems including floods. There were amazing keynote speakers from Poland to Netherlands and a lot of other countries.

The second day of the conference had a lot of different sessions including academic tracks. Richa gave a presentation under CropIn Tech, an Indian company, how they are using AI, Machine learning and GIS for water identification, tree density etc. I also had an opportunity to attend the business seminar where the panellists talked about entrepreneurship and business models in the earth observation industries. From hypersonic sensors, national security, maritime to environment. How we can use artificial learning, machine learning and deep learning for entrepreneurship.

In the evening there were regional forums and I attended the Africa Regional Forum opened by the Deputy minister of Lands and Natural Resources in Ghana Honourable Benito Owuso. There were talks about how a country can develop its geospatial data, transparency of the data and data integrity to mention a few. There were African country representatives from Director of lands, transport etc. From Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria and I represented Malawi. finally, we closed with a dinner.

Attending my first conference gave me the exposure to meet with and interact with people from outside my country Malawi, where geospatial technology is developing. The people I met were the ones that helped me attend my second conference. I made networks and I learnt many skills which I now apply and I was exposed to different use of technologies which I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t attended. Travelling to Europe made me appreciate the use of Geospatial technologies from how the medium/high speed trains operate to how google can calculate traffic it was just wonderful. Being able to present at an international platform helped me to have an experience in public speaking, where now I am able to communicate with an audience and deliver without difficulties. Attending conferences has given me experiences and for that I highly recommend students from all of the world to try and apply for conferences so they can learn from outside of their classroom as I did.

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