Fourth Industrial Revolution, Geospatial Technology and Smart Cities

As smart cities become smarter and become webs of interconnected information and communication, the 4IR and geospatial are all set to play a significant role in the disruption of conventional cities.

Fourth Industrial Revolution, Geospatial Technology and Smart Cities
Fourth Industrial Revolution, Geospatial Technology and Smart Cities

Fourth Industrial Revolution, Geospatial Technology and Smart Cities

Metropolitans have grown to become the catalysts for economic growth and innovation. Cities have become a key driver of industrial growth in an era that is suspended on technology. Now, our lives are becoming entwined with technology like artificial intelligence, location-aware technology, and much more. 

With this tech boom, a new industrial revolution wave has washed over the globe, which has assisted in the growth of smart cities across the world. 

Sustainability, the longevity of resources, and leveraging of technology to reduce socio-environment planet stress across have become the key issues being addressed across various industry verticals. 

Cities are increasingly pressurised, overpopulated, and overburdened due to many reasons like migration from smaller towns, infrastructure development, urbanisation, and much more.

The concept of “Smart Cities” has come up over the last few decades and is seen more as a journey than a destination. It has become critical for institutions and governments to analyse their geographies and optimise them to increase the standard of living and enable technology-driven sustainable growth. 

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As smart cities become smarter and become webs of interconnected information and communication, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and geospatial are all set to play a significant role in the disruption of conventional cities. From location-enabled technology, artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things and remote sensing- everything is going to become a significant growth catalyst in the coming times. 

Not just this, the Cloud is a very crucial tech aspect that has facilitated the growth of cities as it analyses, stores, and manages data real-time. This is particularly useful for urban development officials and municipalities as it enables in decision making and growth.

Geospatial technology becomes the core of all smart city growth when we realise everything that is tech-enabled or tech-supported requires large amounts of data, or it requires some level of machine learning, or it needs information consistently from across borders at all times. 

It helps regulators and decision-makers accurately pinpoint where they’re facing any issue. It helps them find alternative routes (sometimes literally!) and helps formulate contingency plans in times of a projected emergency.

Geospatial can also help assess the location of resources, their availability, source of problems, and create an escape/relief strategy. 

From drones and IoT to spatial analytics, there is a rise in geospatial technology being integrated into everyday technology across industries and spectrums, enabling growth, safety, and improved quality of life.

All of this, combined with infrastructure, sustainability, and growth prospects, yields outstanding results in smarter decision-making, management, strategising, and continuous comprehensive growth. 

Today, the biggest cities in the world rely heavily on GIS data for most of their decisions and smaller cities on their way to become smarter are following suit.

In a pursuit to become more sustainable as a planet, there is a need for combining smart technology and integrated this combination with growth plans to enable a healthier and brighter future.