63. This is what Geospatial needs in 2017


What do geospatialists need in order to thrive in 2017?

Perhaps it's some powerful software or web application, or a groundbreaking piece of hardware such as a UAV or data capture device. Maybe it's an API which will allow for easier access to open datasets or improved standards which will allow for seamless interoperability between devices. Or maybe it's none of these things...

In 2017, what is needed most is the right environment which will allow geospatialists to operate as efficiently as possible.

Introducing the Geospatial Atmospheric Mobility Unit Suit (GAMU) or the Geo-Suit.


Geo-Suit is a lightweight multi-layered self-pressurising garment which is designed to be worn by geospatialists in harsh workplace environments. The suit weighs approximately 12.5 kgs and was commissioned by leading authorities to enable geospatialists to complete the task of helping us better understand the planet and its finite resources. It is intended that this cutting edge technology can be worn in a range of workplace environments - including public and private sectors, NGO and academia.


In order to ensure enhanced geospatial performance of the person inside, Geo-Suit comes equipped with a system which monitors external atmospheric conditions (including air pressure, temperature and noise) and adjusts the suit's internal atmospheric settings as required. Geo-Suit also includes an inbuilt cognitive AI system which listens to and monitors the quality and relevance of the geospatialist's workplace interactions. In situations where the interactions are not in accordance with organisational priorities, Geo-Suit automatically activates the Geo-Abort mechanism whereby the geospatialist is taken to immediate safety. Geo-Abort is expected to save geospatialists countless hours in 2017.


Another powerful feature of the Geo-Suit system is the hologram functionality which can be activated using the suit's helmet. The hologram is essentially a visual avatar rendering of a the geospatial professional which can be used to deal with client and colleague questions and requests. Geo-Hologram is particularly useful in times when the geospatialist's undivided attention is required such as during server downtimes, database updates and security fixes.


As mentioned above, Geo-Suit is about optimising the environment within which the geospatialist operates. The suit's materials, similar to those worn by astronauts, and the inbuilt smart system improves vision, reduces pressure and removes distraction for the wearer. It also includes a two-way comms system between fellow geospatialists and an audio system for playing one's favourite soundtrack.

Geo-Suit enables consistent and uninterrupted operation, development and innovation in the workplace and is expected to revolutionise the geospatial industry in 2017.

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