The Importance of Geospatial Technologies in Defense and Security

Paul Jhon, CIOReview Europe | Thursday, June 17, 2021

Smaller versions of existing technologies, such as mini-satellites and drones fitted with different sensors, are helping experts to collect data that was previously thought impossible.

FREMONT, CA: The demand for geospatial technologies' services in various applications, such as utilities, transportation, defense and intelligence, infrastructure growth, and others, has increased significantly over time. Satellite imagery, aerial survey mapping services, and satellite data services are among the services provided by geospatial technology companies. This technology helps us collect data about the Earth's surface, which can then be analyzed and visualized.

The growing developments and miniaturization of sensors have introduced new opportunities for geospatial data collection. Smaller versions of existing technologies, such as mini-satellites and drones fitted with different sensors, are helping experts to collect data that was previously thought impossible. Space missions are being revolutionized thanks to geospatial technologies. It has become more cost-effective with the introduction of small satellites and CubeSats that are integrated with geospatial technology.

With the advancement of military technology, the way wars are fought has changed dramatically over time. Geospatial tools help prepare and sustain field operations by allowing them to anticipate, track, and address threats. High-resolution Remote Sensing satellites, drones, and other sensors and cutting-edge geospatial analytics applications, Big Data, and advanced imaging technologies facilitate the flow of critical information between law enforcement and intelligence agencies to resolve pre-, during, and after-war scenarios. Real-time images and insights into the affected areas are crucial for improving emergency response times, particularly in high-risk areas like national borders.

Since circumstances can change dramatically at any moment, the importance of situational awareness has been recognized by security authorities all over the world. Geospatial data is beneficial for border protection operations because it provides accurate situational awareness information that allows for quick decision-making while lowering risks and national security.

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