I facilitated the Industry Trends Analysis Group (ITAG) discussions at last years GITA Geospatial Solutions Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The focus of that discussion was around intelligent infrastructure and its implications for the utility sector. I wrote a white paper on the subject to help synthesize feedback from participants, and the technology trends that we are tracking at Vector1 Media, and now that white paper is available for download [PDF] through the GITA website.
Here’s the Executive Overview:
The concept of intelligent infrastructure involves the combination of sensors, network connectivity and software to monitor and analyze inputs for more efficient operations. This concept meshes nicely with advancements in geospatial technology that are moving toward more real-time data inputs, 3d visualization, and the ability to track change over time. The first-generation of geospatial tools have largely addressed asset tracking, answering what is where. Intelligent infrastructure requires the creation of detailed models of our networks, allowing us to answer how and why. The evolution from a static and passive network to a dynamic and reactive network holds great promise for improved efficiency, and geospatial technologies play a vital role in realizing the vision.
The 2011 ITAG discussion will also tackle this same subject of intelligent infrastructure. Be sure to visit GITA’s ITAG web page for more resources and discussion on this subject, and come prepared for discussion at the 2011 GITA event in Grapevine, Texas from April 10-13.