At the largest geospatial conference in Brazil, geospatial technology users are meeting at MundoGEO Connect 2011 in Sao Paulo this week. As the photos from the exhibit hall reveal (see photos below; click for larger image), this is a vibrant community focused on data collection, image processing and related data management issues.
MundoGEO Connect is a three day conference and exhibition sponsored by the publisher of InfoGEO and InfoGNSS. Emerson Granermann, conference chairman, said that over 2500 attendees have registered for the event.
Clearly, the healthy Brazilian economy has led to widespread growth of the geospatial technology marketplace. The solution providers here represent the major geospatial software solution and surveying hardware providers.
With this growth comes an emphasis on coordinating geospatial activities within the government. Luiz Paulo Souto Fortes, PhD, director of geosciences for the Insituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica (IBGE) provided the keynote address to the delegates and addressed the need for a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). He discussed the recommendations of the 6th Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas United Nations to establish and coordinate policies and technical standards for SDI. Dr. Souto Fortes was also representing the OGC and discussed the importance of establishing a set of standards and technical specifications from which to manage data and metadata.
Joel Campbell, president of ERDAS, also keynoted the opening session where he discussed "Dynamic GIS" (see video) that is comprised of four key elements. These four key concepts include geospatial technology that is Internet enabled, interoperable, mobile and and leverages cloud computing. He added that it requires data that is timely, accurate and authoritative.
The conference continues with keynote speakers from Safe Software, Topcon, Leica Geosystems, RapidEye, and ISPRS later this week.