When geodata is processed properly, its value increases tremendously. It then contributes to wider citizen participation, digitization in the city, and active environmental monitoring. Fraunhofer IGD presents technical solutions for the storage, indexing, and interactive visualization of geoinformation at the trade fair INTERGEO.
(Darmstadt/Frankfurt am Main) Surveying the world has preoccupied humanity for centuries. With the progress of science, this task is becoming increasingly precise. But only through correct evaluation and its use for decision making is the potential of collected geo data fully exploited. The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD is conducting its own research into new ways to comprehensively integrate, manage, and visualize geoinformation.
At the INTERGEO international trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation, and land management, from October 16–18, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Fraunhofer IGD is presenting a series of applications in the fields of the digital city, planning support and civic participation, environmental monitoring, big data in agriculture, and internal security. All applications aim to increase the value and benefit of geoinformation by developing innovative technical solutions. The enormous amounts of geodata are managed, processed, and visualized in the cloud. At the illustrative exhibit of a 3D-printed miniature city, visitors to the trade fair can experience the variety of functionalities and integration possibilities of geodata at the Fraunhofer booth and interactively create various scenarios on the monitor.
Fraunhofer IGD is working on processing extremely large amounts of geodata in various projects. The “smarticipate” project presented at the fair enables citizens to participate intensively in political decisions and planning processes in their cities. The basis is a platform that makes political decisions clearer and supports dialog in urban planning. As a result, important aspects of a SmartCity such as transparency and citizen participation are realized. Partner cities for the pilot phase are London, Rome, and Hamburg. Hamburg, for example, wants to involve citizens in finding suitable locations for new tree plantings in the urban area and to integrate them virtually in a 3D landscape. The tree planting application can provide direct feedback on the feasibility of selected sites as well as an outlook on the impact of a planted tree, for example, how the shadow is cast and what contribution the tree makes to the city’s carbon footprint.
Visitors to the trade fair can learn about a pilot project for integrating 3D geodata in the police IT environment. Software for displaying a 3D map with all relevant topographical and structural objects should bring tactical added value, above all in the field of resource planning. The ability to assess lines of sight and to represent and understand observers’ viewpoints in the third dimension has advantages, for example, in the planning of demonstration routes or operational activities in the police environment. The ability to add additional information to a scene, such as marquees or rides at a folk festival, provides a more detailed overview of escape and rescue routes in police-relevant events. The software could also be used for special forces, operational lines, and for crime scene reconstruction.
A very different focus of geospatial data use is the “DataBio” project with the goal of making big data available for agriculture, forestry, and the fishing industry to effectively support operational decisions. Farmers, for example, want to plan their crops in advance to maximize the benefits of factors such as soil conditions, land use, and weather. To make the most of all available data, automated big data solutions are needed for their structuring and analysis. Fraunhofer IGD is providing an optimized cloud-based infrastructure for the administration, processing, and visualization of extremely large geodata databases.
Fraunhofer IGD will present these and other projects in Frankfurt am Main at the trade fair INTERGEO 2018 on October 16–18, 2018 in Hall 12.0 at Booth 12.0A.015. Under the motto “3D Geo-Innovation from Hesse”, Fraunhofer IGD is also representing in cooperation with the Hessian Administration for Soil Management and Geoinformation (HVBG) at the Hessian joint booth in Hall 12.1, Booth 12.1F.033.