INTERGEO is the leading international trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation, and land management. Under the motto “Knowledge and action for planet Earth,” the 2018 fair is mainly geared towards digital innovations, such as Geospatial 4.0, BIM, virtual and augmented reality, UAV, and Smart City. This year's INTERGEO will be held at Messe Frankfurt in Hall 12 (trade fair) and Portalhaus (specialist conference). We will present a number of applications from the fields of Digital City, Planning Support and Citizen Participation, Environmental Monitoring, Big Data in Agriculture, and Internal Security. We cordially invite you to visit us as booth 12.0A.015 from October 16-18.
The Smart City Experience is a 3D-printed miniature city to illustrate to residents the extent to which certain measures can impact the community. For example, a monitor connected to the tangible city provides an interactive demonstration of where the shadows of newly planted trees fall, or how the visualization of security logs can reveal cyber security attacks.
In addition to e-government issues, the Smart City Experience also demonstrates how residents can benefit from digitization. The intelligent floor, which Fraunhofer IGD has already released for residential use, can detect falls and even call 911 in case of emergency. Get a firsthand glimpse and thorough explanation of other scenarios of the digital city of Darmstadt at our exhibit.
Geodata is needed for the simulation of natural disasters, and — by virtue of cities that are becoming increasingly intelligent — also by municipalities, government agencies, and industrial customers. The Geoinformation Management department has thus developed a data storage system for geographic information systems (GIS) that can reconcile the needs of any purveyor from a wide variety of industries. And because GeoRocket is a cloud-based solution, the software is not only extremely fast, but it can also be operated at manageable cost. Another advantage is that geodata are not bound to any format, as these data are highly heterogeneous. This means GeoRocket renders the saved data in the same format in which they were initially fed in. Consequently, GIS purveyors can cater to their customers faster without losing quality. More information is available under https://georocket.io/
The Geoinformation Management department of Fraunhofer IGD is working on processing large volumes of geodata in the context of various projects. In agriculture, too, large amounts of heterogeneous data are produced through the constant observation of geological systems and the earth overall. Farmers plan their crops in advance to maximize benefits from factors such as soil conditions, land use, and weather. This is better than ever with telemetry, but too much data is lost in practice. To structure and analyze this data is a matter for experts. Fraunhofer IGD, therefore, participates in the EU project DataBIO, which aims to make big data accessible to agriculture, forestry, and the fishing industry.
Fraunhofer IGD coordinates the smarticipate project, in which the cities of Hamburg, Rome, and London have specific issues to address. Smarticipate enables residents to be more actively involved in the political decisions and planning processes of their cities. Hamburg, for example, is encouraging its residents to help finding suitable locations for new tree plantings within the metropolitan area, and incorporate these in a virtual 3D landscape. The tree planting application offers immediate feedback on how expedient any given location is (compatible with current use? / what tree species can be planted?) as well as the impact of any given tree (e.g., how tall does this species grow?). How does the tree affect the city's carbon footprint, and/or is the tree adversely impacting the solar potential of nearby houses?)
The demographic shift has had quite a detrimental impact on old city centers over recent decades. Shopping and residential areas are gradually pushed to the outskirts of cities, while old towns have to content with vacancies and dilapidation. Many buildings neither keep up with popular apartment layouts or modern energy standards. An innovative and interactive research project is now underway to overhaul the historic city centers of the municipalities of Münster and Otzberg as well as the city of Bensheim, in order to optimally use and revive inner-city areas. As part of the "AktVis" project, the Geoinformation Management department is developing an interactive 3D web application that provides the various parties with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on how to shape the future. The vast trove of geodata is harmonized, prepared, implemented, and incorporated into an interactive visualization environment.
A multitouch table provides a platform to discuss alternatives, where any potential internal and external impacts are visualized.
Trade fair visitors can also find out more about a pilot project in which 3D geodata is incorporated in the IT landscape of police departments. The project is currently realized at two Hessian police stations. Software is used to display a 3D map with all pertinent topographical and structural objects, in order to optimize tactical deployments during the planning phase. By understanding lines of sight, visually representing vantage points of observers in 3D, and above all by getting a feel for any given position, the benefits are apparent in terms of planning deployment routes and operational police activities. And the ability to augment scenes with additional information, such as marquees or amusement rides at public festivals, gives police an even more exhaustive overview of escape and rescue routes for their operations. The software could also be used for special forces, operations management, and to reconstruct crime scenes.