COP21 Paris: How Geospatial Technology Helps to Change the World


With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, we all held our collective breath for the people of one of the earth’s most cosmopolitan cities. The effects of terrorism are felt the world over, from San Bernardino to Paris to Lebanon to Bangladesh.  Given the effects of these terrible acts, it was especially amazing to witness firsthand how bravely the Parisians came together only one week later, welcoming delegates from over 147 states and governments to talk about another threat to societies across the globe: Climate Change.

Beginning on November 30, 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol, along with 147 Heads of State and government representatives gathered at the United Nations’ Climate Summit for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris to discuss a new international agreement on climate change. This annual conference marks one the largest diplomatic gatherings in the world for an extremely important initiative.

Satellite Observation and Hexagon Smart M.App at COP21

On December 3rd, Hexagon Geospatial and our partner Imagem had the opportunity to attend COP21 and participate in the session “Satellite observation as a tool to assess the security risks associated with climactic and environmental changes” in the African Pavilion. During this session, our Executive Director for the EMEA, Claudio Mingrino, discussed how streamlining earth observation data sources, remote sensing software, GIS analysis, and web delivery of geospatial information can be utilized for better decision-making for the environment, whether it be disaster prevention, population management, natural resource management, climate change, or global threats.

In addition to this presentation, Imagem, our partner from Benelux, were invited to give live demonstrations of the Hexagon Smart M.App® in side discussion. These discussions allowed delegates to get an up-close-and-personal view at just how powerful an information-communication tool it can be. Harnessing data, giving a clear dashboard view of trends and helping visualize change.

In his COP21 presentation, Claudio gave some real-world examples of how Hexagon Geospatial technology is being used to help security and climate change monitoring today:

Increasing threats to the environment mean that security solutions need to evolve in order to keep up. This is where geospatial technology can be utilized to capture the world quickly and effectively, monitor change, aid in prevention, streamline decision-making and  allow for quick actions to be made.

Geospatial technology can provide answers for smarter decision-making. The ultimate goal is to streamline the process between events that occur and the actions that follow afterwards, and to prevent or mitigate events whenever possible.


About Author

Claudio Mingrino

Claudio Mingrino is Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships. He is a business development executive with deep expertise in driving and achieving growth objectives in diverse, foreign markets. Claudio has worked in information technology for over 30 years and combines broad experience in sales and market penetration strategies with a solid understanding of business operations management. In 1994 he joined Intergraph as Business Unit Manager of the global indirect channel for Italy and Greece, and later became Country and Legal Entity Manager for Italy in 2000. In 2012 Claudio became EMEA Director for all Hexagon initiatives and, in January 2014, joined Hexagon Geospatial as EMEA Executive Director. Claudio is a lover of sports and finds time to cycle, ski and swim. He is also an avid traveler and likes to spend quieter times reading about art and history.

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