Discussing the Vision of Smart Cities at the Geospatial World Forum


Executives from both public and private sectors have been discussing the future of the “smart city” for years now. Hexagon AB and Hexagon Geospatial believe that many cities are already embracing this movement.

A substantial number of cities from across the globe already utilize information collected and processed by social intelligence for enhancing construction, security, traffic, infrastructure management, energy, and emergency response.  These cities are already “smart.”  What excites us is the key role of geospatial technologies in helping Smart Cities become even smarter.

In fact, this will be a key discussion point at the upcoming Geospatial World Forum 2015, being held in Lisbon, Portugal.  Ola Rollen, President and CEO of Hexagon AB, will give a keynote address on geospatial technology trends on 26 May at 11 a.m. Then at 5:30 p.m., both Claudio Mingrino, Executive Director EMEA for Hexagon Geospatial, and Dr. Hartmut Rosengarten, Director Airborne Sensors EMEA, Z/I Imaging—a Hexagon Geospatial partner—will be speaking on the “Measuring Progress Achieving Smart Cities” panel.

Mingrino will discuss how Hexagon and Hexagon Geospatial support today’s “smart cities” in their challenges and projects.  This includes describing a unique co-design and management methodology built upon a geospatially based framework and DSS, which enables planners, policy makers and city users to collaborate more efficiently with one another.

Dr. Rosengarten will highlight the latest “smart city” solutions and workflows for geospatial data production, with a focus on airborne and mobile mapping technologies. This will include how to leverage highly intelligent 3D information for a wide range of geospatial applications such as infrastructure management within “smart cities.”

It is clear that actionable geospatial data will play a key role in helping “smart cities” become smarter.  As our global cities continue to evolve into critical hubs that provide next-generation citizen services – all grounded in technology and energy saving efforts – we will eventually live in a world where every city is a “smart city.”

Hexagon and Hexagon Geospatial look forward to helping cities and municipalities continue to organize and extract actionable information from their data to achieve their vision.



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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