“So the problem is not so much to see what nobody has yet seen, as to think what nobody has yet thought concerning that which everybody sees.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga und Paralipomena
The geospatial industry has been going through a transformation. The rate of change is accelerating. Natural disaster response must happen in record time. Sewers and roadways are deteriorating more rapidly than ever before. Landscapes, species and cultural heritage sites are disappearing at alarming rates.
Hexagon has a strong legacy in with innovative geospatial solutions. The products in our Power Portfolio are equipping thousands of customers, enabling them to produce data, find answers and build on our platform. We are committed to bringing these customers the highest quality products with the latest innovations.
Outside our traditional customer base, new businesses are recognizing the value of location-based data. They understand that everything happens somewhere: every earthquake and purchase has a location from which we can glean analytics and insights to navigate new areas of focus for what might and will be.
The world is not just changing, it is evolving into many facets; so many, we can’t keep track of them all. And the traditional geospatial market cannot keep pace.
In an increasing number of cases, the traditional map can’t keep up. Making a good map takes time, effort and expertise. It could take weeks to build a map that helps elucidate a problem, but by the time we have created it, the map (and the supporting data) is already out of date! That’s not good enough.
We see the need, but how can we create the solutions? As Schopenhauer noted, how do we think what nobody has yet thought?
The good news is that we don’t need to.
The world is full of innovators and dreamers. We need to provide tools that they can use to build innovative geospatial solutions and make their ideas reality.
In the past year, we launched the Hexagon Smart M.App, an award-winning platform that provides entrepreneurs the tools they need to develop, test, market and sell their own geospatial solutions. They also can create Smart M.Apps to distribute securely inside their networks with M.App Enterprise.
We seek to empower them to foster their unique perspectives in their industries and revolutionize the maps (and apps) they need. To jump-start some of these developers, this year we held the IGNITE competition, which challenged innovators to connect real-world challenges to fresh ideas that could be implemented in a Hexagon Smart M.App. We are proud of all our finalists and will announce the winners on December 15, so stay tuned!
This is the shape of progress. Shaping Smart Change.
President of Hexagon Geospatial