Smart Everywhere at Geospatial Connect Day in Brussels

Last week we celebrated the connection between Hexagon Geospatial and Luciad at Geospatial Connect Day in Brussels. If I have to summarize the event in one word, I would say “smart.” “Smart” was the common theme of all the keynote presentations.

Hexagon Geospatial President, Mladen Stojic, kicked the day off with a keynote about smart digital reality. Christoph De Preter, Chief Sales Officer, connected to this theme during his presentation as he gave examples about how our local customers and partners enable Smart Nations, Smart Cities and Smart Sites.

One of those smart examples was Rheticus®, an award-winning cloud-based geoinformation service platform for land and infrastructure monitoring from our Italian partner, Planetek. The name Rheticus originates from Georg Joachim Rheticus, an Austrian mathematician and astronomer who published the trigonometrical sections of Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus. Since the next presenter, Hexagon Geospatial Chief Technology Officer, Georg Hammerer, was also born in Austria, Christoph concluded that all smart people in Austria are named Georg.

When we saw the title slide of Georg’s presentation – “1+1=5” – it immediately became clear that he’s a very clever man. Georg teamed up with Frank Suykens, Chief Technology Officer of Luciad products, and it took two CTO’s to explain to the audience why one plus one equals five. We learned that the project to merge the technological visions of Luciad and Hexagon Geospatial was called ‘Aristotle.’ Aristotle famously coined the phrase “The whole is greater than the mere sum of its parts.” Similarly, when you combine the Luciad and Hexagon Geospatial technology, the result is a 5D platform, hence “1+1=5”. 5D is not only covering the classical dimensions x, y, z, time, and attributes; it also covers historic, real-time, simulation, optimization, and autonomous dimensions.

Bart Adams, Director Products and Innovation, also spoke about dimensions during his presentation. Bart demonstrated our need for dimensions using Polya’s theorem and a very simple example about returning home from a bar. The conclusion was that we always return in 1D and 2D, but not always in 3D.

This worried me a bit as we had a “treedy scanner” set up, where people could step in and have themselves scanned in 3D during the breaks. Fortunately Polya’s theorem didn’t seem to apply there.

I learned a lot at Geospatial Connect Day, and now more than ever convinced that our Smart M.Apps are the smartest!

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