In 2020, the location-based service market is a $1.3 trillion industry.*

In 2020, use of geo-location data, including GPS, generates $500 billion in consumer value.**

Geographer jobs grow 35 percent per annum, while those of cartographers and photogrammetrists grow 22 percent between 2010 and 2020.***


Location becomes an integral dimension of data, allowing information patterns and decisions to be viewed through the lens of place. Since entities on earth can be tagged by location, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) finds varied applications ranging from movement of weather patterns to traffic management in crowded cities to location-based services to forming the backbone for the Internet of Things. The use of GIS in the field of medicine and infrastructure planning grows as governments open up their GIS databases for public use.

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Geospatial technology in 2020:

  • Geomedicine aids clinical diagnosis by providing a more precise understanding of the links between patient health and contextual factors, such as where they live, work and play.
  • Indoor GIS enables navigation in large covered areas such as stations and airports by relying on indoor systems such as Wi-Fi re-transmitters used to receive GPS satellite signals.
  • Passive GIS syncs vast amount of spatial-related information from social networks with satellite generated location to enhance the location and user activity information.
  • Multi-source geofencing provides spoof-proof user location and authentication by relying on multiple methods for verifying a user’s location and identity.
  • ‘Internet of Things’ with a geo layer provides a vital link between the sensors that would generate the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) assigned to a thing or an object.
  • GIS enabled intelligent infrastructure helps create safer and more energy efficient infrastructure, especially in transportation and energy sector.
  • Open government geospatial data including LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and high-resolution aerial imagery is made available and consumable via APIs to power multiple applications.


*”Location Based Services – Market and Technology Outlook – 2013-2020,” Market Info Group LLC,
**”Implications of the ICT Skills Gap for the Mobile Industry,” MacLeod Consulting,
***”$3.7 Billion Reasons Why GIS Technology is The Future,” American Sentinel University,


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