Evolution of Digital in Geospatial Sector

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    1960-
    1990
    • GIS term coined during Tomlinson’s Canadian land use research
    • Esri founded as consulting and later becomes a software company
  • 2000
    • Esri releases ArcGIS
    • GIS adopted by cities, municipalities and private orgs
    • US makes GPS signal available for civilian use
  • 2005
    • Google announces Google Maps
    • Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) adopted by US DoD
    • Google Earth is released
  • 2010
    • Google launches Street View
    • Apple Maps launches
    • British Ordnance Survey data released (win for public data)
  • 2015
    • Satellite images easier to acquire
    • Open source solutions for GIS become more accessible
    • Hobby drones becoming mainstream
  • 2020
    • LiDAR
    • 3D Sensing cameras
    • Faster data processing fuels analysis
    • Traffic mngmnt and GPS in general use
  • 2025
    • 4D mapping
    • Digitization
    • Advanced analytics
    • Real-time location analysis
    • Autonomous vehicles
    • Advanced computer vision