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How Integration of GIS with Aerial Photography is Modifying Smart Cities?

Global Tech Outlook explores how integration of GIS with aerial photography helps smart cities

Multiple governments of different countries are focused on developing smart cities with different types of electronic methods, cutting-edge technologies and sensors to collect sufficient data for more improvements in the city. These smart cities combine real-time data and digital transformation together to enhance the standard of living of society and drive the economic growth of the country. The global market size of smart cities to predicted to hit US$820.70 billion in 2025 with a CAGR of 14.8%. Thus, the governments are integrating Geographic Information System (GIS) and other geospatial systems with aerial photography to modify and improve smart cities efficiently.

Aerial photography provides a full top view of smart cities that help to build 3D models for improving certain situations rapidly. Recently, multiple smart cities are facing challenges in data assimilation due to a massive increase in urbanization and population. They need assistance with cutting-edge technologies to increase the efficiency of managing cities with sufficient security. Thus, here comes an immense help from GIS in modifying smart cities with aerial photography.

Some international authorities such as Singapore Land Authority and many more are needed to provide authoritative spatial data layers for supporting use cases of 3D data layers. Aerial photography is the most cost-efficient service among the rest where aircraft-mounted high-sensor cameras capture high-quality images with optimal accuracy, resolution as well as timing. There can be images of building facades to enhance the realism level in 3D models of smart cities.

GIS is transforming the way of viewing the world and make smart decisions for improving the standard of living of residents. The 21st century is a new decade of smart cities for integrating GIS with aerial photography. GIS and other geospatial technologies improve data transparency, operational efficiency, planning as well as mapping capabilities and eliminate inefficiencies in the project workflow. Implementing GIS is necessary for smart city management through a comprehensive approach. It is a system designed for the acquisition, collection, analysis and visualization of geospatial real-time data of smart cities. The streaming of real-time data is location-sensitive and can be generated continuously in IoT devices.

GIS is known for its user-friendly functionalities for large-scale modifying of smart cities. The project can be successful if it requires the development of a digital system such as the integration of GIS with aerial photography to visualize the geospatial data— infrastructures, buildings, free public green spaces, biodiversity, soil and water quality, transport and so on. GIS is used for the construction of the 3D model and the combination of GIS and aerial photography is one of the powerful tools to construct an accurate model.

But for modifying smart cities efficiently with the integration of GIS with aerial photography, companies or governments need to follow certain essential steps for successful projects— updated and latest software for seamless integration of GIS, ensure standard APIs to GIS and geospatial systems as well as provide proper training to GIS staffers to incorporate new uses of aerial photography into GIS efficiently.

That being said, the integration of GIS with aerial photography can modify smart cities after overcoming some hurdles. There are certain countries that have already started using this updated system for improving the standard of living of residents and drive economic growth efficiently.