Emerging Technologies, GIS Development, Drone Mapping, Cloud

What is considered state-of-the-art will someday become as obsolete as ‘Floppy Disk’ or ‘Dial-up-modem’. As a result of disruptive technologies, everything has changed. Gone are the days when accountants did all the work manually and gold was reserved against the money. Even erecting building structures was considered an astounding job; now GIS has made the job less complex.

Nothing in today’s era is static; the world is witnessing new heights of advancements not only in AI but in other technologies as well.  The unwavering transformations in drone mapping, blockchain, cloud computing, and quantum computing are also making waves in the industries and communities all around the globe.

Age of Artificial Intelligence

Once touted as a work of fiction, AI has become a modern-day facet of the technological world. And with every passing day, we are getting closer to achieving the impossible. One of the Chief fellows of Gartner, Daryl Plummer, went one step further and raved about how modern technology is challenging the very nature of what we define as ‘humanity’. 

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But how has Artificial Intelligence marked its territory in the age of technology?

Most of the tech giants we trail around, like Apple, Banjo, IBM and Google, are religiously utilizing AI in their information systems, to perform complex human tasks at break-neck speeds. Moreover, with the induction of voice recognition technology, predictive analysis, and intelligent machines, AI is creating quite a ripple on a massive level.

The rise in Drones and GIS Development

The interest of CTO’s and technology analysts have piqued ever since aerial devices have gotten available in the market. Truth be told, no one had fathomed the rising development in GIS applications before those compact drone mapping devices were discovered. 

Drone Mapping, Drone Mapping Solutions, GIS Application Development

According to Gartner’s predictions, it is anticipated that IoT-powered drones will double its shipment to half a million in the next year and will cross 1.3 million in the subsequent year. The reason for such a staggering increase in the demand for these devices is quite simple. Aerial devices coupled with GIS  application development solutions are productive and far more efficient when it comes to catering to a wide range of industries. Especially in the construction industry where a sound drone mapping software has become a cornerstone of the construction processes. Using these 3D mapping devices, you no longer have to survey the land using your feet; since drones tend to be faster and reliable when it comes to conducting site surveying and monitoring earth-works. 

Apart from the GIS in construction, Drones and geospatial technologies are constantly improving the GIS application development process in various other sectors. And fortunately, USFAA legislations have loosened as well which can be game-changing in the massive adaptation of the latest technology in those sectors.

The Impact of Cloud-Computing

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There has been an unprecedented growth in cloud-computing as major technology stalwarts have continued to supply cloud services; and it has resulted in 37 percent growth in an overall public cloud, reported by Synergy Research Group. That includes infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Studies also predict that markets for these services will double in size in the next few years.

Quantum Computing

Ever since the term ‘Quantum’ has coined, its technology has unfolded drastically over the last few decades. Millions of dollars are being invested to make new strides in the quantum arena.

With IBM’s recent unveiling of a Quantum Computer, it was further elaborated that the system is capable of solving complex calculations that are far superior to classical computing. Garcáa Ripoll, from the Institute of Fundamental Sciences, also points out that quantum computing does offer the advanced problem-solving ability and infinite possibilities. However, she thinks its still a long way to go.

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Final Verdict

Whether you want to streamline your GIS application development process, build a cloud-based app or go all quantum, the challenge for most businesses does not lie in identifying the right technology stack. It is to find the right IT partner that can execute and implement those contemporary technologies in a seamless manner. A competent technology partner always utilizes efficient project management approaches to aid successful implementation i.e. agile software development or lean software development.

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Gis application development services

We recently came across a customer who already had a GIS based Application running, but full of bugs. Our task in such a case is to get all those bugs out and have a stable application with some new features.

Client hardly had documents explaining interfaces,however, we get down to our job after getting access to their code, servers and other related info.It took a whole lot of time and patience to sort out their old app and coming up with a plan to redesign it.

Let me share our experience and lessons we learnt.

Don’t blame, take responsibility

Every application has a unique set of technologies and packages, just like all zebras have different lines on them; in this case we had Python, Django, and Postgres. Rather than criticizing the previous developers for the selection of technologies or framework, spend your energy in putting yourself in their shoes and consider the challenges they faced. This will explain you why they used these technologies, you might have some bright ideas but maybe at the time of development these ideas did not make sense.

 

dont waste time

 

Don’t waste time, jump into it

Your new client will be forcing you to give him an estimate of work as soon as possible but you will be in the middle of understanding the old application and everything seems just like rocket science to you. All you need is courage to give an estimate. The best way to understand any application is to start working on it; you will not learn to swim until unless you step into the pool.

 

 

 

 

read the code

 

Don’t read the lines, set it up

One of the most important points to understand any application is to see how the code is written. People now a days are sharp enough to use Code Repositories, and that is the key to breaking down how the application has progressed over time, which of the features was added later on,and what was the reason for it.

Sometime people do use Code Repositories but they rarely commit their code, or they only do it when they have almost completed their work. But this is like a Code Repository used for backing up your code only. In that case, the only option left is walking through the application or using a good debugger and following the flow of the code.

 

 

 

make your own plan

 

 

 

Never get driven, make your own plan

While you are getting things done your client will start getting creative and will bombard you with new modifications. You have to hold them and make them understand the power of Iterative Development or introduce them some Agile Development Methodologies.

 

 

 

 

provide support to your clients

 Don’t get into everything, give others their cut

Once your application has gone live you will be required to support the ongoing processes. You can be in a different time zone and you might have to stay awake until midnight to support your client. Find a way to do that. Most of the time a support issue is an understanding issue or an infrastructure issue. It is very rare that your application has errors if you have properly tested it for bugs. Do get some Network/Operating System experts in the loop and explain to them what technologies your application is using.

 

 

align with the client's goal

Always get aligned with the business goals of your client

Your overall goal should be to keep your client happy and that can only happen if you listen to your client and understand what his real business problem is, and what they want to achieve out of the software that you are developing for them.

 


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