Subscribe To Newsletter Digital Business Services Location Intelligence - Hand drawn Paper to Flying Objects "A flying machine scans the buildings as a live feed or a Route map navigates the users to their destination, facilitates maps for revenue administration to identify the change in landform or to trace the contours of the building or rooftop for urban and insurance companies". Location Intelligence or Maps have been gaining relevance and maturity in today's digital world. Every aspect of our day-to-day life is somehow connected with location data, which has almost become like a regular reference point for us. Currently, in the Geospatial Industry, continuous scientific evolution in Geospatial technologies have made a difference in every walk of life. Digital innovations such as Machine learning, IoT, Robotics & Automation, and AI are driving the industry to broaden its skyline and target every industry vertical. However, Data being the king in the geospatial space and production forms the key, it has seen many stages of evolution - from static paper maps to dynamic digital maps, from basic analysis to more complex problem solving, involving more map-based processing. Contribution to the mapping process started involving topographic survey, satellite imageries covering both 2D and 3D, Aerial photograph technologies, image processing, GPS, Drone, etc. While surveying technique gets time-consuming and labor orientated, it is now widely used only for a special type of mapping, mostly on Road/building constructions, land records, etc. This technique has the advancement of GPS, EDM and other technologies, and it is still widely used. The satellite imageries provide large scale mapping and are used for both surface and subsurface assets. It includes the satellite-based cartography of urban/rural environments and landform changes, land cover/land-use change, estuarine and coastal environments, topographic map updating, production of image maps, agricultural monitoring, and land degradation. The image processing techniques generate point cloud(LiDAR) data, DEM/DSM 3D models etc., are leveraged to identify relief maps, elevation parameters (slope, aspects) to use in GIS mapping, Engineering Design, simulations, Surface analysis and other applications. On the other hand, Aerial photos are taken from the air by a special camera mounted in an aircraft flying over the area with the camera axis vertical or nearly so. These photos are merged and mosaiced to create an orthogonal (Orthophoto) and Oblique photos to represent 3D/Elevation models representation of the captured objects (buildings, Trees, Mountain ranges, etc.). These being more detailed image sources, the aerial photos are widely used for topography mapping, agriculture, line of sight selection, utilities, defense, etc. Next evolution of geospatial data creation is the Drone based mapping. Drones equipped with cameras that can transmit various types of GIS data in lower costs on multiple levels. With advancements in building cost-effective drones, extensive advantages are experienced within the GIS science field. GIS communities even believe that mapping through drones can be better than on-the-ground survey tools. These are some key reasons. It takes less time for processing and mapping than other techniques such as surveying, Satellite data, and orthophotos. Hardware cost is less expensive and the upfront cost is minimal that influences the map production cost. Accessible for any area that is physically not approachable, such as, Water bodies, Defense/War zone, Zoo, and other restricted areas. Drone Survey and mapping involves less involvement and is completely non-invasive for the public. This technology is paving way for wider areas of application and operation such as elevation, pitch, minerals, change detection, etc. The Map production process through Drone Technology has a slew of applications and utilities from Aerial Surveying to Asset Management, Agriculture to Disaster Management, Smart Cities to Construction/Real Estate. This technology is increasingly being deployed to enhance efficiency and productivity. The data fed from Drones facilitate 3D land mapping services, elevation data, contour lines, 3D surface data, accurate volume measurements, terrain profile. This highly detailed data is made available at a much lesser cost. This service also provides AR/VR enabled 360-degree panoramas - aerial/ground incorporated as fly through or Virtual tour demonstration. These features ensure preparedness for combats, dam or tower construction in the remote areas, disaster mitigation planning in L3 or more zones. Beyond manifold GIS applications, owing to the advancement of 3D/Elevation technology and high-resolution data due to Drone, the current technologies enable microanalyses of the details. This helps to trace the contours of the building or rooftop for survey or urban and insurance claims to assess the situation, change detection before and after the period helping the development authorities, Tax/Revenue assessment, illegal construction or bunkers, detailed network analysis, and detailed Data quality. GIS (Maps) is all around us and its inevitable to avoid their existence. Online maps with their evolving capabilities have changed the way we communicate and collaborate. The future of maps will bring faster evolution, cost-effectiveness, real-time feeds, and will enable near-accurate decision-making. Consumers and businesses are also gaining experience in adopting the latest technologies and experimenting with new methods of mapping process, primarily Drone-based for 3D mapping and GPS maps. In a way, the GIS User Community is reaping more benefits from innovation as the market grows substantially.