Sheldon, QLD, with Nearmap AI Vegetation Layers
The multi-time analysis provided by Nearmap AI also adds another layer to the data. “It’s critical to use the same methodology to compare how the world is changing over time, and we’re seeing increased interest in people wanting to do just that,” said Mike.
As developing communities of users become familiar with these new data sets, and start to move from initial use, to maturing and pushing the boundaries on what can be achieved, expanded use cases of AI will emerge.
Gartner predicts that by 2023, 40% of professional workers will orchestrate business application experiences and capabilities in the same way as music streaming services. Continued growth in subscription-based Software as a Service (SaaS) content delivery platforms will fulfill demand for intuitive, user-friendly interfaces. While skilled geospatial professionals will still form the core of GIS teams, SaaS platforms will allow easy access to multiple users at all levels of geospatial experience, including non-GIS users. This reduction in friction will enable smoother information flow leading to reduced time for geospatial data analytics to deliver tangible results.
For AEC and infrastructure organizations, the unit economics offered by high-quality, current and accurate imagery will nurture development planning, real-time analytics, 3D modeling — particularly for AEC designs and proposals. Nearmap will introduce a series of improved updates to the MapBrowser experience throughout 2022 starting with an improved, intuitive user interface to be released early in the year.
As climate change impacts communities and businesses across the globe, responsive organizations are implementing sustainability initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gases and carbon emissions. By increasing enablement for remote work — for example, assessing, inspecting and visualizing sites using aerial imagery — businesses can reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, cutting emissions, saving time and reducing occupational health and safety risks.
In 2021, Nearmap launched an internal environmental and social responsibility strategy, Nearmap for Good, committed to the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) framework. Nearmap has initially adopted two of the UN SDG goals: Sustainable Cities and Communities (Goal 11) and Climate Action (Goal 13). These goals will be continually reviewed and evaluated to ensure Nearmap can maintain and improve its environmental and social impact.
The City of Carmel, Indiana, is pursuing technology to capture vehicular and pedestrian traffic, smart energy usage within city facilities and infrastructure, and manage cost-effective emergency response with the city’s fire and police departments. Shane Burnham, City of Carmel GIS Technician said “Nearmap and GIS technology will play a critical role in making all of these initiatives come together.”
Natural disaster preparedness and response relies on accurate, up-to-date geospatial data, including aerial imagery. The ability to identify at-risk zones, to visualize property boundaries, plan safe ingress and egress routes, identify hazards, calculate elevation, natural features and visualize built environment will provide insights that enhance preparedness, risk mitigation, incident response and recovery exercises. As weather-related catastrophic events increase in frequency and severity, the availability of relevant, current data will see communities better placed to prepare, respond and recover. Capturing the aftereffects of such events, Nearmap ImpactResponse will continue to provide insurers, responders and local governments with insights necessary to act quickly. In 2021, in North America some of the events captured by our ImpactResponse program included Hurricane Ida, Tropical Storm Henri, the PA and NJ Tornadoes, and the Dixie Wildfires; in Australia: the Melbourne earthquake, NSW and QLD floods, Cyclone Seroja, Queensland hailstorm, and the Perth Hills fire.
Insurers will continue to expand the use of imagery as data, to streamline every step in the insurance lifecycle — from assessment and underwriting to claims. In addition to high-resolution aerial imagery for risk evaluation and post-catastrophe assessment, insurers are also using imagery from their customers’ own devices.
Bryan Falchuk, Managing Partner, Insurance Evolution Partners outlined in his presentation at Nearmap NAVIG8 2021 how insurers are using data to fast-track underwriting and quotes, giving customers a seamless user experience that aligns with best-practice, low-latency touch-points such as banking, social media and subscription services.