Asseco Central Europe, Czech
Cartography 4.0: Geodata as a Digital Twin for Intelligent Infrastructure
Today’s society is undergoing a major change, sometimes referred to as the fourth industrial revolution driven by the penetration of digital technologies into all conceivable areas of life. At the same time, there is a huge increase in productivity and transition of jobs to the fields of activities that did not exist a few years ago. Given the complexity of how societies (countries, cities, companies) are managed, financed, planned and operated, digitalisation can be described as a process by which the societies becomes more efficient, more attractive to the population and the business community and more environmentally friendly. There are other challenges that societies will have to face in the near future, such as the shared economy, new energy and transport patterns or distributed health care.
Not only creating but also reading and understanding maps was wizardry in its own way a few decades ago. Modern cartographers are using GIS and GIS is all about the data. The value of location-based data lies in its integration with other information in the modern digitised world
Industry 4.0 is using a the concept of a “Digital Twin” as a virtual representation of its engineering design to better understand what was produced versus what was designed, tightening the loop between design and execution.
With the growing penetration of Internet of Things into real world, the importance of a digital avatar of a physical device grows significantly. If we are expanding Industry 4.0 concept into the society and environment we are in GIS and spatial data as a digital twin of a real world. And as the importance of real-time data and machine to machine communication is growing, role of the digital twin as a bridge between the physical and digital space is growing.
One of very important layers of the modern world is the technical infrastructure. There are various definitions of what constitutes infrastructure, but generally infrastructure refers to the large-scale public systems, services, and facilities of a country or region that are necessary for economic activity. Infrastructure includes highways, water and sewerage facilities, and energy distribution and telecommunication networks but also public city transport, city environment etc.
Integration of spatial, technical and on-line data enabled intelligent infrastructure allowing information patterns and decisions to be viewed through the lens of topology helps create safer and more energy efficient infrastructure, especially in transportation and energy sector.
SAMO as the data integration platform is the cornerstone of the intelligent infrastructure. Geospatial database of technical devices and other infrastructure assets in the centre creates a natural unifying environment for evaluating and presenting data from so-called smart devices. Combined with the use of Open Data, Open API, OpenGeoSpatial, INSPIRE, and IEC standards, it provides tools for creating significant added value, whether by its own applications or by providing data and functions to third-party applications. SAMO also enables additional data processing operations and their visualization in client applications and Internet portals using advanced GIS features. As a result it makes it possible to manage assets strategically.
Filip Kaderabek is a Head of Business Development, Utility & GIS Division of Asseco Central Europe, member of Asseco Group. In his role he was responsible for determination of the future trends and definition of the strategy for further development of own GIS and EAM software which resulted in the development of brand new generation of the software platform under the brand SAMO. Filip has more than twenty years of experience in system integration and implementation of complex information systems. Among other projects he participated in the development of the Czech Real Estate Cadastre Information System (ISKN) and several complex ERP and EAM implementations for big utility companies. He also participated in several environmental and energy projects.
Asseco Group is a federation of companies engaged in information technology. Asseco Group offers comprehensive, proprietary IT solutions for all sectors of the economy. Own solutions account for over a half of Asseco Group total sales revenues. This puts Asseco Group on the 6th place among the top software vendors in Europe.