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Showcasing Spatial Information Technologies to the World
Smart Geospatial Expo 2014
Showcasing Spatial Information Technologies to the World
  • By matthew
  • July 7, 2014, 08:04
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A view of the show floor of the Smart Geospatial Expo 2013.
A view of the show floor of the Smart Geospatial Expo 2013.


More than 80 percent of our daily life is processing spatial information. Spatial information refers to any information related to organic and artificial creatures present on the ground, underground, underwater, and space.

The Sewol ferry disaster evoked the importance of spatial information and how to utilize such information. While the Sewol was sinking, evacuation instructions from the control center of Korean Cost Guard through a smartphone application, instead of erroneous instructions delivered through a broadcasting system inside the vessel, could have saved many lives. Furthermore, if the vessel’s movement was monitored in real time and a danger warning was activated upon the vessel’s unusually large tilt, instead of asking the latitude and longitude of the vessel when 119 initially received an accident report, much quicker responses could have been possible.

Likewise, spatial information will be converged with various advanced technologies to enhance the national disaster response level and ultimately to improve safety conditions in daily life. Spatial information is an essential infrastructure component, since this could create crucial value through effective disaster control and on-time response actions, and solve social problems through predicting the future in the end. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has been hosting a “Smart Geospatial Expo” since 2008, so that domestic and overseas professionals in the spatial information fields could examine the current trends of the spatial information industry and share the future outlooks.

This year’s Smart Geospatial Expo 2014, in which the spatial information technology of Korea and progress of spatial information industry are to be exhibited, will be held in COEX from August 25 to 28.

The Smart Geospatial Expo is a specialized exposition of spatial information businesses. In this expo, visions of the spatial information industry are shared, new business models are introduced through new added values created by convergence of various industries and technologies, and market outlet pioneering and exports of related companies are encouraged. This expo is becoming a very conspicuous exhibition and conference, as spatial information is utilized in a wide range, from people’s daily life which includes navigation, traveling and LBS, to professional fields which entail transportation, national security, disaster and environment control, and city planning.

This year the industry exhibition will facilitate sharing advanced spatial information technology, related services and businesses to invigorate the spatial information industry as well as various spatial information related conferences. Other related events such including an idea contest and start-up fair will be prepared as well.

The Smart Geospatial Expo 2014 has been planning to target the two issues of the rapidly-changing ICT technology environment and popularization of geospatial information under the slogan “Geospatial Information to Put Forward Happiness to People, More Value to National Land.”

The industry exhibition consists of ten different zones, which include a Spatial Information Creation Zone, Future of Spatial Information Zone, Spatial Information Convergence Zone, Experience Zone, and Big Data Special Zone. Spatial information content that is converging with ICT will be exhibited, which is applicable to daily life in many ways. Especially in the experience zone, recent spatial information technologies including smart glass, Kingdome Rider, and Moving Rider will be available for testing.

For the first time as an exhibition, “Indoor Navigation” will be set up, which enables visitors to check current location information on exhibition booths nearby. A key point of this exhibition is that recent big issues in the spatial information industry, including spatial big data, anti-disaster applications, the Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented reality are available.

The Special Big Data Zone consisting of 18 booths with 10 organizations will introduce the big data policies of Korea, government projects status, data mining techniques and software of specialized companies, and test big data programs for the public.

In the Experience Zone, SOS security services, smart rescuers, emergency applications, 3D-4D base automobiles converged with spatial information, aircraft simulation devices, customized coffee dispensers based on IoT technology (customized coffee is dispensed following individual orders from smartphones), and augmented reality implementation items will also be available for trials.

An idea contest, one of the additional events, is currently receiving applications in four areas of application development, big data utilization, spatial information policy suggestions, and good examples of spatial information appliances. The final evaluation and awards ceremony will be held on August 25.

The Ministerial Meeting of High Level Forum and International Conference On Geospatial Information Science (ICGIS) are also held during the event.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the host of this event, expects that this expo will become a good opportunity to come up with various disaster solutions based on spatial information and to check the current status and future outlook of the Korean spatial information industry. In addition, this event could encourage people unfamiliar with the concept of spatial information to experience spatial information cases for safety tightly applied to daily life and meet the new advanced technologies of spatial information.

Urging the active participation of many people, an official at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said, “Spatial information is the main driving force for the creative economy, as spatial information could create high added value converged with ICT and other industries.” The spatial information market is expected to grow to 150 trillion won (US$145 billion) worldwide by 2015.