What a blast! Last week FIG Working Week 2017 was hosted here in Helsinki and Spatineo was there exhibiting with Sito & Pointscene. The whole event was organized masterfully and all the visitors were enthusiastic professionals eager to share knowledge and learn from others. We could have not asked for a better conference and audience! What went on and what was learned during the week?
Professionals from all around the globe
We were stationed at the entrance of the Winter Garden which gave us a chance to greet every visitor walking inside. A chance to talk to almost all of the guests enabled us to make a deep analysis of the visitors. Young and old, experienced and still learning, public and private. People from many different cultures. And that was the best of it! More variety in the audience, the more views and perspectives.
Our intake on FIG
So Spatineo was at FIG Working Week sharing a stand with two other Finnish companies, Sitowise & Pointscene. Our synergies worked well together and we managed to have an outstanding teamwork among us.
From Spatineo we had three representatives at FIG. Our Sales Director Jaana Mäkelä, Area Sales Manager Fabio Bittencourt and Marketing Coordinator Luukas Raatikainen. All three of them experienced FIG Working Week for the first time and here are some of their thoughts about the conference:
Jaana: The conference was a great opportunity to meet old and new colleagues from all continents. Even if my background is in land surveying I have somehow missed all previous FIG events. What a pity, I would say now. The high level plenaries and sessions gave a good possibility to update own knowledge for example about the future developments of 3D Cadastre and positioning.
Fabio: It was an incredible opportunity to meet professionals from all over the world, from several types of organisations, governmental and private ones, business and academic people, from countries in different stages of development of their national SDIs as well as we could also meet some of our existing customers!
Luukas: The atmosphere was the one thing that surprised me the most. I had no expectations but in my mind I saw conference full of too staid businessmen, and that image turned out to be so wrong. Since the openings of the conference, visitors were enthusiastic to meet and chat with everyone around them. There was literally not a single dull moment with the surveyors there! The atmosphere was eventually kind and welcoming. People were eager to hear your stories and they shared what they had experienced. I would love to attend upcoming FIG events in the future!
We thank the whole FIG team for managing and organising FIG 2017 in Helsinki, and for giving us the chance to learn so much more, not only from the sessions but also from surveyors themselves! The conference was a success and we wish to participate to FIG Working Week events in the future as well.
Hosting an excellent conference is a difficult task, but next week we expect nothing but spectacularity from the FIG Working Week 2017. What we hope to see and experience next week?
Only the best for the audience
FIG Working week gathers an amazing group of professionals to a single destination each year. This is not to be taken for granted, because professionals know their value and they don’t waste their time to nothing short of amazing. Organizations send their best scouts and presenters to these events each year. That is what Spatineo is also doing, our sales & marketing team is there for you guys during the whole week!
Conference can be judged upon its audience.
When you walk into a conference of this level, you look for the “oh wow” effect. You want to be amazed. This is where presenters try to gain your attention. Everyone tries to be the company to give you the good vibes. Giving the effect can be little tricky, but standing out and being bravely different is the key.
Spatineo’s goal this year is to arouse conversation and raise awe in the visitors. We want you guys to engage and be part of the conference! We’ll provide the grounds for conversation and we challenge you to tell us about your spatial data challenges which we will solve with you.
Feedback, feedback and more feedback. Monitoring your results and comparing them with your goals is essential. Feedback gives you a chance you measure you success. What to do differently next and what was really good this time? Conference offers new knowledge, new insight and tools to develop your activities over time. Not making any progress is everyone’s worst enemy, because others will be going forwards.
We at Spatineo try to set goals that are possible with hard work and dedication. Setting the bar too low isn’t good because after you have reached your low-goal you might stop trying your best. Our solutions help you to keep on your promises and assure a certain level of quality for the services you provide.
The Arrow IoT Summit 2017 was held in Vantaa, Finland in May 18th. The event gathered over 600 participants to discover the status of IoT field in Finland. According to Arrow´s IoT Director Europe Andrew Bickley Fog Computing extends cloud computing and services to the edge of the network. With this, companies can save time and money by automation and real time reactions. Efficiency and security add value for business. The most common reasons for deploying IoT are reducing risks and optimizing operations (451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise IoT Budgets and Outlook 2017). Arrow´s research shows that in Finland the customer satisfaction and product quality are the most valid reasons for developing IoT (Arrow, The Status of IoT in Finland 2017).
IoT as a part of business
IoT field is like a mesh. It might be tricky to understand the details because the field is growing and evolving. There are many companies producing components and sensors without intelligence. This event focused on connecting platforms, applications and manufactures for finding new business ideas. You can say that IoT has a bright future: The market is growing and sensors and devices as well as tools to analyze data are getting better and cheaper. This brings more revenue and value for the market.
IoT into the cloud & Analysis
But the analysis and storage of IoT data still requires more attention from companies. As a report by 451 Research, over 55 % of companies send their generated IoT data to company owned or leased data center facilities. Only 18 % of companies send their IoT data to public cloud infrastructure. Also 39 % of companies don´t transport their IoT data in between initial storage and where it is eventually kept and stored. Over 35 % of companies transport the data to company owned or leased data center facilities. If the data would be in the cloud, the company could react in real time for any wanted request and use enormous amount of data in no time. Hosted cloud platforms would also allow companies to take quickly advantage of advanced features such as machine learning. In the other words, efficient usage of clouds and platforms are shortening the distance.
All in all companies should take advantage of smart enabling technology, smart predictive analytics and smart industry, energy or city to gain success (VTT 2017). This is achieved best by leveraging partners and platforms who make best of breed products from the sensor level to the data analysis platform. The key word is interconnection, not just between components but by building partnerships between companies.