Do We Have an Office in Your Country?

We are often asked that where are we located and can our team be met locally? Our office is located in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Our current personnel are all living in Finland, so it’s only reasonable to have our office located in here. So the answer to the question is no, we only have an office in Finland, but there are many ways to contact us and set up a meeting, also face to face. We want to support all our customers and anyone who wants to improve their spatial web services in the best possible way and even more.

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Taking Part in Sustainable Development

Our policy is to support sustainable development in every way we can. The small things are the most important. We have a recycle plan at the office, we are avoiding e.g. printing as much as we can and we encourage personnel to use the public transportation.

Our business is operated with digital and cloud based systems, and we are organizing our meetings online because our digital business supports it. This saves time and the meetings can be held even on a short notice and it is environmental friendly.

Spatineo offers several free webinars for our customers and for anyone interested on improving their spatial web services

You Can Meet Our Team in Many Ways

Our Sales Team and Tech Support can be reached easy. You can call us, send an email or contact us with the contact form on our website. Our personnel are attending several conferences world wide, throughout the year so you can also meet us there.

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Fabio Bittencourt having intense conversations at INSPIRE Conference 2017

You can follow us on Twitter to know where we are travelling and which conferences we are attending. Just contact us and book a meeting when it’s convenient for you.

Our Sales Partners Are There for You

We have Sales Partners located in Europe and Australia to help our customers locally. And we are growing our Partner network, so that we could support our customers even better. Spatineo doesn’t have any offices outside Finland but our local Partners are available for meetings face to face.

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If you are traveling in Finland, you are always more than welcome to visit our office, enjoy a cup of fresh coffee and meet our team.

Check out our web page for more information on us and our services, blog posts and upcoming webinars.

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Year of Accomplishments and Success

What a year! As 2018 is just behind the corner, it is good to have a look what has been done in the year 2017. New customer cases and success stories all around! New employees, a new board member to support the growth of Spatineo, and new partners!

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Team Spatineo gathered to DesignSpace in Helsinki to brainstorm new ideas for the upcoming year!

Partnerships and Conferences

We had already started to realize the importance of good partners some time ago, but finding the right matches was this years goal. And that is exactly what we did.

We managed to find new partners and expand to new market areas with them!

Our partners provided a lot of support and helped us in this year’s conferences, as we teamed up with them in several occasions. At the INSPIRE Conference we had a shared stand with Wetransform and Epsilon Italia, and those talk we had during the breaks were heartwarming. We’d like to thank all of our partners for the good year!

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We also had shared webinars with our partners this year. Erno Puupponen from Sitowise hosted a webinar with Jaana Mäkelä about How to get most out of your SDI’s. You can view the webinar recording here!

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We also strengthened our board of members with Dr. Carl Reed, the former CTO of OGC. Dr. Reed’s extensive knowledge and connections in the geospatial industry have helped us in reaching new heights in the market of high quality sharing of geospatial data.

 

New customers & Success Stories

In 2017 several organisations joined in our mission to build better SDIs. We are glad to see so many organisations paying attention to the quality of their services. Building and maintaining a successful SDI is hard work, and we are proud to assist these organisations in developing their success further.

APA, the Portuguese Environmental Agency is a great example of how to create success! They have improved their infrastructure and assigned more appropriate servers and more processing power where it was really needed, by using Spatineo tools. That work, besides bringing significant benefits to APA’s business, became a presentation at INSPIRE Conference, JIIDE and two Webinars recently hosted by Spatineo!

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As a part of our new strategy, we started to promote the success of organisations who excell with their SDIs. That is why we wanted to give Spatineo Quality Awards. We already wrote about how we find out these extraordinary organisations and what are the things we are looking for.

Quality awards started out as an thought from Fabio Bittencourt. He shed some light into where the whole idea started in our blog “What are Spatineo Quality Awards”.

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Vodohospodárska výstavba was announced as one of the winners at Spatineo Quality Awards in INSPIRE 2017 Conference.

What to expect from 2018?

Year 2018 is already filled with great expectations and we are eager to see what the next year will bring to us all! As we have discussed before, some of the big trends in the GIS-industry will move towards a couple of themes:

  • Smart Cities, how the smartness will be monitored in cities in the future?
  • Automated vehicles, when computers will do more and more decision-making by themselves during driving, they are going to need huge amounts of spatial data. How will that affect our industries and citizens’ lives daily?
  • Impact of Open Data. This might sound like something that was “on the agenda” already in 2010, but open data has had some time to mature and gain a real usage. Combining data from variable open sources will take even stronger hold on our data driven society in the upcoming years.

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We’ll have our keen eye scoped on those subjects, and find out where and how we can help organisations to make advances on those areas.

Thank you all for joining our journey in 2017 and hopefully we see / meet / discuss again in 2018 with even brighter ideas! Enjoy the holidays!

 

Best wishes,

Team Spatineo

Do you know the impact of your geospatial services?

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The need to understand the the impact of geospatial information and geospatial services is now stronger than ever. New spatial data is captured all the time and services are published every day and the development of Spatial Data Infrastructures has promoted the growth of public sector spatial web services. At the moment Spatineo monitors globally 55 320 spatial web services that offer over 1 178 900 data layers. The impact of these services must be huge.

All professionals working with geospatial information and technologies know that the use of geospatial solutions can make operations more efficient and support better decisions in all industries as well as enable better quality of life for citizens. However, it is not generally easy to assess the direct impact of geospatial information or services because they are usually embedded to a more comprehensive solution or application.

AlphaBeta published in September a very interesting study about The Economic Impact of Geospatial Services. The study covers six regions and 22 countries and shows the benefits of geospatial information to consumers, businesses and societies. The strength of this study is its global coverage, quantifiable impacts and transparent method that can be applied at national level as well. The main finding of the study is that geospatial information is having a significant role in changing our lives for the better. Digital maps and navigation help consumers speed up shopping, save fuel and make travel more efficient. The economic value of these is over US$550 billion yearly. Generally, a more efficient transportation can reduce global CO2 emissions by 5% per year and help us to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”. According to AlphaBeta governments have an important role in promoting and implementing emerging applications of geospatial data and technologies, and “policies should support collection, sharing and use of geospatial data and services in order to help ensure data availability, accessibility and quality”.

I made an exercise how to apply the methodology and unit values of the study to Finland. In the year 2016 the amount of employed people (between ages 15 and 74) was 2 448 000. 72% of all travelled kilometers was done by car, 4% by bicycle or foot and approximately 24% by public transport.  In 2016 the number of registered vehicles in active use in the country was 2 652 765.  Owners of registered vehicles can save up to 9€ ($10) on fuel per year when using their cars  which means total saving of  about 24 million euros per year. Digital maps and route planner apps allow an average commuter save 6 hours of travel time on busses and trains and 13 hours of travel time by car annually. Based on this, for example, all employed people in Finland would save totally about 977 million euros annually. The economic impact in Finland may presumably be bigger than my results show. For more precise impacts more detailed statistics are needed. But this is certainly a good start to analyse the impacts at national level. You can try to apply this method to your own country!

 ¹http://www.stat.fi/til/tyti/2016/13/tyti_2016_13_2017-04-12_kat_002_en.html
 ²https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liikenne_Suomessa
 ³Overall average wage in Finland is 3368€/month, https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-984329