The Geoinformation Industry refers to businesses that use automated processes in collecting, digitizing, processing and transmitting location-based data or rather geographical information.
- Providing services to a wide range of industries
- New, interdisciplinary field targeted at enabling new uses
- Forms the basis for new information technology products, services and applications
- Highly valued economic asset in the modern information and communication society
- Tremendous growth potential extends to related sectors
- Growing demand for geoinformation services, due in part to specialization and geographic separation of production processes, which are interlinked across the globe
Value is created first by acquiring general and specific geo-data, then refining, distributing, and exploiting it for the benefit of Berlin's economy.
Business and application fields
- Smart City
- Transport telematics, route planning, and navigation services
- Administration and management of real estate and properties
- Real estate marketing
- Agriculture and forestry
- Transportation telematics
- Monitoring and management of supply infrastructure
- Disaster management
- Remote sensing
- Location marketing and city information systems
Geoinformation systems (GIS) in the capital region
With its high technological requirements and distinct interfaces to IT and geoscience, the industry is an important driver of innovation in the capital region. Numerous companies, organisations, and scientific institutions are active in the GIS market.
- About 2,200 employees
- Production of geoinformation products and services
- Use, process, and provide location-specific data and correlate it with other data
- The spectrum of businesses in this field ranges from surveyors to internet-based geodata service providers.
Where does the geodata come from?
- Large quantities of comprehensive geodata is collected on a high technical-organizational level as open data
- Used and exploited in interdisciplinary and cross-institutional business processes, e.g. to support planning processes
- Publicly available geodata infrastructure follows international standards (such as OGC, OMG, ISO); standard products enable the coupling of different system platforms
Research and development in the field of geoinformation
The capital region is distinguished by an especially productive research environment for the geoinformation industry.
This results in outstanding opportunities for training and education and the pool of highly qualified specialists is large.
- Technical University Berlin, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Technology
- Technical University of Berlin, Institute of Computer Engineering and Microelectronics
School VI, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Computer Vision and Remote Sensing.
- Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Geomatics
Fields: Geoinformation Systems (GIS), Cartography and Geographical Remote Sensing
- German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Helmholtz Centre, Potsdam
- University of Potsdam, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Geosciences
Fields: Remote Sensing, Geoinformation, and Visualization
- Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNE)
Platforms for cooperation and exchange
Numerous cooperation and exchange formats have been established in the capital region in recent years. Stakeholders from the world of business and representatives of start-ups, government agencies, and scientific institutions exchange information at evening events, conferences, co-working spaces, and association meetings.
These networking formats help participants find cooperation partners to realise solutions and develop products jointly.
Annual conference format on all geoinformation topics with a strong focus on navigation services
Quarterly evening events focusing on start-ups using geodata
A platform for thought leaders in large companies who work with geodata
- GEOKomm e.V.
Geoinformation Industry Association for Berlin-Brandenburg
- GeoIT e.V.
English-language association that establishes community formats