The Geoinformation Industry refers to businesses that use automated processes in collecting, digitizing, processing and transmitting geographical information. The value chain begins with the collection of basic geographical data about the topography and properties of a site, or the collection of specialized thematic data linked to geographic coordinates such as information about demographics, land use or meteorology.
- New, interdisciplinary field targeted at enabling new uses
- Forms the basis for new information technology products, services and applications, such as planning systems for domestic security, disaster management, marketing a city as such, or city information systems
- 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
- Administration and management of real estate and properties
- Real estate marketing
- Agriculture and forestry
- Transportation telematics
- Monitoring and management of supply infrastructure
- Remote sensing
- Location-based services
The geoinformation industry in the capital region
- Approximately 600 mostly small to mid-sized companies
- About 2,200 employees
- Production of geoinformation products and services
- The spectrum of businesses in this field ranges from surveyors to internet-based geodata service providers.
- The annual turnover of the core companies in this field amounts to almost 120 million euros
- Comprehensive geoinformation databases at a high technological and organizational level
- The use and exploitation of geodata in business processes that interlink multiple institutions or departments within an institution has meant that systemic barriers have been overcome.
- Technological underpinnings, components for a geodata infrastructure, international standards (such as OGC, OMG, ISO) and standard products facilitate the linkage of different platforms
Research and development
The capital region is distinguished by an especially productive research environment for the geoinformation industry. Nowhere else in Germany does a city have so many university departments, professorships and research institutions in the field.
This results in outstanding opportunities for training and education and the pool of highly qualified specialists is large.
- 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