Over the next five years, geospatial data will make significant inroads in the field of utilities, according to a report from Pike Research. Nearly all of this growth will come thanks to the emergence of smart grid technologies and the critical need for geospatial solutions to support and enable these innovations.
“Until recently, complexity and quality issues surrounding geographic data have constrained utility adoption of GIS technology,” research director Bob Gohn said. “But the success of the smart grid revolves around [a multifaceted] matrix, and having all these aspects operating in concert, driven off of the same data sources, is a mission-critical requirement.”
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