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Geospatial Intelligence ‘Centre of Excellence’ ideation

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Geospatial intelligence has the potential to solve many of Australia’s greatest challenges and create new social and commercial opportunities. It also provides an opportunity to be a driver of new employment and investment opportunities for Australia’s Sunshine Coast.

Geospatial intelligence (or geo-int) takes data from space-based imaging and sensing satellites and uses a variety of analytics techniques to translate that information into actionable insights. These have been applied to problems as diverse as managing large marine and land-based ecosystems through to monitoring the spread of disease and tracking the impact of fire and floods.

The possibilities of geo-int were the topic of an ideation session held in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland in October, where numerous local and national specialists from the commercial, academic and public sectors came together to discuss the idea of creating a Geospatial Intelligence Centre of Excellence for the region.

We speak with key stakeholders on the outcomes and opportunities of the morning’s session (in order of appearance);

  • Danielle Burns, A/Investment Lead, Sunshine Coast Council
  • Rob Coorey, Chief Executive Officer, Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd
  • Rylea McGlusky, Senior Business Development Manager, Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd
  • Simon Webster, Executive Manager Advanced Capability, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Michael Whereat, Smart Cities Lead, Sunshine Coast Council
  • Mark Billing, Business Expansion, Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd

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