As the geomatics sector in Canada continues to grow, it is important to consider how this industry will impact our economy and other industries. The use of geospatial data can be beneficial for government bodies, farmers, delivery services, insurance agencies, etc.
“Certainly an expansion of the industry is a long term positive for the Canadian economy. Information and data is the new oil, and I believe that Canada definitely has an opportunity to lead the way here,” said Stanford Hsu, Director of Transformation at Campbell Scientific.
Hsu is one of the speakers at NORTH51 and is putting his vast experience in the cloud computing industry to use with Campbell Scientific Canada. His focus is to “build a strategic technology platform with key pillars of technology at both the organizational level” as well as for Campbell Scientific’s Internet-of-Things (IoT) platform to “deliver their Environmental Intelligence services to clients and markets.”
Hsu is hopeful that Canada can stay on top of the inevitable growth coming to the sector but believes certain steps must be taken to ensure this.
“As one of the leading G8 countries, we have a good source of a highly-educated workforce. Additionally, Canada is currently ranked amongst the top 5 in artificial intelligence (AI) expertise and since we can amass large amounts of environmental and geospatial data, we can use that to feed our AI efforts.
But I think we need to move faster and build more expertise around scaling data gathering efforts, building more analysis capabilities, integrating and applying interpretive technologies utilizing AI and machine learning (ML), and developing technologies from an applicability perspective.”
Hsu is no stranger to disruptive technologies, with over two decades of experience in the cloud computing industry. His work at Campbell Scientific Canada, a company which has been in the environmental measurement systems and markets for over 40 years, has taught him that the use of information is just as important as the collection of it.
“I think that the use of geospatial information is quite mature and there are many organizations with some deep experience in it already. But with the advent and the fast pace of new technologies and paradigms being introduced (cloud, AI, ML, edge computing) almost monthly, the key opportunity as I see it is in the “application” of these new emerging technologies against the data both in speed, aggregate volume, and pattern recognition that can drive deeper insights that wasn’t possible before.”
For more information about Stanford Hsu, check out his bio. To learn more about Campbell Scientific Canada and it’s products and services, visit their website https://www.campbellsci.ca/.
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