On 14th April 2015 I made my way down to the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton for the biennial Ocean Business exhibition. Events like this have a tendency to be hardware-driven, so naturally I expected to see accoustic dopplers and sub-sea cabling a plenty but this year there was definitely a more “geo-flavour” to the event. People are fast realising that acquiring the data is one thing but being able to analyse it and visualise it accurately is a very different matter, with organisations keen to add value to their data acquisition offerings. Naturally, this is where Envitia fit in.
Envitia’s capabilities can be exploited widely in the maritime sector whether it’s GIS-ready port information guides or systems like Envitia DMarGS (a maritime Spatial Data Infrastructure currently operational at the UKHO) so attending events like these can really enlighten organisations to the value that we can add on the data side.
Along with the exhibition, there were a number of other streams taking place such as “Offshore Survey” and “Ocean Careers”, both of which have good value to their specific audiences.
Following some conversations with the likes of the UKHO, CEFAS and EoMAP it’s plain to see that, whereas this event is not in Envitia’s typical sweet-spot, a number of organisations were happy that we attended and impressed with our offering.
Robin Coackley, GeoIntelligence Account Manager.