Dubai Municipality has set new standards of technological excellence with its advanced aerial photography project currently being implemented using specialised survey aircraft. The aerial photography survey that has a high accuracy of 10 centimetres is one of the most important strategic projects being implemented by Dubai Municipality’s GIS Centre as part of its GeoDubai initiative. Maryam Obaid Al Muhairi, Director of the GIS Centre, said photographing and aerial surveying goes through many stages. Advanced technologies like automatic detection of changes in the available geospatial data and geospatial Artificial Intelligence optimize the extraction and update operations of geospatial data.
Satellite imagery could give inputs on location intelligence, which includes the development of land for specific time periods. Stanford University has predicted poverty levels using night-time satellite imagery, as well as per capita economic expenditure across continents. It also needs to be seen if satellite imagery can help determine the wealth levels of individuals. Satellite imagery has revealed that residents belonging to certain parts of south and north India were financially better off than their counterparts in Bihar and north-east India. It can leverage geospatial tech tools for culling out information derived from the geospatial data and satellite imagery. Geospatial data and satellite images bring us close to real-time feeds and have diverse applications.