Geo Connect Asia 2024 attracts 2,785 attendees, establishing itself as a must-attend event for the geospatial, remote sensing, digital construction and UAV industries

Tech Talks spanning the entire geospatial spectrum, as well as presentations and panel discussions with 102 speakers, enabled pivotal discussions on the economic and societal impact of geospatial technologies.

Singapore, 21st March 2024 - The fourth edition of Geo Connect Asia (GCA), the region's flagship trade event and conference for the geospatial, positioning and remote sensing industries, delivered on its promise in its two-day run at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. Co-located alongside Drones & Uncrewed Asia, Digital Construction Asia and the inaugural Marine & Hydro Asia on the 6th & 7th of March 2024, GCA 2024 attracted 2,785 visitors, delegates and speakers from 52 countries and territories.

With the theme "Geospatial Driven Impacts: Underground, Land and Sea to Sky," GCA 2024 attracted experts from Singapore-based and international companies, institutions, startups, and government agencies. Tech Talks spanning the entire geospatial spectrum, as well as presentations and panel discussions with 102 speakers, enabled pivotal discussions on the economic and societal impact of geospatial technologies.

Rupert Owen, Co-founder of Geo Connect Asia, said, "The mainstreaming of geospatial technologies has been a major theme of the 2024 event and is one that will accelerate as industry and governments successfully apply proven solutions. The growing international positioning of Geo Connect Asia assists in exchanging experiences across regions. The additional focus on digital construction, marine & hydro and the UAV marketplaces also drives focus on the value of data acquisition and sharing to enhance accuracy and the on-time scheduling and delivery of key projects."

At the GCA 2024 opening ceremony, attendees witnessed the signing of two landmark memoranda of understanding (MOUs). The first MOU was signed by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and the Ministry of Health's Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT) to enhance Singapore's Digital Local Connect initiative - a precinct-based digital resource guide designed to help residents access and navigate health and social services. The other MOU was between SLA and SingHealth Community Hospitals to co-develop a living asset map of community assets and activities.

In his opening speech, Guest of Honour Minister Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, said: "These platforms [such as Geo Connect Asia] provide opportunities for deep knowledge-sharing, experience building as well as community-building, which are all crucial to foster more fruitful collaborations. It goes without saying that today, countries are actively exchanging knowledge, sharing best practices, and really wanting to level up and gain knowledge from one another. I look forward to a lot more collaborations sparked off by Geo Connect Asia."

Supporting Organisations, the Geo Marketplace & Conferences

GCA 2024 received the support of Trimble as Platinum Sponsor, AECOM, and the Singapore Land Authority as Strategic Partners, among others.

At the combined co-located shows, visitors were able to interact with different products and prototypes, including drones, remote sensing-based laser scanners, mapping systems, and ground-penetrating radars, and the technologies that make the development of these tools possible. A wide variety of spatial analysis, UAV traffic management and visualisation software, and satellite communications services were also exhibited.

The Tech Talks, UAV Innovation Theatre and Digital Underground Connect featured a line-up of fireside chats and keynote speeches, where industry professionals had robust conversations on topics such as how geospatial technology can be harnessed to improve life quality, the use of AI in construction technology; geospatial drivers in speeding up the decarbonisation agenda; and mainstreaming geospatial technology for healthcare, community and sustainable development.

Business matching was a key driver of success at GCA 2024, with exhibitors, speakers and attendees given abundant opportunities to connect, network and explore potential synergies. This allowed attendees to identify complementary strengths and lay the groundwork for future business collaborations.

Scott Simmons, Chief Standards Officer of Open Geospatial Consortium, said, "We are witnessing the exponential growth and transformative impact of geospatial technology across economies, infrastructure and everyday lives. Geo Connect Asia serves as an excellent platform for industry leaders and stakeholders to build cross-border networks, explore innovative solutions, and propel the geospatial industry forward for a more sustainable and connected future."

GCA will return on April 9th and 10th, 2025, with numerous industry partners expressing strong and continued support.

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About Geo Connect Asia 2025

Geo Connect Asia 2025 specifically focuses on bringing the industry together for two days of face-to-face discussions and networking on the 9th & 10th April 2025 in Halls A & B, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. The event will provide a collaborative business meeting platform for industry professionals from across South-East Asia. Discover how geospatial solutions and location intelligence can take your business to new heights and meet and network with some 3,000 industry professionals in-person, all sharing a collective vision of the global geospatial community.

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