In a recent industry market report they note that “the surveying technologies used for GIS are being shifted from photogrammetry technology toward LIDAR technology” as it is more accurate and less expensive than traditional photogrammetry. They predict the Global GIS market in the Transportation industry will grow at a CAGR of 12.64 percent over the period 2012-2016. Question – is the hundredth decimal place really appropriate?
Here’s an interesting finding. The report states that one of the major challenges in the market is the threat of the invasion of privacy. For instance, many governments have passed stringent regulations regarding the data provided in the GIS so that it cannot be used for any illegal activities.
I imagine the use of UAVs will come into play here as well.