Geo Connect Asia 2021 showcasing geospatial technologies and innovations – first major industry event back underway in Singapore


The region’s inaugural premier geospatial and location intelligence technology conference and  Singapore’s first large-scale hybrid event of the year will further build the already fast-growing  geospatial community in Southeast Asia  

  • The geospatial analytics market in 2019 was estimated to be worth US$58.35 billion, a  figure that is predicted to rise to US$158.84 billion by 2027
  • Geo Connect Asia is poised to be the catalyst for a ‘geospatial revolution’ in Southeast  Asia as the still-maturing economies of the region embrace wider adoption of emerging  geospatial tech
  • With a host of safety management measures in place including automated check-in  through facial recognition and temperature-sensing wristbands, Geo Connect Asia 2021  is a testament to the resilience of the MICE industry and is a significant step in the  tourism sector’s recovery

Geo Connect Asia (GCA) 2021, Southeast Asia’s inaugural  premier geospatial and location intelligence technology conference and Singapore’s first large scale hybrid event of the year, kicks off today at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention  Centre with nearly 1,000 professional visitors expected on-site and a virtual audience of up to  1,200 international and local attendees. GCA 2021 will feature Singapore Minister for Foreign  Affairs and Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Dr Vivian Balakrishnan as Guest-of Honour. Mr Alvin Tan, Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Culture, Community & Youth  will also attend the event.

GCA21 is hosting 26 leading companies as sponsors and exhibitors and features Digital  Construction Asia 2021 (DCA21) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Asia 2021 (UAV21). From  drone applications and mapping and surveying solutions to satellite and underground mapping,  GCA21, DCA21 & UAV21 showcase the full range of applications for key government agencies  and enterprises.

The associated conferences and tech talks bring together more than 50 industry leaders and  experts at the forefront of government and enterprise, providing critical information, best  industry practices and opportunities for the region. The conference highlights geospatial  planning and solutions as being key to a robust and sustainable recovery.

GCA 2021 underscores the rapid growth of the global geospatial industry, aided by the wider  digital transformation, the advent of Industry 4.0, and the emergence of hi-tech solutions with  myriad applications across a wide range of fields and sectors. These include, for instance, AI based geospatial intelligence solutions and geospatial analytics in urban planning and smart

cities, rising adoption of cloud-based geospatial intelligence solutions, as well as AR and VR  solutions. The global geospatial analytics market is expected to grow significantly in the near and medium-term future, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.2% from  2020 to 2027.

Ng Siau Yong, Director of the Geospatial and Data Division and Chief Data Officer at the  Singapore Land Authority, said, “As a Knowledge Partner of Geo Connect Asia 2021, SLA  supports GCA’s role in accelerating opportunities in the burgeoning ASEAN geospatial space  and boosting the region’s economic recovery as we navigate the post-Covid normal. As  Singapore continues to look to the future with the Smart Nation initiative in full swing and as  demands for smart city solutions grow, Geo Connect Asia 2021 could be the catalyst for even  wider adoption of geospatial technologies not only in Singapore but across ASEAN.”

Rupert Owen, Montgomery Asia Geo Connect Asia Co-founder, said, “In what has been  dubbed the ‘Smart Revolution, the growing ubiquity of smart technologies and big data across  many industries has given the geospatial industry an integral role in future economic  development. Businesses and governments need increasing volumes of geospatial and  accurate location intelligence data to build smarter cities and solutions for citizens and  customers. The pandemic has also highlighted the importance of actionable geospatial  intelligence for public health, as we leverage contact tracing and the like to contain Covid-19.

We founded Geo Connect Asia for it to be a catalyst for another revolution – the ‘Geospatial  Revolution’ in Southeast Asia, as the region’s maturing economies, aided by the burgeoning  geospatial industry, mount a robust recovery from the pandemic.”

Conference Highlights 

The Geo Connect Asia 2021 Conference is themed, “Mapping the data-driven future  economy,” and features high-level speakers and thought leaders from across the global  geospatial industry. Highlights of the Conference include:

  • Opening Address by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Singapore  Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative
  • Plenary Session: Geospatial Planning & Solutions: the Key to a Robust & Sustainable  Recovery
  • On the Move: Smart Transportation for Asia’s Dynamic Urban Landscapes: featuring Grab and Google Maps
  • Plenary Session: Smart Liveable Cities
  • Panel Discussion: Shaping the Future with 5G & Smart Applications ● Closing Remarks: The makings of three out of two. What are the boundaries for Urban  Digital Twins?
  • Conference Closing Remarks: From an airline to a super app: AirAsia’s digital  transformation

GCA 2021’s cast of prominent speakers includes:

  • Dr Mika-Petteri Torhonen, Lead Land Administration Specialist, World Bank’s Global  Land and Geospatial Unit
  • John Whitehead, APAC Director of Sales and Distribution, Trimble
  • Phil Christensen, Vice President, Digital Reality + Spatial Modeling, Bentley Systems ● Bart De Lathouwer, President, Open Geospatial Consortium
  • Julie Gaubin, Construction Cities & Territories Industry Business Consultant Expert,  Dassault Systèmes
  • Sean Wiid, CEO, UP42
  • Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia Group

The full conference agenda is here.


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