GeoWorld December 2009
Issue Date: Industry Outlook 2009 – Full Responses, Posted On: 1/1/2009
Ron Lake, CEO and chairman, Galdos Systems Inc. responds to the questions:
- Under uncertain economic times, will geospatial technology be affected, or is it vital enough to not be influenced by outside economic factors?
- Are we nearing capacity for our need for remote-sensing data?
“If we go back to the Great Depression, its often noted that it ended with the outbreak of war, the war inducing a level of economic reform, government control and citizen contribution that was unparalleled before or since. Will something like that happen again to pull us from a new depression? I dont believe it will be war in the conventional sense, but, nonetheless, a mobilization of the worlds economies and governments to rescue us from ecological decline. In this, I anticipate that geospatial technology and the GeoWeb will play a major and positive role.
On balance, I see the troubled economic times leading to trouble for geospatial technology providers, especially those based mainly on the Western economies. The silver lining is a recovery, aided in a significant way by geospatial technology, that enables us to confront the more pressing problem of a looming environmental collapse.”
Read the full article, with responses from Ron and other industry leaders, on the GeoWorld website at: GeoPlace.com .