Way back in 2010, I wrote a blog post: “Location is the new intelligence“. It was yet another observation that the world of digital mapping and ‘location awareness’ was going to play a big role in our future – something I’d be speaking about on stage since I started in 1995. In that post, I wroted:
“…. the location intelligence industry, which is resulting from the rapid dominance of location-aware mobile devices, the rapid emergence of massive sources of spatial (geographic oriented information, i.e. Google Maps), the rapid user adoption of location-based applications (i.e. iPhone Apps), and a significant amount of innovative thinking as to how to capitalize on these very fast paced trends.
There’s a lot of people building a lot of new businesses around these trends.
Little did I know that the oldest of my two sons would be one of those building a business around that trend, but here we are!
I’s a big thrill to know that in just over two weeks, my son Willie and I will be presenting at the PGA of Ontario annual Golf Industry Expo.
Willie has been busy, with his company Location Intelligence & Design, building out his drone/digital mapping and other services in the golf, quarry/mining, real estate, construction and ski hill industries. It involves a lot of sophisticated technology and a lot of unique insight; take a look at the case studies on his site to get a sense of what he is up to.
It’s an exciting time in the world today as multiple trends come together, and that is certainly working in the world of spatial and location intelligence – just like I predicted.
The sad thing is, I won’t be able to see him present, as he is on the second day (I’m the opening), and I’ll be in Stanford, Connecticut, opening a CIO summit.
Pre-Keynote Video: A Sneak Peak of My Topic