Bentley?s Carey Mann Comments on Industry Trends in GEOWorld Outlook 2002


April 1, 2002 - This year's GEOWorld Outlook examines a broad range of topics in providing a comprehensive look at where the geotechnology industry is headed. Bentley's Carey Mann, vice president, Industry and Product Marketing, and other industry experts offer their perspectives on several developments driving industry growth in the coming year as part of GEOWorld Outlook 2002.
Mann on the role the wireless Internet will play in the industry:
"I think it will be huge once it's really here. In the short term, it will provide a useful way of capturing data in the field as well as augmenting data--for example, as-built reporting and that type of thing. As wireless technologies become mainstream and some of the technical impediments go by the wayside, and as the choices that software developers can make in terms of how they deploy the technology become more flexible, I think (the wireless Internet) will be huge--not only in terms of data capture and reporting, but also in terms of information access and use. I think it's going to reflect a general trend in computing."
Mann on whether greater bandwidth will be required before we see large-scale movement to wireless handheld devices:
"I see two drivers. The first is bandwidth. Any time you 'dumb down' the user experience, it's a rationalization of what you'd like to be doing and what the user would expect. And that will raise the threshold in terms of what would be an acceptable application. Once that impediment is gone, then there really are no constraints to the types of applications we might see.
"I think the other huge issue is the actual devices that are used as wireless devices--the laptops, the portable devices and the pocket PCs. As that technology gets refined, some of the new display technology enables more intuitive, lightweight products. I think that event will take away all the constraints in terms of the "application imagination."
Mann on where the convergence of GIS, GPS, photogrammetry and related spatial technologies will lead in terms of software and interface developments:
"I think the convergence is really going to be at the data level and the way data can be shared...The real value is in vendors finding ways in which their data can be useful in other systems. It means vendors working with each other. The differences in the data are only a matter of emphasis in terms of what the applications do rather than anything else. At the end of the day, what needs to be bridged are the applications and their unique ways of storing data."
Read the entire report, "GEOWorld Industry Outlook 2002," on GEOPlace.com.



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