How New Technologies are Benefitting GIS

In the past few years, the openness of systems, software, and data has become a rising technology sector trend. These trends have also massively contributed to offering immeasurable value for GIS technology and practices. The GIS Professional market and applications survey of more than 200 GIS professionals found that the respondents’ maximum wants the trend of openness to continue.

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Due to this system, more companies will have access to the open source of GIS software and open data, the number of small businesses making use of GIS continues to grow. Many other trends are restructuring the GIS market, it even consists of mobile GIS and visualization.


Technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality can be the future of GIS. The utilization of AR and VR is continuously increasing because the users become more comfortable with technology. This is one of the primary reasons that more developers will use the capabilities of GIS in their applications. These GIS-based AR apps are utilized by anyone, starting from architects to oil workers and municipal services. They can use the app to see the location and orientation of objects underground.

The game developers in the future will also start using GIS for developing virtual worlds that will serve as the creative mind’s playground. It is one of the areas where 3D and mobile GIS can collaborate. The mobile GIS applications can develop immersive experiences anywhere out in the field with 3D spatial information.

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The technique that GIS uses to map cities and roadways is now being utilized for developing indoor maps. The technology is still in its initial stages of development and adoption, but in the future, the popularity of GIS has indoor mapping likely to increase because people will need it to navigate large, complicated buildings. A highly advanced and detailed indoor mapping technology will enhance safety for emergency responders.


The future of GIS is very optimistic as it will be adopted on a broader scale when more companies will learn the business value from geospatial data. Trends like data analytics, mobility, AR, and IoT will continue to evolve due to which geographic information science and technology will help change the way organizations make use of these technologies.

The implementation of the project has led to a year-on-year ore production volume increase of 11 percent. Zyfra OpenMine FMS developed by Zyfra Mining (former VIST Group), is a division of Zyfra Group, a Finnish-Russian industrial digitalization leader, collects and manages real-time information from mining equipment. Where required, individual sensors have been installed on mining trucks, excavators, dozers, and other equipment. After every loading and unloading, drivers can get the best route to the next location. All relevant data is available to excavator operators and truck drivers on the smart panels in their cabin, to the control room operators, and on the mobile devices as per the mine’s choice.

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The dynamic optimization module of Zyfras OpenMine FMS can distribute haul trucks along routes on the basis of a sophisticated multi-criteria optimization factor. The system also helps shift changes, break times, refueling, and so on, to be optimized in real-time and haul trucks loading parameters to be managed and tracked.

“The Zyfra Open Mine fleet management system has allowed us to optimize routes for mining equipment, reduce idle times and increase the productivity of dump trucks by 27 percent,” states Mikhail Nartov, Deputy CEO for Operations at GV GOLD. “One of the important components of the system is the road quality monitoring. The heat map of the vehicle speed allows obtaining information about the road sections where the speed decreases. After those sections of road had been repaired, the average speed of the dump trucks increased by 3 km/hour, while fuel consumption decreased by over 7 percent.”

“At the Ugakhan Mine, there is a particular emphasis on the safety of mining operations. Using the speed control system has allowed us to substantially reduce the risk of accidents and increase road traffic safety,’ says Evgeny Kharin, mine manager.

“Another Zyfra Mining solution implemented at the Ugakhan Mine “Zyfra Precision Drill “has significantly improved the drilling process with high-precision navigation on the blast hole grid and its further advantages. With a same number of drills, the blast volume has increased by 20 percent. With help of digital solutions, we can instantly increase the productivity of most mining operations by several percent, without need to purchase new production equipment,” says Pavel Rastopshin, managing director at Zyfra.

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