Six Reasons to Choose Geometa as a Smart City Technology
Geometa is highly regarded for their expertise in the field, their willingness to share knowledge, and their product which can handle a full range of tasks in compliance with relevant regulations.
So, why do customers choose Geometa products?
1. Geometa’s user-friendly interface is designed with customers in mind. The structure of projects and directories is easy to understand
UX/UI designer Antonina notes that the team puts a lot of effort into understanding user needs before introducing new features. Through customer conversations and the study of tasks and processes, they prioritise convenience and functionality before appealing design, but still manage to come up with aesthetically pleasing applications from designer point of view.
2. Offered solutions are logical. Each digital service comes with a separate set of allowed document types
Our lead system analyst Andrei explains: “We talk to each customer and carefully study the tasks of end users to adapt them to the data model of our system and configure business processes. We don’t start configuring the system from scratch on new projects. Instead, we rely on our accumulated experience, which we have transformed into a set of common subsystems, also known as automated workstations (AWS). Each subsystem has its own logic, data structure, and unique templates for generating documents”.
3. Geometa is all about functional simplicity. Once a service is fulfilled, a document is generated that is ready for electronic approval.
Andrei shares that Geometa system adapts to fit the needs of each department, taking into account employee specialization. User rights management ensures that each employee only has access to the tools and data sets they need for their work without being distracted by unrelated ones. Finally, the system’s interconnected modules and elements allow for automation of routine processes.
4. Specific routine processes of customers are automated, such as requesting excerpts from cadastre of real estate and importing it to the system.
System analyst Nikolai shared his insight: “Each Geometa solution is designed to optimise user processes to make routine work easier. If possible, we try to automate everything, such as auto-filling of object attributes and double-checking for incorrect or missing data when entering data into the system. Additionally, documents can be generated based on information received from various government channels. This is made possible through interconnection of Geometa modules and external services and systems that allow data exchange. By integrating analytical tools, higher levels of automation can be achieved to make management decisions based on internal and external data. Examples are tools like the “Urban Analytics” module, which allow you to evaluate the urban environment by a variety of indicators and see what problems the territory currently has, what progress is made on previously made decisions, how effective improvement measures were”.
5. Geometa has its own separate service that can integrate with any other systems and services.
Senior developer Andrey comments on Geometa’s ability to integrate with external systems using an API based on two modules: Jasper and Jet. Using special web applications for each tool, it is possible to configure user rights to read or write certain types of data. Jasper module allows Geometa to share object information with external systems, while providing read and edit rights to the user. For instance, an object in Geometa system can be requested from an external service based on criteria such as landfills created in the last month. The Jet module specializes in geospatial data, enabling third-party systems to request layers and maps prepared by Geometa specialists, while providing read-only access to the information. The Jet module allows interaction with all common GIS applications, such as QGIS, allowing access to layers that have been configured in Geometa system upon authorization.
For the information about all the capabilities of Geometa please read the “Solutions” section.
Geometa at GeoSmart India
On November 15 to 17, Hyderabad hosted the largest International Conference & Expo on Geology and Geospatial Technologies. The platform gathered people and technology from all over the world to solve the challenges of smart city development. The GeoSmart exhibition area stretched across more than 1,600 square meters, with more than 2.5 thousand participants.
“The trip to India allowed us to test if our product is in demand among potential users, identify their pain points and needs in order to offer a product with highest possible value in the future. Except for the expo part of the event, there was a series of speeches. Experts shared their experience, India’s current challenges and industry priorities”, shared his opinion Andrey Cherednikov, product manager.
India is experiencing a real economic boom — experts turn their attention to 10 percent GDP increase in this region just this year. There is an ongoing urbanization here, which means possibilities opening up for Geometa.
GeoSmart exhibition is not just about sharing GIS expertise and demoing Geometa capabilities, but also about probing the market for other worthy IT solutions.
Company’s CEO Alexey Dudarev shared his impressions about the exhibition: “The participants are very experienced, and the authorities are deeply involved, so the bar is set high. Сompanies’ reps, sales managers, the scientific community are well-versed in the subject area, they focus on global trends and how technology can systematically help the economy”.
All exhibitions were practically oriented. We wondered at how the presented products solve one specific or several tasks of the city management, most often the management of water resources. Drones in India collect huge amounts of data, but the tools for processing this data aren’t highly available in the industry.
The Geometa team has 15 years of experience in data processing and developing integrated solutions for city management that will be in demand in this region. Alexey Dudarev shared with us company’s next steps: “What lies ahead of us are negotiations with potential partners, checking if their reputation is genuine and working out the business side of potential projects”.
The New Year’s resolution for the Geometa team would be more trips and territories, as well as new modules and application use cases.
Geometa Business Mission in India
Geometa team went on a business mission to India on November 14 to 17, intending to evaluate market potential and find ways to enter the new market.
During the business mission, the team visited two cities in India. The first city, Delhi, is the administrative capital of the country. By the way, that’s where the grand opening of the second foreign office of Skolkovo took place. Part of the mission were five-minute pitches and presentations from participating companies. The second city on the route was Bangalore, known as Tech Capital of India which gathered IT companites, tech parks and start-ups. Offline meetings with mentors and potential partners took place here, as well as the second series of pitches and a visit to the 25th Tech Summit.
According to Maria Bobyleva, marketing and business development manager, during the mission it was essential to make presentations of company’s product, meet with partners and confirm preliminary agreements.
For the Geometa team, this was the first large-scale presentation. Five minutes were enough to talk about the product and it’s technological features and even demonstrate it’s real-life use cases.
“A queue formed leading to us, made of people curious to know more details about the system. It took us only 2 pitches to collect a huge stack of business cards. And these are not just cards, but about 70 quality leads”, so is the comment of Maria about the pitches.
Another mission’s highlight was a visit to Tech Summit — a major technical exhibition in Asia, where not only the exhibition booths of individual companies or cities, but also of the entire countries were organized. Our team took greatest interest in GIS solutions at the exhibition: real estate and traffic management systems, emergency prevention, garbage disposal and other urban planning challenges.
“Peculiar how a large amount of data is collected through drones here, like in mapping of the local forests, for example. We plan to take a closer look at the technology and already negotiating”, Maria said.
“Observing local people during their demos, conversations and interviews, I got a whole picture of what the strategy should be for partnering with India. I want to point out the great motivation for action — the people of India want to change their lives for the better, ready to work and make efforts to see a real and tangible result”, says Alexey Zraenko, business development director.
In general, the Geometa team highly appreciates the results of the trip to India. In four days, the team went through with all planned negotiations and agreed on partnership with Indian companies. Now a lot of collaboration is expected as feasibility studies have to be done, plans have to be clarified in terms of urban planning, cadastral maps, analytics and development of investment climate.
A series of overseas trips by the Geometa team this year concludes in India. All contacts will be processed in the near future, and the first feasibility studies will start in 2023.
“We already have tools and solutions in our hands that will help cities and regions of India develop even more rapidly, attracting more domestic and foreign investment”, Alexey commented on the possibility of implementing Geometa.
Geometa at the GITEX GLOBAL Exhibition in Dubai
Held at Dubai World Trade Center on October 10 to 14, 2022, Gitex Global 2022 is the largest exhibition of IT solutions and computer equipment. Geometa team presented a digital ecosystem of GIS products of their own creation.
This year the Gitex Global exhibition was organized for the 42nd time, visited by more than 100 thousand people from 98 countries, among the exhibitors more than 500 companies from around the world and 35 startup companies.
Gitex Global is more than just 9 huge exhibition halls, but also a conference split into 14 conference tracks.
Exhibition lets participants present state-of-the-art technologies like two-seat flying car from China, autopilot taxis, robots, AI-powered solutions and applications of neural networks, blockchain and cybersecurity, 5G networks, and more.
«We set several tasks for ourselves: first of all, finding and understanding the target audience of Geometa in this region; second, identifying the problems our product can solve and its real benefits; third, demonstrating our product and its capabilities; fourth, making useful contacts for further sales; fifth, finding equivalent products and their worth», Andrey Cherednikov, Product Manager of the Geometa team describes their mission.
Huge part of the exhibition floor was taken by national booths, with companies grouped by countries they originate from. Geometa was presented at the booth that came with «Made in Russia» tag.
The Geometa team demonstrated urban GIS solutions that have proven themselves in production in many Russian cities, as well as brand new products useful in various sectors of the national economy when managing large volumes of spatial data and various managed assets.
According to Alexey Dudarev, the company’s CEO, «The biggest challenge is to understand the needs of customers and offer them our product as a way to achieve their goals. We have to compete with those who give lots of promises without any real background. We will stand our ground anyway».
We managed a lot in five days. Had dozens of meetings with potential partners and customers from the Middle East, watched demoes of competitors’ solutions, evaluated the local demand and outlined a roadmap.
All in all, the Geometa team thinks positively of the results of the exhibition experience. According to Alexey Dudarev, «The team works on processing the results, consolidating contacts and professional ties. On the very first day after the exhibition, I had a business meeting with representatives of the Dubai Municipality about future cooperation, and the meeting was their idea».
This is not the first exhibition for the Geometa team this year: in June you could see us at the Smart City Expo LATAM Congress in Mexico, and in November we will go to GeoSmart in India. Except for the product exhibition booth, the event will feature company’s CEO public speech on the topic of digital transformation of the cities.
Geometa at a Major Conference for Urban Planners
From September 29th to October 2nd a major conference gathered urban planners of Russia. Titled «Digital transformation and development management of territories», the event attracted 280 participants from 70 regions of Russia.
Among the guests were leaders of the urban planning and architecture industry, some of them representating the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, regional and municipal administrations, GIS development companies and others.
Geometa software was presented in a speech and during the exhibition of advanced solutions for improving the Urban Planning industry.
The exhibition is not the first to have a booth with our brand. This year we visited Smart City Expo LATAM in Mexico and GITEX Global in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
At the exhibition held in Russia, we presented our digital ecosystem for the development and management of GIS solutions.
Exhibition booth of the company featured a map of Russia, implying that Geometa is largely implemented there, with number of partner regions up to 41 already and a track record of 200 successful projects implementations in 15 years.
The Geometa team thinks of the conference as an opportunity to meet customers, discuss projects and collect feedback.
Over the four days of the conference, we have demonstrated the capabilities of our system. Like on the opening day of the exhibition, when our booth was visited by the Deputy Minister of Construction of the Russian Federation, Konstantin Mikhailik, to whom we demoed several Geometa modules: Data Quality Dashboard, Urban Analytics and Undeveloped Territory Analysis.
For us, the meaning of such events is not so much as an opportunity to show ourselves, but to search for points of growth and development of our product through the exchange of experience with colleagues and partners from other regions and countries.
In general, the conference and the exhibition left only pleasant emotions from meeting people and being around like-minded people who care about GIS development.
For the information about the modules and capabilities of Geometa please read the “Solutions” section.