IoT solutions enabled by satellite technology have revolutionized the way we measure the impact of sustainability initiatives. These solutions allow businesses to collect data from remote locations and track environmental parameters such as air quality, water quality, and soil health in real time. By leveraging this data, companies can make informed decisions that not only benefit their bottom line but also have a positive impact on the environment.
However, despite the potential benefits, there are challenges and obstacles that companies face when it comes to adopting IoT solutions enabled by satellite technology for sustainability initiatives. To gain more insights into this topic, we recently interviewed Mr. Victor Choi, Vice-President of Dabeeo, Inc., an AI company that specializes in geo-spatial intelligence. In this interview, Victor will share his expertise on the challenges companies face and how Dabeeo, Inc. is working to overcome them. Read on.
1. To begin with, our readers would love to know about Dabeeo. How is it revolutionizing the spatial information industry?
Dabeeo has been working toward the objective of automating the difficult process of digitizing data in the geospatial information market using AI technology. By automating processes that were previously performed manually by human workers, this will quicken a previously time- and money-intensive process.
2. Can you tell us about your experience in the spatial information industry and how you got started in this field?
I am relatively new to the geospatial industry, having spent years working in the FinTech industry. Fortunately, my previous success in FinTech gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and into a new industry, and land this role at Dabeeo.
I believe that my past experiences allow me to bring a fresh perspective to the geospatial technology space, and something that both industries have in common is their rapidly growing use of AI to interpret data to empower decision-making. This will be crucial moving forward, as companies seek to reduce the number of man-hours dedicated to manual tasks that can benefit from automation.
3. How has the use of spatial information technology evolved over the past decade and where do you see it heading in the future?
Access to satellite imagery and location data has become easier than before, and the acquisition and development of technology continue to evolve rapidly.
Although it is currently difficult to acquire and analyze data in real-time with 100% accuracy and attain results immediately, current advances in technology suggest that this will be a reality in the near future. In the meantime, automation is necessary and, in many situations, trial and error will be required to achieve the desired results.
4. How do IoT solutions powered by satellite technologies enable better data analysis and decision-making?
With the widespread adoption of IoT, network connectivity has become essential for many of the environments around us. This has given us access to vast amounts of information and has consequently had a significant impact on our ability to analyze and make decisions.
5. What do you think are the main reasons why some businesses are hesitant to adopt these technologies?
Due to its nature, geospatial information often covers a wide range and is frequently managed by government agencies. This can present various challenges that may hinder business operations, such as budget constraints and security concerns.
6. How does Dabeeo Inc. differentiate itself from competitors in the industry?
One of the great strengths of Dabeeo is the abundance of skilled AI engineers with extensive experience in various fields. By conducting various research and tests in our internal research centre, Dabeeo can rapidly create deep learning models for different business applications.
7. What do you see as the biggest challenges or opportunities facing Dabeeo Inc. in the near future?
We are currently discussing a project to build map data for the whole of Indonesia with a local company. If the project proceeds, we will use various satellite imagery such as optical images, SAR and etc. to build the map data. We expect this to be a very significant project for Dabeeo in terms of overseas expansion.
8. How do you ensure the accuracy and quality of the data collected through IoT and spatial technologies?
Geospatial information is a difficult area to ensure accuracy and quality due to its association with personal or national security issues. However, if we evaluate accuracy and quality based on public data that can be considered the “ground truth”, Dabeeo’s data can confidently achieve a relatively high level of accuracy, even though it may be difficult to guarantee it with numerical values.
9. A word of advice for people or companies looking to break into the spatial information industry and succeed in the market?
Being relatively new to the industry myself, I am learning new things on a daily basis. One thing I’d like to say, however, is that the geospatial industry – like many fields in tech – can only benefit from more talent and competition from both individuals and companies, as well as from knowledge sharing and networking.
Industry-uniting events, such as the recently concluded Geo Connect Asia (GCA) 2023, are great platforms for professionals and companies looking to make inroads in the geospatial space, to come together and advance the industry. This would be my advice!