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  • The latest developments in GIS

    The most important developments and research results of the discipline were presented at the 6th Hungarian GIS Conference held at the University of Debrecen.
    “The reform of electronic public administration has already started in Hungary. On 31 December the first personal identification card with an embedded chip will be issued, which can be used not only for electronic signature but also as a travel document. It will be enough to take this single card to the doctor’s office, as it will also contain all data on its holders recorded medical examination results. The solutions of GIS presented at this conference are also indispensable for such applications”, said Károly Hajzer, deputy state secretary at the Ministry of Interior responsible for information technology, who gave a presentation on the present and future of e-government and public administration at the 6th Hungarian GIS Conference.   
    The latest results of this very quickly developing area were presented at the two-day conference that started at the University of Debrecen on Thursday. The fundamental principle of Geographic Information System (GIS) is that the spatial relationships between various objects is mapped with the use of IT technology, as a result of which three-dimensional maps of the areas examined can be produced with details and accuracy that had been inconceivable with the earlier methods. The purpose of the conference is to give users an up close and personal experience of how various design, measurement and control can be made faster, more efficient and cheaper with the use of these methods in the fields of public services and the various sectors of the economy.
    “A significant part of the country’s higher education research potential can found here at the University of Debrecen. Out of the hundreds of scientific workshops, due to their outstanding significance, special attention should be given to the Institute of Earth Science, where GIS is also studied. This is a field of science producing irreplaceable practical results in fields from the economy though agriculture to humanities,” said Elek Bartha, vice rector, in his welcoming address. 
    Nowadays a key role is played in GIS by the appearance and increasingly widespread application of pilotless, remote-controlled vehicles, or drones. Their use can make work in the most diverse areas more efficient: GIS application can simultaneously provide help in the fields of protection against flooding and inland water by way of monitoring the current water levels and identifying the critical points of protection, or in mass transportation in the optimization of the individual lines and the density of stops along those lines.
    “Participants present the technologies relying on the state-of-the-art measuring technologies in 11 regular and 2 poster sections. These can help the operation of the state and local government sector, or improve the market opportunities available to Hungarian enterprises in comparison with their competitors using traditional technologies,” explained József Lóki, professor at the Department of Natural Geography and GIS, the main organizer of the conference.
    In addition to the researchers, those present at the conference also included professionals using the technology in practice, as well as representatives of companies manufacturing and distributing the hardware and software necessary for GIS applications, who participated at the trade fair accompanying the conference.
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