While living in the turbulent world, we face many threats and challenges endangering our society. We have to ask how geospatial technologies can help to protect people, information, critical infrastructure, property and environment. What GI professionals can do to improve understanding of needs, optimizing of the application design as well as its utilization? How to build and utilise Smart cities to be resilient to possible threats? How to divide the responsibility and development of SSM among the state and local governments, rescue and security organisations, and GI community?

Current and future GI-technologies are requested to provide accurate and up-to-date geospatial data gathered from advanced technologies including new satellite missions, UAV, UGV, sensor networks, mobile phones, social networks, crowdsourcing and others. Tracking and predicting mobility of people, means and sources, effective data collection, and fast processing are key features of future geospatial systems for SSM. It includes fusion of highly diverse data sources, dealing with big data, controlling and processing of huge information flow aiming to select critical information and delivering it to end-users. We need to know how to optimise risk and hazard spatial analysis to deal with increased uncertainty, improve our spatial modelling and simulations, enhance spatial visualisation and cartography capabilities to early identify specific threats, adopt quick responses to mitigate impacts, effectively monitor the current situation to help to make fast appropriate decisions and improve recovery.

Improvement of GI-technologies should support the collaboration of emergency services, law enforcement, military, and intelligence staff, as well as central and local governance, researchers, and the society. We believe the joint effort and the strong collaboration play essential roles to successfully face growing threats around us.

The conference will focus to four main types of risks – natural hazards, man-made hazards (including large technical failures like blackouts), security threats (terrorisms, national security, crime, intelligence services) and local risks (traffic accidents, fires and other dwelling accidents).

We invite all researchers, scholars, and practitioners to come and discuss geospatial aspects of security and safety management to improve our preparedness to current issues.


The history of prior years of the conference GIS Ostrava is available here.