“Geospatial Technologies and National Security” Round Table

In preparation for the international conference “Geospatial Technologies. Global Trends 2021”, a round table discussion was organised under the title “Geospatial Technologies and National Security”. The roundtable was organised by “Defense Media” Marketing & Communications Agency  and the “New Defence Order. Strategy” journal, during the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2021.

Leading Russian specialists identified the most pressing issues of obtaining, processing, storing, and transmitting air and space surveillance data.

In the first part of the discussion, experts discussed the civil application of geospatial technologies. Nikita Ostodin, Acting Head of the Spatial Data Department of the Space Monitoring Department of the State Institution of the “National Crisis Management Center” of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, talked about how aerial photography helps in combating fires, and sensing the ground from the orbit helps avoid flood casualties. Oleg Mansurov, founder and CEO of Success Rockets, a private space corporation, warned that customers are increasingly interested not so much in high resolution as in the speed of shooting. Therefore, the launch of large groups consisting of small spacecraft is a promising direction.

Sergey Ozhegov, CEO of SearchInform, who spoke about the human factor when working with data; Dmitry Shushkin, an expert in the field of technologies for working with data and artificial intelligence, Member of the Expert Council of the Ministry of Digital Industry for Domestic Software – he shared his vision of barriers and the potential for using UAVs in Russia; Vladimir Gershenzon, Director General of “LoReTT” LLC, founder of ScanEx, who presented a report on operational satellite monitoring.

The second block of the event focused on the role that geospatial technologies play in ensuring national and international security. Igor Bugayev, Head of the Department of Space and Special Systems of the Department of Defense Technologies and Space of JSC “Rosoboronexport”; Professor of the Department of Theory and History of International Relations of St. Petersburg State University, Head of the “Strategic and Arms Control Studies” Master’s Programme, Doctor of Historical Sciences Andrey Pavlov; and Senior Expert of the Center for Advanced Management Solutions, Consultant of the PIR Center, Expert of the Russian International Affairs Council Oleg Shakirov.

Other topics discussed included the legislative regulation of work with geospatial information, the export potential of the Russian geospatial technologies, control over the export of technologies and data, and the interaction between the state and business.

The next, larger meeting of experts will take place in Moscow at the “Geospatial Technologies. Global Trends 2021” international conference which will take place on 25-26 November 2021.

Source – New Defence Order. Strategy.