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Here’s why 2019 is poised to be an exciting year for Geospatial analytics

In the last five years, we’ve witnessed many incredible advances in the geospatial analytics industry. With the ability to launch dozens of small satellites on a single rocket, the number of Earth-observing cameras in orbit has increased dramatically. At the same time, cloud computing and deep learning technologies have advanced such that it’s now practical to analyze petabytes of data in a timely fashion. This has given rise to numerous new applications for geospatial analytics, from flood detection to tracking oil inventories.
SAR image of Lake Houston during Tropical Storm Harvey

SAR image of Lake Houston during Tropical Storm Harvey

Yet even with all of these new developments, the ceiling for our industry remains high. We’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of the relevant use cases. For instance, outside of the typical finance and government sectors, we’re beginning to see increased interest in geospatial intelligence from other industries, such as insurance.

One of the factors powering this increase in use cases is the advent of data sources that utilize more of the electromagnetic spectrum than traditional visual imagery. For instance, we’re seeing satellites launch now that image using synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and satellites that can detect radio waves. These types of data present new challenges in analysis, as they require different kinds of algorithms to detect change and patterns. However, it’s also been interesting to see how many of the techniques we’ve developed for analyzing traditional EO imagery, such as deep learning, are also applicable to these new data sources. This is an area where we’ll continue to see development in the coming year.

Another trend that will gain momentum in 2019 is the use of GPUs to analyze non-imagery datasets. Historically, CPUs have been used for most computing needs, while GPUs have been reserved for tasks that require greater processing power, such as imagery analysis. But today, even non-imagery geospatial datasets are becoming quite massive, which means that you’ll start to see GPUs being used more and more outside of traditional computer vision tasks.

Overall, 2019 is poised to be an exciting year for geospatial analytics, with new applications being developed and advances being made in existing areas. In fact, this is a field with so much innovation on the horizon that it’s impossible to predict for certain what new technologies will evolve in the next twelve months—but it will undoubtedly be exciting to watch!

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2019 Top 100 Geospatial Companies and Startups List

The wait is finally over! Here is the list of the Top 100 Geospatial Companies and Startups in 2019.

2019 Top 100 Geospatial Companies and Startups List 

Below is the table with the list of the companies and startup that we think are the Top 100 in 2019. Please scroll down to bottom of the page to see details regarding their tech stack, funding stage, number of employees, company summary, etc in addition to being able to filter them.

If you are a twitter fan, then here is the twitter list with all of them – “Top Geospatial Companies Twitter List“.

Interested in learning more about how we determined the list, who was involved and which companies were considered? Here is the link with more details “The process behind how the Top 100 Geospatial Companies and Startups list was compiled”.

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Orbital Insight Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Drones, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality Palo Alto, California, USA January 2013
PlanetWatchers Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality San Francisco, California, USA January 2016
Development Seed Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Mapping, GIS Washington D.C, USA April 2003
Cesium (part of Analytical Graphics, Inc.) Navigation, Mapping, GIS Exton, Pennsylvania, USA January 1989
Esri Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS Redlands, California, USA 1969
Spatial AI Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence Cincinnati, Ohio, USA January 2016
Urthecast Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada December 2010
Ordnance Survey Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Drones, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Urban Planning Southampton, UK August 1791
Pix4D and SenseFly (Parrot group) Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Drones, Mapping, GIS Paris, France 1994
Coord Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Developer tools for the mobility market New York City, USA January 2017
PCI Geomatics Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Drones, Mapping, GIS, Urban Planning Markham, Ontario, Canada January 1982
Geographica Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Location-based Marketing, Mapping, GIS, Urban Planning, Human Geography Sevilla, Spain January 2007
FATMAP (Terrascope Ltd.) Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality Berlin, Germany April 2013
PrecisionHawk Drone, Mapping, GIS, Location Intelligence Rayleigh, North Carolina, USA 2011
SmartMonkey Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence Barcelona, Spain July 2015
Boundlessgeo (part of Planet) Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS, Urban Planning, Human Geography St. Louis, Missouri, USA November 2012
CityMapper Navigation, Apps London, UK 2011
DroneDeploy Drone, Mapping, GIS, Location Intelligence San Francisco, California, USA 2013
Street Light Data Mobility, Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence San Francisco, California, USA May 2011
Uber Navigation, Mapping, GIS, Apps San Francisco, California, USA March 2009
BuildingFootprintUSA Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Location-based Marketing, Mapping, GIS, Urban Planning, Insurance underwriting/catastrophe modeling/flood certification; Telco infrastructure planning Albany, New York, USA March 2016
Here Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Location-based Marketing, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Drones, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Decentralization, Internet Of Things, Urban Planning, Human Geography, Autonomous Driving Berlin, Germany January 1985
Mapbox Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Drones, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Internet Of Things, Urban Planning, Autonomous Driving Washington, D.C, USA August 2010
Pitney Bowes Location Intelligence Stamford, Connecticut, USA April 1920
Telenav Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Location-based Marketing, Mapping, GIS Santa Clara, California, USA September 1999
TomTom Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Mapping, GIS Amsterdam, Netherlands January 1991
Trimble Surveying, Mapping, GIS, Transportation, Asset Tracking, Agriculture, Navigation, Location Intelligence Sunnyvale, California, USA November 1978
DigitalGlobe (part of Maxar Technologies) Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry Westminster, Colorado, USA 1992
Planet Labs Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry San Francisco, California, USA December 2010
Boni Indoor Mapping, Navigation Istanbul, Turkey September 2011
Hexagon Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Location-based Marketing, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Drones, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Decentralization, Internet Of Things, Urban Planning, Human Geography, Autonomous Driving Stockholm, Sweden 1992
Mapillary Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Autonomous Driving Malmö, Sweden September 2013
Microsoft -Bing Maps Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Decentralization, Internet Of Things Redmond, Washington, USA April 1976
Factual Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Location-based Marketing, Mapping, GIS, Internet Of Things Los Angeles, California, USA January 2008
Google Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Maps, Apps San Francisco, California, USA September 1998
what3words Navigation, Mapping, Urban Planning London, UK April 2013
GIS Cloud Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS Zagreb, Croatia October 2009
Avuxi Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS Barcelona, Spain June 2014
Sparkgeo Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Mapping, GIS Prince George, British Columbia, Canada May 2010
Inrix Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Internet Of Things, Telecommunication Kirkland, Washington, USA 2005
Satelligence Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Mapping, GIS, prioritized deforestation alerts / commodity risk monitoring Utrecht, Netherlands January 2016
OpenCage Data Ltd. Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence London, UK March 2015
Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo) Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Location-based Marketing, Mapping, GIS, Internet Of Things, Urban Planning, Human Geography Boston, Massachusetts, USA May 1991
SensorUp Internet Of Things Calgary, Canada December 2011
MapTiler (part of Klokan Technologies) Mapping, GIS, Map provider, GIS software development Zug, Switzerland January 2017
Argis Solutions Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality Denver, Colorado, USA April 2016
Hivemapper Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Drones, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Urban Planning Burlingame, California, USA January 2016
Foursquare Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS New York City, USA March 2009
Ubisense Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence Cambridge, UK 2002
Harvesting Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Mapping, GIS Fremont, California, USA May 2016
PlaceIQ Location Intelligence New York City, USA 2010
Meemim Inc. (vGIS) Mapping, GIS Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 2016
StreetCred Mapping, GIS, Blockchain, Decentralization New York City, USA March 2018
Living Map Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS, Internet Of Things Bath, UK January 2012
Ubimo Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Location-based Marketing, Mapping, GIS, Activation Tel Aviv, Israel April 2013
Gruntify Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS Brisbane, Australia October 2014
Positium LBS Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Urban Planning, Human Geography Tartu, Estonia February 2003
GeoCat BV Mapping, GIS, Spatial Data Infrastructure Bennekom, Netherlands November 2007
Vizonomy Mapping, GIS, Internet Of Things, Urban Planning, Climate Risk Management (for cities and supply chains) Washington D.C, USA June 2014
Spatineo Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence Helsinki, Finland January 2011
SocialCops Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Location-based Marketing, Mapping, GIS, Urban Planning, Human Geography, Monitoring and Evaluation New Delhi, India August 2013
Airsage Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Telecommunications Atlanta, Georgia, USA May 2000
Indoors Indoor Mapping, Navigation Vienna, Austria 2010
Indoor Atlas Indoor Mapping, Navigation Oulu, Finland 2012
Nextome Indoor Mapping, Navigation Puglia, Italy December 2013
Point Inside Indoor Mapping, Navigation Bellevue, Washington, USA February 2009
Geoblink Location Intelligence Madrid, Spain March 2015
Urban Data Analytics Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence Madrid, Spain September 2014
Radar io Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence New York City, USA May 2016
Gather Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS London, UK January 2016
Azimap Mapping, GIS Cookstown, Northern Ireland, UK August 2014
Spectator Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality Krakow, Poland May 2017
SKYMAP GLOBAL PTE LTD Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Drones, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality Singapore January 2013
Autodesk 3D Technology, Architecture, Construction San Rafael, California, USA January 1982
DataCapable Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence San Diego, USA 2013
Jibestream Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Location-based Marketing, Mapping, GIS, Internet Of Things Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 2009
Digital Map Products Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS Irvine, California, USA October 2000
Awesome Maps Mapping Berlin, Germany January 2010
Beaconinside Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Location-based Marketing Berlin, Germany March 2014
28East Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS, Telecommunications Pretoria, South Africa January 2011
Carto Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Mapping, GIS Madrid, Spain January 2012
Geocode Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence Ottawa, Ontario, Canada December 2016
Swift Navigation Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Drones, Centimeter-Accurate GNSS Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles San Francisco, California, USA January 2012
NavVis Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, 3D visualization Munich, Germany May 2013
Navmii Location Data Analytics, Location Intelligence, Navigation, Mapping, GIS, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Urban Planning London, UK October 2017
Maptionnaire Mapping, GIS, Location Intelligence Helsinki, Finland April 2011
TopCon Surveying, Mapping, GIS Livermore, California, USA September 1932
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