Study Projects an Expected $10.12 Billion Global Value in GIS by 2023


The market surrounding geospatial information sciences and systems is projected to reach exponentially greater global financial relevance towards the new decade.

This “GIS” market – as of 2016 – was valued at an approximate $5.33 billion by a Markets and Markets report: “Geographic Information System (GIS) Market by Component (Hardware (GIS Collector, Total Station, LIDAR, GNSS Antenna) & Software), Function (Mapping, Surveying, Telematics and Navigation, Location-Based Service), End User – Global Forecast to 2023”.

The geospatial field is expected to reach a worth of about $10.12 billion by 2023, with a general expected increase of 9.6% between the years 2017 and 2023. However, this research report wasn’t created solely for a generalized view at geospatial technologic and scientific prominence. Rather, Market and Markets delved into the relevance of separate facets in the field. The report surmised that the functionality of mapping was valued at the largest market value in 2016.

A breakdown of the study’s primary participants, differentiated by company size, designation level and region.

This prominence is attributed to the increasing usage of maps for planning work, more specifically in agricultural and urban construction. Maps have also been reaching a steady usage in security, transport, and environmental development projects. The study also attributed much of this new mapping implementation to have been brought about by the rapid construction rates of both India and China.

However, maps aren’t the only facet of GIS that are becoming more popular. The sub field of GIS Collecting – or gathering data by drone or by hand, is expected to become more prominent in the general outlook for geospatial sciences.

This hardware market of geospatial sciences is expected to be one of the primary contributors to the steady increase of the overall profitability of geospatial products, with the usage of a multitude of data gathering methods attributing to higher costs as spatial imaging technology advances over time. GIS Collecting is reaching a mobile audience unique in comparison to other subsets of geospatial sciences, through applications like ArcGIS’ Collector Application. Further improvements on LiDAR technology – particularly in the use of transportation and self driving cars – are expected to also contribute a major amount of financial bolstering to the field of gesopatial collecting as well.

Construction, however, is determined to be the main contributor to the overall profitability of GIS, with the utilization of a greater variety of tech. Tying into the previous prominence of both India and China as the primary contributors to the profitability of geospatial fields, the APAC (Asia-Pacific) region is still projected to remain one of the largest markets for mapping technology.

Most of this construction boom is expected to be tied to providing housing for continuing population growth; planning for rural communities – such as those at risk for forest fires – is also a prevalent field. GIS planning in construction can be viewed in the planning for renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Fields of energy innovation are expected to expand in relevance in their own right in the upcoming years, as well.