Dr. Sultan Hasan AlSultan

Speech Title: Geospatial Information Infrastructure Management for Smart Cities


As countries around the world make their cities smarter, they will rely on Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) to coordinate information between departments for efficient operations to benefit society. A smart city integrates multiple information systems from different departments to manage the city’s assets to improve societal operation. A GIS can be defined as a computer and digital based application capable of performing virtually any conceivable operation on geographic information,starting from data acquisition, data processing, data visualization, query, and analysis for modelling,sharing, and archiving purposes (Longley et al., 1999,2010; Goodchild, 2012). On the other hand,Goodchild (2012) defined geographic information as information linking locations on or near earth’s
surface to their properties, characteristic and phenomena at those locations. While a geospatial centre refers to a large array of geospatial and GIS related services (see Waterloo, 2015). It can be either for regional based administration, individual organization, state, national or global level. The centre enable to collect, acquire datasets for other stakeholders as well as to share and deliver geospatial services to public, private, within government or to other countries. Geospatial centre at national level however normally deals will several tasks; data collection and standards from other stakeholders, technology on geospatial information, research and development (R&D), promoting the integrated geospatial data and services, data security and policies or/and others. In service
oriented platform, nowadays geospatial centre normally known as Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII).
• Member of Saudi Arabia Shoura Council (Saudi Arabia Parliament) - Committee of Economy and Energy
• College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Qaseem University, Buraydah 52571, Saudi Arabia. Email: comput321@gmail.com

Dr. Sultan Hasan AlSultan obtained his PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, specializing in Remote Sensing. Prior to that, he received graduate education from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, focusing on remote sensing in Urban and
Regional Planning and Land Use Studies. Dr. AlSultan is also Professor of Remote Sensing at Alqassim University in Saudi Arabia. He was a research scientist at NASA, USGS in USA, and at Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan. He worked as a researcher at Space Research Institute, King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). His interests include Remote Sensing, the use of information technology in education, and infrastructure, water and desert environment issues. Also, he is the Saudi Arabia Coordinator for the University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC). As a member of Saudi Arabia Shoura Council (Saudi Arabia Parliament) he is focusing on Saudi Arabia Geoinformatic government organization, Transportation, communication, IT and land reform.

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Waterloo. (2015). Geospatial/GIS Services. Retrieved August 2015, from https://uwaterloo.ca/