Top location intelligence trends for 2021

Location intelligence (LI) technology has been evolving at a faster pace. Businesses are finding novel use cases for LI ranging from crisis management, field force tracking to supply chain management.


A recent report from MarketsandMarkets says the global location analytics market is slated to reach USD 26.7 billion by 2025, up from USD 13.8 billion in 2020. From smart cities' planning to navigating the post-pandemic world, location intelligence will play a vital role in the coming years.


Let's look at some of the key trends that will shape the location industry in 2021.



1) Managing the COVID-19 crisis


The global pandemic significantly increased the demand for geographically-relevant information. It helped the world realize the importance and potential of maps and its value as a powerful communication tool. LI and geographic information system (GIS) data also helped governments and medical authorities to create dynamic COVID-19 dashboards like the one made by The Johns Hopkins University. The dashboard continuously updated relevant information and key statistics about active cases, recovery rates, fatalities, proximity, spread, medical centers, and testing facilities, among others.


Location analytics data and AI-based dashboards will further make it possible to identify trends and make quick, informed decisions, and take the right actions based on real-time information to curb the spread of coronavirus.


2) Planning smart cities


Location intelligence is an actionable insight that helps public and private sectors to identify patterns and make strategic decisions. It helps business and policymakers to use geospatial data to create business insights. LI will help in key areas like urban planning, transportation, natural disasters, and park preservation, among others.


The location intelligence tech is already playing a vital role in helping city developers make smart decisions about conservating projects and creating sustainable green spaces in and around the city. In urban development, developers can leverage LI for 3D planning that is essential for city planning.


Global smart cities are revolutionizing transportation using location analytics to improve traffic and optimize travel. City planners are also leveraging the LI data to understand traffic patterns and find solutions for transit problems with new construction or different modes of transport. In the coming years, smarter local governments can increase their reliance on location intelligence tools to help their citizens know their city and surrounding more efficiently.


3) Personalized customer experience


Rich customer experience and tailored brand messaging are essential factors for businesses to grow their consumer base. Accurate and actionable information data is already helping retailers in garnering more users. According to a recent survey by Forbes, 75% of retailers ranked LI to be critical for their revenue growth strategies.


Restaurants and retail stores are also using location analytics data within their stores to activate some functionalities within their app. This offers consumers easy access to information about unused gift cards and their purchase or food ordering history. The main aim of these functions is to increase footfall and also attract existing customers. It also works as a highly contextual marketing tool based on location data to improve sales.


Consumers can receive a coupon for a particular product as soon as they enter their favorite apparel store. The BFSI industry can also leverage LI data to offer personalized banking services like credit card and loan offers to its customers. Comprehensive and contextual LI data can help retailers offer a more immersive and tailored shopping experience to their consumers.


4) Indoor mapping


Indoor mapping has become easier with the help of LI data garnered from WiFi networks, beacons, and GPS apps. Users can get 3D indoor geospatial views of several types of

infrastructure including auditoriums, airports, music halls and theatres, plant and factories, residential and government buildings, shopping malls, and other general stores, among others.


In the case of airports, passengers will be able to visualize their journey and know about key points of interest, including cafes, restrooms, lounge, shops, toilets, and security controls. Indoor mapping is opening up an array of possibilities that were not easily accessible for strategic decision-making, marketing, and business intelligence in the business environment while adding value to the user.


5) Disaster management


The global average economic loss due to natural disaster events across the globe amounted to about US $232 billion in 2019. Managing disasters in today's time require real-time information and analytics. LI data deployment can be relevant to various phases of disaster management, including prevention, mitigation, response, and relief.


With the latest data at their disposal, authorities can evaluate disasters like a tornado or a wildfire and make informed decisions in such a challenging environment. Sharing critical information with first responders and relief agencies enables better disaster planning and management, thereby keeping the community and citizens safe.


Accurate and updated LI data will help companies mitigate hazards and coordinate response and recovery efforts when disasters and emergencies occur.



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