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Welcoming statements

Horst Seehofer

Horst Seehofer
Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community

Dear visitors,

As patron of the world’s largest conference and leading trade fair in the field of geodesy, spatial data and land management, I cordially welcome you to INTERGEO 2020. Under the motto “Knowledge and action for planet Earth”, I invite you to explore the world of innovation and promising technologies.

My community policy is geared towards creating and maintaining equivalent living conditions throughout Germany. For this to work, we must again actively shape rural and urban areas. We call this structural policy. One instrument which merits renewed attention from policymakers and public administration is spatial planning. Planning and approving infrastructure projects should take significantly less time.

Such structural policy decisions must be made on solid grounds, and spatial data can provide this foundation. Spatial data make existing structures transparent, and are also particularly crucial in coping with crises. The coronavirus pandemic has made us aware of the importance of georeferencing hospitals, medical practices, supermarkets and traffic routes in connection with demographic data such as population density and age structure.

This year’s INTERGEO focuses on digital transformation and the exchange among various stakeholders. This is reflected in the choice of topics such as smart cities, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and drones (UAV); the emphasis on local authorities; and the presence of the first-ever Geoinnovation Campus.

I hope INTERGEO 2020 will be an inspirational experience for all participants and will give you new insights. I wish you every success and all the best.

Horst Seehofer,
Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community



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