With 38 speakers over the two days, this year’s GeoPlace conference explored a wide range of society’s most relevant themes, examining the need for the precise location information that sits at the heart of public services, and of good commerce and excellent governance too.
Every service provider needs to make a connection between people and places. Whether that’s powering a morning shower, connecting to superfast broadband and 5G, voting, or paying council tax. The role for location cannot be over valued in the fabric of our everyday lives.
Lighting the highways, repairing potholes and having bins collected; supporting vulnerable people (particularly important as the pandemic settles but has not ceased to be a concern) getting shopping delivered, getting a mortgage or securing a lease, and insuring a home, too.
Energy – its distribution and cost – is in the news. At GeoPlace 2022, speakers looked at the impact of joined-up systems behind the scenes, making it possible to ensure the most vulnerable in society get the support they need: a warm home, a safe home, and for everyone to have the chance to move home with the minimum of disruption to life.
Address and street data, with their associated UPRNs and USRNs are the magic ingredients that connect services to people to places.
GeoPlace 2022 ran in eight one-hour sessions over two days with speakers from several local authorities, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Ordnance Survey on behalf of Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Geospatial Commission, HM Land Registry, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Local Government Association, the fire service and industry champions such as Zoopla and Nationwide.