What 2017 might bring

John Kimmance, Public Sector Director at Ordnance Survey, looks ahead.

John Kimmance src=This year, thoughts will turn toward Brexit – we’ll have a clearer view of its impact on the country. Government departments involved in European laws – such as Defra and the Home Office – will be looking at the challenges they may face in a post-Brexit world.

There’ll be a lot of thinking across Government on how it can best leverage its knowledge, skills and expertise to create alternative opportunities internationally, as well as attracting international investment into the UK.

The headline announcements in the Autumn Statement will be revisited with the budget in March. Plans for spend will be revealed around the likes of housing and infrastructure, and Government will continue to work hard to consolidate its estate and free up land to support its development agenda.

There’ll be investment around greater network connectivity, too. Broadband and 5G mobile networks will be prioritised to support the digital economy.

Here at Ordnance Survey, we’re also supporting Government’s agenda with clever use of geospatial data. We’re:

As a relied-upon data provider, we’ll also continue our work exploring how the use of temporal and crowd-sourced data can supplement our own data.  Use of real-time and third party information alongside Ordnance Survey’s authoritative location-based information will really help our customers make bigger savings, make more informed decisions, and provide better services to the citizen.

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