GeoSpock chases after big data analytics business in Asia with new operations



Sean Kim

Affirmative Captain, Singapore and Japan really are the places to go if you want to take advantage of all that data being generated by the Internet of Things.

GeoSpock, which offers an “extreme-scale” spatial big data integration platform for faster parallel processing, is opening two new offices in Singapore and Japan.

Cambridge, UK-headquartered GeoSpock’s expansion into Asia will see the company “further deepen its existing partnerships” and “identify new opportunities for growth” within the smart cities, IoT, enterprise, assets and logistics market segments, said the company.

Sean Kim has been appointed as vice president of Asia and will be responsible for “growing brand advocacy and revenues”.

GeoSpock’s customers and partners include the Singapore Land Authority and X-locations, a Japanese-based artificial intelligence (AI) platform, in addition to Cambridge City Council in the UK. GeoSpock’s spatial big data platform is aimed at anything from maximising profitability by optimising commercial operations to cutting harmful emissions by reducing traffic congestion.

Singapore will operate as the company’s Asian headquarters. “The world’s population is set to grow by 2.2bn between now and 2050, with 60% of the global population living in Asia. As a result, we anticipate this is where we will see the largest growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) and its associated sensors,” said Richard Baker, CEO of GeoSpock.

He said: “To prepare for an increasingly connected world organisations need a platform that can uncover insights within data to inform business decisions. As part of our expansion into Asia we will use our expertise to support geospatial initiatives and the advancement of IoT technologies.”

New Asia VP Sean Kim has almost 30 years’ experience in launching and expanding technology businesses in the Asia-Pacific region, including companies such as AirTies, Technicolor, ANT and Nagravision.

He will be supported by the appointment of John Yam, who will lead the Singapore office, and Motohiro Watanbe who will manage the office in Japan. To help drive its ambition to become a leader in spatial big data management and analytics in the region, GeoSpock plans to add up to 30 people in commercial, technical and data science roles in Asia over the next two years.

“Across Asia, developments in infrastructure and smart cities are driving the need for access to dynamic contextual data. GeoSpock’s technology is at the cutting edge of spatial big data and meets this demand,” said Kim.