Location 2006, the Second Annual International Conference and Exhibition in the field of Navigation, Positioning and Timing technologies was held from 7th to 9th June, 2006 at the Grand Ashok Hotel, Bangalore.
The conference had three keynote session, one panel discussion, one seminar and eight technical sessions.
The Conference was inaugurated by Prithviraj Chavan, hon’ble Union Minister of State for Space on 7th June. In his inaugural address, Chavan introduced the subject to the participants and outlined the growing importance of the navigational technologies. Dr Scott Pace, who was representing NASA, delivered guest address on the topic ‘GPS in Space and the Vision for Space Exploration’. Thereafter the exhibition, which was taking place alongside the conference, was also inaugurated. On the opening day of the conference, two Keynote Sessions were held.
The first keynote session on GNSS was chaired by Dr. Guenter Hein, Munich. Dr. S V Kibe, Programme Director, SATNAV, ISRO in his keynote talk deliberated on Satellite Navigation Systems, Augmentation system, Gagan and IRNSS. James J. Miller, Senior GPS Technologist, NASA elaborated on Space-Based PNT Modernization Update.
The second Keynote session on Emerging Trends in Positioning Technologies was presided over by Brig. B. Nagarajan, Survey of India. Dr. Guenter Hein, Munich talked about ‘Galileo on the Horizon’. Ronald R. Hatch, Navcom Technology Inc., USA discussed on ‘Emerging Trends in Positioning Technologies’ while Dr. Jayant Kumar Ray, Accord Software & Systems Private Limited, India presented his views on ‘Flying into the Future with GNSS’.
The second day of the conference began with the keynote session on Locational Intelligence. The session was chaired by Dr. M. P. Narayanan, President, GIS Development. The session focused on the manner in which business processes are finding use in location-based services. The participant speakers in the session were Rajan Aiyer, @Road, India and Krzysztof (Kris) Kolodziej. They presented papers entitled ‘Locational Intelligence’ and ‘Local Positioning System’, respectively. The keynote session was followed by a Panel discussion on ‘Beyond Satellite Navigation’. Brig. B Nagarajan, Survey of India, Prof. Guenter Hein, Institute of Geodesy & Navigation, Munich, Mathew Smith, Azimuth, and Ronald, R. Hatch, NavCom Technology Inc., USA participated in the panel discussion. The discussion was moderated by Brig. B Nagarajan. The last two days of the conference saw eight technical sessions. A total of 32 papers were presented. The technical session on 8th June was on following subjects, ‘Vehicle Navigation & Fleet Management’, ‘GPS for Earth Science’, ‘GNSS and GPS Technologies’, and ‘Mapping with Handheld GPS’ while technical session on 9th June pertained to ‘Resource Management and Mapping’, ‘GPS in Aviation’, ‘Atmospheric Effects & Modeling’ and ‘Location Based Services’.
A Seminar on Security and Defence was conducted on the second day of the conference in association with ASL Advanced Systems Pvt. Ltd.
A three day exhibition was organized alongside the conference. The exhibition showcased the latest and state-of-the-art facilities for national and international organisations representing the industry.