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Geospatial essential to give momentum to development in Indian North East

Geospatial technologies will directly underpin the development of multiple sectors in India, and act as a crucial enabler in a connected world whose motif would be technological integration and convergence. North-Eastern states of India are geostrategically vital. They also have an abundance of untapped resources, and a huge potential to be commercially and economically thriving region. In the past few years, there has been a concerted effort to boost development in the region. And geospatial is the key.

The conference on the ‘Role of Geospatial Technologies for the development of North Eastern Region of India’, held in the verdantly sprawling campus of NEHU(North-Eastern Hill University), in the picturesque city of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, points the urgency of deploying spatial technologies in the seven sister states. The conference has been jointly organized by AGI( Association of Geospatial Industries) and NEHU.

Multi-faceted developmental approach

“It is pertinent more than ever to look at geospatial technology as it is relevant for ensuring sustainable development”, says Rajan Iyer, President AGI and MD, Trimble India.

Terming geospatial as ‘Information technology on steroids’, he points at the ongoing convergence between IT, data and geospatial, and how it will determine the future trajectory of a lot of sectors and help redesign workflows and reinvent the ways technologies function.

Combination of positioning intelligence and other technologies are opening new vistas. Essentially, physical world and the digital world are getting bridged, which is aiding the construction and architecture sectors.

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“Positioning as a Service (PaaS) will be the foundation of future development. It has got multitudes of applications. There is a huge advantage of a consistent and common reference frame in zoning and land use development, or construction applications. Without a common reference system, things don’t work out”, he adds.

New interoperable frameworks

Emphasizing the ubiquity of location data and spatial visualizations, Agendra Kumar, President Esri India, says “There is a need of creating the whole framework of using geospatial technologies that can interoperate with different standards”

He says that it can be on the lines of Open Source APIs on Github.

“ArcGIS Pro has lot of image processing capabilities and visualizations. Integration of different technologies is possible. Satellite imagery feature extraction and culling out other features is easy to implement”, he adds.

Vinay Babu, AGM, Technology Solutions, Hexagon India, says,  “Geospatial is touching upon a lot of industries and in the future Artificial Intelligence is going to get combined with sensors and fetch data”.

Citing a possible use case of Hexagon technology he In a public scenario, if someone is trying to tamper the camera of an ATM, it will be detected.

There is no denying the fact the geospatial is accelerating development across multiple sectors, opening enormous opportunities for the future, and is at the core of sustainability endeavors. But still, people claim to be deterred by the cost of adopting and integrating geospatial frameworks. In reality, the cost of upkeep, upgradation, maintenance and modernization of infrastructure far exceeds the investment that is made in geospatial.