NRSC Workshop shows windows of opportunities to geospatial companies

NRSC Workshop shows windows of opportunities to geospatial companies

NRSC-AGI workshop
Sanjay Kumar, President, AGI and Raghu Venkatraman, Deputy Director, NRSC, signing the MoU.

The two-day NRSC-AGI workshop on Geospatial Applications and Industries concluded on December 21, at the National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC), Hyderabad. Facilitated by the NRSC, the workshop was aimed at understanding the industry capabilities in different geospatial applications relevant to NRSC. The workshop also focused on the potential areas, where there can be a possibility with industry collaboration.

The workshop featured presentations in fifteen-parts from the industry, which were relevant to the NRSC. The day-one featured speakers from Hexagon Geospatial, Esri India, Trimble, MapmyIndia, Cyient and TomTom, etc. The workshop concluded with the keynote address and closing remarks of YVN Krishna Murthy, Director, NRSC, who spoke about its engagement with the ministries to make use of geospatial technologies in their different projects.

Through this workshop, NRSC tried to make it clear that they cannot go and ask the ministries to give government projects to these companies. “We are very clear about the outreach facility on what we are doing. We are showing you the market. You develop the products, you build the products, you market yourself and you get the orders and execute them. Leave that we [NRSC and AGI] will go together somewhere and get an order for you [the companies] is not going to happen. It can’t happen,” said V Raghu Venkatraman, Deputy Director, NRSC, at the concluding session of day-one.

He further expressed his disappointment with the industry by adding that they haven’t got any response from the industry post the Bhuvan training program conducted by NRSC some months back.

The workshop also saw an MoU being signed between NRSC and AGI reaffirming the same. Present at the occasion, AGI President, Sanjay Kumar called the workshop a socialization of the thought process of the NRSC-ISRO fraternity as well as the geospatial industry in India. He said, “This socialization of the thought process is aimed at creating a collaborating environment to understand technology innovations, to understand market connections, at the same time, we are also looking at creating this environment to learn more about ISRO and its programs, and more about policies, procedures, and programs of these organizations and exploring the areas of engagement and partnerships.”

The event came to an end with the closing remarks from Sandeep Shrivastava, Executive Director, AGI, who emphasized about the opportunity that the workshop provided to the industry. Lending his takeaway from the workshop, Shrivatava said, “We discussed many things like it’s not going to lead to an ‘X’ business. Because it’s only a path that has been shown to all of us and now as an industry now we have to now really step up.”

Accepting that there was a lax in the industry after the last Bhuvan training program, he complemented NRSC for doing a stellar job. He added, “We’ve all seen the type of things, which were exposed to us, but it is for us to now augment that and do things as we see the opportunities very clearly in basic data and capture and processing.”

And indeed, there is no doubt that in terms of applications development and scientific knowledge, there is an opportunity in terms of both consumption of the industry application software knowledge by NRSC, but more importantly and more widely by the users in the government departments and the state departments.

In a brief about some of the presentation discussed at the workshop, Esri India presented its ArcGIS Production Mapping tool. It was said that generally while producing maps in India, we focus on vectorization and digitization of data and all of it is done manually, which makes the task very difficult. However, with the Esri tool, we can produce maps in real-time without any hassles.

Whereas for TomTom, a very interesting TomTom City application was discussed, which is being used in more than 181 cities and helping them better manage the traffic conditions by providing real-time traffic updates, which it gets through crowdsourcing.