Airports Authority of India selects ESRI Enterprise GIS technology

Airports Authority of India selects ESRI Enterprise GIS technology

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Redlands, USA, 11 January 2007 – The Airports Authority of India (AAI), the national agency responsible for the management and maintenance of India’s civil aviation both on the ground and in the air, has awarded the NOCAS (No Objection Certificate Application System) project to NIIT Limited, parent company of NIIT-GIS Ltd. (ESRI India).

The NOCAS project automates the prioritization and processing of NOC (No Objection Certificate) applications based on criteria established by AAI, which will greatly streamline the approval process. A NOC for height clearance issued by AAI is required for construction projects, such as high-rise buildings or communications masts, that fall within 20 km of an airport.

The enterprise-wide geographic information system (GIS) application will be Internet based with a link available at the AAI Web site. Two categories of users will have access to the site: NOC applicants and employees involved in the certification process.

ArcGIS Server products will be installed on the AAI Web server and will be linked to a database server hosting ArcSDE and Microsoft’s SQL Server. The application will be written using ArcGIS Server Application Development Framework (ADF) for .NET and will make use of ArcObjects, a suite of mapping and GIS components. Users will access the application through Internet browsers.

“ESRI India is very pleased that AAI has selected ArcGIS Server technology as its GIS component for the No Objection Certificate application and NIIT Technologies Ltd. to create and implement the application,” said Rajesh C. Mathur, President, ESRI India. “The decision to select ESRI technology for the agency’s enterprise GIS will help make its application and related data available to many internal and external users in a very secure and accurate environment with a low cost of ownership.”

In addition to ArcGIS software and training, the implementation will include GIS services from NIIT Technologies and ESRI India.

– About Airports Authority of India
Airports Authority of India (AAI) was instituted by an Act of Parliament and came into being on April 1, 1995, by merging the erstwhile National Airports Authority and International Airports Authority of India. The merger brought into existence a single organization entrusted with the responsibility of creating, upgrading, maintaining, and managing civil aviation infrastructure, both on the ground and in the country’s airspace. Despite many tragic occurrences, such as the 9/11 attack, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and SARS outbreak, that had a huge impact on the civil aviation sector throughout the world during the last few years, AAI has steadily reported positive results, showing all-around growth, including increased revenue and a higher level of profitability, while building up its infrastructure.

– About ESRI India
ESRI India is a dedicated GIS and photogrammetry products and services company. ESRI India started operations in 1996 with a mission to provide complete GIS and image processing solutions to users in India and the subcontinent. ESRI India was formed as a strategic alliance between ESRI and NIIT Limited. ESRI technology is present far and wide in the Indian market and can be seen at various government and private installations including the Space Applications Centre, Forest Survey of India, and various educational institutions.