Bangalore, India, 31 July 2006: By the decade-end, the city of Bangalore is expected to be the second largest outsourcer of geo-informatics and mapping for the US and Europe. Outsourcing has already begun with current projects valued at Rs 40 Crore (US$ 8.5 million) and is expected to increase by 25 per cent every year.
The number of companies active in geo-informatics in Bangalore is presently 30. This is expected to go up with owing to the high volume of geo-informatics work the Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre (KSRSAC) is doing. The KSRSAC executes mapping contracts worth Rs 20 Crore (US$ 4.2 million) every year.
The projects includes observation and mapping of land resources, roads, water, soil, wasteland development, surface water management and the like. Some part of this work gets sub-contracted to private companies.
Bangalore is keeping Hyderabad in sight on geo-informatics targets. Hyderabad has made tremendous strides with almost 50 to 60 companies working on geo-informatics owing to the presence of the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) that secures large contracts from the government. Bangalore-based KSRSAC is planning to work in a similar mode.