Chennai, India: After being successfully held in Guwahati, Kolkata, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh and Patna, the Geospatial Technology Caravan moved on to its next destination in Chennai on October 3, 2011. The 10-city seminar, which is being organised by Geospatial Media & Communications in association with the Department of Information Technology aims to provide an exclusive and comprehensive update on various aspects of technology developments in the field of geospatial, touching upon latest trends and its integration with mainstream information technology and solutions.
The Chief Guest of the event was Dr Santhosh Babu, Secretary to the government, Department of Information technology, Tamil Nadu. Bapu spoke about the various initiatives taken by government to promote e-Governance in the state. Talking about the need to share data among agencies, he said, “There is a requirement for an agency which takes care of coordinating activities between various departments which at present are working in silos”. He also said that a Disaster Recovery Centre (DRC) is coming soon at Madurai. The Centre, which is expected to be a mirror image of the State Data Centre (SDC), will ensure zero data loss in real time application service delivery. He also laid emphasis on the need to facilitate interaction between government and citizens.
Briefing the audience about the activities of the state’s forest department, Ashutosh Samant Singhar, said, “We started using geospatial technology about 25-30 years ago. It has helped us deal with remote areas”. Forest department has incorporated GIS in almost all activities of its organisation – be it database creation, coastal zone vegetation or vegetation change detection/ analysis or identifying forest fire risk zones. He then talked about the difficulties faced by the department, “Fire is a major problem for us. Some areas are really difficult to deal with during a fire”.
Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) is another major success story of the state. V Pugezhendhi, GIS expert, TWAD, talked about the various kinds of maps that are being made by the agency like maps of water levels, hand pumps, power pumps etc. Talking about the progress made by TWAD in this direction, he said, “We began with providing state level information, then moved on to district level and now are going for block and panchayat level information”.
K.Mohanram, Deputy Transport Commissioner-I Cum-Nodal Officer for Computerisation, Transport Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, introduced audience to the Road Accident Database Management System (RADMS) and explained how the technology has helped the agencies in identifying accident-prone areas and even timings, for example, most accidents occur on Sundays and between 4 to 9 pm. “This kind of information helps us in assisting the district management and ensuring road safety,” he said.
The event also had technology seminars by Intergraph, DigitalGlobe, Pitney Bowes and HP.
Chennai is the sixth city of the caravan that will cover ten cities of the country. Mumbai is the next destination of this journey. The seminar will conclude with an exhibition in Trivandrum on October 21.
Source: Our Correspondent